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We are a People, not a Faith

April 29, 2015 – 12:03 pm | 8 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
It’s time that we as Jews change the language around Jewish identity. We need to stop letting ourselves be classified as a religious, or even worse, a faith group.  It is fairly self …

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Charity Begins at Home

April 26, 2015 – 10:01 pm |

By Ron Burdo:
Our sages teach us in Bava Metzia: “Poor of your town – your poor come first.” In Anglophone cultures, this principle is known as “charity begins at home.” Ron Burdo argues that given the changing circumstances …

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Counting Teeth: Humour in the Rabbinic Literature

April 6, 2015 – 7:49 pm |

By Simon Holloway:

Part One: Is it Okay to Laugh?
Q: Why did Queen Esther merit to rule over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the Persian empire?
A: Because she was descended from Sarah, who lived to …

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UIA chooses fear over hope

March 17, 2015 – 3:02 pm | 2 Comments

By Julie Szego:
American author Brigitte Gabriel has been labelled a “radical Islamophobe.” In 2008, she told the Australian Jewish News: “Every practising Muslim is a radical Muslim.” A regular on the speakers’ circuit, Gabriel is …

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The Invisible Survivor

March 9, 2015 – 3:29 pm | One Comment

By Ittay Flescher:
At the start of 2013 I wrote an article for Galus Australis in the lead up to the Israeli TV Series Prisoners of War (Hatufim) being screened on SBS. It began with the …

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You do have to be rich to be my Jew

March 3, 2015 – 10:38 pm | 8 Comments

By Ron Burdo:
The cost of living Jewish life in Australia is rising and rising. This puts a big question mark over the future of our community. And what have the community leaders done about it? …

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Limmud Former Soviet Union comes to Australia

February 20, 2015 – 3:03 pm |

By Sarah Bendetsky:
Among the approximately 120,000 Jews living in Australia, nearly 30,000 are immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Reaching out to the Russian-Jewish population, the international Jewish organisation Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union) is …

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Op-ed: rabbinic failures go deeper than a lapse in judgment

February 17, 2015 – 1:05 pm | One Comment

By Bracha Rafael:

I want to dig into what is fundamentally wrong with the current generation of rabbinic leadership in this country, as exemplified by one Rabbi Tzvi Telsner. The Royal Commission is giving a lot …

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JCCV condemns Rabbi Telsner’s Comments

February 17, 2015 – 11:21 am |

By Bracha Rafael:

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) has released a strong statement regarding Rabbi Telsner’s testimony before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Rabbi Telsner was asked to explain Rabbi Groner’s …

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Finding Happiness

February 13, 2015 – 4:52 am | 2 Comments
Finding Happiness

By Shira Sebban:
I recently surprised myself by turning down a rare opportunity to attain what I had long considered to be my dream job. Having compromised my career for motherhood for many years, I had often …

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Breaking: Zeddy Lawrence threatens Rabbi Rabi with legal action

February 4, 2015 – 9:44 pm | 5 Comments

By Bracha Rafael:
Tensions have escalated between Rabbi Meir Rabbi of It’s Kosher and Zeddy Lawrence, national editor of the Australian Jewish News.
Rabbi Rabi has published a detailed response to claims made by Zeddy Lawrence regarding a dispute …

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