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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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Canada Reaffirms Its Support For A Two-State Solution

Filed in Middle East by on November 25, 2019 0 Comments
Canada Reaffirms Its Support For A Two-State Solution

Canada’s endorsement of a United Nations General Assembly resolution on November 19 calling for Palestinian statehood and the end of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank has been deplored as “ill-advised” by a major Canadian organization, the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, that claims to represent Jews in Canada. Israel’s Foreign Ministry declined to […]

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Israel’s Corrupt Prime Minister Must Resign

Filed in Middle East by on November 23, 2019 0 Comments
Israel’s Corrupt Prime Minister Must Resign

Call him, if you will, Mr. Asterisk. Within a period of only four months, Benjamin Netanyahu has earned two asterisks next to his name, one of which he would dearly like to delete from the record. Last summer, he surpassed David Ben-Gurion as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. Netanyahu won his first election in 1996 and […]

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New U.S. Policy On Settlements Detrimental To Peace

Filed in Middle East by on November 21, 2019 0 Comments
New U.S. Policy On Settlements Detrimental To Peace

Nothing good can come out of the announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on November 18 that the United States no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be in breach of international law. Washington’s shift, the latest in a series of announcements by President Donald Trump’s administration reconfiguring U.S. policy on […]

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An Apology Is Not Enough

Filed in Commentary by on November 20, 2019 0 Comments
An Apology Is Not Enough

The University of Toronto’s Graduate Student Union has issued a belated apology to the Hillel Jewish student organization over a distasteful incident that never should have seen the light of day. Earlier this month, Hillel asked the union to endorse its “Kosher Forward” campaign to ensure that kosher food is available on campus. Hillel correctly […]

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A Hollywood Memoir

Filed in Books by on November 19, 2019 0 Comments
A Hollywood Memoir

Robert Riskin and his wife, Fay Wray, were a Hollywood celebrity couple in the 1940s, when the popularity of movies in American culture reached record heights. Riskin was a master screenwriter, cranking out scripts for classic films that helped define the United States to itself and the world:¬†It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes To […]

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