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8:00pm: How High Should Our Standards Be in Seeking a Shidduch? Is There an Issue with Listening to Non-Jewish Music with Meaningful Lyrics?

The topics in this week’s 254th episode of the highly acclaimed popular MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:

  • Chassidus Applied to Shemini and Parah
  • Questions about tracht gut vet zayn gut – how far do our thoughts affect our reality?
  • Is there an issue with listening to non-Jewish music with meaningful lyrics?
  • What should we be doing about the situation in Israel?
  • What is my responsibility as a single girl living at home?
  • Should parents show their affection to each other in front of their children?
  • How high should our standards be in seeking a shidduch? Is it too much to ask for a girl who davens 3x daily and learns Chitas?
  • How can we begin to daven the way Chassidus expects of us? Prayer continued
  • Follow-up (episode 253):
    • Megillah reading by women
    • Josephus
  • Chassidus question: If thought is the garment for intellect, what is the garment for emotions?
  • My Life 2018 essays: G-d’s Dream, Akiva Greenbaum, 40, Ewing, NJ; Stress and Prayer, Ahava Lichtenstein, 18, Hanover, PA; Facing Life’s Challenges with an Aleph, Mushka Rivkin, 21, New Orleans, LA

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

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.

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