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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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Six reasons why you might already be keeping kosher

February 6, 2012 – 9:31 pm | 113 Comments
Can food be kosher without a label?

By Robert Efraim Bel
So you only buy kosher meat, stay away from crustaceans, never mix meat and milk, and always check the food labels. You try your best but all this is of course a …

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Australia Day Honours? Give them the Gong!

January 25, 2012 – 9:54 pm | 10 Comments

By Larry Stillman
As my wife knows, one of my most vivid and recurring dreams involves members of the Royal Family and Princess Anne’s ruby lips.
And purely by chance – or is it destiny? – because …

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Changing the World – and Getting Paid for it

January 19, 2012 – 4:52 pm | 5 Comments

By Keren Tuch
A new year, a new set of first round university offers, and hard decisions to make.  Which university course to do – law, commerce or medicine? Embarking on an alternative career is almost …

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Attempts at Censorship will Prove Counterproductive

January 17, 2012 – 7:58 pm | 78 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
In attempting to ban DVD sales of The Promise, a polemical mini-series recently screened on SBS, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) have done a proverbial Andrés Escobar.
Attempts, or even perceived attempts, …

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Church & State

January 12, 2012 – 4:37 pm | 33 Comments

By David Werdiger
On these pages, Rachel Sacks-Davis accused the Orthodox Rabbinate of acting more like evangelical Christians when it came to responding to the gay marriage debate.
The so-called “separation between church and state” is enshrined …

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A Tribute to My Father

January 9, 2012 – 4:59 pm | 20 Comments
A Tribute to My Father

Last month, while on our summer recess, Galus Australis was honoured to receive a letter from Rabbi Shimon Cowen, son of the late Sir Zelman Cowen.  Rabbi Cowen requested his letter to be published, as …

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Hanukah Today: Living with Miracles

December 20, 2011 – 4:45 pm | 8 Comments

By Michael Fagenblat
The significance of Hanukah has vividly transformed in modern times. The Talmudic rabbis were conspicuously reticent about the historical and political connotations of the festival. The Book of Maccabees, which records the historical …

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Sir Zelman Cowen and the Guilt Generation

December 15, 2011 – 8:36 pm | 12 Comments
Dr Rabbi Shimon Cowen, son of Sir Zelman Cowen

By Vadim Chelom
Last week saw the passing of Sir Zelman Cowen, a man whose lifetime has encompassed more achievements than it seems a single lifetime could contain. A gifted lawyer, educator, statesman, a man who …

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Limmud Oz Fest Finds the Missing Generation

December 8, 2011 – 9:55 pm | 7 Comments
Punk Jews, directed by Jesse Mann, produced by Evan Kleinman.

By Anthony Frosh
After the most recent Limmud Oz that took place at Monash University Caulfield campus in Melbourne (2010), there was considerable discussion about the absence of young people. Indeed, an article in this publication, …

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Orthodox Rabbis Confuse Themselves with Evangelical Christians

December 6, 2011 – 10:04 pm | 80 Comments

By Rachel Sacks-Davis
The following letter from Rabbi Dovid Freilich, the president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia, appeared in today’s edition of The Australian:
“THE Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia opposes any legislation to legitimise …

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