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Beware of tikkunism and tikkunistasTikkun olam, Hebrew for making the world a better place, is an important component of Jewish religion and culture. But when removed from the wider...read more...
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is always a fresh topicWriting this column can be a challenge, at least if I want to keep it up to date. I’ve been burned before. In December 2008, I wrote a piece...read more...
Democratic Egypt takes illiberal view of free speechA major foreign affairs controversy unexpectedly spilled over into Canada late last month when Egypt’s prosecutor-general issued arrest...read more...
Media frustrationIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s appearance at the UN General Assembly last week was the centrepiece of a crowded schedule of events in...read more...
Ingredients for a heart of wisdomFrom time to time, I am mindful of the ancient prayer of the Psalmist, “O Lord, teach us to number our days that we may obtain a heart of...read more...
A dance of passionSome aspects of Judaism are best appreciated when we move away from the cerebral and begin to enjoy them on an emotional level. Simchat Torah is a...read more...
Parshat hashavuah: fun, games, fingernailsIf your Rosh Hashanah resolution included learning more Torah, now’s the perfect time to get started. There are many excellent websites geared...read more...
New beginningsDear Ella, I’ve spent most of my last two years grieving for a wonderful man whom I was married to for 46 years. My family and friends have...read more...
Let’s use Sukkot to reconsecrate links to IsraelThe holiday of Sukkot needs a makeover, at least in the Diaspora. Known traditionally as Hechag, The Holiday, for its primacy and passion, Sukkot is...read more...
Reflections about Yom Kippurמחשבות על יום כיפור האדם, חברו, וחשבון הנפש יוסי טסטסה מיוחד עבור העיתון היהודי-קנדי    מיוחדת עד מאוד היא דת ישראל, ושכזו היא בנויה כך...read more...

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