McGill’s BDS Judenrein

The Book of Genesis could have been titled the Book of Displacement. Adam and Eve are displaced from the Garden of Eden. Cain is doomed to perpetual displacement. Noah is displaced from dry land in the Flood. Abraham is displaced from his homeland. Jacob is displaced from that homeland as a refugee. Joseph is displaced…

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Yom Kippur Message & Primer

Dear Chaverim, It is a pre-Yom Kippur practice to apologize to those whom you have wronged or offended, and to forgive those who have offended you. Almost every year someone asks me if they have to forgive someone who has done something unforgivable. Others ask how to deal with those who are unreasonable. I think…

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Eclipse – August 11

In ten days, Vancouverites will be able to see a partial eclipse of the sun. In Salem, Oregon, just south of Portland, one will be able to see a total eclipse lasting around 1 minute and 55 seconds. The next total eclipse in our region will come in 39 years, so plan carefully. This week,…

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One – August 4

Dear Chaverim, It is a little daunting to think about being one of 7.5 billion people in the world. I struggle to reassure myself that there is some meaning to my existence when my impact on such a vast population is empirically miniscule. I mean, on my social calculator, one divided by 7.5 billion rounds…

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Tisha B’Av Primer

Tisha B’Av (9 of the Hebrew month of Av) is the saddest day on the Jewish Calendar.  It commemorates the tragedies of the failed entry into the land of Israel and the sin of the Spies, the Destruction of both the first and second Temples, the fall of Beitar, the Bar Kochba stronghold, the plowing…

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Home Team Advantage – July 14

One day, 15 years ago, when my son was five years old, he announced that he wanted a Yankees hat. Such heresy I would not suffer. I was raised in Baltimore to suffer with the Orioles through many a losing season. I was raised to hate our divisional rivals, the Yankees. There was no way…

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Glass Ceilings and Glass Windows – July 8

In 2002 The Hill published an interview with Indiana congressman Mike Pence in which he revealed that he never dines alone or attends events where alcohol is served when accompanied only by women other than his wife. After he became Vice President of the US, his marital dining policy was again in the news. It…

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The Blessing of A Frustrated Child – June 9

The picture of a sign posted on the front door of a private school for boys in Arkansas last year went viral on Facebook. It read, “if you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.”…

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Info Wars – May 12

Last week France held a federal election. While the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron became the youngest French leader since Napoleon, much of the international discussion focused on the nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen and her family’s anti-Semitic history. However, there was another storyline from that election last week that is more likely to affect us….

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Remembering Our Future – May 19

I have always thought of my fascination with the future as a personal weakness. The Roman poet Horace wrote, “carpe diem – seize the moment.” He meant that the future is uncertain, and we are better off trusting in what we have today than in what we might get tomorrow. Twenty-first century Zen-inspired wisdom has…

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