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Rabbi Shais Taub

Rabbi Shais Taub

Pittsburgh, PA

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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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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!
Anonymous
Fort Lauderdale FL
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
Anonymous
brooklyn, ny
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.
Michael Reznicek M.D.; drrez.com
Spokane, WA
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.
Patrick M.
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia , Canada
August 8, 2011
To Anonymous
If you wish to contact me, you may leave feedback at chabad.org/tools/feedback.htm and it will be directed to me.
Shais Taub
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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).
Anonymous
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.
Thad Galvin
Grosse Pointe, MI / USA
July 25, 2011
L Khaym
Work as such deserves a Lekhaim ..even if only on grape juice ..

Lekhaim and Moshiach now.
Hany
MTL, CA
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!
Anonymous
Merion, Pa
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