From the category archives:

Jewish life

This can’t be good


Guess whose latest project is a movie about the Holocaust? None other than Mel Gibson, the guy whose megahit movie “The Passion of the Christ” was widely seen as antisemitic: Gibson’s Con Artist Productions is developing “Flory” for ABC, based on the true story of a Dutch Jew named Flory Van Beek and her non-Jewish […]

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The best part of Rosh Hashanah


Here in Montreal, anyway… when Rosh Hashanah is “late”, like this year, it coincides with the peak of apple season. Fresh-picked apples and honey… mmmmm….

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Shana Tova


Just in time for Rosh Hashanah: the High Holidays Seating Request Form. A very happy New Year to all my MOT readers. L’Shana Tova.

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Simon Wiesenthal: 1908-2005


Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal, who became the most famous Nazi-hunter of all time and was personally responsible for bringing over 1,100 Nazi war criminals to whatever the closest approximation of “justice” could be, has died at the age of 96. Wiesenthal took on the task of hunting down former Nazis at a time when nobody […]

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Yom HaShoah


Today is Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a day to remember the 6 million who perished. But beyond that, it is a day of reflection: on the world that let it happen, on Jewish identity before and after the Holocaust, on Israel and its role, and on where we go from here. […]

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60 years after Auschwitz


I can’t seem to find the words today to express my feelings reflecting on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz: Horror at the atrocities that will be shocking no matter how many times we hear or read about them. Pride that the Jewish people is today so strong and is standing at the […]

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The private school debate


The Liberal government’s hastily-retracted plan to increase subsidies to Jewish schools has sparked somewhat of a debate on private schools in the blogosphere. Paul lists his reasons for opposing government funding of private schools. I disagree. And I’d like to explain why, by addressing his arguments: A/ This isn’t the US, private schooling is not […]

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Jewish school funding: the plot thickens


Charest is angrily denying allegations that his government’s decision to increase funding to Jewish day schools was motivated by fundraising for the Liberals by the Jewish community: Far from a last-minute decision made behind closed doors, Charest said, allowing Jewish day schools to form an association with public school boards and boost their secular funding […]

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Funding for Jewish schools… scandal or conspiracy?


I knew when I heard about this that it was bound to blow up in someone’s face. And of course, it has: Jean Charest’s plan to boost subsidies to private Jewish day schools – like the ones I attended – has become the latest political controversy seemingly overnight. The plan is simple, on the face […]

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Happy Chanukah


Tonight was the first candle of Chanukah. It may not be that big a deal, and it certainly gets ridiculously commercialized and blown out of proportion because of its proximity to Christmas. But I still like Chanukah. Eight days of yummy unhealthy greasy food and presents… what could be bad? I won’t wax poetic about […]

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