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Film

An Absorbing Psychological Drama

Lili Horvat’s Hungarian-language feature film, Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period Of Time, is weighed down by a clunky title, but is blessed with a magnetic story line. An absorbing psychological drama teetering between reality and delusion, itĀ opens digitally at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on January 22 and in the rest […]

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Middle East

Israeli Settlement Expansion May Inflame Relations With U.S.

In the next few days, as President-elect Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration draws closer, Israel may well approve plans to expand its network of settlements in the West Bank. According to the Ministry of Defence’s High Planning Committee, Israel is preparing to build 800 housing units in seven settlements: Oranit, Givat Zeev, Beit El, Itamar, […]

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Commentary

The Alt-Right Flocked To Trump’s Insurrectionist Rally

A ragged assortment of alt-right fanatics and antisemites were seen atĀ President Donald Trump’s infamous “Save America” rally in Washington, D.C., which erupted into an orgy of anarchy, insurrection and violence after he incited them to vent their rage at the seat of government on Capitol Hill. Among them were white supremacists carrying Confederate flags, neo-Nazis, […]

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Books

The Tailor Project Brought Holocaust Survivors To Canada

An old photograph I treasure, taken by a person whose identity will never be known, shows a solemn young couple and their two children sitting on the grass in Montreal’s Fletcher’s Field, a stone throw’s away from heavily-wooded Mount Royal. The woman, a hint of a smile on her face, balances a toddler on her […]

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Jewish Affairs

Adelson Upended The Status Quo In Israel And The U.S

If money talks, Sheldon Adelson was a remarkable example of the truth of that adage. A businessman, philanthropist and political activist, he deployed his fabulous wealth to promote conservative and Jewish causes in the United States and Israel, his respective birthplace and adopted homeland. Adelson died on January 11 at the age of 87 from […]

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Middle East

The Implosion Of Israel’s Blue And White Party

Benny Gantz, the leader of Israel’s centrist Blue and White Party and the minister of defence in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s caretaker coalition government, issued the understatement of the new year when he said, “Truth be told, the reality is difficult right now.” With several key Blue and White Knesset members leaving the party and […]

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Commentary

A Teachable Moment

Mary Miller, a newly-elected Republican congresswoman from the U.S. state of Illinois, got off to a shaky start when she conflated Adolf Hitler with the importance of inculcating decent values to young Americans. She should have known better than to invoke his name to promote an exemplary idea. But being inexperienced, she stumbled into a […]

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Commentary

Georgia On My Mind

A seminal moment in Georgia’s history unfolded a few days ago. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were elected as the first Jewish and the first African-American senators to represent that southern state in the U.S. Senate. (It could be argued that John S. Cohen, a journalist born in Augusta, was technically the first Jewish senator […]

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Commentary

A Day Of Infamy

Yesterday was a day of infamy in the United States, a moment like no other in American history, when the sitting president, Donald Trump, incited violence and insurrection and promoted sedition, thereby disgracing himself in the eyes of most Americans. Still clinging to the false claim that the presidential election was “stolen,” despite Joe Biden’s […]

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Middle East

Netanyahu Courts Israeli Arab Voters

With a fourth general election in two years looming on the horizon, Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu has set his sights on what seems like an unattainable goal — winning a significantly greater share of the Israeli Arab vote. Recent polls suggest that, while Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party is comfortably ahead of its rivals, its […]