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Complacency Leads to Complicity

Dec. 22, 2020 By ELLIE DEEGAN My Zaida’s best friend Andy was born in Hungary. He grew up very comfortably but his idyllic childhood did not last long. In March 1944, the Nazis occupied Hungary, and he came to know the horrors of the Holocaust firsthand. Recently, I interviewed Andy. He told me that he, … Continue reading “Complacency Leads to Complicity”

Unelected, Unaccountable, Untroubled: CIJA Says What it Wants, Then Says it Speaks For Us

Dec. 16, 2020 By ANDREW COHEN Since its induced birth a decade ago, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) has offered full-throated support for the government of Israel. As official advocate of Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, it suggests it speaks for Canadian Jewry. That CIJA “represents hundreds of thousands of Jewish Canadians affiliated … Continue reading “Unelected, Unaccountable, Untroubled: CIJA Says What it Wants, Then Says it Speaks For Us”

Zack Babins

Dayeinu: Enough About the UN Vote

December 11, 2020 – By ZACK BABINS For most of 2020, same-sex marriage in Israel was effectively illegal.  Well, that’s not quite true, and I apologize for the sensationalism. The truth is that same-sex marriage has never been legal in Israel. It’s “recognized,” which isn’t quite the same. LGBTQ+ Israelis, or any Israelis who, for … Continue reading “Dayeinu: Enough About the UN Vote”

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Rabbinic Reflections

Ilana Krygier Lapides

Hannukah: The Many Blessings of its Blessings

Dec. 11, 2020 By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES Hanukkah is here, and not a moment too soon: Bringing light into the darkness right now is most welcome. While we look up how to play dreidel, exchange low-fat latke recipes (just kidding, it’s a pandemic – fry the damn things) and schedule online get-togethers, we tend to … Continue reading “Hannukah: The Many Blessings of its Blessings”

Ilana Krygier Lapides

Parshat Lech Lecha: The Incredible Journey…Into Ourselves

Nov. 6, 2020 By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you.– Dr. Seuss In passages following the story of Noah and the collapse of the Tower of Babel, we meet Abram, but G-d is AWOL. The Torah mentions Abram’s ancestors … Continue reading “Parshat Lech Lecha: The Incredible Journey…Into Ourselves”

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