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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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Reclaiming the Yom Ha’atzmaut Prayer Service

April 29, 2012 – 7:58 pm | 51 Comments

By Mark Symons
Every year, the Melbourne Orthodox community conducts a communal Yom Ha’atzmaut  (Israeli Independence Day) prayer service. But it is a community service in name only. The rabbis and presidents of most Orthodox congregations …

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The Dog Test

April 24, 2012 – 8:34 pm | 6 Comments

By Vadim Chelom
With another Pesach now behind us I am sure that this year, as in the past many of you have spent nervous moments agonising over the permissibility of usage on Pesach of many …

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When it Comes to Intermarriage, ‘Experts’ Confuse Cause and Effect

April 20, 2012 – 8:42 am | 107 Comments

In an article first published in the New Jersey Jewish News, Paul Golin argues that fear of intermarriage is not a logical reason to fund Jewish day schools. It is equally relevant to the Australian …

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Government Inquiry into Child Abuse is Welcome and Overdue

April 17, 2012 – 6:31 pm | 15 Comments

By Manny Waks
As a former victim of sexual abuse within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, I welcome the Baillieu Government’s decision to launch a wide-ranging inquiry into how religious organisations in Victoria have handled child abuse …

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Cardinal Pell not anti-Semitic but Dawkins is Humourless

April 10, 2012 – 10:13 pm | 104 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
In one of the highest profile episodes of the ABC’s Q&A program, evangelical atheist Professor Richard Dawkins debated Australia’s Cardinal George Pell.
The most entertaining aspect of the episode was watching Dawkins on several …

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Chag Sameach 5772

April 6, 2012 – 12:53 pm | 4 Comments

Dear Readers,
Galus will be recovering from Pesach cleaning and taking a break over the holiday period.  In the meantime, please enjoy this very funny clip of American comedian Alex Barnett explaining how he makes his …

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Jewish Childhood in the Land of Islam

April 3, 2012 – 12:19 pm | One Comment

By André Azoulay
I must have been 12 or 13 years old. Yet, more than half a century later, my mind dearly treasures, with the same emotion, force and exceptionally rich uniqueness, an image, a fleeting …

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Time for Aleph Bet

March 29, 2012 – 9:46 pm | 2 Comments

In its 30th-anniversary year, the Jewish Museum of Australia’s Aleph Bet exhibition kicks off with a family-friendly open day and a late-night opening for night owls.
This April, the Jewish Museum of Australia will launch …

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Understanding Chabad and Messianism

March 27, 2012 – 7:48 pm | 41 Comments

By David Werdiger
As an active writer and blogger, I have often found myself in discussions about Chabad with people from outside the Chabad community. In addition, I recently had the opportunity to review some of …

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Tradition at the Cutting Edge of Animal Welfare

March 22, 2012 – 8:18 pm | 13 Comments

By Vadim Chelom
In one of last week’s most reported news stories, an activist with a hidden video camera filmed an indigenous dugong hunt. The video, when broadcast on the ABC, provoked outrage by the apparent …

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