Canadian Institute for Jewish Research
L'institut Canadien de Recherches sur le Judaisme
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Allan Levine: Jewish Life & Holiday Customs Are Both Joyful AND PORTABLE

        Most Jewish Life & Holiday Customs Are Both Joyful AND PORTABLE:   No doubt many traveling readers who've carried the Hanukkah/Chanukah Menorah & candles or oil while traveling during this well-known family centered Jewish holiday can relate memorable tales of others joining in with them, when engaging in honoring this practice…

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Frederick Krantz: AS CAMPUS BDS INANITIES CONTINUE HERE, SERIOUS EVENTS IN THE M.E. INDICATE RADICAL ISRAELI-U.S. REORIENTATION

    This Hanukkah issue of ISRAFAX confronts the sad descent of our university campuses into the vicious inanities of antisemitic and anti-Israel BDS campaigns. Sustained by “speech codes” and so-called “diversity” quotas. pro-Palestinian propaganda, in fact, violates core academic values like free speech, free thought, and individual rights.   Insofar as such well-funded campaigns…

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Sally F. Zerker: I Don’t Want an Apology from Justin Trudeau

          I Don’t Want an Apology from Justin Trudeau By Sally Friedberg Zerker   Canadian governmental spokespeople have been active lately in apologizing for historical wrongs. Everybody was getting into the act; Trudeau with regard to mistreatment of Indian immigrants, Wynne with respect to exploitation of native peoples, Toronto’s chief of…

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Baruch Cohen: ROSH HASHANAH 5778 – 2017: SOUNDING THE SHOFAR

                                    ROSH HASHANAH 5778 – 2017: SOUNDING THE SHOFAR                                                                        Loving Memory of Malca z”l   The sounding of the shofar is a symbol of the New Year, of renewal, and of unending hope for peace, love, and better world for all.   The blast of the shofar reminds us of our mighty…

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Sally F. Zerker: Israeli “Occupation”: The BIG LIE

        The time has come to tell the world’s “liars”, boldly and forthrightly, that Israeli “occupation” is the BIG LIE of our age. We’ve all seen the propaganda effectiveness of “the big lie” many times before, and this one too is working its indecorous distortion of the truth.   The truth is…

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Review: Jonatan Meir, Literary Hasidism: The Life and Works of Michael Levi Rodkinson.

      Jonatan Meir, Literary Hasidism: The Life and Works of Michael Levi Rodkinson. Translated from Hebrew: Jeffrey G. Amshalem. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2016.  ix + 257 pp.  ISBN: 9780815634478   When Martin Buber introduced Hasidic tales to the world through his polished retellings and philosophical commentary, he presented them as…

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Rob Coles: Review of David Levy, The Zionist Entity: The Jewish State in the 21st Century. Mazo Publishers, 2015.

        David Levy, The Zionist Entity: The Jewish State in the 21st Century. Mazo Publishers, 2015.     “Zionist entity” is a label some critics of Israel use to delegitimize the Jewish State. Its roots lay in the Arab and Muslim anti-Israel propaganda war to deny the Jewish People the right to…

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Mordechai Nisan: BALANCE AND HARMONY IN THE TORAH

    The Jewish people's historic contribution to civilization and mankind was essentially drawn from the Torah. It related to the domains of theology, philosophy, psychology, morality, and law, which together reflected the spiritual world of man and life. The instrumentalities of life, or proceeding from science to technology, did not preoccupy the classic and…

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