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August 18, 2017
לֹֽא-תַעֲשׂ֣וּן כֵּ֔ן לה׳ אֱלֹקֵיכֶֽם
Do not act this way...
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By Chaim Strauchler | August 18, 2017 |
August 18, 2017
A frail, elderly woman approached me Saturday morning as I stood on the steps in front of our sanctuary. [Crying, she told] me that while she was Roman Catholic, she wanted to stay and watch over the...
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By Chaim Strauchler | August 18, 2017 |
August 11, 2017

This week, Iran suspended two soccer players for life from playing on the Iranian national team. Did they take performance enhancing drugs?  Did they receive elicit payments from gamblers? No -...

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By Chaim Strauchler | August 11, 2017 |
August 11, 2017

Foreigners aren't aliens, they're humans just like us, and we care about them.

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By Chaim Strauchler | August 11, 2017 |
August 4, 2017

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover...

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By Chaim Strauchler | August 4, 2017 |
August 4, 2017

In addition to being Simcoe day, this Monday is Tu B'Av, the day that the Talmud describes as one of our happiest. On this day, the Jewish people made peace after a period of civil war. It was also a time for matchmaking between young women and men.

I...

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By Chaim Strauchler | August 4, 2017 |
July 28, 2017

This Tuesday is Tisha B'Av, the day set aside every year for us to mourn the destruction of Jerusalem two thousand years ago. Our calendar contains days of happiness and days of sadness. Together...

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By Chaim Strauchler | July 28, 2017 |
July 28, 2017

The final book of the Torah describes Moshe's last messages to the Jewish people. In the last months of his life, he teaches from his leadership experience with the goal to guide them in their eventual settlement of...

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By Chaim Strauchler | July 28, 2017 |
July 20, 2017
Have you ever seen someone kiss a ...
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By Chaim Strauchler | July 20, 2017 |
July 14, 2017

The Talmud (Yoma 24b) describes a lottery through which a priest would be selected from among his family to perform an element of the Temple service. The Talmud emphasizes the excitement and...

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By Chaim Strauchler | July 14, 2017 |

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