Rabbi Strauchler's Blog

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 |
June 23, 2017
A nascent Modern Orthodox art form is emerging. It's not Torah. It's not (necessarily) pedagogic. However, it reflects our values as it seeks to entertain us. It fosters the micro-community of which synagogues...
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By Chaim Strauchler | June 23, 2017 |
June 23, 2017
A witty rhetorical flourish to bang down a good argument - nothing's like it. Every good writer employs repartee to drive ideas - and to develop his or her characters. Each of...
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By Chaim Strauchler | June 23, 2017 |
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 |

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