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23 April, 2007

Books, boxes, bags and bookings

Filed under: Montreal,Tanakh by Joel @ 7:34 pm, 23 April 2007.

So here I am, six days from finally leaving Montreal. The return trip begins. I’m still putting in order some of the things I’ll be doing in Europe (London, Amsterdam, Paris, London) not to mention all the things I have to do here before leaving. And all the people I have to farewell, possibly till next time they hit our southern shores.

This morning I finished the largest piece of written work I have ever done. I may have once or twice written pieces of software of similar length, but this paper just kept growing. I’m not certain it’s my best piece of literary work, and I keep findingpoints where I forgot to edit, so there might be some more. Anyway, if you’re bored and feel like looking at my 24,000 word paper on the history of Jewish interpretation of Psalms 62:12, you’re welcome to. Printed it looks more like a book than an essay. I’ve decided I’ll start putting up some of my essays for university courses online in general. So feel free to check them out, even though, again, I don’t promise an exciting read.

So now I have a take-home exam to do, and a linguistics exam tomorrow… Then a whole pile of errands, and one evening I’ll suddenly find myself in an airport, leaving the city I’ve called home for eight months. Weird.

16 April, 2007

Popular scare tactics: forwarded emails

Filed under: Current affairs,Society and culture,Technology by Joel @ 9:09 pm, 16 April 2007.

Forwarded emails are not as popular as they used to be. But every now and then, someone receives something they agree with, or something that concerns them (most often), and forwards it along to a handful of faithful forwardees.

If this sounds like you, STOP.

Or at least check first to see if you can find evidence that what is said in the email is true. A lot of what you read online is fact; most is opinion. Some is true, some is false, some wavers between the two. Others may be true opinion but based on false backgrounds.

That was the case with an email I received today. Twice, from opposite sides of the world. (more…)

14 April, 2007

Tuesday’s Trauma

Filed under: Family,Montreal by Joel @ 9:09 pm, 14 April 2007.

I was going to write about all eight days of Pesach, but I won’t have the time for at least another week. There is too much to do for uni, and to see that I make it through Europe without a hitch after I leave Montreal on the 29th of the month. But at least one story I want to relate sooner. (more…)

5 April, 2007

Freedom of Religion

Filed under: Current affairs,Jewish community,Montreal,Religion,Society and culture by Joel @ 8:07 pm, 5 April 2007.

In March 2005, McGill closed its Muslim prayer room. In 2006 the Canadian Supreme Court overruled a Québec school’s ban on carrying a Sikh ceremonial weapon. In January 2007, Canada was inflamed with discussions of “reasonable accommodation” after the release of a “Code of Conduct” for newcomers to Hérouxville. It seems as if Québec again wants to copy France in a strong stand on Laïcité.

Chapel up the stairs to the leftMcGill Chapel wiped out of existence Suddenly in these last few days, University administration has decided the chapel in the McGill “Birks” Religious Studies building no longer exists. Signs that once indicated its presence are now gone. The room that the rest of the building is centred around no longer has any official purpose or title. (more…)

Tale of a Splotch: eulogy for a nemesis

Filed under: Canada by Joel @ 5:05 pm, 5 April 2007.
Dani and the Splotch

The splotch first appears alongside Dani

The Splotch (23 March – 5 April 2007) entered our world suddenly and mysteriously, on the way to Niagara Falls for a weekend run by Hasbara Fellowships, something I can only now identify with hindsight. In many ways, our lives were always deeply interconnected (when I set out on a journey, it would journey too; as I camped, it camped), and yet I only became aware of the Splotch’s existence in the early hours of the morning of the 25th, at the Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara. (more…)

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