Category: Holidays

Pesach—When We Were Quarantined

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On the night when the Jewish people left Eygpt they were confined to their homes, as it says (Shemos 12:22) "No one shall leave the entrance of his house until morning." We can learn from this several important lessons applicable to current events.

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Lag B'Omer Stories & Songs — Musical Farbrengen

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This musical Lag B'Omer gathering with Rabbi Shais Taub and singer Eli Marcus took place in Morristown, NJ at the Rabbinical College of America's "Taste of Yeshiva" program for visiting college students.

Among the subjects discussed were: the true definition of loving one's fellow and the lessons we can learn from the life of Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai.

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Can You Learn Kabbalah for Fun? Lag B'Omer and the Pile of Stones

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Lag B'Omer is the day of passing of Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai, author of the holy Zohar. As such, the day is fundamentally connected to the dissemination of the secrets of the Torah. Lag B'Omer is also "hod sheb'hod." What is the connection between the attribute of hod and the revelation of the inner dimension of the Torah?

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Lag B'Omer Farbrengen

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Rabbi Taub leads a farbrengen in honor of Lag B'Omer at the Baal Shem Tov Library in Flatbush.

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Shavuos—The Cheesecake Cure

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All Jewish holidays represent different aspects of the Jewish people's relationship with G-d while Shavuos represents the relationship itself.

Why is Shavuos also called "Atzeres" which means "holding back"? Why are there no special mitzvos associated with Shavuos? Why are Pesach and Sukkos seven days while Shavuos is only one day? These questions are answered by understanding Shavuos as a "blank check" between the Jewish people and G-d.

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17 Tammuz—To Transform the Breaking of the Wall

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The Babylonian Talmud says that the walls of Jerusalem were broken by the Babylonians on 9 Tammuz while the Jerusalem Talmud says it happened on 17 Tammuz. How do we reconcile these two accounts?

What is the "Butterfly Effect" or the "Alternate Timeline Theory"? Is there a concept in Torah that historical events have the potential to go in two very different directions?

How should we view seemingly negative events in our lives?

Based on Sichos Kodesh 5741, vol. 4, pp. 175-7.

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Rosh Hashanah—Business or Personal?

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Is your relationship with Hashem business or personal? As we head into the Shmita year it is important for each one of us to answer this question. Rabbi Shais Taub explains why.

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Yom Kippur—Recycle Your Guilt

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A pre-Yom Kippur talk on the necessity of rising above toxic shame and embracing teshuvah with joy.

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Sukkos—Cultural Judaism and Avraham's Non-Kosher Sukkah

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What’s the difference whether we view Judaism as our cultural heritage or we view Judaism as G-d’s program for us how to live?

A Midrash says that in the merit that Avraham told his guests, "recline yourselves under the tree," his descendants were given the mitzvah of sukkah. We know that shade from a tree is not a valid sukkah. Why was Avraham’s “proto-sukkah” a decidedly un-kosher sukkah?

Avraham's rooted tree is the symbol of human greatness while the detached branches that we use as s'chach represent growing beyond the heights of finite potential.

Based on Reshimos #62.

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Chanukah as Preparation for Moshiach

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The Bnei Yisaschar explains how the 36 lights of the eight nights of Chanukah help us get ready for the revelation of spiritual light that will take place when Moshiach comes.

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Chanukah— The Story Written in Flame

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R' Tzadok HaKohen in his Resisei Layla describes the mystical meaning of the holiday of Chanukah. In this class, we learn sections of chapter 57 which explain why the story of Chanukah was never recorded as a book of the Jewish Bible but instead is a story that is told by the flames of the Menorah.

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Rabbi Shais Taub Launches New Recovery Haggadah

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The Four Cups Haggadah is a new Passover Haggadah full of spiritual insights for those in recovery. Rabbi Shais Taub, author of the Jewish recovery classic "G-d of Our Understanding" speaks with Rabbi Nechemia Schusterman about the background behind this new resource for the recovery community. #recovery#twelvesteps For more information or to order the Four Cups Recovery Haggadah go to: https://fourcups.org

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