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Returning to a new placeWe are a people who return.  For generations we prayed for our return to Israel. We returned and still pray for the ultimate return. Each time...read more...
Honouring people who change the worldTen years ago, my children Ellen and Stephen, and their spouses Andrew Hauptman and Claudine Blondin Bronfman, gave me the most unbelievable gift....read more...
How my visit to Israel affected meOn Aug. 31, 2014, my perspective on life changed. That was the day I left for my first trip to Israel. I’m not sure I was prepared for how...read more...
Montreal's JPL in its first centuryOne hundred years ago, Jews gathered in Montreal to found the Yiddishe Folks Bibliotek, which thrives today as Montreal’s Jewish Public Library...read more...
A time for renewal on many levelsSummer is over. Too soon. Fall is here and school has started. Again, too soon.  I grieve for the absence of light and warmth, of vacations and...read more...
The challenges of shmittahOne of the challenging yet exciting aspects of the return of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel is figuring out how to apply sections of Jewish...read more...
How we fight backThe last days of summer will soon fall away from the calendar like lifeless petals on a depleted rose, to be swept with little effort into yesterday...read more...
Media coverage of internal Palestinian affairs inadequateIn her Sept. 3 National Post column, “An insider’s tell-all on the media war against Israel,” Barbara Kay provided a handy summary...read more...
The shofar – a listener’s – and blower’s – guideA hush falls over the congregation. The shofar is raised and the first blast – tekiah – is sounded. The shofar is one of Judaism’s...read more...
Embrace spirituality at Rosh HashanahDear Ella, This is the first year I will be hosting Rosh Hashanah dinner with my newly married daughter and her Christian husband. We raised Jenny to...read more...

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