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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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Choosing Mormons

October 21, 2013 – 10:27 am | 11 Comments

By Ellyse Borghi:
Some people collect stamps, others gnomes. There are many hobbies available to a Good Jewish Girl (GJG). I could have taken up crocheting or volunteering at Emmy Monash or cupcake baking. I however …

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A Peaceful Divorce (Plus Shtetl Voice and J-Wire Headlines)

October 1, 2013 – 10:33 am | 5 Comments

By Ellen Gutman:
The Hebrew term for Collaborative Practice is ‘Lehitgaresh beshalom’ – to divorce in peace. But, can a divorce process ever be peaceful?
Few events in life are as destabilizing and painful as divorce. Divorce and …

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Kapparot: A Swingers Party Gone Wrong

September 12, 2013 – 12:59 pm | 9 Comments

By Gabbi Sar-Shalom
Eating meat seems to me to be a concession in the Torah that God allows to silence the violent-driven tendencies of the kvetching Israelites. Throwing chickens over our heads though seems a bit …

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Between Adon Olam and Agunot

July 31, 2013 – 11:26 am | 7 Comments

By Elana Sztokman
When my husband, Jacob, and I first met 25 years ago picking peaches on kibbutz, we were surprised at how much we had in common. After all, I had spent my entire life …

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Tuesday Discussion: Heresy – Is There Any Light on Tisha B’Av?

July 16, 2013 – 8:02 am | 17 Comments

From the editor:
Today we commemorate Tisha B’Av and if you fast, we hope you fast well.
In honour of the date, we pose a potentially heretical question: even though mourning the temples’ destruction is central to …

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Tuesday Discussion: Haredim and Baseless Hatred

July 9, 2013 – 11:48 am | 6 Comments

From the editor:
Welcome to the Tuesday discussion.
We’re in the nine day period, counting down to Tisha B’Av. We’re told every year around this time that the temples’ destruction was due to baseless hatred between Jewish …

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Spinoza and Noah’s Ark: The Problem of Religious Obedience

June 26, 2013 – 9:02 pm | 3 Comments

By Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo
In his Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, Benedictus Spinoza (17th century), the famous Jewish ‘philosopher apostate’, launches one of his most outspoken attacks on Judaism. Not mincing words, he accuses it of demanding obsessive …

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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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The Permanent Preciousness of the Secular Jew

June 11, 2013 – 6:31 pm | 2 Comments

By Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo
We are living in an age of flaunting irreverence. Debunking has become the norm and wherever we turn we experience a need to reveal the clay feet of even the greatest. Human …

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I am Taking Off my Kippah

May 29, 2013 – 5:10 pm | 3 Comments

By Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo 
I’m Taking Off My Kippah
Don’t be shocked. But I need to be honest. I am contemplating taking off my kippah. No, do not worry. I have no intention of becoming irreligious, or …

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