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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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Israeli Perfidy? Holocaust Mawkishness? Leader Overreach? Medical Marijuana Kosher? What do You Think?

July 12, 2013 – 9:46 am | 5 Comments

From the editor:
There is increasing evidence that Israel tricked or forced Ethiopian women to use the long acting birth control, Depo-Provera. When Israel’s behaviour is problematic, is it the place of Australian Zionists to criticise? …

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The Jewish Education Series: Will Generation X Please Stand Up

July 10, 2013 – 11:17 am | 51 Comments

Jonathan (Jonny) Schauder
This is the second in our education series. You can read Rabbi Kennard’s piece – the first in the series – here. Next week, Andrew Markus provides his assessment of the Jewish Australian educational landscape. 
I …

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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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Mohammed Contends

July 8, 2013 – 12:53 pm | 14 Comments

By Yaakov Gorr
I don’t know if Mohammed will ever be able to return to Saudi Arabia.
Mohammed approached me, a private law tutor, for assistance in researching his planned master’s dissertation.  Western law schools expect a …

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Shavua Tov: Some Sunday Diversion

July 7, 2013 – 2:50 pm | 5 Comments

From the editor:
Farewell Morsi: At least you’ll be spared the agonies of political satire. Jon Stewart does more for Egyptian/Jewish relations than all previous diplomatic efforts combined.
Best of Seek and You Shall Find: Nadav Gold’s question on, …

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This week: What do You Think?

July 5, 2013 – 11:31 am | 12 Comments

From the editor:
Alt Neu Labor:
. Rudd’s back and his Zionist credentials are questioned in some quarters. With this in mind does the tenor of Bob Carr’s piece in The Australian (and on his blog) on …

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Rabbi James Kennard: Jewish Schools Are The Key

July 3, 2013 – 7:48 pm | 52 Comments

By Rabbi James Kennard
Why are Jewish schools so important in the establishment of Jewish identity? Why do studies throughout the world show that attendance at a Jewish day school, allied with a positive home environment, …

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The Eden Project

July 1, 2013 – 12:28 pm | 12 Comments

By Romy Grace

The Eden Project is the first Australian Jewish innovation hub for emerging entrepreneurs, social innovators and change-makers. It aims to inspire, engage and develop a new generation of Jewish leaders who can address …

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Our Own Leadership Change

June 28, 2013 – 7:36 am | 8 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
As our country undergoes something of a leadership crisis, we’re pleased to report that Galus Australis is having a much more orderly and amicable leadership change.
Now, we’ve made a point of not reporting …

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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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