Voices

Submissions from members of our community. (Archived columns from Bulletin columnists).

Focus on Fitness: So long, farewell, shalom, until we meet again

By Gloria Schwartz

When I first approached Ottawa Jewish Bulletin Editor Michael Regenstreif back in 2012 with my idea for a fitness column, I never imagined my column would last this long. I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts with readers on a variety of topics. Some of my articles flowed qu…

Guest Column: Reflections on the passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

By Rabbi Dara Lithwick

A few weeks ago, on November 7, the world lost a gadol, a giant in the Jewish world and beyond, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Z”L at 72 years of age. The British Orthodox rabbi, philosopher, theologian, author, and politician served as the chief rabbi of the United Hebr…

From the Pulpit: Identifying light when surrounded by darkness

By Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg, Temple Israel

Here we are nine months into the pandemic. Last April, when we were desperately regrouping around Passover, we were sure that by the time Chanukah rolled around things would be back to normal-ish. Even as we continue to mark another Jewish holiday wi…

From the Pulpit: A lesson I learned from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

By Rabbi Menachem M. Blum

I pen these lines as the Jewish world mourns the passing of former chief rabbi of the U.K., Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Z”L. A giant in our times, a rabbi of rabbis, a brilliant writer and a master orator who was a great inspiration to many, and to me personally. R…

Ideas and Impressions: Recalling the 1995 referendum 25 years later

By Jason Moscovitz

Somehow, during the pandemic, we lose track of time and we lose track of the calendar and years gone by. My father recently told me he saw me on a documentary about the 25th anniversary of the second referendum campaign on Quebec separation held October 30, 1995. Thanks, …