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The Passing of a 100-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor

The Passing of a 100-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor

There is absolutely no doubt that life follows the Torah portion and, very often, significant days in our history. Ten days ago, the world marked Yom HaShoah. A few days later, a 100-year-old Holocaust survivor passed away on Shabbos. There are no coincidences in...

Violins of Hope: Reclaiming a Lost Heritage

Virtuoso violinist Niv Ashkenazi is coming to Ottawa, bringing with him a prized instrument. But this is no ordinary violin. Rather, it is one of the scores of violins played during the Holocaust by “Jews in ghettoes, forest hideouts and concentration camp orchestras”...
On Fasting

On Fasting

Why do we fast? Why do I fast? I have been fasting on Yom Kippur for seventy years. I fasted even when I rebelled against my Jewish heritage and refused to follow any, not just some, of the halachic practices I had been taught. I fasted even when I worked on Yom...