By COLlive reporter
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Angela Tietolman, a legal librarian at the Robinson Sheppard Shapiro law practice in Montreal, Canada, has long been fascinated by one of Chabad’s authorities on Chassidus.
Having regularly attended the courses of the Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) and the National Jewish Retreat, she’s been paying close attention to Rabbi Shais Taub, a popular scholar and teacher of Jewish mysticism.
Taub authored several acclaimed works elucidating the principles of chassidus including the groundbreaking teaching tool, The Map of Tanya, and the most highly attended JLI course of all time, Soul Maps.
Tietolman would often relate to her friends at Chabad of Queen Mary in Montreal how Taub is able to bring the central text of Chabad philosophy “down to earth.”
She purchased additional copies of the Tanya Map, published by Kehot Publication Society, and gave it out to friends as a spiritual and meaningful gift.
Meeting Rabbi Taub at the last retreat which took place in Alexandria, Virginia, she asked if he would consider coming to Quebec’s Metropolis and to share his great knowledge with her Chabad friends and family.
Taub agreed to do so at the first available opportunity and scheduled for Shabbos Chanukah last month.
A lavish Shabbaton weekend was organized by Shluchim Rabbi Ronnie and Simcha Fine and sponsored by Tietolman in loving memory of her dear parents, Jack and Deborah Tietolman, OBM.
The Tietolmans were pillars in the Montreal Jewish community and staunch supporters of the Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch, also known as the Rabbinical College of Canada. Mr. Tietolman served as its President for decades.
The weekend that combined learning and feasting, began with a full-course catered meal on Friday night. Chabad Queen Mary was decorated in the Chanukah spirit, with no detail overlooked.
Participants, including Tietolmans’ friends Rabbi Shmuly Kramer and his wife, enjoyed sharing Shabbos dinner with friends and family. Rabbi Taub delivered a talk on “Kabbalah of Love and Awe”, which stimulated lively discussion way past midnight.
Shabbos day featured a sit-down Kiddush with Rabbi Taub speaking. After the Kiddush, instead of the usual weekly Tanya review given by Rabbi Fine, Rabbi Taub did the honors.
“Mystical Teachings in Everyday Living” was Rabbi Taub’s topic for the Grand Melave Malka that rounded out an inspiring and memorable Shabbaton weekend.