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Ep. 220: Is It an Absolute That Moshiach Must Come in the Next 221 Years Before the 7th Millennium?
Also in this episode: Chassidus Applied to Rosh Chodesh Av and the Nine Days; Lessons from Parshas Matos-Masei; Summer tznius: Until what age is it acceptable for a boy to wear open shoes without socks? What’s our role and goal with summer camp? What are reasons why one would “go off the derech” and how can we serve as a positive influence? Do we celebrate our English birthdays? Climate change and environmentalism
Ep. 219: Can We Establish Policy Based on a Chassidishe Hergesh? Lessons from July 4th
Also in this episode: Chassidus Applied to Shiva B’asser B’Tammuz Nidche; Lessons from the 3 Weeks and Parshas Pinchas; As converts we feel isolated in our community. What should we do? What to tell parents who were hurt by their child telling them that not they, but the Rebbe is his true parent? If performing mitzvohs creates a dirah b’tachtonim why does Tanya say that only a person who struggles is an oved Elokim?
Ep. 218: Should Children Ever Be Separated from Their Parents?
Also in this episode: Chassidus Applied to Yud Beis-Yud Gimmel Tammuz; Lessons from the 17th of Tammuz and Parshas Balak; Should we use Ziy”a on the Rebbe? Thoughts about the border and immigration debate? How to trust and become a tougher person? Is it acceptable to read quality secular books, or must we resign ourselves to Jewish books of poor literary quality? Why at times do we beautify mitzvot and at other times insist on keeping them simple?
Ep. 217: Is It Okay to Marry Before Fully Dealing with My Own Self-Esteem and Dependency Issues?
Also in this episode: Chassidus Applied to Chukas; What takes precedence: Supporting local mosdos or supporting shluchim? How do I improve my relationship with my mother? How can I control the unspoken urge? Is energy physical or spiritual? Reviewing more My Life 2018 essays; Follow-up: Does it make sense to spend Shabbos at the Ohel? How does the Rebbe answer us today?
Ep. 216: Special Gimmel Tammuz Edition; Why Don’t We Appoint a New Rebbe?
Also in this episode: Lessons from Chof Ches Sivan; Why don’t we speak about the details of Gimmel Tammuz as we do about Yud Shevat, Beis Nissan, Chof Dalet Teves etc.? Did the Rebbe take responsibility for shluchim? How does the Rebbe answer us today? What is the meaning of going to the Ohel or writing into the Igros? Follow-up: What is the difference between a sicha and a maamar? What can we do to improve our yeshiva system?
Ep. 215: Why Did the Rebbe Not Intervene to Improve Our Yeshiva System?
Also in this episode: Chassidus Applied to Shelach; Why recite a Maamar Chassidus when most people don’t understand? What is the difference between a sicha and a maamar? Is our yeshiva system – what we learn, how we learn, when we learn – based on the Rebbe’s guidelines? If so, what can we do if it isn’t working for many of our students? Is the main focus today on kabolas ol or on making Chassidus understandable and relevant?
Ep. 214: How Can Someone Consider Himself a Chassid and Not Be Careful with Halacha?
Also in this episode: Chassidus Applied to Behaalotecho; 118th anniversary of the Rebbe’s parents; Is life in our hands or Hashem’s hands? Are special children deprived? Why is the Omer counting not from malchus to chesed? Reviewing more MyLife 2018 essays; Follow-up: My teenage friends are drowning: What can we do? How to deal with religious OCD; No intimacy in marriage
Ep. 213: My Teenage Friends Are Drowning: What Can We Do?
Also in this episode: Chassidus Applied to Bamidbar and Shavuos; How to deal with religious OCD; Are we sure that everyone has a soulmate? How to educate children about intimacy? How do we explain the words in Tanya that one has to let go of everything, including wife and children, for G-d? What does Atzmus U’Mhus Ohr Ayn Sof mean? If we can’t define Atzmus how can we call it Ohr Ayn Sof? Reviewing more MyLife 2018 essays
Ep. 212: Is the Torah Always Sensitive to People’s Feelings?
Also in this episode: Chassidus Applied to Behar-Bechukosei; Is there any truth to the idea of chassidim and family members “giving” of their years to the Rebbe? How can a spouse handle a relationship when there is absolutely no intimacy? What is the healthy way for a teenager to interact with the opposite gender? According to this week’s Likkutei Torah, why does the Torah still call sheep כשבים (shin before beis) after Yaakov’s avodah of והפריד את הכשבים? Reviewing more MyLife 2018 essays
Ep. 211: Are the Latest Peace Talks Between North and South Korea a Sign of Moshiach?
Also in this episode: Chassidus Applied to Pesach Sheni, Lag B’Omer and Emor; What is the difference between asking Hashem to bring Moshiach and to bring the Geulah? Why do our actions make a difference when Hashem will be the One that takes us out of golus? Does G-d accept us for who we are, or does He want us to become someone else? Was the Holocaust a punishment? Why do we wear two makifim on our heads?
Ep. 210: What Is the Story with the Rebbe’s Brother, R’ Yisroel Aryeh Leib?
Also in this episode: Why is there a discrepancy between the Torah reading in Israel and in the diaspora? Why are many women on a mitzva-based walkathon dressed not tzinus’dik? What resides on the right side of the non-Jews’ heart? What is the deeper meaning of the Omer counting and the refinement of each of the 7×7 emotions?
Ep. 209: Does Negating Secular Education Mean That We Have to Be Ignorant?
Also in this episode: Chassidus Applied to Iyar and Beis Iyar; Lessons from Parshas Tazria-Metzora; Why don’t we see Chassidim being scrupulous about making blessings on trees? How can I connect emotionally and not just intellectually? What is the Jewish perspective on chakras and the third eye? Reviewing MyLife 2018 Essays