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Why use Eshet Chayil as a eulogy?Why is it that we frequently hear eulogies honouring Jewish women using the Proverbs poem of Eshet Chayil, A Woman of Valour? Is this the only...read more...
Why is the Green Line not on our schools’ maps?I always enjoy seeing my kids bring home assignments from Hebrew school, and last week was no exception. On a map of Israel were labelled five...read more...
A shameful moral silence on IranSome time before the March 31 deadline for a framework agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (...read more...
BACKSTORY: ‘Holy War’: The Montreal rabbis’ walkout of 1935In the 1920s, Montreal Jews established the Vaad Ha’ir (VH) to exercise control over kashrut and subsidize Jewish educational institutions....read more...
For most Ethiopian Jews, life in Israel is frustrating and dangerousA few years ago, while waiting by the elevator in our Tel Aviv apartment building, an Israeli neighbour nodded sagely at my Ethiopian Jewish daughter...read more...
Testing FriendshipsDear Ella, My close friend Cindy has no sense when it comes to money. Cindy is the type of gal who has to have everything – the latest trendy...read more...
Hatkivah: controversy and variations – Part 2Although Israel’s national anthem is beloved by many, that admiration is not universal. Some people claim that the hymn is overly secular....read more...
Are rabbis spectators or players?  Sports can be a powerful rhetorical tool to illuminate truths about Jewish life and help religious leaders connect with their congregants...read more...
When ‘Zionism’ becomes a dirty wordTo Israel activists, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s cancellation of Valentina Lisitsa’s piano solo earlier this month is worrisome....read more...
The magic of Israeli moviesThere’s something about the experience of going to the movies that makes magic. The darkened room, the fellowship of audience, the larger-than-...read more...

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