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Put not your trust in princesConsider the ping-pong ball: it’s served from one side of a net, making a little “pock” sound as it strikes the table. The...read more...
The tragedy of Jewish refugees from Arab lands still lives onפליטים יהודיים טרגדיית הגירוש של יהודים ממדינות ערב חיה ונושמת יוסי טסטסה מיוחד עבור העיתון היהודי-קנדי    השיח הנדוש והשחוק למדי בדבר סיום...read more...
The self-destructive chess championThe late Bobby Fischer, perhaps the most brilliant champion in the annals of chess, was a deeply troubled soul brimming with contradictory impulses....read more...
Difficult ethical decisionsOne of my favourite teaching activities whenever I visit Israel is a workshop with the staff of the geriatric and rehabilitation unit at Ichilov...read more...
Beware of tikkunism and tikkunistasTikkun olam, Hebrew for making the world a better place, is an important component of Jewish religion and culture. But when removed from the wider...read more...
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is always a fresh topicWriting this column can be a challenge, at least if I want to keep it up to date. I’ve been burned before. In December 2008, I wrote a piece...read more...
Democratic Egypt takes illiberal view of free speechA major foreign affairs controversy unexpectedly spilled over into Canada late last month when Egypt’s prosecutor-general issued arrest...read more...
Media frustrationIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s appearance at the UN General Assembly last week was the centrepiece of a crowded schedule of events in...read more...
Ingredients for a heart of wisdomFrom time to time, I am mindful of the ancient prayer of the Psalmist, “O Lord, teach us to number our days that we may obtain a heart of...read more...
A dance of passionSome aspects of Judaism are best appreciated when we move away from the cerebral and begin to enjoy them on an emotional level. Simchat Torah is a...read more...

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