8:00pm: What to Tell Children About an Absentee Father?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 205, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: What Is the Rebbe’s Opinion on Bariatric Surgery and Laser Surgery? What to Tell Children About an Absentee Father? How to Deal with the Feeling of Lost Opportunities of My Youth? Lessons from the 25th of Adar; What Will the World Look like When Moshiach Comes? Is the World of Thought More Real Than the World of Action?

The topics in this week’s 205th episode of the highly acclaimed popular MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:

  • Chassidus Applied to Parshas Vayikra and Rosh Chodesh Nissan
  • Lessons from the 25th of Adar
  • We have reached the second tier of evaluating the essays in this year’s MyLife: Chassidus Applied essay contest
  • What will the world look like when Moshiach comes?
  • What is the Rebbe’s opinion on bariatric surgery and laser surgery?
  • What to tell children about an absentee father?
  • How to deal with the feeling of lost opportunities of my youth?
  • Follow-up:
    • Home birthing (episode 204)
    • Are Lubavitchers who live in Crown Heights second class citizens (episode 204)
    • G-d’s goodness (episodes 201-204)
    • Healthy anger (episode 204)
    • Shaming someone for their crimes? (episodes 202-204)
    • Minyan that davens fast (episode 199)
  • Chassidus Question: Is the world of thought more real than the world of action?

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.

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    What to tell children about a mother who creates an absentee father.

    • Andrea Schonberger

      We can also tell the children about a father who creates an absentee mother. I have known women who’ve abandoned their marriages and families for various reasons, some valid and some frivolous. Please do not imply that it’s the fault of the wife/mother if the husband/father walks out on the relationship and children. My husband’s father abandoned his wife and 4 children and it was very painful for the entire family.