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Bayreuth bound up with the legacy of Richard WagnerLeonard Bernstein, the great American musician, struggled with ambivalent feelings about Richard Wagner, the renowned German composer and theatre...read more...
Creative matchmakingIt was Oct. 30, 1971. I was 13 years old, and I was about to lose something I enjoyed every day. The folding of the Toronto Telegram was my first...read more...
Culinary comforts on Yom YerushalayimI tasted my first artichoke in Jerusalem when I was 19. I had a yerushalmi boyfriend who decided to cook dinner for me. The first course was...read more...
Lack of PA press freedom an unreported storyIn her April 30 Toronto Star column (“Palestinian Authority keeps media under thumb”), Vivian Bercovici shines a light on an under-...read more...
A morning with Women of the WallThough I spend much time in Jerusalem I never pray at the Western Wall – for religious reasons. The reflection by the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua...read more...
Ode to The CJNDedicated to Meyer and Dorothy Nurenberger, founders of The CJN Shabbat dinner was winding down, and the family’s guest excused herself from...read more...
Book on Rashi not only for scholarsAn important new book on Rashi (Rabbi Solomon, the son of Isaac), the pre-eminent medieval Ashkenazic rabbi, is now available to English readers. The...read more...
A Jewish approach to job cutsCompetition is the lifeblood of capitalism. It’s why countries negotiate free trade agreements, to remove artificial barriers to competition....read more...
Germany’s first female German-born rabbi since the Nazi eraRabbi Antje Yael Deusel found out she was Jewish when she was 16. “It was a cultural shock for me,” she said in an interview after...read more...
Deeply hearteningI had intended to use this space to call to readers’ attention what I believe to be one of the most important books of the last many years:...read more...

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