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8:00pm: Why Can’t We Talk Openly and Be Critical of the BLM Movement? What’s Your Opinion about the Distinction Made by Political Leaders in NY Between Public Protests and Religious Gatherings?

The topics in this week’s 316th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: Why Can’t We Talk Openly and Be Critical of the BLM Movement? What’s Your Opinion about the Distinction Made by Political Leaders in NY Between Public Protests and Religious Gatherings? What Can We Do About Skyrocketing Housing and Tuition Costs? Chassidus Applied to 12-13 Tammuz and Pinchas: Nothing Is Impossible; 17 Tammuz: Fighting to Uphold the “Walls” Surrounding and Protecting Judaism; Why Is No One Wearing Masks in 770? Can Mandatory Volunteerism Be Part of the Way to Help America Heal?

Weekly Story: Yud Beis Tammuz Today

Around thirty years ago, I was in a bungalow colony with my father a”h , and during a farbrengen around Yud Beis Tammuz one of the men asked, “Reb Meir, you lived in Russia, you were imprisoned because you were a chassidishe Lubavitcher Jew. You lived through the arrest of the Frierdiker Rebbe and his liberation on Yud Beis – Yud Gimmel Tammuz, so to you Yud Beis Tammuz is relevant.  But what mesiras nefesh does an American born Jew like me have? What does Yud Beis Tammuz mean to us?” Thus began a farbrengen, a younger chossid turning to an elder chossid for guidance and inspiration.

Video of the Day

Watch this touching video of a Chassid, as he tells over his miracle story of miraculous recovery of his sons Refuah after visiting the Rebbe’s Ohel in Cambria Heights Queens.

8:00pm: Can You Share Your Personal Experience of Gimmel Tammuz?

The topics in this week’s 315th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: Fighting for What You Believe In: Lessons From 12-13 Tammuz; Are Your Commitments Superimposed or Engraved in You? How Can We Know If We Have Made a Successful Connection With the Rebbe? Can You Share Your Personal Experience of Gimmel Tammuz? What’s Your Opinion on the Tearing Down of Statues? How Should We React to Fireworks in the Streets? Should I Move? Why Do So Many People Not Get It? What Can I Do to Find a Shidduch During Quarantine?

Weekly Story: Is It a Tzitzis Bendel or a Shabbos Belt

Recently I read an article about wearing a “shabbos belt”, and that propelled me to post the following thoughts which I had written years ago. It would have been posted last week, as then is when we learned the parsha of tzitzis. However, being that last week was the shabbos before gimmel Tammuz I wrote about fulfilling the Rebbe’s ratzon. 

Here’s My Story: Search Harder

A former chaplain of Columbia University and scholar-in-residence at the UJA-Federation of New York, Rabbi Michael Paley presently serves as the senior scholar for the Joint Distribution Committee in Hungary and the director of the Tarbut Fellowship. He was interviewed in May of 2014.

Special Story: Gimmel Tammuz

I was asked to farbreng this past Shabbos in one of the local shuls, however, due to the guidelines I demurred. Some people asked me to put down one of the points that I would have stressed in the farbrengen. Since I often farbreng with bochurim, this thought is geared towards them and their parents. I will present it as a letter to our youth.

8:00pm: How Can We Resolve a Rift in Our Community and Synagogue About Social Distancing?

The topics in this week’s 314th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: Why Do I Need a Rebbe? How Do I Connect With the Rebbe After 26 Years? How Do I Practically Honor Gimmel Tammuz? Should We Be Afraid of Rising Anti-Semitism in the Present Climate? What Specific Mitzvah Can We Do to Counter the Violent Protests? Is Dark Skin a Result of a Punishment? Is There Any Basis in Torah for Anti-Black Bias? How Can I Stop My Family From Saying Racist Comments? How Can We Resolve a Rift in Our Community and Synagogue About Social Distancing?