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The Blanche report: Our world…

Our world. What exactly can one say about a day in our world when innocent people are randomly murdered, others gravely injured? In Ottawa a young soldier slain in cold blood at point blank range, in Israel a three month old baby named Chaya killed by a lunatic arab, her father in grave condition. No longer do those who perpetrate Continue Reading...
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Glicks Finest brand Apricot Preserves recalled from Tosh supermarket due to undeclared sulphites allergen

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling Glicks Finest brand Apricot Preserves from Kiryas Tosh Supermarket due to undeclared sulphites. The recalled product’s size is 340g with the code RABBIGLICK12, Best By 071117. The UPC Code is 8 40762 01350 6. If you have purchased this product from the KT Supermarket, please return it for a full refund....
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Jewish Montrealers to keep it together

Last year, South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein encouraged all South African Jews to unite for one Shabbos and keep it in accordance with Jewish law. Approximately 75% of South Africa’s 75,000 Jews participated in an inspirational and emotional Shabbos experience. Under the banner of “the Shabbat Project,” it was a groundbreaking event that spread globally and this year communities Continue Reading...
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Two Montreal Sukkahs in top 6 most creative Sukkahs ever built

Jewfacts.com recently compiled a list of the six most creative Sukkahs every built, and two Sukkahs from Montreal made the cut. Finishing at #6 on the list is Chabad of NDG’s “peace Sukkah.” The brainchild of Rabbi Yisroel Bernath, the Sukkah was built in 2011 on Monkland Avenue and attracted both Jews and non-Jews who came to write a peaceful Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Leon Klinghoffer, of blessed memory

By ‘accident’, American weapons that were supposed to go to the Kurds were dropped into areas controlled by isis. Oops. Seems that isis sent the US a  thank you note. Not much to say here. Yet another ‘angry’ young man (now a dead angry young man) was radicalized online all by himself. The government knew enough about him to cancel his passport Continue Reading...
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Public Consultation in Outremont: Peace or Intolerance?

With his typical verve, the smiling Pierre Lacerte calls on his blog readers to mobilize on October 29 at the Outremont public consultation to discuss the proposed change to the zoning bylaw regarding sukkas. These temporary religious huts are erected each year in our neighbourhood (and others) during the festival of Sukkot. I took the initiative to submit this comment Continue Reading...
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“Radicalized” Muslim kills soldier in St Jean Sur Richelieu

The RCMP and the office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper have informed the media that the man who ran over two soldiers from the Canadian Forces in St Jean Sur Richelieu, killing one of them, had become “radicalized.” On Monday morning at around 11:30, Martin Couture-Rouleau, who had converted to Islam and changed his name to Ahmad (though on Twitter Continue Reading...
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McGill Students Society to vote on condemning Israel

Even though an anti-Israel motion was postponed indefinitely following a vote at the Student’s Society of McGill University (SSMU) General Assembly in February of 2009, a one-dimensional motion calling on the SSMU to condemn Israel and stand in solidarity with the Palestinians is set to be tabled this coming Wednesday at the 2014 Fall General Assembly in the SSMU Cafeteria. Continue Reading...
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Gas price alert

Essense Montreal is reporting that some gas stations have raised their prices to 135.9/L today, an increase from the current Montreal average price of 123.4/L. If this trend continues it is very possible that the majority of gas stations will increase their price by tomorrow morning. If you see gas at the lower price, fill your tank tonight....
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Thousands at Chol HaMoed rides in Tosh – biggest Chol HaMoed amusement park in Canada

The Jewish holidays of Sukkos and Pesach each have four intermediate days of the festival (known as Chol HaMoed) when (among other restrictions) work is discouraged (in some cases forbidden). For this reason, many working men and women take their vacation during these days and it has become a tradition for families to spend the day together on day trips Continue Reading...
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Hundreds of Montrealers shake Lulav in bicycle Sukkahs

Hundreds of Jews across the island of Montreal were able to shake the Lulav and Esrog on Chol HaMoed Sukkos thanks to an environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional Sukkahmobile. The Pedi-Sukkah is a Sukkah on a trolley that is attached as a trailer to the back of a bicycle. As Sukkos is a “green holiday,” it is an appropriate Continue Reading...
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Mount Royal store busted selling Hitler t-shirts for a second time

Hadio, a boutique located on Mont-Royal just east of Parc Avenue, have finally removed their stock of T-shirts featuring Adolph Hitler (Ym”sh) from the shelves following an outcry on social media. On February 21st, 2013, bill613.com posted photos taken by Eibie Weizfeld the previous week depicting T-shirts of Hitler with a Nazi symbol on his tie (pin with eagle wings Continue Reading...
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Around the city: 19 October, 2014

Here’s a list of activities for Jewish families to do in and around Montreal, courtesy of bill613.com. Feel free to add to the list by commenting below. Jewish Public Library 100th birthday party: Carnival, games, crafts, magic, face painting, and free rides on the birthday train! All in honour of the JPL’s 100th birthday! Location: Cavendish Mall in Cote St Continue Reading...
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Adath to hold third annual ping pong tournament Sunday

Do you think you’re any good at ping pong? Adath is inviting Montreal’s Jewish community to their third annual ping pong tournament this coming Sunday, with a chance to win tickets to a football game between the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts on November 2nd. Second and third place prizes will also be awarded. “Ping pong is fun and we Continue Reading...
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Photo of the day: Mincha in Albany

A bill613.com reader sent in the following photo, taken on Monday afternoon at the Sukkah outside of Chabad of Albany, where a group of travellers from all different communities gathered for a Mincha Minyan on the way to Montreal. For those travelling on the 87, here is a list of Sukkahs along the way....
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Miracle in Tosh as Sukkah collapses but no serious injuries

There were no serious injuries when a portion of the Tosher Rebbe’s Sukkah fell five feet, in what witnesses are describing as an “outright miracle” that took place while the Rebbe was leading his Chol HaMoed Sukkos Tish Tuesday afternoon. Every day of Chol HaMoed (the intermediate days of Sukkos), the Tosher Rebbe has been holding a traditional Tish in Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Gotta Love those Vinyl Gloves

It appears that the ebola virus is highlighting the sad state of affairs in the US health system. Aside from New York and Los Angeles, most cities have cut budgets so much that their emergency preparedness is sorely lacking. This was blatantly evident in Atlanta when the late ground zero patient was initially sent home after stating specifically that he had Continue Reading...
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The future of your children’s education and schools

Within the next few weeks, the English Montreal School Board will cut their Commissioners (the ones heavily involved in the decision making) from 23 to 10. The new Commissioners will have a greater say in the policies the EMSB will follow, and a Heimesher and Frum member of our community with an extensive background in education is running for Commissioner Continue Reading...
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Shaar Hashomayim parking woes hot topic at Westmount city council meeting

Westmount residents complaining about parking and noise issues coming from the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue had their concerns addressed at a recent council meeting, with Mayor Peter Trent promising to talk to the Rabbi to try and resolve the issues. Two Westmount residents spoke up about the traffic woes and noise volume during the question and answer period of the council Continue Reading...
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