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Chag sameach

Shana Tova 5772


Happy new year to all the MOTs out there!

It’s been a time of new initiatives and new beginnings for me. New job, new outlook, new projects… I do love the fall and the fact that Rosh Hashanah  always seems to signal a renewed sense of motivation in my life.

Wishing you and yours all the best for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year.


Happy New Year


And, depending on how you define it, happy new decade.

If this list of the 100 best songs of last decade by Rolling Stone is any indication, the new decade can only be better cause it sure can’t get much worse.


Chanukah’s difficult questions


Interesting op-ed by David Brooks in the New York Times about the real story of Chanukah and the difficult questions that it raises: Generations of Sunday school teachers have turned Hanukkah into the story of unified Jewish bravery against an anti-Semitic Hellenic empire. Settlers in the West Bank tell it as a story of how […]

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The decade in review


The first decade of the century (the 00’s?) is coming to a close in a little more than a month. A lot happened in the past ten years. Need a recap? Here’s Newsweek’s American-centric but still impressive 7-minute summary of the decade: Hard to believe that this time ten years ago, we were worried about […]

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Happy Chanukah


Check out this great virtual menorah, created by Michael Scherotter. It updates automatically at 6pm each day until all the candles are lit.

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New Year’s Resolutions


My New Year’s Resolutions for 5769 are: Walk to (and from) work. See the post below. This one’s an easy resolution to make now, and might be tougher to stick to when the minus-30 weather begins, but I’m certainly going to try to stick to it! Pack my lunch. I’ve lapsed into laziness, and the […]

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More flags


Q: What’s red and white and red and white and red and white? A: Canada Day in Ottawa. Another first for me, as I headed up to Ottawa for the day yesterday to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Here in Montreal, Canada Day is sort of lame, usually overshadowed by the moving day tradition, and the […]

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On Kitniyot


What she said. I’ve never understood why foods that bear no resemblance to chametz are outlawed, while matzah meal, Passover “rolls”, brownie mixes and the like are all kosher, either. I’ve been eating kitniyot for the past couple of years, and I’m definitely a happier Jew for it. (Incidentally, you Ashkenazim out there with more […]

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New Year’s Resolutions


My New Year’s Resolutions: 1. Don’t make any resolutions you don’t intend to keep. 2. When considering making a resolution, see #1. In all seriousness, I’m resolving to live more fully, embrace the little moments that make life what it is, and enjoy the present. (And if you have resolved to quit smoking, way to […]

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Shana Tova


To all the fine-looking Jews out there: Best wishes for a happy and healthy 5768.

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