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No, "Anti-Semitism" Isn't The Most Abused Term In Canada

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Living
Yoni Goldstein

Last month, Toronto Police released a report on hate crimes in the city during 2015, and for the tenth year in a row Jews topped the list of most targeted communities. The facts suggest that certain people are seriously misjudging the state of anti-Semitism in Canada today: It is, unfortunately, far from being an "abused" term.

Why "Anti-Semitism" Is The Most Abused Term In Canada

Yves Engler | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

"Anti-Semitism" may be the most abused term in Canada today. Almost entirely divorced from its dictionary definition -- "discrimination against or prejudice or hostility toward Jews" -- it is now primarily invoked to uphold Jewish/white privilege. Inward looking and affluent, the Jewish community is quick to claim victimhood. But, like an out of control child, the major Jewish organizations need to seriously reevaluate what they aim to represent in the public sphere.

Being An Orthodox Jew Shouldn't Make Me A Target For Hate

Rebecca Beck | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Living
Rebecca Beck

I am an orthodox Jewish woman and it's something I'm proud of. I know I may seem different to you, strange even. We look different, we keep mostly to ourselves and basically live in our own little bubble. I understand you don't "get" us. But I don't understand why we deserve the hatred directed at us.

A Jewish Response To Trump Being Called Hitler

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

Trump's scapegoating of Muslims, Hispanics, blacks and other "others" for political gain is exposing a racist ugliness, and dangerously inflaming it. Who knows how big the fire might get? "Never forget" became a Jewish slogan in hopes our collective memory might prevent another Holocaust, but also because we can't forget. It defines us. So as hard as it is to hear Hitler's name all over the news, let it at least remind us why we must stop Trump and all leaders who traffic in racism and xenophobia before such hate defines anyone else.

Where To Experience The Best Of Jewish Toronto In 2016

Miriam Porter | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Travel
Miriam Porter

According to the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Toronto is home to Canada's largest Jewish population with approximately 200,000 Jews living in the Greater Toronto Area. If you want to be immersed in unique Jewish culture and explore all that Jewish Toronto has to offer, pack your bags and come on down!

Too Often, America's 'Obamabashers' Lack Dignity

Jack Jedwab | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Frequently underlying the purported threat Obama represents to his own country is innuendo about his 'true' identity accompanied by allegations about the hidden Islamist tendencies. Given the absence of any proof to support such ludicrous assertions, 'Obamabashers' conduct whisper campaigns often around dinner tables or other social gatherings.

Never Again: A Jewish Take On Anti-Syrian Refugee Sentiment

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

As ethnic refugees flee a new, if smaller, globally ambitious death cult, the anti-Semitic attitudes of the late-30s are back with a new Islamic target.

We Must Turn Our Empathy for Syrian Refugees Into Action

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Resettlement will enable many Syrians to provide their children an opportunity to escape what will be remembered as one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the 21st Century. However, asylum in the West can only resolve a fraction of the crisis unfolding on the ground in the Middle East.

When Criticism of Israel Becomes Anti-Semitism

Mike Fegelman | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

No country should be beyond legitimate criticism and all should be measured against the same yardstick, but when you single out one country over all others, namely Israel, and hold it to a unique standard and put it on the receiving end of exclusive censure, it's anti-Semitism, plain and simple.

Dave Letterman Was My Man on the Inside

Steven Kerzner | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Living
Steven Kerzner

I loved TV, so to enjoy the adventures of (the bionic) Steve Austin or Jim Rockford or Fonzie and the Cunninghams, I had to endure the obvious social-engineering messages that reminded me I was an outsider. Then along came David Letterman.

Why We Pray During Passover

Jared Brock | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Living
Jared Brock

I thought about my own prayer life, which consisted almost exclusively of asking God for things. That wasn't a relationship. Passover reminded me that our spiritual journey isn't about "practicing religion" -- it's about living faith.

How to Throw a Sustainable Seder

Lisa Borden | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

We make, serve and share organic food -- and as much locally grown and made as possible -- and we make sure to take everyone around our table into consideration: allergies, lifestyle, beliefs (in our home that means nut-free and plant-based, so thank goodness for quinoa!).

