Two-week annual training centered on mobile enemy targets; Israel and US conclude 9th aerial training over weekend Israel’s Air Force and the United States Air Force finished a two-week aerial training in Israel over the weekend. Both countries took part in its annual training known this year as the “Juniper Falcon”, the exercises simulating […]
Canada is not immune to online extortion, despite apparently sidestepping a massive attack that temporarily crippled networks around the world, a cybersecurity expert said. Atty Mashatan, a professor at Ryerson University’s School of Information Technology Management, said it was nothing more than a fluke that Canada appears to have been largely spared from Friday’s ransomware…
La Ba’Omer is the best. I will explain this holiday to you. But it is a long story.
In the Beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.
Why he would do this is mysterious, and the matter cannot be easily adjudicated in a humble space like this. The best way to put it is that He desired to be in a new way. As He is unto Himself, but in Another place. He wished to demonstrate, to Himself, that He was as True in a false place or that all places were false in light of His truth or something. It took Him six days, and the sixth of these was Friday, and we call it the first of Tishrei, Rosh Hashana, head of the year. (We celebrate the sixth day because that is when man was created, and despite what anyone may tell you, the universe was created for him.)
However, some opinions say that man was, or could have been, or will be created on the First of Nissan — a spring month, halfway across the year from Tishrei, a time of rebirth and sprouting rather than withering and in-gathering. That the world could have been created on either says something about the world.
In any case, these two months have since then ever competed for the main focus of Jewish life. The fall season also includes Yom Kippur,
The fall season also includes Yom Kippur, day of atonement, and Sukkot, the festival of ingathering and joy, and Simchat Torah, when the yearly Torah cycle ends and begins again, for all eternity. The fall season is one half of the dance between man and G-d. It is the part when man tallies his deeds, considers his distance from the Creator, and attempts to make amends. Our motion toward the creator takes the shape, like all things born, of a pregnancy. The relationship is established on Rosh Hashana, when we convince G-d the project of creation is worth continuing. The consummation is on Yom Kippur, when we are as angels in a moment of sublime unity with the creator. The child grows through its time in the Sukkot booth, the seed becoming differentiated and fully-formed, and its birth-culmination is on Simchat Torah.
US television host Jimmy Kimmel has tearfully told of his newborn son’s illness and brush with death last week.
At the end of his story he made a plea for people to support the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
He said: “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.”
President Trump made repealing Obamacare one of the central tenets of his campaign, castigating its costs and calling it a “disaster”.
In March his attempt to replace it failed, in an embarrassing setback for the new administration, but Republicans still aim to change the system.
Kimmel – a fixture of late-night TV in the US and host of this year’s Oscars – told the studio audience on his regular show that three hours after a normal birth, his son Billy started to turn purple.
One nurse spotted it…
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Parents Fallon and Stefan Spohr look back on the day they were forced to flee Fort McMurray, the day Fallon was also due to give birth to her first child.
Dr. Edyta Gawron from Jagiellonian University in Krakow is visiting the Weiss-Livnat International MA in Holocaust Studies this week, offering one-on-one time with students who are particularly interested in her research, as well as giving two lectures to our students. She is an assistant professor at the Department of Jewish Studies as well as the Head of the new Centre for the Study of the History and Culture of Krakow Jews.
Dr. Edyta Gawron
In her first lecture, Dr. Gawron discussed the difficulties Jews faced in reacclimating in post-war Poland. Her second lecture was given during Dr. Lea David’s class, “Human Rights, Holocaust, Genocide: The Politics of Remembrance.” In this lecture she shared insights regarding post-war Poland. The thought in Poland remained, even after the war, that Jews had caused WWII, or at the very least the invasion of Poland. Nazi anti-Semitism was well known, and because Jews were…
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