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Hamas Rearms As Gaza Languishes In Misery

Filed in Middle East by on October 16, 2018 0 Comments
Hamas Rearms As Gaza Languishes In Misery

Judging by Israel’s discovery and destruction of yet another Palestinian attack tunnel recently, Hamas is still very much in the business of war. The tunnel, which started in the Gaza Strip and penetrated about 200 meters into Israeli territory, was the 15th destroyed by the Israeli army in the past year. Hamas, which has ruled Gaza […]

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Ron Dermer’s Political Agenda

Filed in Middle East by on October 14, 2018 0 Comments
Ron Dermer’s Political Agenda

Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, has painted himself into a corner, revealing himself as an ultra-partisan political operative. Since his appointment in 2013, he has steadfastly refused to meet the leaders of progressive Jewish organizations, notably J Street, the New Israel Fund and Americans for Peace Now. All of them are critical […]

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The Guilty: A Minimalist Danish Film

Filed in Film by on October 13, 2018 0 Comments
The Guilty: A Minimalist Danish Film

Gustav Moller’s Danish thriller, The Guilty, which opens in Toronto on October 19, keeps you on the edge of your seat. Unfolding over several hours in dim-lit cubicle at a police call center, it’s a well-crafted movie, exceedingly spare, focused and suspenseful. Virtually the only character in it is Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergreen), a laconic […]

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The Eugenics Crusade

Filed in Television by on October 12, 2018 0 Comments
The Eugenics Crusade

On the face of it, the eugenics movement in the United States seemed like a positive thing. Reaching its apex of popularity in the first third of the 20th century, it garnered the support of notable Americans such as Theodore Roosevelt, the former U.S. president; John Harvey Kellogg, the health reformer and inventor of the […]

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Restoring Tomorrow

Filed in Film by on October 12, 2018 0 Comments
Restoring Tomorrow

Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest synagogue in Los Angeles, was in danger of abandonment in the first decade of the 21st century. Membership was declining and the building was falling apart. Its fate hung in the balance. Thanks to the vision and persistence of its senior rabbi, Steve Leder, the shul, listed on the National […]

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Journalism Is A Dangerous Craft

Filed in Guest Voices by on October 11, 2018 0 Comments
Journalism Is A Dangerous Craft

When I was in Washington earlier this year, I visited the Newseum, a seven-level, 250,000-square-foot museum featuring 15 theaters and 15 galleries about the history of the media. For anyone interested in newspapers and journalism, this is a wonderful place to visit. One of the most dramatic exhibits is its Journalists Memorial, which pays tribute […]

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American Chaos: Why Trump Won

Filed in Film by on October 10, 2018 0 Comments
American Chaos: Why Trump Won

Nearly two years after his widely unexpected victory in the U.S. presidential election, one may be forgiven for wondering how Republican Donald Trump managed to defeat his much better qualified Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Clinton, after all, had excellent credentials. She had been the American secretary of state for four years. And she had learned […]

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Joe And Ben Weider: The Fathers Of The Fitness Movement

Filed in Film by on October 10, 2018 0 Comments
Joe And Ben Weider: The Fathers Of The Fitness Movement

Joe Weider and his younger sibling, Ben, were visionaries, the founders of the modern fitness movement. Drawing a connection between exercise, nutrition and good health, the Montreal-born Jewish  brothers founded a business empire that sells gym equipment and nutritional supplements and publishes body building magazines. George Gallo’s movie, Bigger, which opens in Canada on October […]

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Wall: A Film About Israel’s Separation Barrier

Filed in Film by on October 9, 2018 0 Comments
Wall: A Film About Israel’s Separation Barrier

The security barrier that seals off Israel almost hermetically from the West Bank is a source of immense angst and controversy. To most Israelis, it’s a “separation fence” that keeps Palestinian terrorists at bay and thereby saves lives. To the Palestinians, it’s a “racial segregation wall” that restricts their movements, cuts them off from their […]

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Poland’s Neglected Jewish Cemeteries

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on October 8, 2018 0 Comments
Poland’s Neglected Jewish Cemeteries

Forty one years ago, I visited Poland, my parents’ birthplace, for the first time. My friend Henry Srebrnik, whose father and mother were born and raised in Poland as well, was my travelling companion. In accordance with our plan, we spent several days in Lodz and Czestochowa, the cities from which our parents’ hailed. In […]

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