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Nov 18, 2018, 10:15 PM
Anti-Semitism, Diaspora Private Schools & Accountability: A Microcosm
PART ONE: THE PROBLEM My daughter is an “Old Girl” -- that means that she is a graduate of one of Canada’s most historically respected, elite private girls’ school. About three weeks ago, I experienced a deeply disturbing situation that occurred...
Apr 22, 2018, 9:06 AM
My testimonial of love to my Hungarian cousin, Marika: in honour of Yom Ha Zikaron, in celebration of Yom Hatsmaut.
Not every Hero is an action figure. As much as I love Wonder Woman (and who doesn’t?), I believe it is essential to recognize and acknowledge our every day heroes- people who live and endure and overcome whatever Life ‘s...
Apr 2, 2018, 5:48 PM
Passover, bondage, liberation..and my husband, Glen
It is a wet, cold, rainy evening in Toronto, as I sit here, ruminating about the festival that begins tomorrow evening. Passover. But I’m not thinking mundane thoughts-like how long the seders will be –(actually, we are going to one really...
Nov 13, 2017, 8:18 AM
Murray B. Koffler — The Man, The Myth, The Canadian Jewish Icon..and The End of an Era.
"Murray B. Koffler did not just live life. He did not just enjoy life. He did not just throw himself into life. No. He devoured life." I have not been able to stop thinking about Murray B. Koffler since his funeral a few days...
Jan 1, 2017, 8:04 AM
Syria, Aleppo, Anti-Semitism, Humanity and Jewish Ethics
THOUGHTS ON SYRIA, ANTISEMITISM, ALEPPO AND BEING JEWISH When I was a child, I remember my mother speaking to me about Eli Cohen, “the spy from Damascus” with such reverence and respect and admiration that I believed that he had...
Aug 22, 2016, 10:37 AM
My Father Was The Poster Boy for Europe’s Jewish Enlightenment – Part One of a treatise on Anti-Semitism and BDS
My father, John Ziner z’l” (Czinner Janos in Hungarian), was born in the twilight years of The Austro-Hungarian Empire. Born in 1910, to a wealthy and established Jewish Hungarian family in Budapest, he was the quintessential “Poster Boy” for emancipated...
Feb 16, 2016, 5:24 AM
My “Being There” at the Birth of the B.D.S. Movement..a la Forrest Gump!
My “BEING THERE” at the Birth of The B.D.S. Movement…a la Forrest Gump! There are people who, for a variety of reasons, manage to be at places, and in situations, where momentous life changing events occur. Like the movie “Being There”...
Jan 25, 2016, 6:12 AM
”The Stockholm Syndrome“ and the Painful Demise of Sweden
When I was a child, Sweden was epitomized by the Norse mythologies. In the Land of the Midnight Sun, the girls had yards of white blonde hair, straight as an Aryan arrow, legs longer than anything legal, and a mega...
Jan 9, 2016, 9:56 AM
Trudeau and Obama: Why did you appoint wolves to protect the chicken coop?
When I was a child, in a much more innocent world, I used to watch a TV show called “I Love Lucy.” Lucy was this delightful scatterbrain who always managed to implicate herself in some kind of ridiculous conundrum....
Vivienne Grace Ziner is a vociferous and outspoken activist, advocate, writer and speaker for international human rights, the global advancement of human dignity and the cause of Israel and the Jewish people.