Chabad of Tucson is launching its 2012 lecture series with Rabbi Shais Taub, a scholar, author and blogger on Jewish mysticism, on Sunday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. at the Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort.
Dubbed “an expert in Jewish mysticism and the 12 steps” by National Public Radio and lauded for the innovative approach to addiction recovery of his bestseller, “God of Our Understanding,” Taub will speak on “Emotional Sobriety: Spiritual Tools for Living Better.”
After the death of British singer Amy Winehouse, Taub urged addicts and their families to “let Amy’s example not be in vain” and spoke about the inevitability of addiction leading to death barring some form of spiritual help.
But the Huffington Post blogger points out that not all addicts are hooked on drugs or alcohol.
“Did you know that it’s possible to become addicted to our own emotions?” he says. “My talk will be based on Kabbalah and my work with addicts around the country on how to detoxify from negative feelings and relationships.”
Taub currently directs Conscious Contact, a program providing meetings for Jewish prayer, meditation and study at the Aleph Institute NE in Pittsburgh, where he lives with his wife and children.