Category Archives: Judaism

High Holidays: Take 2

There is no life I know To compare with Pure imagination Wrote about the police around the synagogue. Thought it reflected concerns about threats, grounded in anti-semitism. Former police officer advised that he had done this tour, but not as … Continue reading

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Anti-Semitism in Ottawa, 2013

Wrote about anti-semitism in 1960s Saskatoon. How about Ottawa, 2013. Driving by the synagogue in the neighborhood. Congregation Machzikei Hadas. Must be a high holiday. Once again, the police are there, all day. Auto presence, at the entrance to the … Continue reading

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Power, Not Religion

An image from Cairo, Egypt, November 23, 2012. Credit: Reuters. Earlier expressed scepticism in relation to the future of democracy amidst the Arab Spring. Conflicted as to the support of Islam for democracy. Have previously expressed concerns about the erosion … Continue reading

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Train

Lorne commented earlier on how, in his view, there is logically only One Way, based in significant part on the fact that the Higher Power in Islam is different from the same concept in Christianity. My friend, Neil Remington Abramson, … Continue reading

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Sincerely Great…Pumpkin?

My friend, Neil Remington Abramson, wrote about common themes and a common deity, across religions. Another friend responded, highlighting an Islamic perspective. Lorne also responded, as follows (e-mail correspondence reproduced with permission): Another reasoned response from Neil, and I wish … Continue reading

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On The List; Off The List

Small Associated Press story in today’s Metro Ottawa (“City recognizes Islamic holidays”), being taken from a Vancouver Sun story of yesterday: Hamburg becomes 1st German city to recognize Islamic holidays BERLIN – Authorities in Hamburg have become the first in … Continue reading

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No Eulogy

Attended the funeral of the former longstanding minister of Rideau Park United Church, Reverend “Ott” McKennitt. Attended the funeral of his wife Flora, a year earlier. They were central to the church in the 1960s, when my mother attended there … Continue reading

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