Articles and Divrei Torah
|Shabbat Parashat Lekh L’kha||Shabbat Experiement - Week 3|
|Shabbat Parashat Ḥaye Sarah - November 14, 2009||Shabbat Experiment - Week 5|
|Shabbat Parashat Vayera - November 7, 2009||Shabbat Experiment - Week 4|
|Shabbat Parashat Bereshit - October 17, 2009||Shabbat Experiment Week 1|
|Shabbat Parashat Noaḥ - October 24, 2009||Shabbat Experiment - Week 2|
|Shabbat Parashat Toldot - November 21, 2009||Shabbat Experiment - Week 6|
|Shabbat Parashat Vayetze - November 28, 2009||Shabbat Experiment- Week 7|
|What I Did on My Summer Vacation... or Sabbatical||Rosh Hashanah 2010||
In this talk, Rabbi Strassfeld outlines his ideas for what a synagogue can look like at this turning point of congregational life.
|A Brief Guide to Jewish Liturgy||Learning Project- Liturgy||
Adapted from A Book of Life by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, this is a brief guide to the service liturgy.
|Challenges Facing Jews in the 21st Century||Yom Kippur 5771 (2010)||
Rabbi Strassfeld discusses moving from rabbinic Judaism to community Judaism.
|Choose Life||Yom Kippur-2004||
This sermon discusses the meaning of the phrase "choose life." It tells people to choose a good way to live life.
|Hope||Ma'ariv Rosh Ha-Shanah-2005||
This sermon is about Rabbi Strassfeld being inspired after hearing talks by King Abdullah and Doug Suissman on the possibility for peace in the Middle East. Rabbi Strassfeld encourages people to bring hope into their own lives this new year.
|Is this the fast I have chosen?||Yom Kippur-2005||
This sermon tells how people need to do both social action and also focus on their own life, too, and that it is possible to do. It discusses how to avoid feeling overwhelmed by how much there is to in the world.
|Jewtocracy||1st day of Rosh Ha-Shanah-2003||
This sermon discusses intermarriage and how different people approach it. It also talks about how Rosh Ha-Shanah should be about the whole world, not just Jews.
|Prayer||Kol Nidre 2009||
This is the sermon delivered by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld on Kol Nidre, 2009.
|Re-Sanctifying the World||1st day of Rosh Ha-Shanah-2005||
This sermon discusses the role of God within Judaism, and what it means to live in two civilizations; American and Jewish. It also talks about making the world today sacred, and to celebrate the birthday of the world by making it a better place.
|Rosh Hashanah Sermon 2012|
|Shiva||Learning Project - Shiva||
This document describes customs and rituals for a mourner and visitors.
|Text of Rabbi Strassfeld's Teaching for Shabbat ha-Gadol||Last service in the SAJ Sanctuary before its reconstruction||
This teaching discusses the Torah's laws and the importance of Jewish ritual.
|The Meaning Of It All||Yom Kippur-2003||
This sermon discusses how to make one's life more holy, and the goodness that comes out of being holier. It also discusses what being holy means.
|The Open Society||1st day of Rosh Ha-Shanah-2006 Sermon||
This sermon discusses the ways to perform Jewish practice in modern society. It also discusses SAJ's policy regarding intermarriage.
|Themes of the High Holy Days||Excerpts from "A Book of Life"||
Excerpts from Rabbi Strassfeld's A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice.
|We hold these truths to be self evident||Yom Kippur-2006||
In this sermon, Rabbi Strassfeld discusses his obvious truths, mother's death, his mother's purpose in life, and death itself. He also discusses the importance of community in the midst of death.
|Who Knows One?||Passover-2006||
This prayer, which riffs off the Passover Seder's "Who Knows One" is about the genocide in Darfur and urges people to take action.
|Why I am not a Conservative Jew: Part 2||
This sermon discusses how the Conservative movement tries to look pluralistic while also trying to be traditional. It also discusses how the Conservative movement decides what its policies are on issues such as kashrut, and gay and women rabbis, and how much of these decisions are based on halakha. It also shows that the majority of the Conservative movement does not follow halakha.
|Why I am not a Conservative Jew: Part 3||
Rabbi Strassfeld talks about the fact that halakha is not followed by most Jews today, and how to make our modern oral torah.
|Yom Kippur Family Service Sermon, 2009||Yom Kippur Family Service||
Sermon delivered by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld in the 2009 Yom Kippur Family Service.
|Yom Kippur Sermon 2012||Yom Kippur 2012|
|Zionism||The 60th anniversary of the State of Israel||
This sermon reflects on Zionism in general terms from a contemporary perspective; how it was started, who the leaders were, and what they wanted the Jewish state to be like. It also tells how to incorporate both Zionism and Jewish practice into our lives today.
|The Akeda||2nd day of Rosh Ha-Shanah-2003||
This sermon discusses why the Binding of Isaac story (from Genesis 21) is read on Rosh Hashanah. It dsicusses the merits of studying challenging texts.