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Review: Gett ready for drama!

May 19, 2015 – 12:04 am |

By Alan Stein:
With the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival upon us, one film is poised to catch the collective Jewish eye. For those who missed it at the Jewish International Film Festival last year, …

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Lag B’Omer: what are we burning?

May 7, 2015 – 11:32 am | One Comment

By Annie Zeleznikow:
My favourite Lag B’Omer took place Israel, on my shnat year. We were still on Machon, the Institution that combines four Australian youth movements with their counterparts from around the world.
There was a garden a few …

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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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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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