8:00pm: When Tragedy Strikes Despite All Our Prayers

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 188, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: What to Do When There Are No Answers; When Tragedy Strikes Despite All Our Prayers? Do Ten Jewish Women Have Minyan Power? What Lessons Can We Learn from the 40 Years Since 5738? What Is the Role of Merkos? What Should I Tell My Kids Who Want a Puppy?

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The topics in this week’s 188th episode of the highly acclaimed popular MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:
  • Chassidus Applied to Toldos and Shabbos Mevorchim Kislev
  • What lessons can we learn from the 40 years since 5738?
  • What to do when there are no answers; When tragedy strikes despite all our prayers?
  • Do 10 Jewish women have Minyan power?
  • What should I tell my kids who want to get a puppy?
  • Follow-up and feedback– episodes 183-187:
    • Women dancing on Simchas Torah
    • Defacing Rebbe’s picture on walls
    • What is the role of Merkos?
    • Yellow Moshiach flag: Positive or negative?
  • Other follow-up topics:
    • Molesters
    • Sexual harassment
  • Chassidus Question: Torah Ohr: Bittul
  • MyLife Essays: Making a Living, by Yosef Zukin, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; True Freedom to Choose, by מנחם מענדל פרומר, Kiryat Shmuel, Israel; 3 Steps to Uproot Apathy, by Yehuda Ertel, Pittsburgh, PA. These and other essays can be read online at meaningfullife.com/essays.
This hour-long dose of insights, broadcast live every Sunday night 8-9PM EST, is meant to inform, inspire and empower us by applying the teachings of Chassidus to help us face practical and emotional challenges and difficulties in our personal lives and relationships. To have your question addressed, please submit it at meaningfullife.com/mylife.
In what has now become a staple in so many people’s lives, MyLife: Chassidus Applied addresses questions that many people are afraid to ask and others are afraid to answer. When asked about the sensitive topics he has been addressing, Rabbi Simon Jacobson commented, “I understand that the stakes are high and great care has to be taken when speaking openly, but the silence and lack of clarity on matters plaguing the community can no longer go unaddressed. The stakes of not providing answers are even higher.”
The on-going series 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?
In inimitable “Jacobson-fashion”, the broadcast answers people’s questions in simple, clear language while being heavily sourced. Each episode is jam-packed with eye-opening advice from the Rebbeim, gleaned from uncovering surprising gems in their letters, sichos and maamorim that address our personal issues with disarming relevance. Simultaneously, Rabbi Jacobson is able to crystallize a concept quickly, succinctly, and poignantly for any level of listener.
All episodes are immediately available for viewing in the MLC’s archive and can be downloaded as MP3s for listening on the go.
Questions may be submitted anonymously at meaningfullife.com/mylife.


  • 1. Former wrote:

    At times life totally sucks.
    God has a sense of humor we humans shall never understand.
    How sad. An oxymoron indeed.
    Despite it all. Thank you Rabbi for your efforts.

  • 2. Great attitude wrote:

    U truly have an amazing great happy wonderful, outgoing, positive attitude, instead of being negative we have to do everything we can to make life happy & worth while, it’s a constant battle but we gotta do it !!!


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