Moderates, Not Far Right or Lefties, Must Lead the Discussion About Charlie Hebdo

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

If our core values -- democracy, tolerance, pluralism -- are to prevail, moderates must act before the extreme right and the extreme left hijack the discourse. We must move quickly and decisively to prevent such atrocities from recurring, beginning with four critical steps.

You Don't Have to Remove Christmas From the Public Square

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Living
Shimon Koffler Fogel

The irony is that it seems to be some Christians themselves who, in an effort to show respect for non-Christians, often pre-emptively remove "Christmas" from their greetings, events, and public symbols. While the intention is laudable, the effort is largely unnecessary. I appreciate and welcome the deep connection Christians have to the symbols of their holidays.

The Civilian Factor: 4 Things You Need to Know about Gaza

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Civilian casualties are the worst of many terrible events that take place in conflicts. Even in the most just or necessary war, those waged to protect...

Jewish Diaspora Must Stand Up for Peace

Adam Moscoe | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

I am grateful to be able to say my focus remains on imagining the possibilities for a resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. I have the privilege of maintaining, with relative ease, a personal sense of hope with respect to a two-state solution.

How Canada Should Fight Terrorism

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. For Sikh Canadians and Jewish Canadians alike, the Day of Remembrance has particular resonance. That our two communities have shared experience in facing terrorism was pointedly on display during the 2008 Mumbai attack.

Is This Opera Really Anti-Semitic?

Adam Moscoe | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

The Metropolitan Opera recently announced it would cancel a planned worldwide cinema broadcast of John Adams' haunting opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. Indeed the whole opera has been criticized -- including by Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer, the daughters of Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer -- as humanizing and even justifying acts of terrorism.

Growing Up Jew-ish

Gillian Farber | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

"You're Jew-ish?" my roommate awkwardly inquired, examining me so closely I could have sworn she was looking for horns. It was clear we had both grown up in completely diverse situations, practicing different religions in very dissimilar neighbourhoods. I quickly came to realize that I was now in fact the highly unwarranted representative of the entire Jewish population.

Israeli Parliament to Hold Historic Meet at Auschwitz

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Arsen Ostrovsky

On January 27, 2014, the largest-ever delegation of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) members will convene overseas -- on the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau, together with Holocaust survivors, for a historic gathering on combating anti-Semitism.

What I Learned This Week: When The Worst Becomes The Best

Andy Nulman | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada
Andy Nulman

Sometimes the worst of times may be the best of times in disguise. I repeat the caveat: sometimes. Case in point, let's look at four very different mayors from across Canada: Gérald Tremblay, Rob Ford, Naheed Nenshi, and Colette Roy-Laroche. They all faced different types of crises this summer, and their responses defined them in the public eye.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Palestinian Expectations

Mike Fegelman | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

Almost at the same time that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Washington recently, ostensibly in good faith to re-launch Mideast peace talks, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Egypt that no Israelis would be allowed to remain in a future Palestinian state.

NBA's Stoudemire in Israel for Maccabiah Games with Canadian Basketball Team

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada
Arsen Ostrovsky

NBA's Amar'e Stoudemire in Israel for Maccabiah Games with Canadian Basketball Team Six-time NBA All-Star and NY Knicks player Amar'e Stoudemire is c...

Should I Raise My Child With Religion, Or Let Him Choose?

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

Though we were both raised Catholic, my husband and I made a conscious decision to eschew religion when raising our son. I'm a big believer in love over rites and rituals. Like many parents, we want him to make an informed decision about his own spirituality when he is old and mature enough to do so. Yet part of me wonders if agnosticism is truly the right move.

How an Arab-Israeli Politician's Efforts Inadvertently Dispel the "Apartheid" Myth

Mike Fegelman | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

Jamal Zahalka is a shining example of why Israel is not an "apartheid" state. On top of being an Arab-Israeli citizen, Zahalka is a member of Balad, a...