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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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Jewish Woman Wins Persian Idol

February 21, 2013 – 7:31 pm | One Comment

A  lovely retelling of the Purim story, suitable for everyone, from children to hipsters.
This short film was produced by G-dcast, who make lots of clever and quirky short films based on Jewish texts.  It’s well …

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Why a Yom Kippur Election is Great for the Jews

January 30, 2013 – 7:22 pm | 76 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
Today is a great day for the Jews of Australia. The Prime Minister, our head of government, mentioned us in a major speech. In our grandparents’ time, when a chief or senior administrator …

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Why are Xmas Stamps Different to All Other Stamps – Ma Nishtana?

December 20, 2012 – 11:36 am | 14 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
In recent years, I’ve heard several Australian Jews who consider themselves very progressive question whether Israel should have a Magen David on its flag, and especially question the words in Hatikvah, the Israeli …

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Anti-Israel Australian Jews now call for a Boycott of Iran and much of the Arab world

November 16, 2012 – 10:09 am | 49 Comments

A press release received this week that readers might find amusing:
A new boycott campaign against the Arab world and Iran that will require the cooperation of every supporter of Middle East freedom has been launched by a …

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Hipster or Hasid? Can you spot the difference?

November 6, 2012 – 10:13 am | 3 Comments

A month or so ago, on a sunny Shabbos afternoon, we were walking through Caulfield Park, when we saw two fashionably dressed Chasidic men, aged anywhere between mid-twenties to mid-thirties, playing with their dog. They …

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Is it OK to Celebrate Halloween?

November 1, 2012 – 9:02 pm | 5 Comments

If Facebook is any guide, it seems a lot more people in Australia (and even in Israel) are celebrating Halloween this year compared to previous years.  This initially made us wonder if people, including those …

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Employee Requests Leave for Sukkot and This is What Happened

October 5, 2012 – 1:14 pm | 4 Comments

Most of us, at some time or another, have been in this position, and some of us regularly. This year has been particularly bad, seemingly with a maximum number of holidays falling on weekdays.
In this …

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Interview with the PM’s Special Emissary to the Jews

March 7, 2012 – 10:02 pm | 6 Comments

The  following is an abridged version of an interview recently screened on the ABC’s Q&A program.
Tony Jones:         Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to a very special Purim edition of “Q&A”. I’m your …

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Some Must Have Additions for Your Bookshelf

November 16, 2011 – 9:18 pm | 2 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
I recently attended a panel session that was part of the Melbourne Jewish Book Festival. The session was on the topic of “What is a Jewish book?” After listening to the panel and …

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Hummer Lacks Humility

August 11, 2011 – 10:56 pm | 62 Comments
Hummer Lacks Humility

Dear Izzy,
I gave up my intention to write about this, but then the site of a stretched pink hummer outside Caulfield shul on a Sunday afternoon some weeks ago (nothing says kiddushin like a stretched …

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