Category Archives: Religion

Articles on religious subjects

Do not ask what freedom can do …

To women in Paris, New York, Brussels, London – or Ottawa on “Hijab day” – who lawfully claim the freedom to wear the burqa or the niqab, I would say: Think very carefully, not only about your individual rights, in … Continue reading

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Islamism, Feminism & Defiance

Few stories could be more heartbreaking than the story of Lisa Borch, the tragically misguided teen from Denmark, victimized for years by Muslim men twice her age, abused, manipulated, brainwashed and ultimately programmed to kill. The story of two victims … Continue reading

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Memories of a Shabbat Goy (part 1)

Commentaries on the all-so-important theological article published in The Times of Israel on April 17, 2015: Is kosher switch really kosher for Shabbat?

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God’ma & Dogma

After resisting for years the song of the sirens, I reluctantly took the plunge on facebook yesterday. Isolation from distant friends and family “de la vielle Europe” got the better of me. I longed for the bond, although virtual and cyberspaced. As I duly filled … Continue reading

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This is not a Pipe … or a Prophet …

What is the punishment for drawing pipes?

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The Frozen Moment

By Noah Botman. Although I had never been there and then, at that moment, that was exactly where I was. I stood there, locked in time, the tears still suspended in the air, inches beneath the battle hardened soldier’s red … Continue reading

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On Religion and Bovine Scatology

A few weeks ago, I was sent a joke by a Jewish friend of mine with whom I had had a rather challenging Shabbat dinner conversation on Judaic laws.

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March of the Living – Israel

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March of the Living – Poland

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The Obama Yad Vashem Address

As many of our loved ones journeyed from Poland to Israel, traveling across the world from a somber Yom HaShoah commemoration in Auschwitz to a glorious Yom HaAtzma’ut celebration in Massada, we are also to remember the thousands of survivors … Continue reading

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Memories from Auschwitz

In the spring of 1977, I was in my last year of Humanity studies at the “Collège St. Vincent”, in the small town of Soignies, in the French part of Belgium.  I was invited to accompany my good friend André … Continue reading

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Howard & Nancy Kleinberg: Testimonies of Survivors

By Noah Botman. On Sunday February 10, 2013, in preparation for “The March of the Living”, scheduled to take place early April, a few Jewish students – including our son, Noah – interviewed Holocaust survivors, Nancy and Howard Kleinberg. We … Continue reading

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The Political Correctness of the Hideous

The paradoxical “political correctness” of Israel bashing: new variations on an antediluvian theme.

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Abdennour Bidar on Islam and Intolerance

As French soldiers are in the midst of a fairly large military intervention in Mali against the AQMI terrorists (an Islamic movement linked to Al-Qaida), a controversial poll has been published recently in French newspapers.

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Historical Accuracy – Please!

On November 30, 2012, the day the Palestinian Authority obtained non-member observer state status at the United Nations, I received an email from, Avaaz, a civic organization of which I have been a member for a number of years. (Email … Continue reading

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