Voices

How do we understand hate?

Just before Yom Kippur, I had the unpleasant experience of explaining to my six-year-old why someone would write “no Jews” on the parking lot of the synagogue he prays at nearly every day.

Ha'Tikvah: a Jewish gift for hard times

Regardless of where you stand on the question of global warming, it is clear that the Jewish people know a thing or two about hope, even hope against all odds.

On aging with grace

I have learned from the muddled days of my youth. I am no longer trying to find myself. This is as good as it gets.

Hamilton's image problem

Here in the US, by necessity, I usually tell people I’m from “near Toronto.” But oh, how it pains me. “Near Toronto” is a suburban, amorphous blob. I’m from Hamilton, a city with its own personality, coliseum, and mountain.

Destigmatizing sexual violence in the Jewish community

Jewish women, like women of other vulnerable minorities, might feel torn between loyalty to their community and their own needs for safety, accountability, and healing.