common sense, Current Events, Israel

Way To Overreact: The Bay is NOT boycotting AHAVA products

So I had this marvelous idea for a blog post where in addition to featuring The Hudson’s Bay Company (the oldest company in North America) in the Loser List for boycotting products made by Israeli cosmetics company AHAVA, I was gonna mock the decision by posting a video of myself ruining my HBC Canadian Olympic mittens with none other than some AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream (yeah, that’s odd…)

But not so fast…

At 4:37 this afternoon, HBC CEO Bonnie Brooks and Moshe Ronen, National Chair, Canada-Israel Committee released a press release denying the claim that AHAVA products were to be boycotted. In fact, boycott seems to be the completely wrong word to use in this case:

Whether or not you believe the press release (I do… for now at least), something has to be said about the quick the reaction from both sides in response to this news – The pro-Israel community with the backlash & The Bay in response to backlash. While I’ve always admired the pro-Israel community’s ability to unite in quick response to threats, it is important to actually be accurate on the claims being brought against you.

In fact even the JTA’s initial bulletin about the “boycott” has either been removed or has magically disappeared:

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/01/13/2742547/boycott-campaign-targets-israeli-goods-in-canada

Another blog – Excruciating Minutiae – also reported this story, and delivered some interesting points for us to learn regarding this whole mess. It’s a good read, so check out the link above.

Rule #1 in journalism folks: Be right before being first – or in this case before jumping on the bandwagon.

Unless you’re like me and laziness kind of kicks in before legitimately responding to the events at hand…

 

Current Events, Loser List, media, News, USA

Shomer Negiah Fail: Tifatul Sembiring & Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Indonesian Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, as the Obamas arrived in Jakarta on Tuesday. Yes… that’s what I’m calling it. I obviously know he’s not Jewish and wouldn’t know a thing about the term, but to this observant Jew, what happened here is clear demonstration of Shomer Negiah failure.

Here’s what happened: On a trip to Indonesia, US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle met with various foreign diplomats and representatives of said country. One of those individuals was Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring. Continue reading “Shomer Negiah Fail: Tifatul Sembiring & Michelle Obama”

Awesome, Current Events, Judaism, Toronto

Thoughts on The Shabbos Inspire Experience Toronto & Thornhill

While sitting at the dinner table this past Monday night, my parents told me they were trying to invite some of our next door neighbours for this friday night shabbos meal. This gesture struck me as very surprising, since not only do we not talk to some of our neighbours that often, but most of them were also pretty far from being considered observant Jews.

Upon asking why we were doing this, I was presented with a pamphlet advertising a very intriguing initiative geared towards the observant Jewish community in Toronto.

“The Shabbos Inspire Experience Toronto & Thornhill” is the name of a dynamic one-time (or should I say “one-shabbos”) only initiative with the purpose of bringing observant and non-observant Jews of Toronto together in a  shabbos atmosphere. Simply put, it’s a massive city-wide kiruv initiative to reach out to less affiliated Jews in Toronto and invite them for a shabbos meal in the homes of observant Jews.

Several  shuls, synagogues, community groups and other organizations have already signed up to take part in this unprecedented (or I can’t remember the last time this was tried, if it was tried) initiative set for the shabbos of Friday April 30-May 1st (Parshas Emor). Continue reading “Thoughts on The Shabbos Inspire Experience Toronto & Thornhill”

Current Events, News, Sports, Uncategorized

Vancouver 2010 Olympics: Thoughts on the games before they become irrelevant

https://i2.wp.com/committedindians.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/2010_winter_olympics_logo1.pngIt seems only fitting that I miss the most important hockey game likely to be played in my lifetime.
Why? Because I don’t want to be an addicted sports junkie anymore.

Yeah that’s a pretty bold statement, but I’ll more on that in another post coming soon. But as a short preview, let’s say I’d like to calm the Vancouver 2010 Olympics my “bittersweet swan song” and my “farewell to being a sports addict”.

But this post is about the Olympics.

Continue reading “Vancouver 2010 Olympics: Thoughts on the games before they become irrelevant”