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Jacob (Jake) Sivak, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, is a retired professor in the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo, where he continues his research interests as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He has a lifelong interest in the history of the Jewish people.

ARTICLES BY: Jacob Sivak

June 22, 2022 11:54 am

How Many Jews Are Too Many?

In April 2022, the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics reported that at the end of 2020 -- 75 years after the end of World War...

March 14, 2022 10:35 am

Painful Memories in Ukraine, Past and Present

The tragedy and horrifying images from Ukraine resulting from the Russian invasion of the country brought to mind a picture in my late father’s family...

February 15, 2022 11:40 am

Why Are There Two Talmuds? The Answer: The Diaspora

Recently, a new translation of the Jerusalem Talmud was made available on Sefaria, the free access web interactive platform for Jewish texts that was established...

October 4, 2021 12:17 pm

Palestinian Prisoners and the Israeli Death Penalty

Six Palestinian inmates (five belonged to Islamic Jihad, and four were serving life sentences for attacks that killed Israelis) recently escaped from a prison in...

August 4, 2021 12:05 pm

Why Does the Media Ignore the Only True Democracy in the Middle East?

A recent opinion column by the journalist Gwynne Dyer was titled “No Functioning Democracies in Arab World.” The article notes that in Syria, Yemen, and Libya,...

April 29, 2021 11:42 am

More Than Oranges: The Continuing Success of the Israeli Economy

Growing up in Montreal in the 1950s and 1960s in a Zionist household meant being aware of the precarious nature of the Israeli economy and...

March 1, 2021 2:05 pm

Jewish History Proves Jews Are Indigenous to Israel

Jewish history is long, tortuous, and difficult to grasp in its entirety. Moreover, there is the history of the Jews, and then there is the...

January 4, 2021 8:33 am

COVID-19 Vaccines, Israel and Antisemitism

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge, and the one thing that should be clear to everybody is that no country or population is immune...

May 4, 2020 6:40 am

Despite COVID-19, the Israeli Economy Will Continue to Thrive

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics reported that Israel’s economy grew by 3.3% in 2019. While this is slightly lower than...

February 4, 2020 9:25 am

Hebrew as the Proof of Jewish Continuity

Many have wondered about the underlying basis for the continuing existence of the Jewish people. In their book Jews and Words (2012), Amos Oz and...

November 6, 2019 7:36 am

The Anglican Church of Canada Prays for Reconciliation with the Jews

When I was a young Jewish boy growing up in Montreal, I remember seeing a woman on the sidewalk of St. Catherine Street, the primary...

May 30, 2019 6:51 am

Jews Are Indigenous to the Land of Israel

In a Tablet Magazine article, Ryan Bellerose asked, “Are Jews Indigenous to the Land of Israel?” Bellerose’s answer is yes. He refers to Jews as...

April 18, 2019 12:52 pm

The Founding Fathers of Israel’s Scientific Legacy

While technically a failure, the crash landing of an Israeli space probe on the moon’s surface was successful in many respects. It was also the...

July 2, 2018 1:56 pm

Why Have Jewish Refugees From the Arab World Been Forgotten?

I recently watched a television reporter interviewing participants in an Al-Quds Day rally held in Toronto on June 9, 2018. (This is an Iranian-initiated event to...


Israel Downgrades Turkey Travel Alert After Arrest of Iranian Terror Cells - Israel’s National Security Council on Tuesday lowered its travel warning to Turkey to Level 3, down from Level 4, the highest level. The Level 3 warning represents an...

Middle East

Iran, US Start Indirect Nuclear Talks in Doha With EU Mediation

Indirect nuclear talks between Tehran and Washington started on Tuesday in Doha, Iranian state media reported, as Iran's chief nuclear negotiator met with European Union envoy Enrique Mora, who will...

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