Rabbi Shais Taub is a renowned speaker and noted scholar on Chassidic philosophy. He is the author of G-d of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction. He and his family make their home in Pittsburgh, PA.
Der Rabbi, I really enjoyed your lecture. It was a real eye-opener. Thank you very much.
One point I would like to clarify. Sensory processing disorder is just what the name tells you. Some of the most extreme forms of it can be found in autistic individuals.
So please,let's not throw human beings with sensory issues in with self-absorbed people who don't like it when "things are off"-as you put it.
I,for instance,don't feel that the sun's bright light is off. No,it's natural! I still need sunglaases a lot more frequently than other people because it physically hurts me.
Is that just self-absorbed? BTW I'm an ADHD'er not even an autist. I respect your efforts in trying to get a message across,please respect that disorders are not the appropriate conduit for any such message.
Sincerely and with the best wishes for the future Aaron
February 5, 2013
I love it!
BH I listened to your lecture very often!!! It makes me really see clearly! To hear it comming from a Rabbi and seeing how Torah talks about these lessons too.....Its amazing!! thanks! I really apriciate it!
March 13, 2012
G-D of Our Understanding
Dear Rabbi Taub; Thank you so much for your book; it's what I call intense. I love it so much that I've read it twice and carry it around with me to access your thoughts on the various subjects. I am a gentile that loves the way you think and teach. You truly are a gift to all of us in recovery.
Mr. Christopher Beeker
March 12, 2012
Talk on Co-Dependency
Timely and Time-tested. Thank you!
Barbara Modesto, CA
February 11, 2012
Co-Alcoholics versus Codependency
I loved your talk, so forgive me if I am mistaken. In your talk it sounds as if you have co-alcoholics or co-addicts confused with codependents in general. In every example where you included the alcoholic or addict you seemed to be making a seperation with the codependent. I came into AA and then Al-Anon in 1978/79 when there was a definite seperation between the two addictions; those addicted to chemicals and those addicted to intensity or if you will the family members of the alcohohic. Most of the alcoholics and/or addicts, if not all, that I know are also codependent. It is a common thought in the Northwest, where I live, that the next step in sobriety after AA, is recovery in Al-Anon or other co-dependency groups. Maybe you believe so as well, but I couldn't tell from this talk. It is not uncommon in the meetings I go to in AA to talk openly about what we have also learned in the other groups, like Al-Anon, as it pertains to our sobriety and recovery.
Daniel DeGrandpre Vancouver, Washington
January 11, 2012
I am fairly new to Judaism (about 4 years) but have been in dysfunction and addiction - both self and familial - my entire life. Your perspective is fresh, and it's like you're speaking right to me about my life. Thank you.
Traci Chicago Ridge, IL
January 3, 2012
Dear Rabbi Shais Taub, Shalom thanks because there is truth and enlightenment in this, your sincerely
victor fatherheart consoler 234, Nigeria
January 2, 2012
Dear Rabbi;will you speak in Orange County,Ca.?
I am a Gentile who finds your perspective on sobriety refreshing and meaningful. What part about AA isn't spiritual? It's all spiritual! A correct understanding ads depth, meaning and great value to the new way I choose to live. Thank you Rabbi. You are helping me to understand myself and the world around me. You are also helping me to live a better life and quite possibly improve lives around me from my life being improved. Thank You.
christopher beeker Costa Mesa, Ca.
January 2, 2012
thank you so much. that was so good, I laughed and I cried and there was so much truth and enlightenment that I am very grateful to you
Rose Collingwood, Canada
January 2, 2012
It took me 63 years, my life, to become emotionally independent from a very controlling family. There was so much inside of me that would help in the progress of a successful life, my way, in G-d's way. But they had a way to control my thoughts and all the gift Hashem had given me. But I must use Josef, from the TaNak, as an example. I am the 7th child. grew up from home to home in my family. Was abused from most of the people I can remember, physically, verbally, as well sexually. It is a miracle, that my independense now, came from the Eternal G-d of Yisrael. To HIM I owe my life in every sense. Now I can say that I AM FREE. I watched this video before, and this is the second time I was able to watch it again. Thank you Rabbi Taub it has taught me a great deal. And I love your jokes. I believe that Hashem, Blessed be He, gave me many gifts to work w/my hands. I also believe that I am an inborn artist. My paintings are getting the meaning I wanted to convey in them. Thanks be to G-d.