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Zachary Zarnett-Klein

Complex Yet Critical: Where Does the Jewish Community’s Relationship with the Trudeau Government Stand?

Dec. 1, 2020 By ZACHARY ZARNETT-KLEIN The multicultural mosaic of Canadian society is a critical pillar, one that makes our country unique. It adds to the vibrancy and richness of the fabric of our great nation. However, it also results in ongoing complexity as communities navigate their relationship with each other and with the federal … Continue reading “Complex Yet Critical: Where Does the Jewish Community’s Relationship with the Trudeau Government Stand?”

Natan Sharansky and Irwin Cotler: ‘Mr. No’ and ‘Getting to Yes’

By GIL TROY My wife jokes that the two reasons she failed to learn constitutional law at McGill University’s law school are named Irwin Cotler and Natan Sharansky. In the mid-1980s, Cotler, her constitutional law professor, was busy flying to Moscow and missing lectures in an effort to free Sharansky from the Gulag. Today, I … Continue reading “Natan Sharansky and Irwin Cotler: ‘Mr. No’ and ‘Getting to Yes’”

Canada Votes at the UN: A Response to the CIJA, B’nai Brith Canada and Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center

Nov. 25, 2020 By JON ALLEN I am writing in response to the recent joint statement issued by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), B’nai Brith Canada, and Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center regarding the Nov. 19 vote by Canada on a United Nations resolution affirming the right of Palestinians to self-determination. … Continue reading “Canada Votes at the UN: A Response to the CIJA, B’nai Brith Canada and Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center”

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Rabbinic Reflections

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”

Kohelet and Two Types of People: A Sukkot Drash

Oct. 9, 2020 By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES “Relax, nothing is under control.”– Adi Da Samraj There are two different types of people in the world: Planners and those who go with the flow. Granted, there is lots of grey between those two poles, but generally we lean one way or the other. Regardless of which … Continue reading “Kohelet and Two Types of People: A Sukkot Drash”

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