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When Stephen Harper, 60, served as Canada’s prime minister (2006-2015), he shocked the diplomatic world with his outspoken support for Israel. That stand likely cost Canada a seat on the UN Security Council in 2010. It was a controversial stand, and not one that yielded much political capital domestically, either. Out of Canada’s population of ...

On June 20 this year, Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom (1991-2013), addressed the upper house of parliament, the House of Lords. Eloquently and in few words, the famous British theologian, author and politician drew on a great irony of modern history and warned against Europe’s rapid descent into moral bankruptcy. ...

Forty years ago, I opened a book by the Christian theologian Francis Schaeffer and was struck by a quotation from the British journalist William Norman Ewer (1885-1977): How odd of God To choose the Jews The mocking tone of the epigram seemed to suggest God had made a mistake. Schaeffer added these words, which are ...

The saying above is by the Jewish sage Shammai (Pirke Avot 1:15), who lived in Israel at the time of Jesus. It’s akin to the English expression, “actions speak louder than words.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on several occasions and participated in official wreath-laying ceremonies there. ...

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When Stephen Harper, 60, served as Canada’s prime minister (2006-2015), he shocked the diplomatic world with his outspoken support for Israel. That stand likely cost Canada a seat on the UN Security Council in 2010. It was a controversial stand, and not one that yielded much political capital domestically, either. Out of Canada’s population of ...

On June 20 this year, Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom (1991-2013), addressed the upper house of parliament, the House of Lords. Eloquently and in few words, the famous British theologian, author and politician drew on a great irony of modern history and warned against Europe’s rapid descent into moral bankruptcy. ...

Forty years ago, I opened a book by the Christian theologian Francis Schaeffer and was struck by a quotation from the British journalist William Norman Ewer (1885-1977): How odd of God To choose the Jews The mocking tone of the epigram seemed to suggest God had made a mistake. Schaeffer added these words, which are ...

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