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Politics, Pharaoh and PassoverThe biblical account of the Exodus, recounted every year at the Passover seder, tells us that the Israelite slaves departed in triumph after the...read more...
Syrian civil war turns spotlight on GolanIsrael is preparing for the possibility that major changes are likely to occur in Syria, its bitterly hostile northern neighbour, in the not-too-...read more...
Young academics study Yiddish history and cultureThe majority of Jewish victims of the Shoah were Yiddish speakers. One-third of the Jews of the world were killed in the Shoah, but they comprised a...read more...
Four questions about Jewish educationI write these words just days before Pesach, the holiday that, more than any other, focuses on children. We are mandated to ensure that every child...read more...
Deep-seated faith has helped us surviveThe timing of Yom Hashoah and Pesach blends recent history with the seminal event that gave rise to the Jewish People. As a child of a Holocaust...read more...
We must not close our eyesIt was very surprising, indeed disappointing, to see that former prime minister Jean Chrétien attended the recent funeral of Hugo Chavez. Chr...read more...
Chief rabbi teaches inclusivityFor the past 21 years, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has served as the chief rabbi of the Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. He is not, however, an...read more...
Passover and egoPassover is at hand, and it seems Pesach is everyone’s favourite chag, at least for most families in our community. To some of us, Passover is...read more...
Goodbye Passover, hello MimounaEven if your family hails from Plonsk, Pinsk or Minsk, imagine they come from Tangiers, Fez or Marrakesh. That way you can take part in the Jewish...read more...
Is IAW still relevant?For many in our community, it must have been enormously reassuring to read that, according to an “analysis” by Israel’s Ministry of...read more...

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