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From the Pulpit: Mom’s eternal rally cap

By Rabbi Idan Scher, Congregation Machzikei Hadas

In a few weeks from now we will be celebrating the Festival of Shavuot.

We find three different names used by the Torah to refer to this Holy Day: 1. Chag HaShavuot (the festival of weeks), Chag HaKatzir (the festival of reaping) and Y…

Guest Column: Carving out space for laughter

It might be hard to laugh. But Jewish humour will get us through this pandemic with our collective identity intact.

By Jon Savitt

NEW YORK (JTA) – Humour is as Jewish as challah. It also just so happens that we need both to survive – and producing the most satisfying versions can be es…

Ideas and Impressions: There will be many questions asked for a long time

By Jason Moscovitz

It has been a while since I heard someone say, “How time flies.” Time is hard to measure in these times of trouble but, surely, time itself has changed everything. No one knew two months ago that we’d be where we are today: stuck in a snowbank in May trying to figur…

Guest Column: When did elderly people like me become disposable?

By Paul Socken

TORONTO (JTA) – The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is shaking the world in disturbing ways.

As someone who is no longer young, I find one aspect of the crisis to be particularly unnerving: the attitude toward the elderly.

The media is filled with stories about the problem repr…

Focus on Fitness: Some wellness tips for these challenging times

By Gloria Schwartz

If you’re not used to exercising at home and you don’t know where to start, you can follow along with my latest exercise videos at www.personalbestthebook.com/read. There are literally millions of exercise videos online, but I thought it would be of interest to my rea…