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Enlightenment

Montreal-born, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker’s new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress is attracting attention.  It has come in...

Paul Michaels

I have just returned from an especially interesting and inspiring three weeks in Israel.  The main purpose of this trip was to attend the...

Linda Kislowicz

It’s the day after Purim and erev Shabbos, a beautiful intersection of a holiday and Shabbos. The week kind of got away from me...

Joannie Tansky

And you shall not present any of your children to pass through for Moloch. (Lev 18:21) Moloch, of course, was the god of the...

Len Rudner

This article was written by Mina Cohn and Judy Young Drache and was originally published in the Canadian Jewish News. International Holocaust Remembrance Day urges...

Mina Cohn

Everyone is created in the image of God. I am not sure why some police pay less attention to reports of missing people, if...

Fredelle Brief

Photo: Annette Wildgoose, a CHES committee member, receiving Mayor Jim Watson’s Proclamation of the Day during International Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 at Ottawa City Hall....

Sheila Hurtig Robertson

Sometimes the U.S. State Department seems not quite in sync with President Trump’s unequivocal rejection of radical Islam. One of those times recently came...

Bill Narvey

“You have to pick those lemons right away. Otherwise the Arabs will get them!” That urgent warning came from my neighbor across the fence...

Mark Lavie

After engaging in a cordial debate with an old friend concerning the rise of antisemitism in Europe (and the extent to which Middle Eastern...

Josh Bentob

Oftentimes people will thank me for my service. It has been more than seven years since I got out of the army, and I...

Craig Fox

Consider this: The biggest taxi company in the world – Uber – does not own any taxis. The biggest hotel company in the world...

Richard Clark

For a great many Jews, the eight-day celebration of Chanukah is a time to call the kids and grandkids to wish them Happy Chanukah;...

Bill Narvey

As expected, President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital unleashed fury among Palestinians and others in the Arab and Muslim worlds, and received...

Gabriella Goliger

The holidays are bittersweet for me these days. On one hand, my heart is so full – I am blessed beyond measure to have...

Colleen Decker

Does anyone need to recognize that Washington is the capital of the US? That Paris is the capital of France? That London is the...

Mark Lavie

How do you tell the story of the Kotel to people who haven’t been there before? Two years ago I was part of a...

Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz

How does one respond when an infamous fabulist makes a decision allegedly based on reality? Donald Trump is the most notorious fabulist of our...

Howard Adelman

As the days get darker much earlier, I am so attracted to the colourful lights in store window and other people’s houses as I...

Fredelle Brief

On October 23rd, we embarked on a journey that would change our lives. Along with 20 other participants from the US, Israel and South...

Jonathan Assouline, Sheri Krell
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