Voices

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

Modern Mishpocha: ‘How do we raise good kids?’

By Jenny T. Burns

Before we begin. I want to let you know, in case you need to hear it, that you are an incredible parent and member of your family. You are trying your best.

Okay, let’s dive into some depths.

I am white.

I have white privilege.

If this remark rubs you the wrong way, …

Guest Column: How letters from fellow students helped my grandfather

By Jesse Wolfsohn

Editor’s note: Jesse Wolfsohn of Ottawa is a student at the Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

As I enter the last days of the academic year, I reflect on my excellent experiences at MSIH. Due to the COVID-19 situation,…

Guest Column: Judaism versus racism

By Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

An interesting dialogue and debate occur in the heavens as the angels’ challenge God’s giving of the Torah to the people of Israel. The angels claim that as the Torah is a divine document, it should remain with divine beings, meaning themselves. Moshe retorts…

Ideas and Impressions: Was George Floyd's murder a tipping point?

By Jason Moscovitz

I keep hearing people on television say the murder of George Floyd is a tipping point in American history – but I hear it mostly from white people. People of colour are never so certain. History tells – if not warns – them not to be.

While racism exists in Canada, …

From the Pulpit: George Floyd and The Noahide Laws

By Rabbi Menachem M. Blum, Ottawa Torah Centre Chabad

I write these lines as violent protests rage across the United States as a reaction to George Floyd’s death. What should our reaction be? How should we look at this particular situation? As Jews, we were always taught to turn to the To…