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How air conditioning cooled off my prejudicesWe Israelis too often judge our fellow countrymen superficially – by the way they dress, their accents, their kippot, their complexions. I, too...read more...
Talmud: starting all over againThe cycle has begun again. The cycle is known as daf yomi, in which a double-sided page of the Talmud is studied daily until this classic work is...read more...
Beginning before the beginning“Let’s start at the very beginning,” goes the famous Broadway line. And it seems logical. But in Judaism, the beginning isn’t...read more...
Striking pay dirt at Tel HuqoqMy role as president of the Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto has given me the...read more...
Hard work lies aheadIn a few short weeks, we’ll begin the month of Elul. It’s the month before Rosh Hashanah, and generally we’re aware that it’s...read more...
London, but no Olympic spiritThe 2012 Summer Olympics opened last week in a festival of pomp and pageantry for which the British are so notably and justifiably famous. London was...read more...
Summer provides a wonderful opportunity to gather with familyאיחוד משפחות חודשי הקיץ הם הזדמנות פז למפגש עם היקרים לנו מיוחד עבור העיתון היהודי-קנדי עשרות אלפי ישראלים חיים באזור טורונטו רבתי. רובם המכריע הגיע...read more...
But will it be kosher?How often have you been at a community fundraiser or life-cycle event such as a wedding or a bar or bat-mitzvah and been asked the question, “...read more...
Keeping the FaithEight years ago, when my husband and I started considering the kind of school we’d choose for our first child, a rabbi I know made a strong...read more...
No moral equivalence between Israel and Egypt on peaceNew York Times columnist Tom Friedman has outdone himself. In a July 3 piece, he argued that what he calls “a real peace” can be had...read more...

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