Start With the Man in the Mirror

David Burstein July 2010 There is a joke about a Jewish man who goes for a job as a radio announcer. When he returned home from the interview, his mother asks him if he got the job. With a disappointed look, he shakes his head. His mother then asked him “Do you...

Ideas That Have Stuck

Dr. H. David Burstein February 2010. Several years ago I attended a lecture by Jewish educator Elliott Malamet. He stated that one of his favourite words was “disillusioned.” He loved it because it meant that a person became aware that a perception had...

The Lessons Continue

Dr. H. David Burstein June 2009. I remember falling to my knees and starting to cry.  It was Sunday morning October 27th ,  2002.  I was just told that my sister Judy had breast cancer.  She died April 29th , 2009  in her 57th year. During her noble battle, I have...

A Time and Season

Dr. H. David Burstein October 2008. Watching the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics I remembered that Toronto had been in competition with Beijing to host the games. It was obvious to me that we could not have competed with the splendor of the event that they...

Do you have an Ethical Will?

Dr. H. David Burstein June 2007. Several years ago while at a Bar Mitzvah my mind started to wander. I was curious about the origin of the word “religion”. What was “ligion”? “Re”, as far as I was concerned meant “pertaining...

No Need to Apologize

Dr. H. David Burstein February 2007. “There is nothing as destructive to an individual or society as confessing to sins that one has not committed.” Jewish author Ahad Haam When people start talking about Jewish comedy, the discussion of guilt, especially...