8:00pm: Hiddur Mitzvah Without Becoming Obsessive Compulsive?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 227, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: How Can I Balance Hiddur Mitzvah Without Becoming Obsessive Compulsive? Are the Rambam’s Dietary Directives the Proper Halachic and Chassidic Way to Eat? As a Ger I Wonder at Times Whether My Mitzvos Have Any Effect? Chassidus Applied to Chai Elul, Parshas Ki Tavo and the 6th Week of the Shiva D’Nechemta; Lessons from Elul 15: Establishment of Tomchei Temimim 121 Years Ago

The topics in this week’s 227th episode of the highly acclaimed popular MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:

  • Chassidus Applied to Chai Elul, Parshas Ki Tavo and the 6th Week of the Shiva D’Nechemta
  • Lessons from Elul 15: Establishment of Tomchei Temimim 121 years ago
  • How can I balance hiddur mitzvah without becoming obsessive compulsive?
  • Are the Rambam’s dietary directives the proper halachic and chassidic way to eat?
  • As a ger I wonder at times whether my mitzvos have any effect?
  • Follow-up:
    • Writing pidyon to other Rebbes (episode 223)
    • Zionism (episode 225)
    • Snoring (episode 226)
    • Learning with your wife (episode 177)
  • Chassidus question: Elaborate on the difference between the diminished energies and abundant containers of tikkun (Arizal) and abundant energies and diminished containers of Tohu (Ramak)
  • My Life 2018 essays: The HeART of Chessed: Giving, without Giving too Much, Chaya D. Nelken, 19, Brooklyn, NY; How to Stay Focused in A World of Distractions, Sophia Katz, Brooklyn, NY; Wonder, Renewal and Faith, A. Tzvi Spalter, 72, Jerusalem, Israel

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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  • 1. Rabbi Y Avtzon wrote:

    As a Shadchan I always tell my climates that they should take the prospects that I suggest, when they say that they want to do the Mitzvah with the Greatest Hiddur, I always tell them Hiddur is good, but not when it becomes Compulsive.

  • 2. rb1 wrote:

    first of all, using the term obsessive compulsive is extreme. That is a devastating psychiatric condition which is awful. Just say that its obsessive or anything but don’t call it OCD.


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