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Heritage to be found

October 6, 2014 – 1:15 pm | 4 Comments

By Alex Kats:
Recently I had the opportunity to visit Bendigo in regional Victoria, and Fremantle near Perth in Western Australia. In both cases I was in town for work, but had some free time and …

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Time to fess up

September 24, 2014 – 1:38 pm | One Comment

Dear Friends,
 
As we approach Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we reflect on the past, and what we would do differently had we the opportunity.
 
We so often make promises to G-d, that if he blesses us, …

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Elemental

September 17, 2014 – 7:35 pm |

By Dr Gávi Ansara:

Elemental
My Love knows no flag.
He awaits me in the desert,
His arms outstretched,
His mouth filled with ash.
 
If my Love could speak,
He would bless this void with song
His voice a fountain flowing through
The city …

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The Revolution Is Here: Universal Jewish Education

September 15, 2014 – 3:04 pm | 12 Comments

By Jeremy Weinstein:
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard championed the ‘Education Revolution’ both as her time as Education Minister and then as the Deputy Prime Minister. However none of her initiatives rivalled the revolution announced by …

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RCV’s new president oversees own contract at MBD

September 3, 2014 – 1:33 pm | 10 Comments

By Yaron Gottlieb:

In the last month the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) elected a new president – Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick, and was announced with the usual run of press releases and congratulatory articles in the …

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The Haskalah today

August 18, 2014 – 6:35 am | 2 Comments

By Peter Schattner:

If you were a curious person who had to wear a distinctive hat and a yellow star, and could not understand what the neighbours were saying because you only spoke Yiddish, you may …

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At home with Moishe

August 14, 2014 – 4:17 pm | One Comment

By Brett Nathan:
I sit here writing this by the fireplace in Moishe House Melbourne.
During this last month alone, we have held programs such as art sessions, an open mic night and a Jewish ecology discussion group. Each …

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The absurd life within a world devoid of truth

August 6, 2014 – 6:37 pm | One Comment

By Tal Spinrad:
Without truth, even love is delusional.
- Rabbi Mendel of Kotzk
I have three beautiful kids. Eli, aged a tad short of seven, and a set of twins, Gavi and Reuvi, aged five and a half.  …

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The lazy girl’s guide to head covering

July 13, 2014 – 10:42 pm | One Comment

By Ellyse Borghi:
It was bound to happen eventually. A work colleague finally gathered up the courage and asked me if my daily extra-wide headbands were a fashion statement or a religious practice. I explained to …

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Jewish is my mother tongue

July 5, 2014 – 7:53 pm | One Comment

By Gillian Polack:

I love telling the reading public (or rather, my reading public, when it chooses to listen) “I’m not the Jewish person you think I am.”
I don’t belong to mainstream Judaism, even though I do. …

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A lesson in-tolerance

June 19, 2014 – 7:12 pm | 2 Comments

By Andrew Wirth:
I recently and unexpectedly spent a day in Los Angeles, courtesy of a delayed United Airlines flight and a missed connection home. The first thing I often do when in a foreign city …

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