In rabbinictransition

As the chronicler of Canadian Jewry, Ben Kayfetz, observed, the year 1856 was a determining year in Jewish history. It marked the birth of several imposing figures who would profoundly influence Jewish life over the next century: Sigmund Freud, Ahad HaAm, A.D. Gordon, Louis Brandeis, and most symbolically, N.H. Imber, the author of the words to HaTikvah, the Jewish national anthem.

1856 also was the year Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto’s first and arguably Canada’s most historically important synagogue, was founded.

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