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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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Conversion Disorder

August 2, 2009 – 4:30 pm | 47 Comments

By Rachel Sacks-Davis
The mikvah itself was a non-event, so much so that she wondered whether she had done something wrong. By that stage she already felt Jewish; the internal transformation had taken place sometime earlier.
Francis* …

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A Uyghur Tale

August 2, 2009 – 12:18 am |

By Alex Kats
Last week I was privileged to see the controversial film about Rebiya Kadeer at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).
In the lead up to the festival, English director, Ken Loach, who had previously …

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Say it, don’t spray it

July 31, 2009 – 11:24 am | 12 Comments

by Jewin’ the fat.
(Read a longer version here.)
In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled — Paul Eldridge
It’s funny how the media works in Australia. Newsworthiness (which sounds like a made up word, but …

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Ask Izzy #2: Kiddush Conundrum

July 30, 2009 – 6:30 pm | 6 Comments
Ask Izzy #2: Kiddush Conundrum

Dear Izzy,
I seek your advice. I frequently go to Shule on Shabbos but have difficulty getting food at the Kiddush that follows the service. No matter how hard I try, I always seem to end …

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Tisha b’Av

July 29, 2009 – 10:06 pm | 15 Comments

At shul tonight, after the reading of Eicha (The Book of Lamentations), about twenty people sat in a circle on the floor and discussed the meaning of Tisha b’Av.  The consensus was that it is …

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Creative Reportage at The Age

July 28, 2009 – 11:32 am | 12 Comments

By The Hasid
By now, you’ve probably heard that an American tourist died in Melbourne on July 23, after being clipped by a motorbike on Hotham Street. Sad news indeed. And, yes, sadly newsworthy. Though such …

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The Hebrew Revival: Lessons for Indigenous Australia

July 27, 2009 – 10:53 pm | 16 Comments

By Ghil’ad Zuckermann
What lessons could one draw from the Hebrew revival in the Promised Land to current revival attempts of no-longer spoken Aboriginal languages in the Lucky Country? Heaps! While the Hebrew revivalists, who wished …

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Who’s Got Moshiach?

July 26, 2009 – 11:20 pm | 57 Comments

Below are two articles on messianism in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement: Simon Holloway argues that since the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, messianism and fervour in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement have actually led them …

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The Illusion of Safety

July 25, 2009 – 7:37 pm | 4 Comments

By Jewin’ the fat
It was a boom. Dull, like the sound of fist hitting flesh.
Everyone in the restaurant looked up, and a couple of the kids wandered over to the windows. The wait-staff stopped, …

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Face-off: the Schools Debate

July 23, 2009 – 11:54 am | 17 Comments

Earlier this week, we published an article by Almoni calling for the abandonment of the private school system. David Werdiger has written a strident reply. We present the two views, side-by-side:
[column width=47% padding=6%]Almoni‘s view:
It is …

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