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Remembering Rabin becomes less partisanEighteen years have passed since that dreadful Saturday evening in November 1995, when Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was murdered while...read more...
A positive sign from the Zionist leftAmeinu, a Jewish organization that supports “progressive causes in Israel,” has taken a refreshing and long-overdue step in naming,...read more...
Mesopotamia exhibit and ancient IsraelThe Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) current exhibit on Mesopotamia is one of the best that the museum has mounted. Here is an area that has had a...read more...
Parenting the parentSome days I’m in the mood for a good pity party. It’s usually times when the housework is overwhelming, the kids are fighting, the...read more...
It’s still a New YearIt’s an exciting time in the Jewish annual cycle because all the High Holidays have ended. We have gone through the Days of Awe, the observance...read more...
Family speeches at funerals: some tipsThe greatest change I’ve witnessed in my rabbinic career has been the role of the rabbi at funerals. In the earlier years of my career, I would...read more...
Canadian Jews must champion freedom agendaThe many liberties that make North America history’s greatest experiment in mass democracy and freedom should not be taken for granted. Our...read more...
Sermons: a case for the defenceU.S. President Barack Obama seems to have more faith in synagogue sermons than most Jews I know. This year, in anticipation of the High Holidays, he...read more...
The nature of dreamsTwo men walk along the Jerusalem promenade: one is short and stocky, a former kibbutznik, the other is tall, white-haired, patrician in aspect, his...read more...
Two stories to start the new yearFacing the new year requires some amount of determination to be able to begin with a sense of balance, with an ability to merge both the feelings of...read more...

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