Jul 5, 2015
Between a Mashpia And a Friend

Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson: What is the difference between a mashpia and a friend or a spouse?

During these three weeks, what practical steps can we take to increase Ahavas Yisroel in our community, to counter the divisiveness that brought on the Temple’s destruction? What is Chassidus’ take on this sad period, and what are the Rebbe’s directives during these days?

How can we make the learning of Hilchos Beis HaBechirah, and its intricate details, relevant and exciting?

Isn’t it unrealistic if not delusional to think that we are conquering and make the world a better place when the state of affairs today seems worse than ever?

What is the difference between a mashpia and a friend? Is there anything that is meant to remain between husband and wife and not to be discussed with a mashpia?

These are some of the topics to be addressed in this week’s 74th episode of My Life: Chassidus Applied. Other issues include dealing with someone who owes you a debt.

Rabbi Jacobson will also review the following essays submitted in the MyLife: Chassidus Applied contest: “Auditory Learning to Support a Healthy Attention Span” by Asi Spiegel, “Choosing Life in a World Preoccupied by Death: An application of Chassidus-based mindfulness” by Avi Kamman, “Pain and Suffering” by Mirel Deitsch. These essays and others can be read online at http://meaningfullife.org/mylife/contest/.

This hour-long dose of insights 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 www.meaningfullife.com/mylife.

The topics in this Sunday's hour-long broadcast will include:

Chassidus Applied to 17 Tammuz and the Three Weeks
How to achieve Ahavas Yisroel
Application of Hilchos Beis HeBechirah
Refusal to pay debt
Difference between friend and mashpia
Are we making a difference?
MyLife Essays: Auditory Learning, Choosing Life in a World Preoccupied by Death, Pain and Suffering

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, 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. 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 MP3's for listening on the go.

Questions may be submitted anonymously at www.meaningfullife.com/mylifelive.

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