Channel 5 presenter Chris Tarrant fails to challenge “Jews are good with money” claim — UK Media Watch

What makes an editor leave in a comment such as “Jewish people are good with money”? And what makes the main presenter not pick up such a comment? This was the scenario in Chris Tarrant’s Extreme Railways shown on Channel 5 on Monday night when Tarrant visited Jordan and Israel. In Jordan he travelled the route of the now defunct Hejaz Railway and visited Petra.

via Channel 5 presenter Chris Tarrant fails to challenge “Jews are good with money” claim — UK Media Watch

Not Good Enough? — Jewish Thoughts

I’ve spent a lot of this week thinking about the issue of “who is a good Jew”, the subject of the article I wrote on Monday. Having read about the tale of the Kotzker Rebbe, who told his student that everyone is a good Jew, except he who already thinks he is one, I started […]

via Not Good Enough? — Jewish Thoughts

#insanity

The federal government’s chronic salary struggles could be on the verge of ballooning into a billion-dollar boondoggle, the auditor general says in a scathing review that hints the entire system should be scrapped. Michael Ferguson’s review of the disastrous Phoenix pay system reveals just how many and how often public servants are either being overpaid…

via It could take years and more than $540 million to fix Ottawa’s Phoenix pay system, auditor general says — National Post

Terence Corcoran: Canada’s pathetic, empty-headed crusade against coal — Financial Post

Of all the empty gestures in the pathetic history of global climate policy-making, few match the air-headedness of Canada’s intent — to be officially announced Thursday at the United Nations COP23 climate conference in Bonn — to lead a global campaign to rid the world of carbon-emitting coal. By any measure, Canada is a nobody…

via Terence Corcoran: Canada’s pathetic, empty-headed crusade against coal — Financial Post

Opposition

Jewish Thoughts

The Tzemach Tzedek was arrested twenty-two times during the Rabbinical conference in Petersburg, in 5603 (1843), for opposing the demands of the government regarding changes in education, etc. The minister in charge confronted him: “Is this not rebellion against the government?!”

The Tzemach Tzedek answered: “A rebel against the government is liable to be punished by death of the body; a rebel against the Kingdom of Heaven is punishable by death of the soul. Now which is worse?”

~ The Hayom Yom

Frumkeit isn’t always easy. Usually I hasten to add, “especially for baalei teshuva”- a sentiment which, in this day and age, I think is completely true- but then today’s Hayom Yom reminded me that throughout the ages, our people have faced persecution for their faith, and that it was not only despite this, but perhaps even because of it, that the Tzemach Tzedek continued his efforts to strengthen…

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While you were sleeping: Loblaw merging points programs; Virginia rejects ’Trumpism’ — Montreal Gazette

Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it will merge Shoppers (Pharmaprix) Optimum points and PC Plus points under the name PC Optimum starting in February. The food and pharmacy giant says consumers can collect points as usual until Feb. 1, 2018 when Optimum and PC Plus points will be moved to the new program at equal value.…

via While you were sleeping: Loblaw merging points programs; Virginia rejects ’Trumpism’ — Montreal Gazette

Holocaust Survivor Danny Chanoch Speaks to Cohort VI — Holocaust Studies in Haifa

This week in the Research Forum Holocaust Survivor Danny Chanoch spoke to Cohort VI to share his story of survival through solidarity. Danny was born in 1933 in Lithuania. He was nine years old when the Germans invaded. Danny recalled seeing the atrocities that accompanied the German occupation of Lithuania with his own eyes. Because […]

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