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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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Time-Travelling Candles

December 4, 2013 – 12:41 pm | Comments Off

By Sarah Bendetsky:
The windows are ice frosted; it’s dark and snowstorming outside.
I sit on a warm carpet in our living room, enchanted by the lights of multi-coloured Chanukah candles.
Packed in a light-blue box, these …

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The War Within and The Culture of Smear

December 2, 2013 – 11:10 am | 26 Comments

By Anonymous:
Editor’s note: This piece has been heavily edited to remove potentially defamatory content. Galus is publishing this piece because we believe the central contention regarding a culture of smear is relevant to the current …

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Our Culture of Silence Must Change

December 1, 2013 – 9:48 am | 20 Comments

By David Werdiger:
Editor’s notes:
. Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to publish this piece as scheduled, last Monday – White Ribbon Day. We therefore post it today.
. NB: This publication does not endorse …

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At Limmud Fest: Halachic Morality as a Guide to Ethical Living

November 20, 2013 – 9:24 am | 2 Comments

By Dov Silberman:
How people behave and act in both the public arena and in their own private lives depends very much on their personal ethics and morals.   Society balances people’s rights and obligations in two …

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JCCV: Change is Happening Now

November 19, 2013 – 8:49 am | Comments Off

From the editor:
While any organisation’s AGM might not seem like the most exciting way to spend an evening, the JCCV’s AGM is highly recommended.
Since Nina Basset assumed the presidency, with personnel like Jo Silver in …

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Another Alleged Perpetrator Faces Court. Holocaust uniqueness? Jewish Care Abuse Response. Abuse Hush Money And More

November 15, 2013 – 10:14 am | 12 Comments

From the editor:
This is what we believe will be dominating Shabbes dinner table conversation….
. Another accused in the Yeshiva abuse scandal faces court: Aaron Kestetcher has his committal hearing today.
. Jewish Care responds to accusations …

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The Awards: What Do They Mean? And Jesus At The Museum: What Do You Think?

November 13, 2013 – 9:01 am | Comments Off

From the editor:
We’ve received two interesting press releases recently.
The first details the winners of  the JCCV’s Community Recognition Awards. These awards provide a fascinating insight into what and who our state’s peak body believes …

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Understanding Ethics: Overcoming the Fundamental Confusions

November 11, 2013 – 10:16 am | 9 Comments

By Jonathan Schauder:
The confusing notion of ethics
There is a growing frustration driven by a lack of definition and understanding of how we might achieve certain vague interpersonal ideas. For example people say that they want …

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Tal Spinrad on The Writings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heshel at Limmud Fest

November 8, 2013 – 8:11 am | One Comment

By Tal Spinrad:
The following is a press release we received from Tal Spinrad –
“Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: The Writings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heshel”
A colleague, advisor…friend of both Pope John 23rd and Rev. Martin …

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The Extraordinary at Limmud: Conservative and Orthodox Rabbis Talk to Each Other

November 6, 2013 – 8:06 am | 8 Comments

By Rabbi Yaron Gottlieb and Rabbi Adam Stein:
The following article has been written by Orthodox Rabbi Yaron Gottlieb with a gloss/commentary (in bold) by his friend and colleague, Conservative Rabbi Adam Stein (think Adam’s Isserles to Yaron’s …

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