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  • CJNEWS Kay: Love and marriage doesn’t necessarily go together Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    I optimize my daily walks or bike rides with audiobooks, taking special enjoyment in well-narrated classics. For balance, I add the guilty pleasure of lightweight movies. This summer’s annual holiday in Maine produced a mishmash of highbrow and low, with a common theme: marriage. The rom-com film Crazy Rich Asians, featuring a stupendously wealthy Singaporean family, was my guilty pleasure. Aft...
  • CJNEWS Kay: The scorpion in the Jewish world’s fire Tuesday August 14th, 2018
    In my reading of the Raj Quartet, Paul Scott’s magisterial series of novels chronicling the last days of empire in India, one incident continues to haunt me, due to its (unintended) Jewish symbolism. At one point in the series, some Indian boys have isolated a scorpion and set fire to a gasoline-soaked perimeter around it. As the heat intensifies, the scorpion’s tail involuntarily arches, to th...
  • CJNEWS Kay: The Yazidis of today are the Jews of yesterday Friday July 13th, 2018
    Khawla is a Yazidi woman from Dugri, Iraq. I interviewed her a few weeks ago, in the company of Mirza Ismail, the chairman of Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International, who acted as our interpreter. Khawla, the eldest of four daughters, was 14 when, in August 2014, her girlhood and happiness ended with an ISIS assault on her community. The Kurdish Peshmerga, which was tasked with protectin...
  • CJNEWS Sarcasm is the Jewish sword Friday June 8th, 2018
    Two American giants exited the literary world in May: Tom Wolfe and Philip Roth. Apart from their brilliance in mapping America’s social and cultural landscape, they could not have been more different in temperament and style. Roth’s writing was intensely personal, mordant and Jewishly obsessed; Wolfe’s was detached, exuberant and cosmopolitan. It is not by coincidence that Wolfe was a gentile ...
  • CJNEWS Liba Augenfeld – the survivor who brought her love of Yiddish with her Wednesday April 18th, 2018
    In the upwardly mobile Jewish enclave of Toronto where I was raised, Yiddish was the language of my parents’ generation. It was reserved for Borscht-belt humour and hiding certain subjects from children. It was both prosaic and nostalgic: Hebrew was the future; nobody I knew mourned the passing of Yiddish. But it hadn’t passed everywhere. At Montreal’s Jewish Public Library (JPL), where I was d...
  • CJNEWS Canada, a natural home for French Jews Friday March 16th, 2018
    In January, an incident took place – or, rather, didn’t take place – in Toronto, which came to be known as #hijabhoax on social media: a young Muslim girl had alleged that an Asian man attacked her hijab with scissors, while she was en route to school. Within a day, the allegation was exposed as a fabrication. In fact, apart from the Quebec City mosque massacre that was carried out by one deran...
  • CJNEWS Progressive Jews should respect the opinions of others Tuesday February 13th, 2018
    The Feb. 8 issue of The CJN featured an irate letter to the editor signed by 26 readers, including several rabbis (including my own), who were incensed by my last column, which argued that basic Torah principles on hot-button gender issues – unfettered abortion, gay marriage and gender fluidity – have been sacrificed by progressive Jews on the altar of political correctness. By “principle...
  • CJNEWS THE TORAH AND TRANSGENDERISM Friday January 19th, 2018
    In our liturgy, the Torah is referred to as the “tree of life.” But although it’s rich in general guiding principles, the Torah is paradoxically terse or mute on several of our era’s hottest issues: abortion, gay marriage and transgenderism. These issues share two common denominators: all reverse or thwart natural procreation, and all have become litmus tests for left-wing ideologues. As a resu...
  • CJNEWS INTELLECTUALS AGAINST ISRAEL VS. EZRA LEVANT Friday December 15th, 2017
    In The CJN’s Nov. 30 edition, prominent attention was given to the question of whether Rebel Media founder Ezra Levant is good or bad for the Jews. JSpace president Karen Mock opined that Levant’s “diatribes” and “intimidation” tactics “are an embarrassment to most decent people in our community.” I offered a different view in that feature article, and would like to elaborate on the reasoning b...
  • CJNEWS The new face of Judaism Monday November 20th, 2017
    My Jewishly oriented attention was captured – and in short order captivated – by a five-part series in the Jerusalem Report, written by its senior editor, Amotz Asa-El. His crisply written essays, released between July and September, are chockablock with thought-provoking, even startling, ideas about the state of the Jewish People in both Israel and the Diaspora – as we were, as we are, as we w...
  • CJNEWS I am Zioness, hear me roar Thursday October 26th, 2017
    What’s in a name? In identity politics, plenty. It’s confusing, for example, to keep track of the evolving nomenclature for the people we used to call natives. Once they were Indians, then aboriginals, then First Nations. Now they are indigenous (except for the Métis, who prefer the term “Indian”). Orientals became Asians. And blacks, of course, started out as cognitively neutral Negroes, self-...
  • CJNEWS Rejection of the niqab is self-defence, not racism Monday October 19th, 2015
    In her op-ed in the Oct. 8 CJN, Danielle Kubes asks why “Jews have not come out in mass support” of Ishaq Zunera, who refuses to take her citizenship unmasked. I can’t speak for other Jews, but I have long supported a niqab ban in the public sector, and I consider Kubes’ alarmist fears of a slippery slope unfounded. Kubes’ main points are: a) if we ban the niqab today, tomorrow it will be the k...
  • CJNEWS First Fruits: the jewel in Montreal library’s crown Wednesday December 31st, 1969
    One of the advantages for young mothers who stayed at home with their children, as most of my cohorts did in the ’60s and ’70s, was that once their children were at school – and if at parochial school as mine were, lunching there – they had a considerable amount of disposable time they could deploy for recreation and personal growth. Some moms spent a lot of time at the ...
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