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December 8, 2015 – 3:43 pm |

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 Next Phase: Going Social

November 11, 2015 – 1:36 pm | One Comment

From editors, past and present – Frosh, Rachel, and Alex:
We’re going social!
This past Shabbes, Galus founding editors, Rachel Sacks Davis and Ant Frosh got together with current editor, Alex Fein, for a brainstorming session on …

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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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Jews Witness the Hajj

October 30, 2011 – 10:20 pm | 5 Comments

By Rachel Sacks-Davis & Anthony Frosh
The Jewish tradition was born in journey. From Abraham and Jacob to Moses and the Israelites, our mythic ancestors were wanderers whose encounters with God almost always occurred en route. …

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BDS Advocates and Sympathisers Accuse Limmud-Oz

May 18, 2011 – 10:56 pm | 139 Comments

By Anthony Frosh & Rachel Sacks-Davis
Advocates of boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, Vivienne Porzsolt and Peter Slezak, have had their applications to speak at Limmud-Oz next month in Sydney denied. Limmud-Oz Program Director, …

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Another Young Jewish Protagonist hits Australian Bookshelves

May 17, 2011 – 11:13 pm | 5 Comments

By Rachel Sacks-Davis
As a teenager, I devoured books but I don’t remember coming across one Australian young adult novel with even a minor Jewish character. I would not have expected to do so given that …

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NIF Australia Rolls out its Zionist Credentials

May 10, 2011 – 8:58 pm | 28 Comments

By Rachel Sacks-Davis
In the coming months, a branch of the New Israel Fund (NIF) will be launched in Australia. Despite its name, the NIF, which is based in the US, is more than 30 years …

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The kosher labelling submission – now available for your perusal

May 25, 2010 – 1:23 pm | 21 Comments

By Rachel Sacks-Davis
The Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) and the Organisation of Rabbis Australasia (ORA) have made their submission available on the ECAJ website.
For those who do not want to read the entire document, …

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No competition please, we’re the Kashrut Authority

May 23, 2010 – 10:47 pm | 49 Comments
Monopoly board game

By Rachel Sacks-Davis
In a move that can only be interpreted as anti-competitive, Kosher Australia and associates have applied to the government for exclusive rights to decide who can label a product, ‘kosher’. As reported in …

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Messianic matters

February 18, 2010 – 10:20 am | 51 Comments

Outsider, Rachel Sacks-Davis, and insider, David Werdiger, comment on the expulsion of the “Moshiach Dancers” and related controversies at Yeshiva Shule. Click here to skip straight to David’s insiders’ view.
Outsider’s view
by Rachel Sacks-Davis
It’s 6pm on …

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Look Who’s Afraid of Free Speech Now

December 1, 2009 – 5:48 pm | 50 Comments

By Anthony Frosh & Rachel Sacks-Davis
Fascism has long been associated with far right-wing political movements.  Today, when it comes to suppressing the expression of ideas, it is getting increasingly difficult to distinguish between the so-called intellectual …

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