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Winners of Chassidus Essay

The winners of the My Life Chassidus essay contest will be announced live on this week’s Chassidus Applied episode by Rabbi Simon Jacobson.

MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 61

After much anticipation – two months of challenging work, hundreds of submissions, almost a million words written, and many hours of evaluation – Rabbi Simon Jacobson will announce the winners of the first ever MyLife: Chassidus Applied Essay Contest during Sunday’s live broadcast. Find out who will be the recipient of the $10K first prize.

What does Chassidus say about interpreting dreams? If we have repeated bad dreams about a person, should we warn them? Why do we annul bad dreams during birkat kohanim?

“I know there are many nice prayers that are not said according to Chabad custom. For example Perek HaShira, Chad Gadya and other piyutim after the Passover Seder, Akdomos on Shavuot, Ani Maamin, tefilos before making challah, after Shabbos candles, for livelihood or children, etc. What attitude should a Lubavitcher have to these prayers?” In the same vein, is it appropriate to receive blessings from other tzadikim? Should we learn other Chassidus than Chabad? Is there an issue with singing non-Chabad Shabbos zemiros and niggunim? What about becoming a Rabbi at a non-Chabad shul?

Other topics to be addressed in this week’s episode include: Challenges with daily learning –whether it be finding the time, deciding what to learn, or lack in comprehending daily portions. Follow-up on modern-day agunot.

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

· Announcing MyLife Essay Contest winners
· Chassidus Applied: Beis Nissan and Pre-Passover
· Lubavitcher attitude to non-Lubavitch activities
· Becoming a Rabbi at non-Chabad shul
· Agunah follow-up
· Should we interpret dreams?
· Learning challenges in daily study portions

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.

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