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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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The Eternal Jew – A Short Ashkenazi?

October 27, 2010 – 9:24 pm | 17 Comments

By Liz Paratz
Longevity today is impressive. In the Torah, Moses is an inspiring figure and lives until a suitably-inspiring 120 years old. Not only that, “His eye had not dimmed, and his vigor had not …

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Are Jewish Women Condemned to Hard Labour?

June 21, 2010 – 10:19 pm | 15 Comments
Pregnant Barbie

By Liz Paratz
Fast-forward a few thousand years and if we are condemned to ‘bring forth children in sorrow’, why do even the most religious of Jewish women use pain-relief in childbirth?

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The Difficulties Of Ageing Are Intensified For Holocaust Survivors

April 11, 2010 – 12:09 pm | 4 Comments
Holocaust survivors raise unique issues in the world of geriatrics

The image of the Holocaust survivor who started afresh in the aftermath of the camps is familiar and powerful. We see it in films, in literature, and in our own families….

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Of Apps and Schnapps

March 9, 2010 – 9:38 pm | Comments Off
Now there's an iBlessing for everything...

by Liz Paratz. So far, the 21st century appears to be the era when existential philosophy updated its status to ‘iPhone, therefore I am.’

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A Tarantino Purim?

February 28, 2010 – 8:35 pm | 3 Comments

By Liz Paratz
In the story of Purim, Haman is a clear descendant of Amalek and the ‘bad guy’. The mission conducted by Esther and Mordechai to expose Haman and save the Jews is completely successful …

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Should Medicare Subsidise Your High Holidays Seat?

December 27, 2009 – 6:38 pm | 8 Comments

By Liz Paratz
This is the final instalment in the ‘Judaism Under the Microscope’ series, applying evidence-based medicine to 6000 years of Jewish practice. Here, Liz takes a look at whether religious people are healthier overall. …

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They Tried To Kill Us, We Survived, Let’s Overdose on Opioids

December 17, 2009 – 2:00 am | 6 Comments

By Liz Paratz
Liz continues her series on whether Judaism and Jewish practice are in fact good for the Jews. Previous posts in the series can be found here, here, and here. This week she …

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Why Brit Milah is Good for you and Davening can be Dangerous

November 12, 2009 – 6:29 pm | 61 Comments

This article is the third in a series on the medical benefits (or otherwise) of Jewish food, culture, and religion. In this series, Liz Paratz peruses the medical literature for evidence-based answers to the big …

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The milchig-fleishig quandary and other Jewish and gastronomic medical observations

October 29, 2009 – 5:46 pm | 7 Comments

This article is the second in a series on the medical benefits (or otherwise) of Jewish food, culture, and religion. In this series, Liz Paratz peruses the medical literature for evidence-based answers to the big …

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Judaism Under the Microscope

October 23, 2009 – 9:34 am | 14 Comments

By Liz Paratz
The medical world today is very proud of its shiny fabulous new tool, called ‘evidence-based medicine’. EBM, as it is known in short, is basically the simple-sounding idea that you don’t do …

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