Dvar Israel: Shabbat, November 11, 2017

Shalom everyone. Last week on November 4th, we remembered the murder of Yitzhak Rabin, the 5th Prime Minister of Israel, who was killed by Yigal Amir, an Jewish Israeli in 1995. Today is Remembrance Day, a memorial day where Canadians stop to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. When you talk about Canada, the last thing that an average person will think about is your army. The Canadian forces are known world-wide as peace-keepers. Canada is a land based on peace- and that’s exactly what Rabin wanted. This is exactly the reason he was murdered, because he wanted peace, and people killed him.

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Dvar Israel: Shabbat, October 28, 2017

As Canada turns 150 and Israel turns 70 this year, I wanted to take a moment to consider what we’ve learned from the history of the Israeli-Canadian relationship. The friendship between Canada and Israel began even before the State of Israel declared its independence. As early as 1947, Canada was one of 11 countries that served on the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), which was tasked with making recommendations for the future development of the area that is now Israel. Today, Canada and Israel enjoy a free trade agreement, signed in 1997, making Israel one of only three countries that enjoys this trade status with Canada. Indeed, in the Middle East conflict, no other nation, not even the United States, has been so liberally and publicly supportive of the policies of Israel’s government as the Great White North.

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Dvar Israel: Shabbat, October 21, 2017

“In the Negev, the people of Israel and their country will be tested, because only in the united effort of a volunteer nation will we be able to carry out the great task of populating the wilderness and bringing it to flourish. This effort will determine the fate of the State of Israel and the status of our people in the history of the human race.” - David Ben-Gurion: January 17, 1955 -

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