Toronto’s Forest Hill Jewish Centre has a new home, one that has been ten years in the making and is a testament to faith on many levels: Faith in God, of course, faith in people, and faith that the Orthodox shul that started in 2000 without even a minyan (or quorum of 10 Jewish men) was meeting both a religious and broader community need.
Giant crystal tasting balloons are brought to your table with great pomp and ceremony, encased in a smoke-filled glass dome that is removed extravagantly. It’s almost comical, but don’t laugh. Drinking elite rum here is a serious business.
Maximon isn’t an easy idol to comprehend. He is both divine and devilish, fiend and friend, a communicator to Ajaw, the supreme Mayan god, but also a trickster that may double cross whoever presents an offering.
In Trump’s America, where the veneer of American idealism and tolerance has been ripped away to reveal something sickening, my childhood memories have started to morph.
When most Torontonians think of developer Sam Mizrahi, they think of the skyscraper known as The One that will be constructed at the corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets in downtown Toronto. But, if you want to know the story of a developer who is deeply and spiritually invested in building and supporting his community you have to look to another project, the construction of the Temmy Latner building, which will be the new home for the Forest Hill Jewish Centre in Toronto.
Europe has a long and fascinating history that has been the cause of a lot of strange and fascinating traditions still being carried out to this day. Each culture has formed its own strange customs that tourists are always fascinated by. If you don’t believe me, here are a few examples.
Africa is one of the most unrated destinations on earth, characterised by dense forests, misty mountain peaks, vibrant city centres, and game rich savannahs. With spectacular scenery, diverse cultures and friendly people, and incredible wildlife that changes from border to border, it’s time to put some of Africa’s most desirable destinations on the map.
Here we explore some of the world’s lesser known sports, that for one reason or another have remained below the radar. Broadly speaking, you can place these alternative sports into three categories: First are modern-day developments of more traditional sports, with some rule changes or the addition of modern tools or equipment. The next group are the ones with a history and heritage every bit as long and rich than the established sports, if not more so. In some cases they may well have been the root from which the more familiar 21st century incarnations emerged. The final bunch are… well the final bunch are just plain bizarre. Let’s take a look!
I have always believed that if you want to truly capture the essence of a country in the present, you need to see the oldest parts of it and understand how what was became what is. Because it is one of the oldest ‘civilized’ countries in the world I have always dreamed of traveling to Europe. Thanks to their ancient penchant for exploration they have influenced almost every single modern culture in existence today.
While the precise origin of gambling is unknown, history shows that gambling has been seen in some form or another throughout almost every society. Standout examples include the Ancient Greeks and Romans, Napoleonic France and Elizabethan England. All provide stories of entertainment based on chance.