8:00pm: Is There Anything Wrong With Secular Studies? Why Is Studying Science Not Like Studying Torah, Since They Both Come From G-d?

The topics in this week’s 292nd episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: Announcing the 6th Annual MyLife Essay Contest; Chassidus Applied to 24 Teves and Vaeira; How to Prepare for the Approaching 70th Anniversary of the Rebbe’s Leadership? How Long Is the 7th Generation? What Was Moshe’s Birth Name Given by His Parents, and Why Is That Name Not the One We Use? Is There Anything Wrong With Secular Studies? Why Is Studying Science Not Like Studying Torah, Since They Both Come From G-d?

Weekly Story: A Visit to Ruzhin

In continuation with the theme of preparing for Yud Shevat , shnas hasiviim (the 70th year of the Rebbe’s nesius), I chose the following story which is based on a possuk of this week’s parsha and I heard from my father, Reb Meir a”h. A chossid has to recognize that as much as we know and understand, whatever the Rebbe tells us is Emes liamito.

Here’s My Story: Straight To The Top

Rabbi Efraim Schmukler has served as rabbi of the Maimonides Geriatric Center in Montreal, Canada, for over thirty years. He was interviewed in the My Encounter Studio in October of 2015. This story has previously been published in the book My Story.

Weekly Story: Obedience and True Obedience

As we are in the month of preparation for Yud Shevat shnas hashiviim, one of the points of hiskashrus is following and fullfiling the directives and guidance of the Rebbe and all of the Rebeiim. At the conclusion of a yechidus, the Rebbe Maharash would tell his son the [Rebbe] Rashab a story that was connected to the concept discussed in that yechidus. The following is one of the stories he related, connected to the concept of obedience.

8:00pm: Why Doesn’t Judaism Focus on Self-Defense, Bearing Weapons and Other Methods of Protecting Ourselves?

The topics in this week’s 290th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: Why Doesn’t Judaism Focus on Self-Defense, Bearing Weapons and Other Methods of Protecting Ourselves? What Is Chabad’s Position on Daf Yomi and the Siyum Hashas? Isn’t It About Time That We Create Powerful Programs to Teach People About Moshiach? Should a Parent Let Her Child Eat OU-D? What Is the Significance of Wearing a Black Hat? If Birth Is “G-d Saying You Matter,” What Does Death Mean? How Is One Supposed to Spend a Fast Day According to Chassidus?

Here’s My Story: Searching For A Motive

After leading congregations in Washington DC, Jersey City, New Jersey, and Norwich, Connecticut, Rabbi Sidney Shulman worked as a stock broker for over forty years. He was interviewed in December of 2019. The full text of the Rebbe’s letter to him can be found in Likkutei Sichot vol. 6 page 276.

8:00pm: Why Doesn’t Judaism Have a Mechanism to Remove Corrupt People in Power?

The topics in this week’s 289th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: What Exactly Are We Celebrating on Hei Teves? Why Is the Last Day of the Holiday Called “Zos Chanukah”? Is It Okay to Give Any Relevance to the Secular New Year? Why Doesn’t Judaism Have a Mechanism to Remove Corrupt People in Power?

Tonight: Nittel Nacht

A friendly reminder to our dear readers: Tonight is “Nittel Nacht,” and the Chabad custom is not to learn Torah, so as not to “add Chayus” to impurity.

8:00pm: What Is the Halachik and Hashkafic Explanation for Public Menorahs?

The topics in this week’s 288th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: What Is the Halachik and Hashkafic Explanation for Public Menorahs? How Do We Explain the Victory of Chanukah When in the End Greek Secularism Seems to Have Prevailed in Modern Times? How Do We Explain the Seemingly Unacceptable Behavior of the Tribes? If You Don’t like Someone, Is It Better to Be Two-Faced and Speak Nicely to the Person, or Behave like the Tribes Who Couldn’t Speak to Yosef?

Weekly Story: So What If It Is Permissible

In honor of Tes and Yud Kislev Rabbi Tzvi Telsner of Melbourne, Australia farbrenged. During the farbrengen he mentioned the mesiras nefesh of the Cantonist soldiers and related the following story. I decided to post it as its message is one of the lessons of Chanukah, as will be noted after the story. Your feedback is most appreciated.

Here’s My Story: Help Wanted

Mrs. Joan Zlotnick Click here for a PDF version of this edition of Here’s My Story, or visit the My Encounter Blog. When my late husband, Shmuel Yaakov – better known as Jack – was a boy, he got to know Rabbi […]