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Paul Socken (Ph.D., University of Toronto) was on the faculty of the University of Waterloo, Canada, for 37 years and is currently Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He is a former Chairman of the Department of French Studies and the author of 10 books. He is also the founder of the Jewish Studies program at Waterloo.

ARTICLES BY: Paul Socken

July 13, 2021 11:49 am

Israel Isn’t Going Anywhere

For the first time since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, the majority of the world's Jews live in Zion. Whether forced from...

May 4, 2021 12:21 pm

Sholem Aleichem and Stolen Dreams

In a newly-translated story in Tablet magazine, Sholem Aleichem recounts the extraordinary Passover of one family in pre-war Poland. The narrator is a young boy...

March 8, 2021 12:02 pm

Germany Can Show True Repentance by Confronting Iran

In the aftermath of World War II, Germany has tried to atone for the Holocaust: It is illegal to deny the Holocaust in Germany. There...

December 8, 2020 6:53 am

Remembering Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

In these uncertain times, we all feel adrift, and in need of guidance, wisdom, and leadership. There was a man who offered the world all...

March 9, 2020 7:09 am

Artificial Intelligence: The Forbidden Fruit of the 21st Century

Long before the invention of self-driving cars and robotics, Jews conceived the idea of man-made life. Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming so advanced now that it...

January 13, 2020 7:38 am

A Truly Diverse and Free Society Is Our Only Hope

I thought that after 2,000 years of discrimination, pogroms, and expulsions ending in the Holocaust, antisemitism would finally be consigned to the dustbin of history. I...

December 6, 2019 9:58 am

Three Jewish Stories and the Essence of Life

Three short Jewish stories sum up the essence of life -- and suggest the essential elements for a life of satisfaction and meaning. The first story...

October 30, 2019 6:49 am

Jewish Survival: Making Music With What Remains

The great Jewish historian Salo Baron objected to the "lachrymose" version of Jewish history -- the overemphasis on Jewish suffering. Instead, Jewish history should be...

September 2, 2019 6:24 am

Yiddish and Other Languages

I speak French with my head and Yiddish with my heart. I learned French in school and made it my field of study and my profession....

July 28, 2019 5:19 am

Jewish Canadian Art Exhibit Promotes Tolerance Over Hate and Racism

A tapestry, currently on display at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto, stands as a bulwark against a rising tide of intolerance and nativism...

June 5, 2019 8:23 am

Why People Behave Righteously

What makes people good? So much has been written about what makes people commit terrible acts -- was it deprivation, childhood trauma, personality disorder? But...

May 26, 2019 6:48 am

Confessions of a Synagogue Candyman

Every synagogue has at least one "candyman." He happily dispenses candies and treats to the children. In our synagogue, there was a gentleman who devoted...

March 29, 2019 10:02 am

Admiring Judaism Through the Eyes of a Christian

Devout, practicing Christian friends have told me over the years that they respect much about the Jewish faith. I decided recently to ask them what,...

August 14, 2018 6:58 am

Does the Future of Judaism Lie in Israel?

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of Great Britain, is correct in pointing out that never before in Jewish history has there been a thriving...


Russia Issues New Nuclear Warning as Contested Ukraine Referendum Ends

An ally of President Vladimir Putin issued a stark new nuclear warning to Ukraine and the West on Tuesday as Russia began releasing results of referendums it bills as a...


Lebanon Expects US Mediator Offer for Maritime Border with Israel within Da...

Lebanon expects a written offer from US mediator Amos Hochstein concerning the demarcation of a maritime border with Israel by...

Middle East

Explosion Kills Policeman in Southern Turkey

i24 News – A police officer was killed late Monday when a bomb exploded near a residence building in Turkey's southern province of Mersin, according to the country’s Interior Minister...


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