8:00pm: Were the Original Jews Dark Skinned?

The topics in this week’s 426th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: 

  • Why is Kislev called the month of Geulah? What is the meaning of Geulah?
  • Chassidus Applied to Tes Kislev:
    • What is the main contribution of the Mitteler Rebbe?
    • Why is the Mitteler Rebbe compared to Binah?
  • Chassidus Applied to Vayeitzei
    • What personal lessons do we learn from Jacob’s journey from Beer Sheba to Charan? 
    • What is the significance of Yaakov’s dream of the ladder and what practical advice does it give us in our daily lives?
    • Was Yaakov’s 14 years of work a punishment for the 14 years he spent in the yeshiva of Shem V’Eiver?
    • Who were Bilha and Zilpa?
    • Why did Rachel steal her father’s idols?
  • Follow-up
    • How can we say that Rivka was only three years old when she married Yitzchak?
    • Are nose rings appropriate today?
    • Why did Abraham not tell Sarah about the Akeidah?
  • Are there any authentic surviving paintings of the patriarchs or Moses? 
  • Is it wise to learn both tracks of Rambam daily – three chapters as well as one chapter?
  • Were the original Jews dark skinned?
  • Prayer
    • Why do we pray?
    • Is prayer about cultivating community?
    • What is kavanah and the proper way to pray?
    • Are our prayers answered?
    • Is it possible that my prayers weren’t answered because I didn’t pray properly? 
    • When we pray are we tuning in to different spiritual frequencies? Is that the reason why we assume different positions when saying certain prayers?

MyLife: Chassidus Applied is a weekly video webcast candidly answering questions from the public about all life matters and challenges, covering the entire spectrum of human experience. 

This hour-long dose of insights, broadcast live every Sunday night 8-9PM ET, is meant to provide people with inspired guidance and direction, empowering them to deal with any issue they may face. 

In what has become a staple in so many people’s lives, MyLife: Chassidus Applied has provoked a significant reaction from the community, with thousands of people viewing each live broadcast and hundreds of questions pouring in week after week. At the root of every question and personal challenge tackled by the series is the overarching question: Does Judaism have the answers to my personal dilemmas?

MyLife demonstrates how Chassidus provides us with a comprehensive blueprint of the human psyche as a microcosm of the cosmos, and offers us all the guidance we need to live the healthiest possible life and build nurturing homes and families, bringing up the healthiest possible children, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. MyLife is brought to you by the Meaningful Life Center as a public service, free of charge.Questions may be submitted anonymously at chassidusapplied.com/ask.

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