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BACKSTORY: Let your heart be contriteAs the holiday season approaches, one can already hear the predictable fever pitch of pundits on both sides of the “war on Christmas.”...read more...
SOCIAL SCENE: The wedding speechIf I’m ever inclined to slide my wedding video into the old dinosaur that is my trusty VHS, the idea of listening to the rabbi’s speech...read more...
Is Israel’s proportional electoral system preventing peace?Since 1948, Israel has had 33 governments. Only three of them have completed the full four-year term in office, and Israel’s proportional...read more...
Beware the perfect building called the pastEvery year at Chanukah, we celebrate with latkes and songs. We consume a shocking amount of fried dough with jelly inside, all the while telling...read more...
Putting Hebrew at the centreHebrew is the gateway to Judaism. Hebrew opens doors to Jewish peoplehood – to relationships with Jews in Israel and around the world. In my...read more...
Bad behaviour and lashon hara  Where do we draw the line between gossip and slander, and calling out misdeeds? Perhaps the answer lies in a return to the fundamentals...read more...
Spicing it upSpices keep our food from tasting bland and enhance our culinary creations. They add colour, flavour and aroma to our dishes. Both professional cooks...read more...
Real leaders needed to heal IsraelI just got back from the doctor. Nothing serious. Just a regular check-up. But I’ve come home feeling terrible.  It’s not me....read more...
Why we must remember Jewish refugees from Arab landsI’m writing this column on Nov. 30, the day declared to be the national day commemorating the plight of Jews from Arab lands. Most left their...read more...
Rules with teeth in the fight against corruptionThe last 50 years have seen major shifts in defining the ethical. While this is especially true in the realm of sexuality, there have been great...read more...

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