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The Abraham Accords: Winners and Losers

Sept. 24, 2020 – By JON ALLEN The recent UAE-Israel-U.S.A. agreement takes the immediate prospects of Israel’s illegal annexation of part of the West Bank off the table in exchange for full diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates. Bahrain has followed suit, and others – Oman, Sudan and Morocco – could soon. These accords … Continue reading “The Abraham Accords: Winners and Losers”

Critics of Ontario’s Bill 168 Miss the Mark

By HARRIS WATKINS Working for a member of Ontario’s provincial parliament, I have often seen coordinated email campaigns influenced by external and third-party organizations (using the same subject line usually gives it away). Such was the case when the office of Progressive Conservative MPP Natalia Kusendova (Mississauga Centre) began to receive concerns about Bill 168, … Continue reading “Critics of Ontario’s Bill 168 Miss the Mark”

Leila Khaled and the Corruption of the Academy

Sept. 14, 2020 – By DAVID ROYTENBERG On Sept. 6, 1970, 50 years ago last week, Leila Khaled, a Palestinian refugee from Haifa, participated in the hijacking of El Al flight 219 from Amsterdam to New York. The crime was part of a coordinated attack involving 600 passengers on four commercial jets from four airlines, … Continue reading “Leila Khaled and the Corruption of the Academy”

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Rabbinic Reflections

Ilana Krygier Lapides

The Pillars of Justice, or Why a Whale? – a Yom Kippur Drash

By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES One of my favorite Yiddish stories is I.L. Peretz’s Ob Nisht Noch Hecher (“If Not Higher.”) It’s worth seeking out Peretz’s charming, evocative rendition, even in translation, but briefly: The Rebbe of Nemirov seems to disappear every morning at Sliches time and no one knows to where. The rumour is that … Continue reading “The Pillars of Justice, or Why a Whale? – a Yom Kippur Drash”

Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl

CJR Rosh Hashanah Message: Believing is Seeing

Sept. 17, 2020 – By RABBI BARUCH FRYDMAN-KOHL There is a Hebrew expression that goes far beyond the hope for a shanah tovah. It is, “May the old year with troubles end. Let the new year, with blessings, begin.” I hope that this will be the case for us, as individuals and families, for our … Continue reading “CJR Rosh Hashanah Message: Believing is Seeing”

Ilana Krygier Lapides

Selichot: The Fine Art of Apology

Sept. 11, 2020 – By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES “No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.” – William Gladstone In the delightful children’s book The Hardest Word – A Yom Kippur Story by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn, a gigantic mythical bird called the Ziz makes a mistake … Continue reading “Selichot: The Fine Art of Apology”

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