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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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Triumph of the Wit

April 18, 2013 – 7:22 pm | 35 Comments

By Joel Lazar
This coming May I’ve decided to trounce around in front of hundreds of people as a neo-Nazi maniac with six pigeons for friends. My parents are tremendously proud. I play Franz Liebkind in …

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Placing Your Flag Somewhere

January 10, 2013 – 10:11 am | 194 Comments

By Joel Lazar
One Shabbat last month, I deliverd a dvar torah to my congregation, Beit Aharon (Gandel Besen), about the war crimes and atrocities perpetrated daily in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan. With the same heart-wrenching …

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Chametz Drive

March 20, 2012 – 11:55 am | 2 Comments

By Joel Lazar
Chametz (loosely defined as: leavened food products; grains) has always been the poor sod to draw the short straw. It’s a Shakespearean tragedy of biblical proportions. Every year the season of freedom arrives in …

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Toward an Ancient Ethic

November 2, 2011 – 7:52 pm | One Comment

By Joel Lazar
A sad tale is told in this coming week’s parashah, Lech Lecha. It is the heart-wrenching tale of an insulted and jealous master, the matriarch Sarah (still ‘Sarai’ here) and a scorned maidservant …

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New-ish Jews

August 17, 2011 – 9:35 pm | 12 Comments

By Joel Lazar
There’s more than one way to do Judaism. That is the unfaltering message that has accompanied me since my arrival to the Star Spangled States one month ago. And more than ever, it …

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Learning life… out of school

November 25, 2009 – 5:36 pm | 6 Comments

One week after the graduation of the class of 2009; Joel Lazar reflects on his gap year in Israel in 2008, beginning university, and navigating the gaps between personal fulfilment and parental expectations.

It was …

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Bring back Jewish Youth Counterculture

November 16, 2009 – 9:36 pm | 18 Comments

By Joel Lazar
They sought like-minded youth, equally willing to devote their lives to a collective cause and thus, youth movements were born.

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