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BACKSTORY Jewish history does not condemn the futureA stunning talmudic discussion ends with the sages concluding that while it would have been better if man had not been created, one should struggle...read more...
Why Canadian conservatives respected Alan BorovoyMany Canadians were saddened to hear that Alan Borovoy, former general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), passed away on May...read more...
Anti-Semitism should be an international crimeAnti-Semitism has always been, and remains, a major, recurring aspect of life. Curiously, while the phenomenon has been universally researched,...read more...
The stuff of memoryOne wonderful facet of academic life is the opportunity to live temporarily in places other than one’s own home. Research projects, visiting...read more...
Israel’s Jewish and democratic ideals are in harmonyA new front in the relentless attacks on Israel is the attack on Israel’s democracy. The argument is perverse. Democracy remains MIA...read more...
Shavuot foods: blintzes and beyondFrom cholent to chicken soup, much of the Jewish gastronomic year seems to revolve around meat and poultry. But with the longer days and warmer...read more...
Are bar and bat mitzvahs created equal?  Egalitarianism is crucial to liberal Judaism, but Orthodoxy differentiates between girls’ and boys’ rites of passage out of a...read more...
Honouring a gitte neshamahIn my last column I spoke of what brought me to the work I am doing today. I promised to follow this up with more on the Jewish-First Nations bond....read more...
Native-Jewish partnership focuses on healthI write this article while visiting native reserves in the Kenora, Ont., region. We are staying in a Super 8 Motel, and a sign outside says:...read more...
The case for expanding Canada’s sanctions against IranIn a desperate attempt to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran, the Obama administration has forfeited many of its core demands. The framework...read more...

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