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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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It’s Aliyah all over Again

August 8, 2009 – 7:29 pm | 3 Comments

By Paul Brown
I only saw Shlomo Carlebach perform once. It was at the Wix Auditorium in Machon Weitzmann Science Institute in Rehovot, Israel, in the summer of 1969. I was living in Israel at the …

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A Spectrum of Observance

August 4, 2009 – 11:39 pm | 9 Comments

By Simon Holloway
While it is my abiding interest that my contributions to this site do not become mere reflections on my own personal philosophy, a discussion that commenced in an earlier thread has tempted me …

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Conversion Disorder

August 2, 2009 – 4:30 pm | 47 Comments

By Rachel Sacks-Davis
The mikvah itself was a non-event, so much so that she wondered whether she had done something wrong. By that stage she already felt Jewish; the internal transformation had taken place sometime earlier.
Francis* …

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Tisha b’Av

July 29, 2009 – 10:06 pm | 15 Comments

At shul tonight, after the reading of Eicha (The Book of Lamentations), about twenty people sat in a circle on the floor and discussed the meaning of Tisha b’Av.  The consensus was that it is …

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Who’s Got Moshiach?

July 26, 2009 – 11:20 pm | 57 Comments

Below are two articles on messianism in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement: Simon Holloway argues that since the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, messianism and fervour in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement have actually led them …

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Who’s Afraid of Gay Marriage?

July 22, 2009 – 9:43 pm | 15 Comments

By Simon Holloway
Gay marriage: two words that, for many Australians, constitute an oxymoron. What is it about the idea that threatens to undermine our society? Why are so many up in arms? So many of …

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Who is a Jew and the Tyranny of Halacha

July 6, 2009 – 3:15 pm | 30 Comments

By Yoram Symons
Most of us were raised to believe that you were a Jew because your mother was Jewish. That Jewish descent passes through the woman. And no doubt we have all heard the various …

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Michael Jackson and the Lubavitcher Rebbe

June 30, 2009 – 7:24 pm | 26 Comments

By Yoram Symons
Both Michael Jackson and the Lubavitcher Rebbe died on the 3rd of Tammuz.  This much is fact. The rest of this piece is entirely speculation.
The first I heard of Michael Jackson’s death was …

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