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March of the Living – Israel

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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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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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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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Walk with Israel

. . . . . . . Above: Noah; leaving Ontario Place

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Who is a Jew? Should Judaism recognize children of Jewish fathers as halachically Jewish?

. . . . . . . A recent study conducted at Germany’s University of Tubingen of three thousand year old DNA from Tutankhamun’s mummy identifies King Akhenaten as his genetic father and proves that Queen Nefertiti – King Akhenaten’s … Continue reading

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Conversion catastrophe

. .Young Russian Jewish girls near Kikar Hamedina, Tel Aviv.  (Michel Botman Photography, 2007). Reflections on Paul Lungen’s excellent article regarding Israeli Rabbi Michael Melchior’s warning that “Haredi Jews slamming the door on conversions that don’t comply with their own … Continue reading

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