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Galus Australis Archivus

December 8, 2015 – 3:43 pm |

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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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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Now is the Time to Come Forward

June 19, 2013 – 5:06 pm | 19 Comments

By Manny Waks
The Commonwealth Royal Commission Inquiry into child sexual abuse within organisations has now commenced.  Tzedek, an Australian-based advocacy group for Jewish victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, is uniquely positioned to provide …

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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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Howard Sattler Suspended – But why was this Holocaust Denier on air in the First Place?

June 14, 2013 – 9:51 am | 54 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
Howard Sattler’s questions to Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday, concerning the sexuality of her partner, were plainly reprehensible. And it does not matter what one’s feelings or inclinations are toward the Gillard Prime …

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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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Do Melbourne Ports Residents Still Welcome Refugees?

June 5, 2013 – 10:34 pm | 74 Comments

By Ann Birrell
In the 1970s, Australians welcomed nearly 100,000 Vietnamese refugees.
In the 1980s, I was in one of my first jobs as a lawyer, as a Federal Court Judge’s Associate to Sir Reginald Smithers. When hearing …

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Eggs & Bacon Bay and The Promised Land: What the Devil?

June 3, 2013 – 8:16 pm | 3 Comments

It is on Argyle Street in the centre of the city, because way back in 1842, Judah Solomon, a local Jewish activist and philanthropist offered land that he owned on that street for the purposes of a Jewish place of worship following a meeting that decided one should be built.

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Jewish Elders and Korean Pop – Why Does it Work so Well?

May 31, 2013 – 9:37 am |

By Anthony Frosh
You might have already seen this video. After all, it has already been shared on social media a fair bit, and received a very positive reception.
On the surface, it might not sound that …

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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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Parenting with Strategy

May 27, 2013 – 7:05 pm |

By Diane Levy
If only they’d do as they are told… I’d be a much nicer parent!
Although, I’ve been counselling and coaching parents for the last thirty years, this week has been a challenge-in-the-field.  I, together …

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