Your Daily Spiel is The CJN’s (almost) daily roundup of trending stories in the Jewish world.
Chastising Chassid: A Quebec Jew, and former Chassid, is seeking to hold the provincial government responsible for allegedly depriving him of a secular education. According to The CJN‘s Janice Arnold, it is the “first legal challenge of its kind in Quebec,” which has long tried to resolve so-called “illegal” ultra-Orthodox schools for years.
Thai Trooper: Israel welcomed its first Thai soldier into the IDF this week. Marissa Avram, 18, was raised in Bangkok by an Israeli father and a Thai convert to Judaism.
Arts & Culture
Stop, Drop, and Torah: An Orthodox outreach program in the United States, Meor Manhattan, seeks to reconnect mostly unobservant Jewish professionals with their religious roots. Among the activities include socializing, drinking, and Jewish learning.
Column of the Day
After Abbas?: After PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ recent health scare many people have pondered what the situation will look like in his wake. This week, Caroline Glick took to the pages of the Jerusalem Post, concluding:
The post-Abbas era will pose new threats and opportunities for Israel. It is up to Israel to ensure that the opportunities are maximized and the threats are neutralized.
Song of the Day
Couple of Lovebirds: Check out the Israeli group Yonina. The husband-wife duo are known for their gentle acoustic harmonies.