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Rabbi Shais Taub

Rabbi Shais Taub

Pittsburgh, PA

Rabbi Shais Taub
Rabbi Shais Taub

Shais Taub is a popular scholar and teacher of Jewish mysticism whose contributions to Jewish recovery include authoring the bestselling book, G‑d of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction which was lauded by Jewish recovery pioneer, Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski.

National Public Radio dubbed Rabbi Taub "an expert in Jewish mysticism and the Twelve Steps" for his work with the Jewish recovery community in Milwaukee where he lived for six years. He currently directs Conscious Contact, a program providing meetings for Jewish prayer, meditation and study at the Aleph Institute NE in Pittsburgh where he now lives with his wife and children.

He was recently selected to deliver the keynote address "G‑d and Recovery" at the First Annual Conference on the Evolution of Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles, CA.

Browse lectures and articles by Rabbi Shais Taub, by clicking here.

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Brenda Phoenix January 14, 2018

Rabbi, I just read your book "God of our Understanding." I have to say this is the best description I have every read on the root cause of addiction and co-dependence. So are you saying that now I am to be co-dependent with God and addicted to God? Being both an addict and a co-dependent makes for a very mixed up identity crisis. Reply

Susan Barth Beit Shemesh lsrael November 10, 2014

Hakarat hatov to Rabbi Shais Taub re: forgiveness shiur I am commenting not on the topic of addiction but that of forgiveness and resentment and want to express my hakarat hatov to Rabbi Shais Taub for the brilliant forgiveness drasha that he gave prior to Yom Kippur in Pittsburgh. I was struggling with the concept and he made the most salient points on the topic that clarified so many issues that i was struggling with. May you Rabbi Shais Taub be blessed with all the brachot and all in the best of health for all your dedication to klal yisrael in all of our dimensions Reply

Anonymous September 27, 2014

Rabbi Taub is a genuine, compassionate Rabbi and I would encourage anyone who is dealing with addiction to try get ahold of his book. I'm still in the midst of dealing with it's implications for my life- it's hard to incorporate prayer into my life as a secular person, but I see how much time has been wasted on addictive behaviours and imagine that I can spare some time to at least attempt a spiritual connection. Love and hope to all who need it x Reply

Anonymous Fort Lauderdale FL August 15, 2013

Your book is a miracle! Beyond the content of the book itself, and your unique perspective on the subjects of addiction and recovery, your book simply has a way of landing in the hands of exactly the person who needs it, when they need it.

A rabbi gave it to a friend in recovery without knowing that this friend was an addict, and precisely when he was starting to work step 2 and 3. This friend then bought a bunch of copies and out of the blue gave me one, when I was starting to work step 2 (this fiend and I had just met a few days earlier, by the way). Today, I'm walking into the meeting with your book tucked under my arm, but the title clearly visible. And a person along my way caught a glimpse and stopped me: "what book are you reading?". We had a conversation about it and he mentioned a person he just met, jewish, who just finished detox and is having trouble accepting spirituality in his recovery... And so it continues.... The hand of God creating miracles.

Thanks for everything! Reply

Anonymous brooklyn, ny January 3, 2013

Shalom Rabbi Taub,
I love your column in the Ami Magazine. I am amazed at the clarity of your responses. Is there any way to privately get in touch with you?
CH Reply

Michael Reznicek M.D.; Spokane, WA February 11, 2012

NY Times article today Rabbi Taub,
Just read about you and your work. Addicts need to hear your message. The first step toward a life of sobriety or moderation is to reject the disease model of addictions. I'll work on that part; you can take it from there. Reply

Patrick M. Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia , Canada January 29, 2012

CBC Radio Canada Inerview - Program As a recovering alcoholic of some years of sobriety , I have never heard a more lucid or authentic understanding of the nature of my addiction before . I was moved to go immediately to the Chabad website and view your lecture on Hitting Bottom - Finding the G-d of your understanding." I love you. Reply

Shais Taub Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania August 8, 2011

To Anonymous If you wish to contact me, you may leave feedback at and it will be directed to me. Reply

Anonymous August 1, 2011

Amy Winehouse I found your article on Amy Winehouse on someone's Facebook page. I never really heard of her before as that is not my style of music--and I guess I am too old. 4 months ago we lost our 23 year old son to addiction. All his friends tell me it was a pure accident that he loved his life and was enjoyinig it. We knew he lived a dangerous and carefree lifestyle but we had no idea it could be so bad (or maybe we did and did not want to think about it). He was just out of rehab, so we thought everything will be ok-- until we got that horrific phone call. I was so angry at him that when my Rabbi told me that I need to ask forgiveness from his soul at the funeral I almost laughed. He had left me broken hearted and it was my job to ask forgiveness!!! Your arcticle helps me to understand what he was going through. Thank you. (Is there somewhere to write to you privately to ask you additional questions). Reply

Thad Galvin Grosse Pointe, MI / USA July 26, 2011

Amy Winehouse Shalom Rabbi Taub,
I just read your blog entry on the passing of Amy Winehouse, and the maddening impotence of friends and loved ones who find themselves unable to prevent the train wreck that real addicts become. Thank you for your service in the effort of recovery. My brother took his life when the pain of holding on got to be greater than the pain of letting go, and he ended up putting his bones in my closet....He'd called me asking my advice as a recovered addict and alcoholic shortly before his death, and I gave him a 'half-measures' answer that reflected my half-measures involvement in the program at that time. I flogged myself for years trying to carry the guilt and responsibility for his passing, convinced that I'd missed my shot to 'save' him. I finally had to give that to God too, because I just couldn't stand the pain....It's better now, and my amends to the universe is to stay active carrying the message. God Bless you and keep you safe. Reply

Hany MTL, CA July 25, 2011

L Khaym Work as such deserves a Lekhaim ..even if only on grape juice ..

Lekhaim and Moshiach now. Reply

Anonymous Merion, Pa July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse Thank you for your thoughtful words. I work with alot of young, immature drinkers and potsmokers who think Amy got what she deserved- joking how this was her "first 24 hours of sobriety". I cannot get through to them. Maybe it is their immaturity.

Not for me to judge. Hopefully she is at peace! Reply

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