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8:00pm: Am I Allowed to Shave or Trim My Beard or Moustache? Are Long Wigs an Issue?

The topics in this week’s 260th episode of the highly acclaimed popular MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:

  • Chassidus Applied to Emor
  • Poway follow-up
  • Is Ahavas Yisroel achieved by ignoring our differences?
  • Am I allowed to shave or trim my beard or moustache?
  • Are there standards for what is considered an appropriate Shaitel? Are long wigs an issue?
  • What can I do about nightly emissions?
  • Follow-up (episodes 256-257): Internet addictions
  • Chassidus question: Please explain the concept of our counting 49 days of the Omer, preparing us to then receive, as a gift from above, the 50th day, which is beyond our capacity to reach on our own.
  • My Life 2019 essay contest winners: 1. Student Winner: How to Avoid Low Self-Esteem and Get Motivated to Serve G-d, Aryeh Yonaton Chadad, 20, Israel; 2. Inwardness: The Chassidic Solution for the Epidemic of Escapism, Shraga Crombi, 37, New Brunswick, NJ; 3. Difficult is the New Easy, Devori Garelick, 19, Naharia, 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

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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