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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 8, 2020 6:53 am
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Features

Israeli Locust Slayers Train Ethiopians to Save Crops

JNS.org - Some call it a plague. Yoav Motro calls it a war. The enemies are the huge armies of desert...

An Israeli Soldier Gives His All for Lonely Senior Citizens

JNS.org - “Between 11th and 12th grade, after a tough fencing session, I saw a television report about all these...

Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies

JNS.org - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...

Israel

Yamina Party Head Bennett Predicts Solid Right-Wing Majority After Election...

Former Israeli defense minister and head of the right-wing Yamina party Naftali Bennett predicted a massive Knesset majority for the...

Middle East

Saudi-Led Coalition Launches Air Strikes on Yemeni Capital After Foiling Dr...

The Saudi-led military coalition battling Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Sunday it conducted air strikes on Houthi military targets...

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