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Weekly Story: Shofar Part 2

Last week we explained through a story, why we don’t blow a shofar on erev Rosh Hashanah. Being that this year the first day of Rosh Hashanah is on Shabbos, we don’t it on the first day, only on the second day of Rosh hashanah (on Sunday), do we blow it. The gemorah explains that this is a rabbinical decree, as we are afraid that one may carry the shofar in a public domain.

8:00pm: Why Don’t We Blow Shofar When Rosh Hashana Falls Out on Shabbos?

The topics in this week’s 326th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: What Personal Message Does Rosh Hashana Offer Us? How to Experience Renewal? Can You Share an Original and Important Idea About Rosh Hashana? How Can We “Trick” the Angels by Not Blowing Shofar on Erev Rosh Hashana? Why Don’t We Blow Shofar When Rosh Hashana Falls Out on Shabbos? Please Explain the Concept That G-d Recreates the World Every Moment; Are There Things That Can Block Our Prayers From Reaching G-d, or Block His Blessings From Reaching Us?

Weekly Story: The Shofar (Part 1 of 2)

Being that next Friday, is erev Rosh Hashanah and the minhag is not to blow the Shofar that day, I decided to present a story which the Rebbe uses to give another explanation as why that is the minhag. (The common explanation is to confuse the Satan).

8:00pm: Announcing the Winners of the 2020 MyLife: Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest

The topics in this week’s 325th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: Announcing the Winners of the 2020 MyLife: Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest; Chassidus Applied to Chai Elul; Was the Baal Shem Tov a Gaon? What Does It Mean That the Alter Rebbe Had a Neshama Chadasha? Are Some Souls Greater Than Others? Please Share the Three Most Practical Lessons From the Tanya for People Today; When Praying, Is It Better to Read From the Siddur or Can Someone Just Make up Their Own Prayers?

Weekly Story: Our Greatness

Recently someone asked me if I heard the following story which was related by Rabbi Biderman, and I replied that I hadn’t, but I will look into it. Subsequently, I heard a few versions, so I decided to post the parts that everyone agrees on, (in the footnotes I will mention some of the differences).

8:00pm: Love, Trust and Accountability; The Power of Gratitude

The topics in this week’s 324th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: What Should I Do About My Husband’s Addiction to Inappropriate Online Content? Chassidus Applied to 11, 13 and 15 Elul: Love, Trust and Accountability; The Power of Gratitude; Are the Verses in the Song of Songs Ever to Be Understood Literally? What Should I Think About When Listening to the Shofar?

Here’s My Story: The Sacred Art of Publishing

Rabbi Eliyahu Matusof is a member of the editorial staff of Otzar HaChassidim and of Machon Lihachonas Drushei Dach Lidfus, the institute tasked with preparing chasidic teachings for print, which function under the auspices of Kehot, the Chabad publishing house. He was interviewed in July of 2018.