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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 Shalit Redemption and the Changing Social Contract

October 24, 2011 – 5:45 pm | 24 Comments

By Geoff Bloch
Now that the euphoria and relief at the redemption of Gilad Shalit has begun to subside, it is time to appraise the deal with our heads rather than with our hearts.
Some wonderful and …

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Give the Vote to the Diaspora – Rethinking the Two-State Soltuion

August 30, 2011 – 5:53 pm | 55 Comments
Mobile army polling station at a military outpost in Kerem Shalom, on the border with Israel and the Gaza Strip

By Geoff Bloch
The international community and moderates on both sides of the Israeli Palestinian conflict have, for decades, called for a two-state solution to end the military jurisdiction Israel maintains over some 1.6 million disenfranchised …

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Did God save the Jews during the Holocaust?

June 9, 2011 – 6:12 pm | 47 Comments

Geoff Bloch was recently tasked with arguing the case for the affirmative at a debate put on by the JBD of Melbourne, on the topic of “Did God save the Jews during the Holocaust?”
This is …

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The Importance of Tradition – The Danger of Innovation

March 15, 2011 – 7:47 pm | 6 Comments

By Geoff Bloch
We have recently completed reading the Book of Exodus. The Book begins with the dramatic narrative of our enslavement in Egypt, our redemption, the revelation at Sinai and the giving of the 10 …

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How our Universities Harm our Children

September 26, 2010 – 4:46 pm | 74 Comments

By Geoff Bloch
We may be relics from the past but our children live in a post-modern, post-Zionist world in which traditional Jewish values are being progressively rejected as archaic and irrelevant. As our children leave …

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Chosenness as a Jewish concept

September 16, 2010 – 8:00 am | 71 Comments

By Geoffrey Bloch
Johnny Baker, my friend and childhood classmate, endorses changing the traditional blessing one makes when being called up to the Torah (Changing Our Chosen Status AJN 3/9). I sat next …

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