SoulWords provides Torah classes and lectures from renowned teacher, Rabbi Shais Taub, on a wide range of spiritual topics.
Sukkos—Cultural Judaism and Avraham's Non-Kosher Sukkah
What’s the difference whether we view Judaism as our cultural heritage or we view Judaism as G-d’s program for us how to live?
A Midrash says that in the merit that Avraham told his guests, "recline yourselves under the tree," his descendants were given the mitzvah of sukkah. We know that shade from a tree is not a valid sukkah. Why was Avraham’s “proto-sukkah” a decidedly un-kosher sukkah?
Avraham's rooted tree is the symbol of human greatness while the detached branches that we use as s'chach represent growing beyond the heights of finite potential.
Based on Reshimos #62.
Yom Kippur—Recycle Your Guilt
A pre-Yom Kippur talk on the necessity of rising above toxic shame and embracing teshuvah with joy.
Rosh Hashanah—Business or Personal?
Is your relationship with Hashem business or personal? As we head into the Shmita year it is important for each one of us to answer this question. Rabbi Shais Taub explains why.
17 Tammuz—To Transform the Breaking of the Wall
The Babylonian Talmud says that the walls of Jerusalem were broken by the Babylonians on 9 Tammuz while the Jerusalem Talmud says it happened on 17 Tammuz. How do we reconcile these two accounts?
What is the "Butterfly Effect" or the "Alternate Timeline Theory"? Is there a concept in Torah that historical events have the potential to go in two very different directions?
How should we view seemingly negative events in our lives?
Based on Sichos Kodesh 5741, vol. 4, pp. 175-7.
Shavuos—The Cheesecake Cure
All Jewish holidays represent different aspects of the Jewish people's relationship with G-d while Shavuos represents the relationship itself.
Why is Shavuos also called "Atzeres" which means "holding back"? Why are there no special mitzvos associated with Shavuos? Why are Pesach and Sukkos seven days while Shavuos is only one day? These questions are answered by understanding Shavuos as a "blank check" between the Jewish people and G-d.
Lag B'Omer Farbrengen
Rabbi Taub leads a farbrengen in honor of Lag B'Omer at the Baal Shem Tov Library in Flatbush.