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June 16, 2017

Viewers must sit with their complicity... Viewers demand that [their] favorites, or the villains that [they] love to hate, walk the knife's edge between what's contemptible and what's actually a crime, trusting that producers will keep them from falling.

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By Chaim Strauchler | June 16, 2017 |
June 16, 2017

The people said, "Let's stone them."

A debate can finish when there is an agreement. It can also end when one side rejects the other as an interlocutor. The Jewish people conduct a vigorous and public debate about the direction of their...

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By Chaim Strauchler | June 16, 2017 |
June 15, 2017

What is the value of a synagogue community? I had the chance to reflect on this question at the...

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By Chaim Strauchler | June 15, 2017 |
June 15, 2017

Imagine a massive parade of hundreds of thousands of people. With trumpets and pageantry, they move. When seen from afar, they don't so much march; rather, they flow as a river. Our parsha paints...

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By Chaim Strauchler | June 15, 2017 |
June 15, 2017

Naso means "to count." Our parsha begins with the command to count the Levite families in preparing them for their work in the Tabernacle. Our parsha concludes with the special offerings of the nesiim - the heads of each tribe. The same...

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By Chaim Strauchler | June 15, 2017 |
May 26, 2017
The summer blockbuster season will soon be upon us. Blockbuster movies seem to all have a common element: a loud and exciting destruction sequence. Heroes, robots, or aliens destroy cars, buildings, and cities, as they pursue sometimes beneficial but often...
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By Chaim Strauchler | May 26, 2017 |
May 26, 2017
Does baseball have a problem?
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By Chaim Strauchler | May 26, 2017 |
May 12, 2017

Shaarei Shomayim hosted Mizrachi Canada's beautiful yom hazikaron - yom haatzmaut...

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By Chaim Strauchler | May 12, 2017 |
May 12, 2017

 

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By Chaim Strauchler | May 12, 2017 |
May 12, 2017

The NYT Social Qs Column had the following question:

As usual, I went to ...

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By Chaim Strauchler | May 12, 2017 |

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