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Rabbi Shais Taub

Shais Taub is a Chabad emmisary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is also a popular teacher who has spoken around the world on subjects of Jewish mysticism and their application to our daily lives. His greatest passion is to study, discuss and teach the book of Tanya, the fundamental text of Chabad Chasidic philosophy.


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I am interested in observing Shabbat. Where do I start?

Although there are six hundred thirteen mitzvahs, Shabbat holds a special place in the life of a Jew and observance of Shabbat is considered to be in some ways equivalent to the most important mitzvah, the very belief in G-d. This is because the observance of the Shabbat is how we express our belief that this world...

Why do we cover the Challah on the Shabbat table?

Manna Memories When the Jews traveled for forty years in the desert, they were fed with manna, “bread from heaven” which rained down upon them each day.  On Shabbat, however, the manna did not descend.  Rather, a double portion was granted on Friday, one portion for that day and another...

Is Egg Matzah okay for Passover use?

The Short Answer: Egg Matzah is not ok for the Seder - when there is an obligation to eat "Matzah". As for the rest of Passover, Sephardic Halachic authorities permit Egg Matzah, while Ashkenazic Halachic authorities have restricted its use due to risks of...

Did Moses have horns?

Not only did Moses not have horns but actually no Jews have horns contrary to what the old anti-Semitic myth purports.  The whole thing is obviously ridiculous.  But since this bizarre idea has enjoyed quite a bit of dissemination in the past, it is worthwhile to ask: just how did this whole...

What is the kabbalistic significance of the three Patriarchs?

Before we start speaking directly about the patriarchs, a short introduction to basic kabbalistic concepts is in order. According to the kabbalistic model of the universe, G-d relates to this world through ten different aspects called sefirot. Within the ten sefirot are the basic building blocks for G-d’s...

What is the deeper meaning of Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah is popularly known as the Jewish New Year. It is true, the new year does begin on that day, but the translation is a bit misleading. For one, literally, it doesn’t mean "new year" but rather "head of the year," which we’ll explain a little later. And secondly, Rosh...

How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated?

Shofar The unique 'call of the day' for Rosh Hashanah is the Biblical commandment 1  to hear the sound of the Shofar. The Shofar is sounded during the morning services on both days 2 of Rosh Hashanah ( so long as it is not Shabbat ). The Torah doesn’t give a...

What's the significance of the matzah-maror sandwich?

The Short Answer: With regard to the Paschal Lamb the Torah says 1 "they shall eat it with Matzah and Maror". The great sage Hillel introduced this sandwich as a means to eat them together, literally. The Askmoses Answer:   The matzah-maror sandwich – also known...

Why aren't fish and meat eaten together?

Preface   Before answering this question, the author feels compelled to clarify a very important point about the significance of kashrut in general. Although many have attempted to posit rational explanations for the dietary laws – it’s healthier, cleaner, more humane, etc. – the truth is...

Why do we break the middle Matzah?

Broken   At the beginning of the recitation of the Haggadah we say “This is the bread of our affliction/poverty,” ("Hey Lachma Anya") . 1 The Matzah at the Seder must be poor man's bread. That is why it must be made of nothing but flour and water; we add no...

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