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Let’s set a new toneLast month, I had a fabulous evening in Toronto. A former student and his wife – who have become good friends – hosted a book party and...read more...
The elephant in the Jewish roomThe bad news spin on the Pew report on U.S. Jewry has been pervasive, the good news spin not as much. J.J. Goldberg of the Forward argues that in...read more...
Opening the doorsIn 2011, Gershon Hundert, Derek Penslar and David Novak were inducted into the Royal Society of Canada, the first Jewish studies professors to...read more...
Pew and the hope of AbrahamThe recent Pew Report on American Jewish Identity has been compared to the Flood of Noah. But it’s important to recall that Jewish life has not...read more...
A clear message to the worldRegardless of one’s political predilections, one’s attitude toward the policies of Israel’s current government, or one’s view...read more...
The Jewish kippah problemQuebec has a kippah problem. A proposed “charter of values” will prohibit public employees from wearing hijabs, turbans, kippahs, and...read more...
We can’t have it both waysJewish life in Canada is thriving. Support for Israel within the political sector frequently prompts descriptions of Canada as “Israel’s...read more...
We, too, must fight for goodWhen Daniel Patrick Moynihan fought the UN’s infamous “Zionism is racism” resolution as US ambassador, he telegrammed his boss,...read more...
Zionism’s unfinished businessRabbi Tarfon’s oft-quoted adage in the Ethics of our Fathers, “the work [of perfecting the world] is not yours to complete, but neither...read more...
Preparing for the unlikelyAs a new Jewish year begins, renewed U.S.-led peace talks continue between Israel and the Palestinians. Much has been written about the low...read more...

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