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Women are still scapegoatsAs Vancouver’s winter gloom deepens, we have been immersed in the Middle Ages though a series of lectures on DVD offered by The Great Courses....read more...
‘Better a bitter conclusion’The new year begins with an old story: Israel’s ability defend itself so well is upsetting to some people. Thomas Friedman, in a Dec. 5 New...read more...
Finding time for booksHow does one find time for books? One finds time for books by taking it. Even in our computer age, books are still the best way to preserve and...read more...
Why buy flowers?Whenever I think of a wedding of someone close, I think of the simple advice that my rabbi gave me before I got married. He called me into his study...read more...
Gefilte fish: why all the carping?It may not have the recuperative qualities of hot chicken soup. Or the sweet aroma of freshly baked challah. But love it, or not, gefilte fish has...read more...
Hamas-Fatah truce signals trouble for IsraelIn his recent triumphal return to Gaza, Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, immediately ramped up the rhetoric against Israel, proclaiming that “...read more...
Our struggle for religious pluralism in IsraelSpending time away from your usual surroundings sometimes gives you a better appreciation of where you’re from and where you plan to continue...read more...
Israel’s democratic dilemmas on full displayAs Israel moves closer to general elections scheduled for Jan. 22, the    achievements of Israeli democracy, as well as its structural...read more...
Trying not to judgeDear Ella, Every new year, I try to improve on one thing. I don’t like to call it a New Year’s resolution, but that’s pretty much...read more...
Gun culture in Israel, U.S. not comparableWayne LaPierre, the head of the U.S.-based National Rifle Association, is without doubt an expert on America’s gun-crazed culture, to which he...read more...

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