Tag Archives: Judaism

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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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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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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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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