On Nov. 13, the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) kindly honoured me with the first-place designation of the Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary. This accolade, part of the 36th annual Simon Rockower Awards, was for three CJN articles I wrote last year: “BDS: bullying, demonization and slander,” “Let’s
In his charming, candid memoir Distilled, the indomitable Charles Bronfman describes an unlikely partnership with a gruff, self-made billionaire named Michael Steinhardt. Both consider themselves “culturally Jewish.” Together, they helped launch what critics initially dismissed as “Bronfman’s Blunder and Steinhardt’s Stupidity.” The program was Taglit-Birthright Israel, a Jewish-identity-building game-changer, which recently brought
Initially, after a white supremacist rammed a car into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., in mid-August, killing one woman and injuring 19, U.S. President Donald Trump only condemned hatred “on many sides.” The conventional wisdom denounced Trump widely. News website Voxcharged: “Donald Trump refuses to name the problem of
The other day, I was visiting an older friend who is already a grandfather. Two of his grandchildren scampered into his house and went straight for the fridge – an almost Pavlovian response that likely happens in many of the warm, welcoming homes of the grandparents I know. Then, I
There are three basic facts about the 1967 Six Day War. Knowing these politically incorrect, inconvenient truths will banish any ambivalence a reasonable person might have, and will encourage the celebration the 50th anniversary of this great Israeli victory.
First, the threats to annihilate Israel were loud and numerous.
As the “punch a Zionist today” controversy rages, many in the Jewish community are themselves swinging wildly, repudiating all of McGill University for one student representative who tweeted that ugly call to violence. I abhor this student hooligan’s outrageous behaviour and the equally appalling support he received from many in the galleries during a
Clearly, the U.S. presidential campaign has revealed every American’s truly ugly face.
• America is racist: look at those cop killings, listen to Black Lives Matter, and see the statistics showing how disproportionately African-Americans end up imprisoned, on welfare and failing school.
• America is sexist: it has a major party
I just visited five North American universities in a week, stretching from McGill in Montreal toUniversity of Victoria. I discovered more good news – and bad news – than I expected.
First, the good news: I met bright, passionate, thoughtful, committed Jewish students who care about each other, Judaism, Israel and
The new school year is approaching. Jewish students are returning to campus or starting their university adventure. Unfortunately, rather than simply celebrating, we also must gird for another fight over the nefarious movement to boycott democratic Israel.
While this remains a golden age for Jews on campus, with Jews feeling
The open letter 158 McGill University professors addressed to principal Suzanne Fortier denouncing the boycott movement, supporting Israel, and upholding academic freedom, has made headlines from Canada to Israel. Inevitably, in an ad hoc, grassroots initiative like this, not every anti-boycott and pro-democracy professor was reached. As someone who helped