A special musical farbrengen in honor of 24 Teives, the anniversary of the passing of the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi.
What do parents do when a child just doesn’t “fit the mold”?
Various live demonstrations bring chasidic metaphors to life giving us a glimpse into the reality that there is truly only One.
Which are greater?
What is the most important quality for a person to have in order to be successful in their marriage?
A guided meditation just before the onset of Shabbos in order to get into a Shabbos frame of mind.
Negating the popular misconception that if you experience distracting thoughts during prayer it means your prayers are worthless.
Not only should one who has sinful impulses not be ashamed, he should rejoice in the opportunity to curb these impulses and thereby do a mitzvah.
How do we overcome worry over spiritual problems, namely the guilt over past sins?
What is the importance of joy?
Another way of finding motivation to do mitzvos is by activating the soul’s latent love for G-d.
“It is very close to you–in your mouth, in your heart, to do it.” Even the regular person can change his or her emotions enough to muster sufficient motivation to produce behavioral results.
“The brain rules over the heart,” which at first referred to impulse control and reigning in the impulses of the heart, now is explained to also mean changing the heart by slowly creating new feelings through meditation.
Just as there are two types of tzadik and rasha, there are two types of beinoni–“one who serves” and “one who has not served.” The struggle of the beinoni has inherent value.
We cannot change our feelings at will, but we can control our behaviors.
The beinoni is one who experiences the inner conflict of a rasha yet whose behaviors are indistinguishable from those of a tzaddik.
The tzaddik is the one who has defeated his or her animal soul either incompletely by neutralizing it or completely by transforming it.
The body is compared to a small city over which two kings battle for total domination.
These chapters look at the unholiness within our own animal soul as well as in the universe around us.
Torah study is unique among all mitzvos, for all other mitzvos are “garments” for the soul while the study of Torah is “food.” Whenever we study Torah, we fuse and unite our minds with Divine will and wisdom and this has a permanent effect on how we see the world.
The G-dly soul seeks expression through three modes or “garments”–namely, thought, speech, and action.
The make up and composition of the G-dly soul is the “ten soul powers” or “kochos hanefesh” which correspond to the Ten Sefiros.
The “second soul” described in Tanya is the impulse for losing oneself in the Oneness of G-d.
Chapters 6-9 of the discourse.
Chapters 4-5 of the discourse.
Chapters 2-3 of the discourse.
Text-based study of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s inaugural discourse.
After a talk on happiness, someone asks Rabbi Taub how to be spiritual and apply everything that he just said but without necessarily embracing the concept of G-d.
How do we get the strength to go on when we cannot see G-d’s plan for us?
The Jewish approach to happiness differs fundamentally from the way the world at large views it.
All Jewish holidays represent different aspects of the Jewish people’s relationship with G-d while Shavuos represents the relationship itself.
What’s more important–soul or body, spiritual or material?
What single men can know about themselves as men now that will prepare them better for marriage in the future.
Rabbi Taub addresses the CounterForce Principals Conference in Boro Park attended by over one hundred Jewish school principals.
An adult’s relationship guide stressing the importance of healthy boundaries, self-respect, and emotional sobriety.
How do we raise our daughters to want to commit their lives to Torah?
In honor of Tu b’Shevat, the New Year for Trees, we examine some of the spiritual lessons that we can learn from trees in general and the five species of fruits associated with the Land of Israel in specific.
In honor of the Kinnus Hashluchos for Hebrew speakers.
What is the deeper meaning of kaddish as well as the other Jewish customs connected with death, grief, and mourning?
What should you say and what should you not say?
What incentives drive us to do mitzvos?
Is Jewish identity collectivist or individualist?
Rabbi Taub addresses parents at Beth Rivkah High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn about how to raise emotionally healthy teens.
Toxic thinking, like fear and worry, can remove us from the here and now, causing us not to be present in our own lives.
After a talk on happiness, a member of the audience says that she is raising her children Orthodox and wonders if this will make them more happy.
Is perfection attainable?
Text-based study of the maamar recited by the Rebbe in honor of the yahrzeit of his mother, Rebbetzin Chana in 5725 and then edited and published in honor of the thirty-days of morning for the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka.
Rabbi Taub addresses top professionals in the field of speechwriting at the European Speechwriters Conference at King’s College of Cambridge University.
In anticipation of 3 Tammuz, the yahrzeit of the Rebbe of blessed memory, a group gathers at the Ohel, the Rebbe’s resting place, for “a meeting of souls” event.