Weekend Review. Reaching you where it matters.
TORONTO. February 4-5 /23 – To quote Academy Award winner Sydney Pollack. “I mean, movies are like your kids or your fingers and toes or something, it’s pretty hard to pick favourites.” And so it is for articles, or come to think about it, between bagels, latkes, matzo ball soup, and sweet noodle kugel.
In this Weekend Review, we have chosen to revisit three favourite articles that created considerable interest for our readers during the past two months.
2023: Surviving the times ahead. Fact or fiction?
Christopher Buckley, the American author, and political satirist once said: “Reading any collection of a man’s quotations is like eating the ingredients that go into a stew instead of cooking them together in the pot. You eat all the carrots, then all the potatoes, then the meat. You won’t go away hungry, but it’s not quite satisfying.” For diaspora Jews living in countries where there is a high percentage of individuals harbouring virulent antisemitic attitudes, there’s not much to be satisfied with. Antisemitic-based quotations abound from so many Internet sources. Many have been loosely translated from Urdu, Arabic, and other languages; so much so that one has to continually scramble to separate the fact from the fiction. >>> Read more of this post
Notable Canadian Jewish Performers: Jeanne Lamon. Violinist. Leader of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Jeanne Lamon broke a glass ceiling in 1981 after she was named Music Director of the Toronto-based Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. She was the first woman to hold that position and over 33 years, helped build it into one of the globe’s most acclaimed international baroque ensembles, which was formed in 1979 by Susan Graves and Kenneth Solway. Her sister Dorothy Rubinoff told me that when Jean took the reins of the orchestra, she changed her first name to Jeanne, to “avoid anyone thinking that Jean Lamon was a French man.” >>> Read more of this post
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Obituary. Adolfo Kaminsky. Master forger extraordinaire. – Maître faussaire extraordinaire.
Adolfo Kaminsky was an Argentine-born member of the French Resistance, specializing in the forgery of identity documents. During World War II, he forged papers that saved the lives of more than 14,000 Jews. He later went on to assist Jewish immigration to the British Mandate for Palestine and then to forge identity documents for the National Liberation Front and French draft dodgers during the Algerian War (1954–62). He forged papers for thirty years for different activist groups, mainly national liberation fronts, without ever claiming payment for it. >>> Read more of this post
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