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If only the magnificent Chagall, Van Gogh and Picasso paintings on the walls of the Art Gallery of Ontario could talk. The record of who owned them, and which elegant European salon displayed them, runs cold sometime in the early 1930s and then...
Jonathan Pollard, who has been imprisoned for 30 years for spying for Israel, has been granted parole following a unanimous vote by a federal parole panel. The release date is scheduled for Nov. 21, Pollard’s pro bono attorneys announced...
For Orthodox Jews, keeping the laws of niddah (the menstrual period) is a sacred, holy practice between married couples that prohibits them from touching during menstruation and the days after, until she dunks in a mikvah, a ritual bath. For a woman...
Lately, I have been really fascinated by the book of Job, which explores the question of why we suffer. Rabbis and philosophers have offered many explanations and theodicies for human suffering, though few are actually helpful when we are in the...
When 11-year-old Irene Cahen d’Anvers sat for Renoir’s masterpiece known as Girl with a Blue Ribbon, she could not have known that the painting would be embroiled in a monumental tragedy, culminating in the murder of her entire family in...
Thirty years ago next February, a baggy-panted little man walked across a bridge that connected East to West Germany and electrified the world. Anatoly Shcharansky was free after spending nine years in a Soviet prison and becoming a byword for...


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