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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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A Failure of Leadership: Rabbinic Overreach

June 12, 2014 – 12:27 pm | 33 Comments

By Anonymous:
What happens to a leader when they overreach? How many leaders in the world have begun to believe their own press and tried for one last grab for absolute power only to damage their …

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Message from the editor

June 11, 2014 – 11:20 am | 4 Comments

It’s been an eventful year since I began editing Galus. Now I’m off to have a baby and am leaving you in the capable hands of Bracha Rafael. I’ll still be around, moderating comments and …

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A Limmud Journey

May 30, 2014 – 10:53 am | Comments Off

By Alex Kats:
It has now been five months since I had the privilege of participating in the Limmud Conference in the UK. The branding for Limmud UK – which was plastered on posters and all …

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Just How Far Right Is Spiritgrow? Odd Goings On at Wheeler and Ari Shavit Demolishes Anti-Zionism

May 25, 2014 – 4:14 pm | 8 Comments

From the Editor:
While Galus usually avoids the Israel Palestine issue, preferring to focus on issues Antipodean, we believe three recent stories bring the conflict in the Middle East closer to home and warrant our readers’ …

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Labouring in Vain? The ALP, The Jewish Community, and Israel

May 22, 2014 – 12:13 pm | 22 Comments

By Dashiel Lawrence:
Somewhere in Israel stands a small JNF forest named in recognition of former ally and friend of the Jewish state, Bob Carr. The forest was bestowed in Carr’s honour back in 1996; that …

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