8:00pm: With the Rebbe Discouraging Family Planning, How Should We Deal With Legitimate Concerns Related to Having More Children?

The topics in this week’s 383rd episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:

  • Chassidus applied to Vayechi
    • Why is the chapter about Yaakov’s passing called “and Yaakov lived”?
    • Why did Yaakov send Yehuda to Egypt to set up a yeshiva – don’t parents do this for their children, rather than the other way around?
    • If Yaakov was not allowed to reveal the time of Moshiach’s coming, why did the Rebbe reveal it?
    • Why was Yosef not buried in Israel like his father Yaakov?
    • How many tribes are there – twelve or thirteen?
    • Was Yosef superior to his brothers?
  • Lessons from Asarah b’Teves
    • What is the significance of this fast day and what does it teach us?
    • Why is the writing of the Septuagint on this day considered a bad thing?
  • Hei Teves
    • Does the ruling mean that every Chassid has part ownership of the books?
    • Should we forgive those that stole the books?
  • Is it better to give $10 to one cause or $1 to 10 causes?
  • Follow-up
    • Chanukah
    • Dr. Feldman
  • Sholom Bayis
    • With the Rebbe discouraging family planning, how should we deal with legitimate concerns related to having more children? 
    • What can I do about my husband singing objectionable songs?
  • Did the Rebbe critique Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism?
  • Chassidus question: What is the difference between sovev kol almin and mimaleh kol almin?


MyLife: Chassidus Applied is a weekly video webcast candidly answering questions from the public about all life matters and challenges, covering the entire spectrum of human experience. 

This hour-long dose of insights, broadcast live every Sunday night 8-9PM EDT, is meant to provide people with inspired guidance and direction, empowering them to deal with any issue they may face. 

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