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Friday, 09 September 2011 19:59

Going for the Gold

By Eliezer Segal

For the Jewish Free Press

The value of the official currency has been severely undermined by inflation and depreciation brought on by concerns about the economy’s health. This situation impelled many people to forsake the official legal tender and place their trust in a more stable standard, that of gold.

Such indeed was the mood in the Roman empire during the third and fourth centuries C. E., a situation that is reflected in the important works of rabbinic law that were produced at that time. The volatility of the economy and the questionable status of various currencies had a palpable impact on the teachings of the Jewish sages as they related to several practical questions of civil and ritual law.

Dr. Len Smith establishes foundation to promote childhood oral health
Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

len-smith---webEvery year in North America close to 4.35 million children are born. Fortunately, through the miracle of creation, the science of genetics, and the loving care of parents, most of those little babies grow up to be healthy, thriving adults.
If there are signs of illness, however, no effort and no expense will be spared to give that precious new life the finest care and treatment possible.
But there seems to be one significant exception. It’s called ECC – Early Childhood Caries.  Rotten, diseased teeth.
That condition, says Calgary pediatric dentist, Dr. Leonard Smith, is the single most common chronic childhood disease in North America and it is getting worse, not better.



Calgary pediatric dentist, Dr. Len Smith, shown in his office, has been raising alarm bells over the issue of early childhood dental decay, which he says leads to other serious health problems as children grow up.

The Diamond Residence added to list of Calgary historic sites
Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

By Irena Karshenbaum
For the Jewish Free Press
racheljacobdiamondWhen Dorothy Goldin passed away on August 23, 2004, it marked the end of an era. Dorothy was the last surviving child of Jacob and Rachel Diamond, the first Jewish family to settle permanently in Calgary in 1889. Dorothy Goldin was also one of the last surviving Diamond family members to live in the house known in heritage circles as the Diamond Residence, a historic house that has miraculously eluded demolition in the downtown.
The genesis of Calgary’s Jewish community centered on the Diamond family’s first home. Given their pioneer status, the Diamond family house on 10 Avenue between 3 and 4 Streets S.E. served as the city’s first synagogue, community centre and even the Chevra Kadisha.
But with increasing wealth thanks to the success of J. Diamond, Wholesale Wines, Liquors, and Cigars, Jacob Diamond was able to move with his wife and three of his five children from the poorer east side of the city to the wealthier, more affluent west. A historic title search that shows “Jacob Diamond of Calgary, merchant” took possession of the Edwardian Gable-Front style home on October 15, 1912. This family home at 823 – 6 Avenue S.W. has recently been added to the City of Calgary Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources.



An early photo of Rachel and Jacob Diamond, considered the founding family of Jewish Calgary.

Yeshiva scholars share shabbat with Akiva Academy
Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00


The ‘big boys’ above (l. to r.) Yeshaya Levin, Binyomin Kreisberg, Ezra Wolf, Nissan Borr, Natan Wolf, Moshe Hirschfeld enjoy an upcoming  Shabbat with younger students at Akiva Academy recently.  The visitors are from the Pacific Torah Institute, a yeshiva for high school and post-high school students that is located in Vancouver.
The yeshiva students participated in a Friday morning Shabbat party with the Akiva students and staff, including singing and dancing. On Shabbat afternoon there was a learning program at Akiva Academy for kids, teens and adults, followed by refreshments. On Sunday some of the yeshiva students and others from Akiva went Lasertagging, then onto a BBQ, some basketball and a kumzits. Their weekend was organized by Rabbi Chaim Greenwald and the visitors were hosted by Akiva staff and parents from the school.

How to overcome a confidence crisis
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 20:13

By Annabelle Bondar
For the Jewish Free Press

Annabelle-Bondar-webNo matter how successful you are with your goals, career and family, you may still experience a confidence crisis. Even people with high self-esteem and self-confidence sometimes suffer from a confidence crash.
A confidence crisis may be caused by a normal life transition such as starting a new job, moving to a new city, or starting a new relationship. Life's losses can also cause confidence to sink - the loss of a relationship, a job, a client, or the loss of good health.

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