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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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What if… R’ Meir Rabi on Emulating What Works and Dispensing with the Ridiculous

March 10, 2014 – 9:34 am | 23 Comments

By Rabbi Meir Rabi:
I recently visited Johannesburg, South Africa and wondered what does South Africa have that we in Australia do not?
Why do I ask that question?
Because after having observed their community and having chatted …

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The AJN Got It Very Wrong: The Slurpee Saga

January 12, 2014 – 12:48 pm | 97 Comments

Editor’s note: Welcome back, Galus readers. We begin 2014 with two pieces by Rabbis Yaron Gottlieb and Meir Rabi. 
Yaron Gottlieb writes:
The AJN this week reported on the ongoing vitriol between the kosher agencies. The only …

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Meir Rabi on the Sydney Kashrut Imbroglio

October 31, 2013 – 10:03 am | 66 Comments

By Rabbi Meir Rabi:
So you go to a religious friend’s home for dinner, they don’t have a Rabbi or a Mashgiach to verify that the food is Kosher. No worries we will eat.
Same friend makes …

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The Stringency and The Undoing

September 13, 2013 – 1:56 pm |

By Rabbi Meir Rabi:

It is related that one Shabbos, in a Siberian forced labour camp, two Jews were brought to the commander’s office and offered their freedom if they immediately signed the required papers. The …

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What Happens when your Food Gets Mixed up with the Dog’s Food? Invite your Rabbi over to Eat it!

June 18, 2013 – 6:26 pm | 20 Comments

By Rabbi Meir Rabi
Here is a very sad story. Someone I know brought home eight sausages for the family and two for the dog. He put the two bags down in the kitchen and rushed off to …

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Leadership, Arrogance, Dairy Vodka and Tomato Sauce‏

February 26, 2013 – 12:19 pm | 129 Comments

By Rabbi Meir Rabi
We are driven and commanded, as practising Jews, to constantly answer the question asked by Moses: What is it that Gd asks of you? [Devarim 10:12] The Gemara is puzzled, the question …

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Adass and Chabad Meat Schism

September 12, 2012 – 10:10 pm | 33 Comments

By Rabbi Meir Rabi
“Don’t take this personally, but I wish to honour my Rabbi and cannot do this.”
What do you think is the background that has prompted this plea?
Would it be a favourite Uncle who …

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HaRav Elyashiv: The Passing of a Tzaddik is an Atonement

July 24, 2012 – 6:48 pm | 20 Comments
Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv זצ״ל

By Rabbi Meir Rabi
Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv has passed away. He has moved on to the next stage, the loftier stage of existence. I have heard it estimated that almost half a million people attended …

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The Cost of Kosher

March 13, 2012 – 9:19 pm | 322 Comments

By Rabbi Meir Rabi
Cost is a strong negative influence that most people consider when evaluating Kosher foods and Kosher services. I distinctly recall being very uncomfortably unable to answer the plaintive question; “Rabbi, why is …

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A Distorted Conclusion

December 1, 2011 – 4:41 pm | 50 Comments

By Rabbi Meir Rabi
A Great Story, a Disastrously Distorted Conclusion, or What’s Wrong with Super-Orthodox Thinking
Let me say at the outset, I am making observations about a frailty of humanity ; its ability to inflict on itself outrageous, mind …

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