Author Archives: Rabbanit Batya Friedman

Saying “yes” to diversity is a no-brainer in Canada; we must never take it for granted

Edmonton Journal – September 1, 2016 This week I will compete in the triathlon taking place in our City of Champions. “So what?” you say. “A lot of people are competing.” Yes, but how many people are doing it in a shvimkleid – … Continue reading

Do You Facebook Love Your Kids?

Times of Israel My children just finished their first semester in school and we received their report cards (Why couldn’t they just email it to me? Do I need more junk mail?!). I took a quick glance at the report … Continue reading

Rav Lau, Chief Rabbi of the Democratic Jewish State

Times of Israel Charedi Chief Rabbi David Lau is talking to a Charedi radio station and he’s asked his thoughts on Naftali Bennett’s visit to a Conservative day-school. “If Minister Bennett would have asked my opinion before the visit I … Continue reading

Donald Trump is No Fool

Times of Israel The shooting in San Bernardino has been a shock to us all. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims of this terrible tragedy. And Americans are at a loss as to how to respond. Republican frontrunner, … Continue reading

Avoiding a Conversion Crisis

Times of Israel “Our community needs a lot of healing.” Those were the powerful words of one congregant when we first arrived in Edmonton thirteen years ago. Sadly, the people had lost faith and respect for rabbis having been through … Continue reading

Ex-Chasid Suicide

Times of Israel I grew up in Crown Heights. I’m often in small talk with people when the inevitable question of my origins comes up. When I tell people where I’m from – and this is going to sound crazy … Continue reading

Family Baggage

Times of Israel You’re standing at the baggage claim area watching the conveyor belt go round and round. One by one, suitcases are lifted off the belt by your fellow travellers while you look longingly for your pieces. But alas, … Continue reading

My Mother Gave Me Semicha

The Times of Israel Eve was in the Garden of Eden.  But, truth be told, it was getting a little boring.   There were only so many trees to climb, horses to ride, and snakes to chat with. One day, G-d … Continue reading

A Baby at 100?! LOL!!

The Times of Israel How many female CEOs do you think there are in the S&P 500? Twenty-two. Why is that when we live in an age of equality? In fact, there are more female university graduates than men! So … Continue reading

Yishmael the Great

Times of Israel, October 23, 2015 My mother’s uncle, Andre, was shot in the back by his trusted Arab worker.  It was the day of my first cousin, Stephan’s bris.   Everyone was at the bris, except Uncle Andre, who had … Continue reading