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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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Kapparot for Animal Lovers

September 24, 2012 – 10:35 pm | 10 Comments

Kapparot (or Kaporas כפרות) is an ancient Jewish ritual, performed prior to Yom Kippur. In recent times, this ritual has gained controversy due to the use of live chickens. In this video, Galus Australis’ resident …

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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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Is Halacha Necessary?

September 4, 2012 – 7:53 pm | Comments Off

 
Yaakov Gorr reflects on a session he attended at the recent Limmud NZ.
You’d think that a session at Limmud would leave one feeling more observant, and it so surprised me that I met many “cultural …

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Once Upon a Time in Europe

August 21, 2012 – 1:55 pm | 3 Comments
Image from a concert for lute, which celebrated the anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s demonstration of his telescope in Rome in 1609, including works by Vincenzo Galilei (father of Galileo)

By David Trakhtman
Once upon a time in Europe, there lived very creative and interesting people. Artists created paintings they wanted to create, musicians composed music they wanted to compose, writers wrote novels and poems they …

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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 Creeping Normalcy of Religious Fanaticism

July 17, 2012 – 9:06 pm | 160 Comments

By Alex Kats
Recently, a friend of mine who went to an all-girls Jewish day school, told me about an incident that happened to her whilst she was in upper high school. Ever since hearing about …

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The Unkindest Cut? Maybe Not

July 13, 2012 – 10:25 am | 104 Comments

By Shyrla Pakula
On June 26 this year the District Court of the Federal State of Cologne, Germany, ruled that the circumcision of boys for religious reasons at the request of parents constituted the infliction of …

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Hypothetical – You’re a Mashgiach at a Wedding

June 28, 2012 – 6:37 pm | 71 Comments

By Harold Zwier
A group of us have a shiur every Wednesday evening with Rabbi Meir Rabi. Recently we had a discussion about ethical behaviour and Halacha associated with food preparation. The topic generated an energetic …

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Beyond Rabbi Groner

June 21, 2012 – 8:20 pm | 94 Comments

By David Werdiger
Rabbi YD Groner OBM was often described as “larger than life”. He was an imposing character: large in size, strong in voice, autocratic in nature. From his arrival in Melbourne in the 1950s, he …

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Shavuot Scorecard – Where are the Women?

May 29, 2012 – 9:58 pm | 82 Comments
Shavuot Scorecard – Where are the Women?

Galus Australis received the following correspondance from a reader late last week, a couple of days before Shavuot:
I may have a bit too much time on my hands this week, and I did a little …

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