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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


December 6, 2019 9:58 am
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

July 19, 2018 12:11 pm
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Albert Einstein’s Judaism

Albert Einstein, the greatest physicist since Isaac Newton, was a Jew. That is a simple and obvious statement, but what does it mean? Einstein's relationship with...

June 20, 2018 6:02 am
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Charles de Gaulle and David Ben Gurion’s Defense of Israel

One of the most passionate and eloquent cases for the State of Israel is virtually unknown. Prior to the Six Day War, France had been...

May 22, 2016 1:44 am
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BDS Is Part of the Long Line of Antisemitic Hate

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) that has isolated and vilified the state of Israel, above all other nations of the world, is disturbing...

Culture

Gal Gadot’s Production Company to Adapt Israeli Series ‘Queens’ for US

JNS.org - The production company started by Israeli actress Gal Gadot and her...

‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Cancels Talk in Belgium Over Offensive Parade Floats

JNS.org - Dutch actress Carice van Houten, best known for her role in...

Features

How to Fight the Cultural BDS Movement

One of the good things about the bad times of today is that people are not staying silent about rising...

‘New Hope’ in Fight Against Tay-Sachs Disease

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are touting a possible breakthrough in the fight against Tay-Sachs disease, a...

World

United States and Iran Swap Prisoners in Rare Act of Cooperation

The United States and Iran each freed a prisoner on Saturday in a rare swap, an act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened since President Donald...

Israel

New Israeli Defense Minister Takes a Hardline Position on Terrorism in All ...

JNS.org - When Naftali Bennett was appointed last month as Israel’s defense minister, it was seen as a temporary political...

Middle East

Defense Secretary: US Military Has Enough Capability in Middle East for Now

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday he believed the US military had sufficient capability in the Middle East for now to deter conflict, dismissing a media report that...

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