Rabbi Strauchler's Blog

March 24, 2017
Dukla was a quiet little town, a humble, pious town of bearded Jews; Yeshiva students who frequented the ritual baths and spent their days and nights at Torah study and prayer; and quiet, modest...
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By Chaim Strauchler | March 24, 2017 |
March 24, 2017
"This month shall be for you the first of all months..." 
 
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By Chaim Strauchler | March 24, 2017 |
March 13, 2017

This Tuesday, I had the opportunity to teach a lunch-and-learn for medical students at U of T through the Jewish Medical Students Association. I told the Purim story, emphasizing the envelope...

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By Chaim Strauchler | March 13, 2017 |
March 9, 2017
This past Sunday, many children in our synagogue participated in the annual chidon hatanach (bible quiz). Congratulations to everyone who studied for and took the exam. Here's a difficult chidon style question.
Q. Which laws appear immediately before the commandment to...
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By Chaim Strauchler | March 9, 2017 |
March 3, 2017
משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה
mishenichnas adar marbin b'simcha
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By Chaim Strauchler | March 3, 2017 |
February 24, 2017

Classical antisemitism portrays Jews as excessively concerned with law. An "eye for an eye" is persistently misread until it metastasizes into Shylock demanding a pound of flesh. This attack grows...

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By Chaim Strauchler | February 24, 2017 |
February 17, 2017
"Do you know her? Why did she just invite you and your three children to stay in her home for a weekend?"
 
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By Chaim Strauchler | February 17, 2017 |
February 17, 2017

Never read the comments. I recently saw a Facebook post which mercilessly trashed a Jewish Federation’s support for refugees in the US. A commenter fired back at the author, “I am ashamed that you are a fellow Jew.”

There’s a lot of yelling going on. A lot of that yelling surrounds what...

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By Chaim Strauchler | February 17, 2017 |
February 7, 2017

“’Down 25 points, it’s hard to imagine us winning,’ Brady said, though his teammates said they actually did imagine just that – because of Brady.”

Classically when making an inference from the mundane to the holy, we say l’havdil. Allow me to say l’havdil in drawing a...

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By Chaim Strauchler | February 7, 2017 |
February 3, 2017

Immigration and security issues have been the focus of much attention worldwide in the past two weeks. The "boundaries" and "entry-points" that we set and maintain around our people have a long history within Jewish law and thought. In fact, at the very first moment of freedom, we are asked to...

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By Chaim Strauchler | February 3, 2017 |

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