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December 8, 2015 – 3:43 pm | Comments Off

Following Galus Australis’ transition away from an online magazine to a Facebook based community group, the site was to be taken offline (on Friday 11 December).
However, as that date became closer, we received several requests …

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How Frum is Frum enough?

February 27, 2012 – 4:55 pm | 25 Comments

By David Werdiger
Many posts and comments on these pages have had a go at some of the Orthodox Jewish institutions in Melbourne, such as those associated with kashrut certification and the Beth Din, for a …

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Church & State

January 12, 2012 – 4:37 pm | 33 Comments

By David Werdiger
On these pages, Rachel Sacks-Davis accused the Orthodox Rabbinate of acting more like evangelical Christians when it came to responding to the gay marriage debate.
The so-called “separation between church and state” is enshrined …

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Natural Resources

November 8, 2011 – 7:31 pm | 2 Comments

By David Werdiger
Q. Why do the Irish have the potatoes and the Arabs have the oil?
A. Because the Irish had first choice.
Natural resources are both a blessing and a curse. While they can be a …

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Footy Crunch Time, Shul Crunch Time

September 22, 2011 – 7:24 pm | 12 Comments
Harry O'Brien presents the Dalai Lama with footy

By David Werdiger
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine posted on Facebook: “The sounds of the Shofar can only mean one thing – the countdown is on to the impending footy finals. Go [nickname …

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Gossip Danger

July 22, 2011 – 9:54 am | 20 Comments

By David Werdiger
“I won’t let my child ever walk home alone again from school”, I heard a mother say, in the wake of the tragic abduction and murder of Leiby Kletzky in the supposedly safe …

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And you shall relate to your son

April 14, 2011 – 1:10 pm | 6 Comments

By David Werdiger
והגדת לבנך – שמות  יג”ח
And you shall relate to your son – Exodus 13:8 
As Pesach approaches, preparations go into full swing, and my mind jumps around between where we will …

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Kosher Wars V – The Empire Strikes Back

March 7, 2011 – 10:20 pm | 19 Comments

By David Werdiger
The “kosher wars” have been reignited recently with the release by Rabbi Moshe Gutnick of The Kashrut Authority (I will refer to them as KA(Syd) to avoid ambiguity) of a statement regarding the …

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The Minyan Factory

December 22, 2010 – 12:19 pm | 13 Comments

By David Werdiger
I’m visiting Israel very briefly, and again find myself enamoured with the “minyan factory” known as Shtiblach Katamon. It happens to be about five minutes walk from where I’m staying, which is very …

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I’m dreaming of a white …

November 30, 2010 – 10:29 pm | 7 Comments

By David Werdiger
The chagim are spread widely across the calendar year, with the “major” ones like Pesach and the High Holydays falling usually around April and September. These correspond to the seasons of autumn and …

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The Social Network – My Friend has a Friend

October 25, 2010 – 7:17 pm | 6 Comments

By David Werdiger
In the weekly portion of the same name (Numbers/Bamidbar 22), Balak, the king of Moab, commissions the gentile prophet Balaam to curse the Jews who are travelling through his land on their way …

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