Rabbi Strauchler's Blog

October 20, 2017

What is it to be righteous in an imperfect world? 

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By Chaim Strauchler | October 20, 2017 |
October 20, 2017

This week, I joined rabbinic colleagues in a meeting with two members of Knesset to discuss the relationship between Israel and North American Jews. MKs Dr. Anat Berko and Yoel Hasson visited...

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By Chaim Strauchler | October 20, 2017 |
October 11, 2017

Hillel Ontario and Hasbara Fellowships partnered with Shaarei Shomayim for a panel discussion on Jewish life on campus, last Shabbat afternoon. We heard from four students and two community...

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

Sukkot is zman simchatenu...

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By Chaim Strauchler | October 4, 2017 |
October 2, 2017

HEADS TO TAILS AND BECOMING THE CAUSE

I was working late in my office last month. A member of the shul staff came in to clean my office. He was new to the job, and he didn’t know the word, “Rabbi.” As he opened the door, he was startled to see me. As he quickly exited, he said, “Sorry...

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By Chaim Strauchler | October 2, 2017 |
October 2, 2017

CONTROLLING THE ONE THING WE CAN CONTROL

Click here for part 1 Heads or Tails.

Rabbi, give me something practical that I can do to take control!   I will devote three speeches to...

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By Chaim Strauchler | October 2, 2017 |
October 2, 2017

FORGIVE: STOP LETTING ANGER AND FEELINGS OF BEING WRONGED OCCUPY YOUR HEART

Did you hear the news about a mysterious sonic attack on US and Canadian diplomats stationed in Cuba. Experts believe sophisticated low frequency devices were deployed either inside or outside the diplomats'...

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By Chaim Strauchler | October 2, 2017 |
October 2, 2017

STRUGGLE, BUT ALLOW GOD TO STRUGGLE AT YOUR SIDE.

In two hours, you will have just eaten. You will be scrolling through your phone thinking about what you missed these 25 hours. Yom Kippur will be quickly vanishing in your rear-view mirror. You will certainly have forgotten anything that...

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By Chaim Strauchler | October 2, 2017 |
September 20, 2017
The High Holiday are coming in and the High Holiday readers are out. This year, the essays might be divided into three general themes:...
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By Chaim Strauchler | September 20, 2017 |
September 19, 2017

On Rosh Hashana, we affirm our commitment to life. We speak of the world’s rebirth, and we pray on its behalf. We bless everyone and everything with goodness. Shana Tova.

A simple question: Doesn’t this sentiment seem trite? What is the counter-position against which we argue?

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By Chaim Strauchler | September 19, 2017 |

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