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The US Airways flight tephillin scare – why it’s a really great story

This has to be one of the most interesting stories I’ve seen in a while. And while at first I was dumbfounded by the events that made national headlines out of a 17 year-old Jewish boy’s decision to pray on an airplane. But after doing some more research more news stories about the case, there’s a lot more we can learn and smile about in the aftermath of this “misunderstanding.”

Continue reading “The US Airways flight tephillin scare – why it’s a really great story”

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Current Events, Judaism, News, Opinion, Toronto

United Shabbat for Darfur: I like the concept but find me an orthodox synagogue that cares

http://thedarkprophet.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/darfur-poster.jpgSynagogues across the country will be dedicating their upcoming Shabbat services to raising awareness of the genocides and atrocities taking place in Darfur.

Spearheaded by the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), the nationwide unified Shabbat, which will take place over the Shabbat of Jan. 22-23 (Parashs Bo), will be the first of its type in about nine years as well as the first time such an initiative will be taken for a non-Jewish cause.

I discovered this event while reading a story about it in the Toronto Star yesterday morning. Continue reading “United Shabbat for Darfur: I like the concept but find me an orthodox synagogue that cares”

Current Events, media, News, Opinion, school

Ontario College faculties hold strike vote today… (I’ve dodged a bullet)

Although I’ve deliberately stopped posting for an extended period of time due a long list of personal issues, I couldn’t avoiding commenting on this ongoing news item affecting thousands of fellow students.

At around 5:00 pm today, faculty members from twenty-four Ontario colleges will have concluded a vote to decide if they will go on strike.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), which represents the faculty, has claimed that the strike is not a contract vote. However many reports have indicated, including OPSEU’s website, that the strike is primarily about their collective bargaining agreement, which to me translates as dealing with money issues and salary (of course in addition to not accepting unilaterally imposed terms and conditions of employment and all that other union talk/demand.)

The Canadian Press has reported that “the union is seeking a 2.5 per cent pay increase in each year of a three-year contract while the colleges are offering 1.75 per cent in each of the first two years and two per cent in the last two years of a four-year deal.”

As of this month, I was a full-time student at Centennial College, enrolled in the joint journalism program with the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC). Even though the strike won’t affect me since I’m back at UTSC and not taking any Centennial courses this semester (We’ll see if I have to take more next Fall…), I can’t help but have sympathy for the some 200,000 students who could be in limbo as early as February of the strike vote passes.

Greg Hamara, media liason for the union, and told Maclean’s.ca’s On Campus “he expects the results of the vote to be in  before 8:00pm.”

We’ll be waiting…