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Diaspora Jews shouldn’t try to influence the Israeli electionDiaspora Jews often want to tell Israelis how to vote – and how, more generally, to run their country. After all, as Jews, we feel we have a...read more...
Bringing our values to the table  What does it mean to say food is kosher when the animals that give us nourishment are raised as commodities with little concern for their...read more...
Raising the bar for kosher certificationAll kosher products, manufacturers, establishments, catering halls, etc. must be under the supervision of a kosher certification agency, that is, an...read more...
Golden lessons for a winter's night - Part 1Could there be a more perfect Jewish comfort food? Bite into a piece of fresh challah, and you are tasting far more than flour and eggs and yeast. It...read more...
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...

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