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Rabbi Michael Taubes

Rabbi Michael Taubes has over 30 years experience in high school and post high school Jewish education. He received Semicha from RIETS and a Masters in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. He has served as head of school at MTA Yeshiva University HS for boys and Mesivta of North Jersey. He is the co-editor of Artscroll's Rabbi Joseph B.Soloveitchik Machzor on Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur and author of The Practical Torah published by Genesis Jerusalem Press. Currently, Rabbi Taubes is the Rabbi of Congregation Zichron Mordechai in Teaneck and is a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University.

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes presents an overview of the unique Bikat Hachama, blessing on the sun. This bracha is only said once every 28 years, and falls out this year on Erev Pesach. Rabbi Taubes explains the reason and calculations behind the bracha, as well as provides insight into the significance of the event. Birkat Hachama: Blessing on the SunDescriptionBirkat HachamaRabbi Michael Taubes2017-12-11 58:26

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Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the unique aspect of publicizing the miracle of Chanukah.Chanukah: Publicizing The MiracleDescriptionChanukaRabbi Michael Taubes2017-12-07 41:32

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes explains the halachik holiness of the menorah lights during Chanuka. The Holiness of the LightsDescriptionChanukaRabbi Michael Taubes2017-12-05 52:14

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The Ways of G-dPirkei Avos, MishnaRabbi Michael Taubes2010-01-05 37:22

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Rabbi Michael Taubes continues learning Pirkei Avot, focusing on the teachings of Hillel.Fullfilling the Will of G-dDescriptionPirkei Avos, MishnaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-12-31 44:08

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Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the teachings from the great Jewish sage, Hillel.Teachings of HillelDescriptionPirkei Avos, MishnaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-12-03 37:37

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Rabbi Michael Taubes continues to learn the first perek of Pirkei Avot. The teachings discussed in this class focus on the best way to serve G-d. Rabbi Taubes relays the mishnayot with pertinent examples in our everyday lives.Serving G-dDescriptionPirkei Avos, MishnaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-11-12 41:21

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Rabbi Michael Taubes continues to learn the first perek of Pirkei Avot. This class discusses the mishnayot which deal with issues of friendship, leadership and G-d.Finding G-d, friendship and leadershipDescriptionPirkei Avos, MishnaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-11-05 47:44

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Rabbi Michael Taubes begins studying Pirkei Avot, a unique section of the Mishna which contains essential lessons of ethics and behavior from the Sages. Rabbi Taubes explores the significance of Pirkei Avot and begins studying the first chapter.Legacy of Our Sages: Introduction to Pirkei AvotDescriptionPirkei Avos, MishnaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-10-15 48:53

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the idea of not eating meat together with fish. Based on a vague Gemara, Rabbi Taubes delves into this topic , with practical as well as underlying understandings.Meat and FishDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-04-28 37:12

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the underlying halachik reasons for the prohibition of damaging someone's property.Property DamagesDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-04-21 49:47

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes analyzes the halachic essence of kiddush on Shabbat, both during the night and day.Shabbat KiddushDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-04-20 53:22

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In honor of the upcoming holiday of Shavuot, in this shiur (Torah class) Rabbi Michael Taubes explores the commandment of learning Torah. Rabbi Taubes explains the source of the mitzvah and discusses the practical applications.The Mitzvah of Talmud TorahDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-04-07 45:09

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the concept of adding time to the beginning and end of Shabbat. He also discusses this idea in terms of Yom Tov and explains the differences.Adding to ShabbatDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-04-01 46:18

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes explains the halachik nature of writing on Shabbat.Writing on ShabbatDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-03-20 49:08

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the practice of beginning to learn the halachot of Pesach thirty days before the holiday. Rabbi Taubes discusses whether it is an halachik obligation or a recommended measure, and goes through the various sources involving this concept.Thirty Days before PesachDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-03-12 45:10

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes presents the halachik obligation of listening to the Torah reading on Shabbat.The Halachic Obligation of Krias HaTorahDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-02-12 49:45

