Rabbi Taron Tachman, past contributing blogger
Taron is not as old as he looks in this picture. He is much, much older! As a rabbi at Beth Tikvah Congregation in Hoffman Estates, Taron has married about 30 people, but has buried many more. (sad!) To date, none of his couples have divorced. Taron likes to believe that this is on account of the amazing pre-marital sessions he has with each couple, but knows deep-down that it might be for other reasons. A few years ago, Taron launched Temple Sholom 20’s and 30’s, a new series of popular programs for Jews in the 20’s and 30’s which includes the critically acclaimed Sushi Shabbat, which regularly attracts 100 plus participants and Taron has enticed many to volunteer at the Temple's weekly soup kitchen program; the Monday Meal. In addition, a year or two ago, Rabbi Tachman also initiated what was to be a monthly study program for people in their 20s and 30s but the program kind of flopped. Though the teaching was, of course, exceedingly brilliant, the event only drew four people and the Chinese food served was gross. Taron is currently rethinking this one.
Taron loves being a rabbi as he likely will blather on and on about in his articles. In the three and a half minutes each week that he is not being rabbinic, he enjoys playing ping pong (both right and left handed), studying and writing at coffee shops throughout Chicago, lovingly tending to his 23 pet fish, reading lots of books, playing guitar and taking classes at Old Town School of Folk Music.
Taron very much looks forward to the day when he can butter an entire piece of matzah without it breaking in his hand. Contact Rabbi Tachman at: email@example.com.
ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR
Imagine you and I are seated together on an airplane. You, a complete stranger to me, try to strike up a conversation. I, a rabbi, try to do everything I can to avoid the subject of what I do………my “calling.”
Have you seen the new Coen brother’s movie A Serious Man yet? For me, watching A Serious Man was like reading Portnoy’s Complaint for the first time. I found it wickedly funny at times and just plain wicked at others. Though I mostly liked it, I kept thinking how mortified I would be if anyone besides me were to learn of this story, given that it is so bleak and so unfavorable to the Jewish community and Judaism in general.
In his new book Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer gives the following advice about having a Thanksgiving holiday that is truly reflective of one’s appreciation for health, happiness and loved ones. His advice: DON’T SERVE TURKEY!
Just saw Avatar at Navy Pier’s Imax theater…LOVED IT!! Wow!! As I watched, I kept thinking about how this movie is totally Jewish. In fact, I think that the movie is so darn Jewish that Mr. Cameron should send a big fat royalty check (to the tune of 1.34 Billion) to JUF. That would be so great! (In the meantime, don’t forget to make your JUF donation this year!)
Putting aside the notion of writing a blog entry of real importance and meaning today, and while trying not to be too critical of Sex and the City 2 (which, I thought was a horrible movie), here are a few positive thoughts about my favorite of the four SATC women, the lovable, sweet, graceful, gorgeous, Charlotte York Goldenblatt.
Not since Sandy Koufax agonized over whether or not to pitch the World Series, has a choice this big been put before the Jewish people. Yom Kippur 5771: Should a Jew go to synagogue or to the Dave Matthews Band concert at Wrigley Field?
One of the joys of being a rabbi is the opportunity to sit and talk with people who come to me ready to take charge of their religious and spiritual lives. They are people who want to know more about Judaism and they are seekers searching for meaning, purpose, God, community and an increased sense of connectedness.
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