Zachary Truboff

Zachary Truboff

Zachary Truboff

Rabbi Zachary Truboff recently made aliyah and moved with his family to Jerusalem. He is the director of the English speaking program at Bina L'Itim, a project of Yeshivat Siach Yitzchak and an educator for the Hartman Institute. His writings on Rav Shagar and other topics have appeared in a variety of scholarly publications such as The Lehrhaus, Conversations, and Akadamot. For nearly a decade, he served as the rabbi of Cedar Sinai Syagogue in Cleveland, OH.

Living in the Land of Wealth
Living in the Land of Wealth

Zachary Truboff •

25 min read

The insights of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov and Rav Shagar can help us appreciate the difficulty of escaping from capitalism’s grasp, and the way in which tzedekah can be a profound act of liberation.

Rediscovering the Language of Halakhah
Rediscovering the Language of Halakhah

Zachary Truboff •

30 min read

Though we often fail to realize it, halakhah is a language that shapes the world of those who speak its words. Both Rav Shagar and Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik are sensitive to this but the difference in their approaches have radical implications for the way

Oedipal Fathers and Wicked Sons
Oedipal Fathers and Wicked Sons

Zachary Truboff •

10 min read

Modern life has often been defined by its need to reject the past in favor of a bold new future. In response, those embodying tradition have reacted in a coercive and authoritarian manner. This tension is at the heart of many of the conflicts

Why Rav Kook still matters
Why Rav Kook still matters

Zachary Truboff •

7 min read

At a time when Rav Kook’s vision of redemption has yet to come to pass, it would be easy to dismiss his teachings as no longer relevant. Nevertheless, Rav Kook’s thought remains prescient, especially regarding the role of imagination and emotion in public life.

Can You Hear the Music?
Can You Hear the Music?

Zachary Truboff

A personal reflection about the significance of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov and the meaning of one of his most important teachings.

The Jewish Past and Future
The Jewish Past and Future

Zachary Truboff •

10 min read

The past might trap us in limbo, but it can also point us where we need to go. A look at Rav Shagar's drasha for Yom Yerushalayim.