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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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The Bourgeois Zionist Dilemma

July 21, 2009 – 10:46 pm | 26 Comments

By Jewin’ the fat
As with many children of the Jewish day school system, my childhood was peppered with intriguing anecdotes and extraordinary stories of a far off Holy Land, where Jews are welcomed into their …

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Ask Bayla #1: Pesach power struggle

July 21, 2009 – 1:03 pm | One Comment

Traditionally in Jewish culture, knowledge and wisdom are passed down from the elders to the younger generation.  Together with a historically higher than average literacy rate, this has been one of the keys to Jewish …

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The Absurdity of the Boycott

July 19, 2009 – 11:03 am | 5 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
By now you have probably read on Galus Australis and/or the Australian Jewish News that filmmaker Ken Loach is threatening a boycott of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), unless MIFF terminates sponsorship …

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Everyone loves a boycott!

July 17, 2009 – 1:55 am | 6 Comments

By The Hasid
Nothing like a hot coffee, a bagel, the AJN and news of a fresh cultural boycott to start one’s day, right?
Yes, dear readers, it’s that time of year again – MIFF! As British …

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The Trivialisation of Denialism – Climate Theories vs. Holocaust Fact

July 15, 2009 – 11:08 pm | 9 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
In recent times, the climate change debate has become highly topical.  It wasn’t always this way.  The first time I ever heard about this thing called the “greenhouse effect” was in 1989.  I …

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Ask Izzy #1: Vegetarian dilemma

July 14, 2009 – 10:56 pm | 10 Comments

Traditionally in Jewish culture, knowledge and wisdom are passed down from the elders to the younger generation.  Together with a historically higher than average literacy rate, this has been one of the keys to Jewish …

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Anti-religious prejudice – sadly, nothing new?

July 13, 2009 – 11:29 pm | 12 Comments

By Rachel Sacks-Davis
I’m sure that it’s no coincidence that the (few) people that I know who have been victims of violent anti-Semitic attacks in Australia have all been religious. Religious Jews who dress in religious …

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Let’s talk about sex (or gender)

July 12, 2009 – 12:37 am | 9 Comments

By The Hasid
The Jewish community of Australia is a strange beast, both forward-thinking and “traditional”.
Nowhere is this dichotomy more apparent than in the role and status of women: we’re simultaneously feminist and bound by …

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Walk for Harmony, Sunday July 12

July 10, 2009 – 5:17 pm | Comments Off

Dear Readers,
Just a quick post to wish you all a good Shabbos, pleasant Saturday and restful weekend.
For now, a quick plug: This Sunday is Walk for Harmony day. The event is being promoted by the …

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Jews in Pop-culture: a Critical Examination Part II

July 9, 2009 – 11:52 pm | 7 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
NCIS is not first class drama.  The plots are quite often formulaic, and the acting is often melodramatic.  Nevertheless, it has the rare distinction of being the only mainstream network show (we …

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