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the fast of the firstborns on Erev Pesach. Rabbi Taubes analyzes the halachik and hashkafic underpinnings, deepening the understanding of the fast's nature.The Fast of the FirstbornsDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-02-11 38:58

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the various names of G-d and when it is appropriate to recite each one.The Names of G-dDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-02-10 49:43

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the fascinating halachik concept of reciting baruch shem kavod malchuso l'olam vaed. This phrase is generally recited after on says Shema as well as after one accidentally begins reciting an unnecessary bracha (blessing). This class focuses on the latter instance, providing an in depth understanding as well as the halachot concerning the phrase.Baruch Shem Kavod MalchutoDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-01-29 49:43

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the topic of using a non-Jewish name. This fascinating shiur provides a halchik understanding of common practice.Jewish NamesDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-01-25 48:05

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes explores the fascinating halachik concept of areivut, responsibility towards others, in regards to mitzvot.Responsibility Towards OthersDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-01-22 57:11

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the halachot (laws)of how far one must go in order not to embarrass another person.Embarrasing OthersDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2009-01-12 45:15

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In this shiur (class), Rabbi Michael Taubes explains the various halachot of the three meals we eat on Shabbat. This class provides the background as well as current halachik scenarios concerning the Shabbat meals.The Three Meals of ShabbatDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2008-12-03 52:39

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In this shiur (class), Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the various halachot of an Onan, one whose close relative has passed away and is still not buried. Rabbi Taubes provides a clear and comprehensive overview of the halachot, complete with modern day cases.The Halachot of an OnanDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2008-11-20 46:09

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In this shiur (class), Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the often misunderstood mitzvah of Tochacha- rebuke. Rabbi Taubes defines the mitzvah and then explains various Gemaras which explain the parameters of the mitzvah.The Mitzvah of TochachaDescriptionContemporary HalachaRabbi Michael Taubes2008-11-14 46:15

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Rabbi Michael Taubes explores the final moments of the Yom Kippur davening (prayers) and the joy that comes with true forgiveness.Joy of RepentanceDescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom KippurRabbi Michael Taubes2008-09-26 55:18

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Rabbi Michael Taubes examines how the bulk of the Yom Kippur davening (prayers) is comprised of Mussaf, in which the details of the Yom Kippur service are described.True AtonementDescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom KippurRabbi Michael Taubes2008-09-25 48:44

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Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the fundamental aspects of the Yom Kippur Davening (prayers), in particular Kol nidrei and viddui (confession).Returning to G-dDescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom KippurRabbi Michael Taubes2008-09-15 57:58

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Rabbi Michael Taubes discusses the Musaf prayer of Rosh HaShana, which contains essential themes of the holiday.Crowning Our KingDescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom KippurRabbi Michael Taubes2008-09-11 58:26

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Rabbi Taubes discusses the significance of the Shofar that is blown during the Rosh HaShanah davening. Rabbi Taubes also discusses the custom to eat the simanim, the signs of Rosh Hashana.Shofar: A Call to ReturnDescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom KippurRabbi Michael Taubes2008-09-05 1:07:26

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Rabbi Taubes discusses the obligation for prayer. He points out that Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are specifically designated as days of prayer. However, these days are also deemed as days of joy.Themes of Rosh HaShanaDescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom KippurRabbi Michael Taubes2008-08-15 1:08:37

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In this shiur (Torah class), by Rabbi Michael Taubes, the halachic nature of the Megillah reading is discussed. Rabbi Taubes differentiates between the reading at night and the reading during the day, and why each one is significant.Megillah Reading During the Night and DayDescriptionPurimRabbi Michael Taubes2006-09-10 51:07

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Michael Taubes delves int the exact halachik nature of the mitzva of counting the omer. Through an understanding of it's halachik definition, one comes to understand the purpose of this mitzva.The Halachic Essence of Sefirat HaOmerDescriptionSefirahRabbi Michael Taubes2006-08-22 55:01

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