Articles written by: Irwin Block

Opéra de Montréal’s Otello as unique as it is powerful
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Opéra de Montréal’s Otello as unique as it is powerful

The very fact that opera has survived as an art form in our hyper realistic environment is a testament to its unique characteristics and enduring value.

Book review: Wall of Dust by Timothy Niedermann
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Book review: Wall of Dust by Timothy Niedermann

Israelis call it the security fence. In Arabic, it is labeled the derogatory Apartheid Wall.

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Outreach to refugees: Social worker Myra Giberovitch offers insights

Syrian refugees arriving in Montreal face a myriad of challenges in adapting to their new homes. Though their plight and resultant trauma is not comparable, what is to be learned from the experiences faced by Holocaust survivors who came here in the late 1940s? We put the question to Myra Giberovitch, […]

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Cummings Centre rock’n’soul choir is a singalong paradise

Recognizing that you are not alone, that your generation is alive and well and kicking, and celebrating our time in song is what it’s all about.

Montreal real-estate agents Bonnie Sandler (left) and Mary Lamey. (Photo: Caroline Ronalds)
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Pricing, staging and other tips from Montreal real-estate brokers

It’s become a cliché—buying a home is probably the most important investment most of us make. But selling that home is at least as important.

Historian Benny Morris spoke at McGill. (Photo: Irwin Block)
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1948 was a holy war for Arabs, historian says

Israeli historian Benny Morris came to town last month for a lecture promising “new perspectives” of the 1948 War – the war to defend and solidify the newly independent Jewish state, called the Nakhba or catastrophe in Arabic.

CD review: Jason Rosenblatt Wiseman’s Rag
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CD review: Jason Rosenblatt Wiseman’s Rag

It takes a lot of training, life experience, and desire to tell musical stories effectively.

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I remember the sparkle of the season on Park Ave

The holiday season reminds me of growing up in the 1940s and 1950s in Outremont.

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Muslim scholar speaks out against Islamist abuses

Tariq Ramadan is a Muslim scholar who appeals to Western Muslim audiences because he believes that modernity and Islam in an increasingly secular Western society are compatible.

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Synagogues step up for refugees

Members of two of Montreal’s liberal Jewish congregations have joined co-religionists in other Canadian cities to sponsor Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Canada.