Gershom Scholem called Leo Strauss “Adam Benaftulav”—“a convoluted person” in Hebrew. Unfortunately, study of this thinker has become no less convoluted. The intra-American debate, in which almost every interpretation of Strauss is ideologically aligned, has made it even harder to interpret his already complex work correctly. Disentangling the web of his thought and penetrating the Straussian “smokescreen” require an examination both of his classroom teaching and of his writings. Understanding “Strauss the teacher” can help understand “Strauss the thinker,” explore whether he wished to convey a particular message or moral to his pupils, and, if so, what that message was.