From the Pulpit: ‘The Jewish people and the world need our prayers’

By Rabbi Gavriel Rudin, Young Israel of Ottawa

In these very difficult times we find ourselves in, I struggle to find the proper words to write. Mass illness, confusion, and uncertainty have become our new norm. Jewish organizations, schools, and shuls are dark and empty. In the past, when …

Ideas and Impressions: ‘We are all at home wondering what’s next’

By Jason Moscovitz

Where to begin? I remember Pierre Trudeau once asking in a difficult constitutional time, “Is this the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?” Maybe the end of the beginning fits where we are with COVID-19. Maybe.

From the moment Prime Minister Justin Trud…

Guest Column: Four questions for Pesach 2020

By Jay Solomon, CIJA

For centuries, Jews everywhere have gathered with family and friends around the seder table to recount the story of the Exodus from Egypt, a narrative that has captured our attention for generations. It is an annual reminder that, even amid uncertainty, we can draw upon…

Modern Mishpocha: Pesach teaches us about healing intergenerational trauma

By Jennifer Perzow

We know the importance of reading to and sharing stories with our kids. In addition to developing basic literacy skills, sharing stories transmits knowledge and culture l’dor v’dor (from one generation to the next). We use stories to teach, to entertain, and to help u…

A View from the Bleachers: The possibility for miracles in Israeli politics

By Rabbi Steven Garten

I was invited to speak at an Anglican church on the Jewish view of reconciliation for a presentation in a series offered by non-Christian clergy. The request was to present a theological paradigm concerning reconciliation. “Oh, one more request,” said the priest, …