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The Operative

Filed in Film by on December 7, 2019 0 Comments
The Operative

Yuval Adler’s spy thriller, The Operative, turns on Israel’s shadow war with Iran, its strongest and most resourceful enemy. Now available on the Netflix streaming service, it stars Diane Kruger as a Mossad agent who’s sent to Tehran to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program. An Israeli-German co-production, this somber film unfolds in Germany, Israel and Iran in […]

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Belgian Carnival — A Blight On Decency

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on December 6, 2019 0 Comments
Belgian Carnival — A Blight On Decency

Good riddance to a carnival that shamelessly crossed the red line into the odious swamp of antisemitism. Last March, the famous carnival in the Belgian town of Aalst, recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization nine years ago, caused outrage by allowing a clearly antisemitic float into its parade. Composed of effigies […]

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The Irishman: Scorsese’s Tour De Force

Filed in Film by on December 5, 2019 0 Comments
The Irishman: Scorsese’s Tour De Force

Martin Scorsese has translated his fascination with the American Italian mafia into memorable movies like Goodfellas and Casino, both of which were rich in atmosphere, dialog and character. His latest film in the genre, The Irishman, based on Charles Brandt’s book, I Heard You Paint Houses, conforms to this winning formula, and is now available on the […]

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McGill Student Council Fans Anti-Israel Flames

Filed in Commentary by on December 4, 2019 0 Comments
McGill Student Council Fans Anti-Israel Flames

McGill University in Montreal has been at the center of an ugly storm  for the past few weeks. In recent years, the image of this world renowned institution has been blemished by the unwarranted actions of a small minority of anti-Israel students who cannot tolerate ideas other than their own. Lamentably, this toxic phenomenon is […]

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Greatest Events Of World War II In Color

Filed in Television by on December 3, 2019 0 Comments
Greatest Events Of World War II In Color

Netflix’s ten-part series, Greatest Events of World War II in Color, is comprehensive and sweeping in scope, a definitive treatment of a conflict that revolutionized modern warfare, caused the deaths of millions of soldiers and civilians, and brought with it unparalleled atrocities against the Jewish population of Europe. The expertly restored and colorized footage is graphic, […]

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A Memoir By Nikki Haley

Filed in Books by on December 2, 2019 0 Comments
A Memoir By Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 through 2019, had a special place in her heart for Israel. Like two of her predecessors, Jeane Kirkpatrick and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, she constantly stood up to the UN’s “anti-Israel bias.” This is a theme that runs through her heart-felt and forthright memoir, With […]

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Can Israel Rely On The United States?

Filed in Middle East by on November 30, 2019 0 Comments
Can Israel Rely On The United States?

Could Israel rely on the United States in a crunch? That was the burning question Israelis doubtless asked themselves after a series of recent events in the Middle East. President Donald Trump has hewed to a strong pro-Israel policy since his election three years ago. But the Israeli government was unnerved by Trump’s unwillingness to […]

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The Awakening Of Motti Wolkenbruch

Filed in Film by on November 28, 2019 0 Comments
The Awakening Of Motti Wolkenbruch

An assortment of stereotypes pop up in Michael Stein’s farce, The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch, which is now available on Netflix. Unfolding in a smattering of German, Yiddish and Hebrew, this light, amusing film lampoons two well-worn tropes — the overbearing Jewish mother trying to rein in her rebellious son, and the young Jewish man lusting […]

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Forthright Church of England Report

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on November 27, 2019 0 Comments
Forthright Church of England Report

It’s no secret that Christianity has promoted and perpetuated hostility toward Jews over the centuries, thereby entrenching the pathological virus of antisemitism in Western culture. Church edicts and teachings have inflamed opinion against Jews, resulting in the demonization and persecution of Jewish communities throughout Europe. Pogroms have been an integral element in this process of […]

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The Canadian Jewish Experience

Filed in Books by on November 26, 2019 0 Comments
The Canadian Jewish Experience

Jewish Canadians are integrated into the mosaic of Canadian society, but as Allan Levine reminds a reader in Seeking The Fabled City: The Canadian Jewish Experience, published by McClelland & Stewart, this was not always the case, a theme that frames his reflective and thoughtful work. As he points out in the introduction, “the multicultural […]

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