Levy: Bill 21 tramples upon all four principles of state secularism

Richard S. Levy explores Bill 21.
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I swim four times a week. My time in the pool is truly my own. While I am swimming, it seems as if I am all that exists. My mother taught my sisters and I to swim when we were knee-high to a grasshopper. Mom was magnificent in the water. Her precise strokes often gave …
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Rabbi Dow Marmur expands on a recent article in The Atlantic which identified four causes of human happiness.
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Benjamin Shinewald posits that “our MPs should respect witnesses, but they also must respect our national historical record. Let them condemn bad mistakes energetically, not pretend that they didn’t happen.”
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Bechadrei Haredim, an ultra-Orthodox web portal, was first to report last week that leading rabbis in the Israeli city of Elad, including its chief rabbi and all of its Sephardic rabbis, had issued a ban on owning dogs. “We have heard and have seen that lately, a serious phenomenon has spread in our…
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The current situation gives the lie to a favoured Quebec expression, ‘plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.’ Things have changed. The ethnic and religious pluralism which was so hospitable to Jewish creativity and self-determination seems to be giving way to a unidimensional nationalism that esc…
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A rabbinic dictum has it that when the Romans destroyed the Temple in 70 CE, the gift of prophecy was given to fools and children. There’s much to suggest that, despite their best intentions, contemporary demographers are either fools or children, when they try to predict the future of the Jewish pe…
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If what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, then Sderot, Israel, is the anti-Vegas. What happens there inevitably find its way to the rest of Israel and, sooner or later, to our front doors, as well. Sderot is a small town that’s so close to the Gaza border that one could casually stroll over there …
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If you watched the UEFA Champions League final a few weeks back, you might have heard the word “yid” bandied about in the stands of Madrid’s Metropolitano Stadium. The expression has long been associated with English soccer club Tottenham Hotspur, which contested the final in a losing cause against …