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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

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...

July 19, 2018 12:11 pm

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

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

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...


Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...

Young Global Jewry at Forefront of Fight Against COVID-19

Masa Israel Journey, a leader in immersive international experiences in Israel founded by the Jewish Agency and government of Israel,...

Checking in on COVID-19 and Jewish Seniors - As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged on, America’s Jewish community has suffered its share of...


‘Jesus Remains a Son of the People of Israel,’ Top Cardinal Say...

Christian and Jewish religious leaders came together on Thursday to celebrate the 55th anniversary of "Nostra Aetate," the declaration promulgated...


Israel Offers Humanitarian Aid to Turkey After Deadly Earthquake

Israel was quick to offer humanitarian aid to Turkey on Friday following a deadly earthquake there in which at least a dozen people were killed. In a tweet, Israeli Defense Minister...

Middle East

Iran’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 600,000: Health Ministry

Iran’s confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed the 600,000 threshold on Friday with 8,011 infections identified in the past 24 hours, a Health Ministry spokeswoman told state TV, as the country’s death...

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