David Werdiger

David Werdiger is a technology entrepreneur, writer, and public speaker. He’s involved in several not-for-profits at director and committee level, and has an interest in Jewish community, education, and continuity. You can connect with David on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

Where is the Muslim Outrage at IS?

Imagine this scenario: the emergence of a militant Jewish group. The New Sadducee State (NSS) rejects the Torah’s Oral Tradition, and want to return the entire world to their rule under their literal and strict interpretation of the Written Law. They want to bring back slavery, an eye-for-an-eye justice, chopping off the hands of thieves, …

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No room for ‘restraint’.

Today we learnt that while the entire Jewish world had united in prayer for the safe return of our kidnapped boys, they were in fact lying dead in a field – murdered and then discarded by their captors. During this entire episode, the world media ruminated on whether the story was worthy of broad …

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When good people do bad things

Orthodox communities all over the world continue to struggle with the wave of child sexual abuse accusations coming forth. While there are certainly challenges with any close-knit community dealing with the fallout from public accusations, one would think that once the courts have ruled, the matter would be settled. Yet …

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The Kaddish Club

They gather together in the middle of the work day, converging on venues around the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) for about ten minutes, then returning to their busy work schedules. They are the men of the ‘ Club’. There is a long tradition of mincha in the Melbourne CBD – with …

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Our Culture of Silence Must Change

We knew. We knew that Mendel* was an abusive husband and parent. His family lived a secluded and very private life, his children home schooled, and his wife barely went out. When they needed assistance from the community it was provided, but those helping were not allowed inside the house …

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Michael Mansell rejects Jewish history

Tasmanian lawyer and indigenous activist Michael Mansell has rejected his nomination for an Australia Day award, claiming that it would be hypocritical of him to accept the award. He said “they are so inextricably linked to the coming of one race at the expense of another”. If rejecting the country he …

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Kevin Rudd, the Bible, and “natural conditions”

On the ABC’s Q&A programme last night, Kevin Rudd was challenged by a preacher who questioned why he, as a Christian, supported same-sex marriage and didn’t “believe the words of Jesus in the Bible”. Rudd’s reply was that “the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition“. He continued the …

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Neither Orthodox nor Reform

Australia has a large and diverse community that offers much choice when it comes to synagogues and Jewish education. From Orthodox to Reform and most things in between; there is something for everyone. With a significant proportion of Holocaust survivors and their progeny, a very strong Chabad presence which spurred …

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We need real justice, not rumour

This week’s Torah reading – Shoftim – contains the well-known phrase ‘Tzedek tzedek tirdof’ (Devarim 16:20) – the injunction to pursue righteousness. This comes at the conclusion of verses which mandate the establishment of ‘law and order’ in society, which are built upon a judicial system, and police to enforce …

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Understanding the Left

I might have finally understood the Left. The stance of the Left is best explained by one of my favourite jokes – the social worker joke: Two social workers are walking down the street late at night. As they turn a corner, they see a man lying in the gutter. …

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