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8:00pm: How Can We Compare Tanya to Torah She’Be’Ksav?

The topics in this week’s 287th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: 

  • Chassidus Applied to Yud Tes Kislev
  • Lessons from Vayeishev
  • How can we compare Tanya to Torah She’Be’Ksav? 
  • Why was Chassidus not taught earlier?
  • Why don’t we follow the opinion of the majority regarding Chassidus?
  • Does the body have its own energy besides the life force coming to it from the soul?
  • How do we explain the seemingly unacceptable behavior of the tribes?
  • How do we explain all the deception found in these Torah chapters – Part II
  • Why did Rochel die after having children? 
  • Follow up (episode 284-286): 
    • Non-Jews
    • Marriage
  • Chassidus question: What is the role of Yud Tes Kislev in the development of Chassidus?
  • My Life 2019 essays: המיגדר בראי היהדות, Elchanan Weber, 25, Yerushalayim/Tel Aviv, Israel; “In G-d We Trust” – How to Effectively Overcome Stress, Deena Heidingsfeld, 20, Winnipeg, Canada; Mind, Heart and Action: a Path to Calm in the Face of the Unknown, Mushka Kaplan, 19, Oak Park, MI

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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