8:00pm: How Could the Torah Sanction Slavery?

The topics in this week’s 246th episode of the highly acclaimed popular MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:

  • Chassidus Applied to 22 Shevat and Mishpatim
  • Please explain the mitzvos of slavery in this week’s Torah portion. How could the Torah sanction slavery? What eternal relevance does it have?
  • How do I choose between personal spiritual growth and commitment to home and family?What do the Rebbeim say about a fire, G-d forbid?
  • Are the Rebbe’s words and images copyrighted?
  • Did people understand the Rebbe’s words during Farbrengens?
  • How to deal with paraphilia?
  • Follow-up (episodes 202-204): Shaming abusers
  • Chassidus question: Explain the difference between the terms the Torah uses for mitzvos: mishpatim, eidus and chukim?
  • My Life 2018 essays:
    • A New Perspective on the Inexplicable Challenges of Our Times, Yoel Baron, 35, Israel
    • Dealing with Sadness, Dori Galili, 46, Sderot, Israel
    • Marriage – Defining the Term, Dovid Lichtenstadter, 31, Brooklyn, NY

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. Fabrengen was being in another world wrote:

    Concerning being at the rebbes fabrengen. I was one of those who did understand some of what the rebbe said. However what was really special even when i didnt understand what the rebbe said was the atmosphere. Nothing can compare to it. You lived and breathed G-Dlinless. No questions in emunah as you experienced it in a way that cant be explained. You were in another world. So much is lost now.

  • 2. Fabrengen the rebbe wanted people to understand wrote:

    Also at shabbos fabrengen the rebbe asked questions on rashi and left them unanswered for people to write in possible answers. Then he gave the answers in a later fabrengen. So he expected understanding of what he said. I once wrote the rebbe asking why he didnt answer the rashi question a few weeks later. The rebbe spoke about my writing in during another fabrengen. He was pleased i asked for the answer. The rebbe wanted participation


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