Category Archives: Articles from the Rabbi

Opinion: Prentice sworn in amid a colourful mosaic of blue

Rabbi Friedman’s article in the Edmonton Journal on 24 September 2014.

ISIS and Hamas have given us clarity

The Exchange, CIJA, 5 September 2014 Terrorism is bad. It is horrific and the world would be a much nicer and safer place without it. But during our recent visit to Australia for my parents’ fortieth anniversary, I was chatting … Continue reading

Reclaiming the Disappearing Center

Jewish Action, 16 June 2014 Conservative Judaism has long prided itself on being the happy medium between Orthodox and Reform Judaism. The recent Pew report has shown, however, that save for a few committed souls, much of its traditional base … Continue reading

Government has finally righted a historical wrong

The Canadian Jewish News, 9 June 2014 First it was the shift in direction in Middle East policy. Then it was the long-overdue apology to First Nations. And now, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has finally righted another historic wrong. … Continue reading

The Holocaust Monument is not just about the Jewish community

Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, 6 June 2014 Recently, Minister Baird announced the winner of the design competition for the National Holocaust Monument. The winning team was put together by Lord Cultural Resources of Toronto and features world-renowned architect … Continue reading

Spain wants us back

EJN 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 who were expelled by … Continue reading

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