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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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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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Triple J Incident Unearths need for Holocaust Education Revamp

August 15, 2012 – 8:39 pm | 13 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
Triple J, the national broadcaster’s youth oriented radio station, prides itself on unearthing Australian musical (and even comedic) talent. However, in an incident last week, it was not talent that was unearthed, but …

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Voice of the Community

August 12, 2012 – 12:06 pm | 11 Comments

By Ashley Browne
The views expressed in Robert Magid’s column in last week’s Australian Jewish News sparked a huge reaction – mostly negative – but by putting pen to paper as he did, the AJN publisher …

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The Hidden Gem of Perth

August 8, 2012 – 12:55 pm | 5 Comments
Perth Hebrew Congregation

By Andrew Blitz
Some fifteen years ago I sat with my wife for one of the most important conversations of our lives. We had to decide where to bring up our children.
Our priorities were clear. The …

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Compassion First – a Response to Robert Magid

August 4, 2012 – 10:05 pm | 246 Comments

By Rabbi Ralph Genende
Kon Karapanagiotidis may have an unpronounceable Greek surname, but he has an unforgettable presence and a vital message, which, in my mind, is very Jewish in its essence. Kon is the founder and …

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Unpacking Jewish Education – A Framework to Help Parents

July 31, 2012 – 9:07 pm | 20 Comments

By Jonny Schauder
Jewish Education has always been a hot and complex topic. Galus Australis has published a wide range of articles on this topic in recent times.
Although I have never really thought of myself as …

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Shenanigans of the XXX Olympiad

July 26, 2012 – 10:11 pm | 9 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are nearly upon us. As was predicted by Ashley Browne in an earlier article on Galus Australis, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has refused requests to honour the …

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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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