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Galus Australis Archivus

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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RBS (Read Before Shabbes) – Osher, Destruction, Timmy, and Yaron

November 6, 2015 – 11:16 am |

Here’s what you need to read about before Shabbes….
1) Osher on moustaches
2) Timmy being awesome at Jewish Care
3) Women destroying the (rabbinic) joint
4) Yaron on paranoia
1) From the inimitable Osher Gutnick:
‘I dropped in on mum on the …

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Rabbi Telsner Stands Down; Apologises to Victims

September 2, 2015 – 10:14 am | 3 Comments
Rabbi Telsner Stands Down; Apologises to Victims

Rabbi Zvi Telsner:
י”ז אלול תשע”ה
1st September, 2015
Dear Yeshivah Community Members, Friends and Supporters,
As a senior Rabbi at the Yeshivah Centre I acknowledge and endorse its values, policies and message
of continued support and compassion for victims …

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Exclusive: Masorti Teshuvah On Marriage Equality

July 2, 2015 – 10:18 pm | 2 Comments

By Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen and Rabbi Adam Stein
Masorti Beit Din of Australasia
Question: Does the Masorti Movement have a position on Marriage Equality/Same Sex marriage?
Answer: Marriage Equality is an issue which has been addressed in different ways in a number …

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Lag B’Omer: what are we burning?

May 7, 2015 – 11:32 am | 2 Comments

By Annie Zeleznikow:
My favourite Lag B’Omer took place Israel, on my shnat year. We were still on Machon, the Institution that combines four Australian youth movements with their counterparts from around the world.
There was a garden a few …

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We are a People, not a Faith

April 29, 2015 – 12:03 pm | 9 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
It’s time that we as Jews change the language around Jewish identity. We need to stop letting ourselves be classified as a religious, or even worse, a faith group.  It is fairly self …

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Counting Teeth: Humour in the Rabbinic Literature

April 6, 2015 – 7:49 pm |

By Simon Holloway:

Part One: Is it Okay to Laugh?
Q: Why did Queen Esther merit to rule over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the Persian empire?
A: Because she was descended from Sarah, who lived to …

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TBI introduces Australia’s first synagogue streaming services

January 27, 2015 – 2:11 pm | 3 Comments

Melbourne’s largest progressive synagogue Temple Beth Israel (TBI) has become the first Jewish community in Australia to stream Sabbath (Shabbat), High Holy Day, festival services and concerts live from its website through ‘TBI TV.’
The …

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Jews, meet the modern world; modern world, meet the Jews

November 14, 2014 – 12:05 pm |

By Raphael Descalu:

The Jewish encounter with the modern world has been both traumatic and fruitful, as major social upheavals also facilitated the emergence of new ideas and approaches to Jewish identity and culture.
We at Shira are …

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The Haskalah today

August 18, 2014 – 6:35 am | 2 Comments

By Peter Schattner:

If you were a curious person who had to wear a distinctive hat and a yellow star, and could not understand what the neighbours were saying because you only spoke Yiddish, you may …

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The absurd life within a world devoid of truth

August 6, 2014 – 6:37 pm | One Comment

By Tal Spinrad:
Without truth, even love is delusional.
– Rabbi Mendel of Kotzk
I have three beautiful kids. Eli, aged a tad short of seven, and a set of twins, Gavi and Reuvi, aged five and a half.  …

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