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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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ENTER the Dragon

December 21, 2009 – 3:32 pm | 3 Comments

By David Werdiger
It’s that time of year again. Not Chanukah; not Christmas; not New Year; but VCE results time. That time of the year when the Jewish schools are able to quantify their success and …

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Sabra is dead. Long live Daneli’s.

October 25, 2009 – 11:31 am | 28 Comments

By David Werdiger
I preferred Sabra before they switched from their previous kosher authority to their most recent one – their chips were just delicious. My friend who works in the kosher industry told me they …

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Wallet, cup, temper – drinking on Simchat Torah

October 8, 2009 – 11:12 pm | 8 Comments

By David Werdiger
We seem to associate Simchat Torah with getting drunk. However, unlike other Jewish holidays (Purim is the most obvious example), there is no imperative whatsoever to imbibe and drink on Simchat Torah.
The only …

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Yom Kippur Day Spa

September 25, 2009 – 12:39 pm | 9 Comments

By David Werdiger
They call it a day spa for a reason. You are encouraged to take a day off, and immerse yourself in the luxurious environment of the spa. Switch off your mobile phone; leave …

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Going, Going, Gone!

September 21, 2009 – 5:26 pm | 35 Comments

By David Werdiger
Five hundred dollars, tzum ersheten mohl!
Five hundred dollars, tzum tzveiten mohl!
Five hundred dollars, tzum dritten mohl!
And with an emphatic klap on the bimah for effect, the auction is over.
This was not Phillip Kingston …

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Maintaining the Rosh Hashana Intensity

September 16, 2009 – 8:09 pm | 17 Comments

By David Werdiger
Despite the daily reminders during the month of Elul, Rosh Hashana has a way of creeping up on us, and before we know it, the festival is upon us. The shul service is …

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The Humanity of Halacha

September 5, 2009 – 9:03 pm | 33 Comments

By David Werdiger
Trying to have a meaningful discussion about some of the positive (or negative) aspects of halacha on Galus Australis or similar forums sometimes feels a bit like debating the joys of lamb versus …

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Clothes Maketh the Jew

August 11, 2009 – 1:45 pm | 13 Comments

By David Werdiger
In organizational culture, stories have a very strong influence in building or maintaining the culture, particularly as they use informal settings to convey a message. This is particularly so for religions, where …

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Who’s Got Moshiach?

July 26, 2009 – 11:20 pm | 57 Comments

Below are two articles on messianism in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement: Simon Holloway argues that since the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, messianism and fervour in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement have actually led them …

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Face-off: the Schools Debate

July 23, 2009 – 11:54 am | 17 Comments

Earlier this week, we published an article by Almoni calling for the abandonment of the private school system. David Werdiger has written a strident reply. We present the two views, side-by-side:
[column width=47% padding=6%]Almoni‘s view:
It is …

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