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Mara Bosloy

Antisemitic Content on TikTok: The Clock is Ticking

By MARA BOSLOY As a card-carrying millennial, I joined TikTok at the beginning of quarantine in March only to alleviate boredom (the social media app was used mainly by Gen Zs before quarantine). Once there, the algorithm eventually led me to Jewish TikTok. This means that a lot of the content that comes up on … Continue reading “Antisemitic Content on TikTok: The Clock is Ticking”

Ilana Krygier Lapides

Parshat Pinchas: History Has its Eyes on You

July 10, 2020 – By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES In Parshat Pinchas, toward the end of the Book of Numbers, a census has taken place, presumably to assign land rights for when the Hebrews enter the Holy Land. The logistics unfold predictably until the five daughters of Zelofechad arrive at the Tent of Meeting requesting an … Continue reading “Parshat Pinchas: History Has its Eyes on You”

‘Zionists not Welcome’ and the Responding Deafness

By JEFFREY WILKINSON The phrase “Zionists not welcome” appeared as a hashtag in an Instagram post on or around July 1, 2020 from the owner of Foodbenders in Toronto. Soon after, an avalanche of criticism was directed at the restaurant’s owner, Kimberly Hawkins, led by pro-Israel advocacy groups which saw the post as blatantly racist … Continue reading “‘Zionists not Welcome’ and the Responding Deafness”

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Rabbinic Reflections

Ilana Krygier Lapides

What’s My Motivation? Parshat Korach

By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES A friend posted that her adorable toddler has discovered the magic and wonder of the word, “no.” Apparently, regardless of the question, the answer is always, “no,” spoken loudly, with hands on hips and a defiant twinkle in the eyes. Such is the power of finally having language with which to … Continue reading “What’s My Motivation? Parshat Korach”

Ilana Krygier Lapides

Kvetching and 20/20 Hindsight: Parshat Beha’alotecha

By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES In the opening scene of Annie Hall, Woody Allen’s highly-strung character Alvy Singer jokes about two elderly Jews having dinner at a resort. One turns to the other and says, “Boy, the food here is really terrible.” The other answers, “And the portions are so small!” We Jews have a reputation … Continue reading “Kvetching and 20/20 Hindsight: Parshat Beha’alotecha”

Ilana Krygier Lapides

D’var Shavuot 2020, ‘Wither Thou Goest’

by ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES Wither Thou goest – I will go.Wither Thou lodgest – I will lodge.Thy people shall be my people.Wither Thou goest – I will go. The pilgrimage festival of Shavuot is upon us. Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of our receiving the Torah. We celebrate by listening to the liturgical poem, the Akdamut, eating … Continue reading “D’var Shavuot 2020, ‘Wither Thou Goest’”