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The Rambam—His Life, Works, and Enduring Influence

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Over the millenia of Jewish history, Rabeinu Moshe ben Maimon HaSefardi remains a unique figure. This talk presents a brief biography of the Rambam followed by a look at some of his works and their effect on Jewish life today.

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“The Only True Existence”—A Guided Meditation

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This guided meditation simulates the chasidic practice of “hisbobenus” contemplation. Rabbi Shais Taub gently guided you through various thoughts on the theme that G-d is the only true existence.

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Pre-Shabbos Meditation

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A guided meditation just before the onset of Shabbos in order to get into a Shabbos frame of mind. (Delivered at the National Jewish Retreat.)

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Kaddish

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What is the deeper meaning of kaddish as well as the other Jewish customs connected with death, grief, and mourning? This talk describes the connection between traditional Jewish mourning practices and the kabbalistic view of the journey of the soul. The significance of shiva (seven days of mourning) and shloshim (thirty days) is described as corresponding to phases in the soul's transition away from embodiment. We also look at the meaning of observing a yarhzeit (anniversary of passing) and Yizkor (memorial prayer recited on holidays) from the perspective of honoring the soul's journey.

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How to See Your Child (A Meditation)

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Can you see your child as a soul?

In this guided meditation we try to align ourselves with the truth that our child is intrinsically worthy, infinitely worthy, and unconditionally worthy.

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All of Our Children Are Beautiful

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Rabbi Taub addresses the Menachem Foundation’s Kinus Hamechanchos on their theme (The Advantage of Light from Dark) as it relates to Tu B’Av and seeing the potential within every child.

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Be the Needle: Lessons for a Yahrzeit

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On the occasion of his father's yarhzeit, the Rebbe teaches a kabbilistic interpretation of the Mishnah studied on a yahrzeit:

"A needle which is placed on the step [leading down to a mikvah] in a cave, and the water is moved back and forth, as soon as a wave has passed over it, it becomes ritually clean."

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Every Child Is Special

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What do parents do when a child just doesn't "fit the mold"? At the annual dinner for Legadel, a London UK organization that provides support to children who are not thriving in school, Rabbi Shais Taub presents words of encouragement and inspiration about how the job of parents is to cherish that which makes each child different rather than stifle it.

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Lifting Up Our Daughters

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How do we raise our daughters to want to commit their lives to Torah? We lift them up.

This talk, presented at the annual dinner of Beis Chaya Mushka Monsey, discusses the education of girls and young women in the context of two different types of self-sacrifice which correspond to the two holidays of Pesach and Shavuos.

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How to Motivate a Jew: The Secret of What Drives Us

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What incentives drive us to do mitzvos? What is the key difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation? And what does it have to do with the prohibition of "new flour"?

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Raising an Emotionally Healthy Chasidisher Teen

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Rabbi Taub addresses parents at Beth Rivkah High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn about how to raise emotionally healthy teens.

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Message to Jewish School Principals

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Rabbi Taub addresses the CounterForce Principals Conference in Boro Park attended by over one hundred Jewish school principals.

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