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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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The Social Network – My Friend has a Friend

October 25, 2010 – 7:17 pm | 6 Comments

By David Werdiger
In the weekly portion of the same name (Numbers/Bamidbar 22), Balak, the king of Moab, commissions the gentile prophet Balaam to curse the Jews who are travelling through his land on their way …

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The Jewish Hijab – Halacha gets hairy

October 21, 2010 – 8:29 pm | 87 Comments

By Malki Rose
It is felt by many that a basic tenet of female modesty is that married women must cover their hair.  A woman’s hair, only when married is considered ‘ervah’ (‘nakedness’) -defined as ‘that …

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A Letter from the Principal of Yavneh

October 18, 2010 – 10:25 pm | 53 Comments

14 October 2010
6 Cheshvan 5771
Dear Parents,
As we enter into a new Jewish year, and as we approach the end of another school one, it is important for us to re-evaluate our values as a community. …

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The Jewish Council to Combat Fascism and Anti-Semitism – A History

October 17, 2010 – 4:22 pm | 45 Comments

By Philip Mendes

The Rise and Fall of the Melbourne Jewish Council to Combat Fascism and Anti-Semitism, 1942-1970

Historical research is often motivated by, and influenced by, the interests and perspectives of the researcher. When I …

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Tale of a Young Philo-Semite

October 14, 2010 – 11:37 am | 28 Comments

By Jessica Ebejer
Since my childhood, I have had a keen fascination with all things Jewish.  Perfectly normal for a Jewish child perhaps, but I grew up in a Catholic home, born to a Sri Lankan …

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The Kollel System – Too Much Torah?

October 12, 2010 – 10:49 am | 80 Comments
Kollel students

By Simon Holloway
In Genesis 49:13-15, Jacob blesses the eponymous ancestors of the tribes Zevulun and Issachar and, although the content of the blessings might be a little prosaic to our ears, it has inspired a …

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AWU National Secretary slams BDS

October 10, 2010 – 3:00 pm | 91 Comments

The following is an abridged version of the speech by Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) National Secretary, Paul Howes, given to the Zionist Federation of Australia on Sunday 10 October.
At a time of a new …

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Yes, Jews do Camp

October 6, 2010 – 6:26 pm | 30 Comments

By Keren Tuch
I was telling a friend about a rejuvenating weekend camping I enjoyed in Australia’s beautiful nature. Although he expressed interest in coming on future camping trips, he remained a little surprised because, as …

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Letter from Gush Etzion

October 4, 2010 – 10:20 pm | 76 Comments

By Ari Silbermann
I awoke the morning of  September 27th to the joyful sounds of bulldozers just outside my window.  The sounds of Jews building in the Land of Israel.  We had waited for months to …

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The Hijacking of Lion FM

September 28, 2010 – 8:56 pm | 311 Comments

Amid reports of widespread volunteer dissatisfaction, bullying, and a lack of accountability and transparency at Lion FM, Bram Presser, a Lion FM presenter until controversially cut last week, explains that the station urgently needs rescuing …

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