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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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The lazy girl’s guide to head covering

July 13, 2014 – 10:42 pm | One Comment

By Ellyse Borghi:
It was bound to happen eventually. A work colleague finally gathered up the courage and asked me if my daily extra-wide headbands were a fashion statement or a religious practice. I explained to …

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Update: A Communal Leader on the R’ Telsner and Groner Affair

March 16, 2014 – 1:42 pm | 76 Comments

By Alex Fein:
Update: An communal leader, who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, submitted the following questions to Galus in the hope that they might elicit a response from the Chabad rabbinate:
“Might I suggest …

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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 Battle Over Gender and Jewish Life

February 24, 2014 – 10:35 am | 5 Comments

By Elana Sztokman:
One day several years ago, I walked into my year-7 Jewish Studies class with a shofar in hand. It was a few days before Rosh Hashana and it seemed like a great idea to …

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A Jewish Marriage: Proceed with Caution

January 19, 2014 – 11:18 am | 17 Comments

By Dr Melanie Landau:
A few months ago in Melbourne, I told a leading Jewish educator about my research in Jewish marriage. He asked me, tongue in cheek, “Are you ‘for’ or ‘against’?” “Proceed with caution!”  …

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Time-Travelling Candles

December 4, 2013 – 12:41 pm | Comments Off

By Sarah Bendetsky:
The windows are ice frosted; it’s dark and snowstorming outside.
I sit on a warm carpet in our living room, enchanted by the lights of multi-coloured Chanukah candles.
Packed in a light-blue box, these …

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At Limmud Fest: Halachic Morality as a Guide to Ethical Living

November 20, 2013 – 9:24 am | 2 Comments

By Dov Silberman:
How people behave and act in both the public arena and in their own private lives depends very much on their personal ethics and morals.   Society balances people’s rights and obligations in two …

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Understanding Ethics: Overcoming the Fundamental Confusions

November 11, 2013 – 10:16 am | 9 Comments

By Jonathan Schauder:
The confusing notion of ethics
There is a growing frustration driven by a lack of definition and understanding of how we might achieve certain vague interpersonal ideas. For example people say that they want …

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Tal Spinrad on The Writings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heshel at Limmud Fest

November 8, 2013 – 8:11 am | One Comment

By Tal Spinrad:
The following is a press release we received from Tal Spinrad –
“Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: The Writings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heshel”
A colleague, advisor…friend of both Pope John 23rd and Rev. Martin …

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The Extraordinary at Limmud: Conservative and Orthodox Rabbis Talk to Each Other

November 6, 2013 – 8:06 am | 8 Comments

By Rabbi Yaron Gottlieb and Rabbi Adam Stein:
The following article has been written by Orthodox Rabbi Yaron Gottlieb with a gloss/commentary (in bold) by his friend and colleague, Conservative Rabbi Adam Stein (think Adam’s Isserles to Yaron’s …

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