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Reaching Out

I recently had a conversation with my step mother about Jews using their position as immigrants to North America, and their success at integration into this society and climbing the socio-economic ladder, to mentor current new immigrant groups. We specifically…

Jerusalem Pride, 2008 edition

Jerusalem’s pride parade will take place on Thursday. Right-wing activists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir had submitted a petition to the courts to the parade form going forth, but the courts rejected the petition. In a refreshing statement, Justice Ayala…

Texans in Rubashkin's Postville

Reading the news on JTA, I came across this story. In an effort to restore lagging production at its plant in Postville, Iowa, the country’s largest kosher meat producer has been hiring workers from homeless shelters in Texas to replace…

Judaism in the News

I may be in the USA these days, but I still get much of my news from Canada. Reading a CBC article this morning, I was disappointed that the reporter(s) didn’t add to the following: Golubchuk and his family are…

The case of the crying Torah

More, still, from the conversion files. Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is crying. No, sorry, his Torah is crying. While I found his Jerusalem Post opinion piece a bit much, he did make some great points. WHAT HAS happened to our Torah…

Doomsday: Today!

House of Yahweh (“a homemade mix of Jewish and Christian beliefs,” according to the ABC news segment) church leader Yisrayl Hawkins of Abilene, Texas has instructed his followers to prepare for the nuclear war which is to take place today,…