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Galus Australis Archivus

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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Letter of Thanks to the Adass Community

September 19, 2012 – 8:41 pm | 6 Comments

We received a request to publish this letter of thanks, following the fire that destroyed the homes of two Lubavitch families immediately prior to Rosh Hashanah.
On behalf of The Jacobson and Cyrulnik families I would …

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Yeshiva Centre Still Mistreating Family of Abuse Victims

September 14, 2012 – 9:51 am | 14 Comments
Yeshiva Centre Still Mistreating Family of Abuse Victims

In response to today’s birth of a grandson to my father, the Yeshivah Centre has now clearly demonstrated that nothing at all has changed. The discrimination, intimidation and harassment has continued.
My father has just had …

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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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Coming Together

September 10, 2012 – 10:11 pm | 3 Comments

By Alex Kats
In my life I have met very few people of the Sikh tradition. Even on a recent trip to India, the few Sikh people that I did encounter were just in passing and …

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A Helping Hand with School Fees

September 6, 2012 – 5:16 pm | One Comment

Having published several articles related to the affordability of Jewish schools as well as the Free Jewish Education Movement, we know that there are many readers interested in options concerning ever-increasing school fees.  While many …

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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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Making it Possible, Rather than Trying to Make it Happen

August 30, 2012 – 12:41 pm | Comments Off

By Andre Oboler
I’ve attended three ROI Summits in Israel and each was so amazing, any words I use to describe it will fail to do the experience justice. The news that ROI was coming to …

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Alcohol & Youth – Have Your Say!

August 28, 2012 – 5:36 pm | 3 Comments

Having previously published articles on the misuse of alcohol in the community (for example, see Wallet, cup, temper – drinking on Simchat Torah and Simchat Torah – Fight Night), we thought some readers might be …

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Educating the Dumb, Drunk and Racist

August 24, 2012 – 9:33 am | 3 Comments

By Malki Rose
I chuckled when Ali G was in Da House exposing stereotypes of the Berkshire Massif and giggled when Borat toured the USA uncovering some of America’s finest redneck and white supremacist past-times.
But when …

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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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