Category Archives: Israel / Judaism

Articles on Israel and Judaism

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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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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Not just a number

Every afternoon, I drive to CHAT, the Hebrew Academy where my son Noah goes to school.  It has been part of my hectic schedule for the last few years, and, despite the laborious routine, something I always look forward to … Continue reading

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To be or not to be Jewish? The future of Judaism without shades

. . . . . . .Above: The Nuremberg law of genetic “Jewishness” Rabbi Farber : “Sixty per cent of North American Jews would not be able to break the threshold of proving they’re Jews” Reflection on Paul Lungen’s article … Continue reading

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From Paradise to Persecution: Laura’s Story

The story of Laura Codron by Noah Botman, June 2010. There are few places on earth more beautiful than the island of Rhodes. This sacred island of the Greek god Helios is overflowing in ancient sights and bathed in glorious … Continue reading

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