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“Hillel’s Three Questions:  Some Updated Reflections” with The Honourable Bob Rae, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations


This program will be livestreamed

We will broadcast this session on our livestream page as well as or on our Facebook page.

*recording of the study session will be posted following the chagim


In the first century, Hillel, the Mishnaic Sage asked “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?  If I am only for myself, what am I?  And if not now, when?”  These three questions still press us to discover the secret to a life of meaning and purpose.  In the midst of a global pandemic, how does this ancient wisdom guide us to see ourselves and our world more clearly?


The Honourable Bob Rae, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013.  He was Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995, and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013.

He is a lawyer, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, with a particular focus on first nations, aboriginal, and governance issues.  He also teaches at the University of Toronto School of Governance and Public Policy, and is a widely respected writer and commentator.

Author of five books and many studies and reports, Bob Rae is a Privy Councillor, a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and has numerous awards and honorary degrees from institutions in Canada and around the world.


September 28
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
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  • Mark S. Anshan

    It seems that we are experiencing a weakened leadership in the world and in many of the countries that we would expect to exhibit moral and proactive vision for dealing with the existential issues facing all of us. The caliber of leaders has appeared to diminish over the last 30 or so years. If this is true, any thoughts on how to encourage talented and creative individuals to seek public office, and hopefully provide strong leaders for our countries and international institutions like the UN.

  • Coco Johnson

    Not sure how to access

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