Author Archives: Rabbi Friedman

PM Harper has changed the rules of the Israel game

The Jerusalem Post, January 26, 2014 Western leaders are no doubt looking to the leadership displayed by Stephen Harper and his government. Israel is the cause of all the ills of the Middle East. Israel occupies Palestinian lands and refuses … Continue reading

Canada can’t remain passive when faced with intolerance

Edmonton Journal, January 16, 2014 Our nation of Canada has a proud history of being a neutral, balanced broker in the international arena. One could always travel the world with the red maple leaf on one’s backpack, knowing that one … Continue reading

Thanksgivukkah or Chanksgiving

Jewish Tribune, November 5, 2013 American Jews are getting excited about an upcoming double-whammy holiday. It is a rare occasion indeed when Chanukah and Thanksgiving coincide. Of course, we have already celebrated our Thanksgiving in October and we have more … Continue reading

Rabbi’s Message

We are approaching the Yamim Noraim, Days of Awe.  These days are filled with dread as we approach the year ahead with great fear and trepidation.  What does that mean?  Are any of us really afraid? The Talmud states “All … Continue reading

Message from the Rabbi

Rosh Hashanah is a time of dichotomy.  On the one hand, it is a yomtov, when we celebrate with festive meals and nice clothing.  On the other hand, it is the beginning of the Days of Awe, when we turn … Continue reading

Message from the Rabbi

We have just celebrated the most amazing Shavuot in the history of Edmonton! We began with a sell-out crowd for pizza ‘n’ pasta dinner followed by a stimulating talk by Dr. Michael Handman on dealing with and counseling grief, a … Continue reading

Canada to build national Holocaust museum

April 27, 2013 – The Jerusalem Post The Canadian government announced plans to build a national Holocaust memorial in the nation’s capital. The monument “will be a testament to the importance of ensuring that the memory of the Holocaust is … Continue reading

Spain wants us back – March 20, 2013 The Spanish government recently announced that it will offer instant citizenship to any Jew of Spanish descent whose ancestors were expelled in 1492.  A few months ago, a senior Egyptian official invited all the Jews … Continue reading

Female Orthodox Rabbis? We Already Have Them

The Jewish Week – February 1, 2013 The pressure on Orthodoxy for the ordination of women has been mounting for many years. Nowhere in the Torah does it say that women cannot be teachers of the Law; halacha merely precludes … Continue reading

Brave stand by minister

Edmonton Journal, Letters, 27 September, 2012 I want to congratulate Rona Ambrose on the courageous position she took in the recent vote on the rights of the fetus. As status of women minister, Ambrose has provided a voice for every … Continue reading