Jews Down Under

NYT Article; Conflict of Faith or Conflict of Interest?

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. I see this weekly update as having a dual purpose. The first; to enhance community members’ understanding and insight into issues they have probably already heard or read about. The second; to inform …

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OzTorah: Torah reading –Vayakhel

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple THREE HEARTS The word “heart” punctuates this sidra.  In building the Tabernacle, the people had to have their hearts in the right place. Three categories of heart are mentioned in Ex. 35 – generous, wise and uplifted. The ideal person combines all …

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Enough to go HagshaGAGA…

Written and Submitted by Hagshama Sydney. Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company and its famed choreographer Ohad Naharin are making their long-awaited Australian return to this year’s Adelaide Festival. Ohad Naharin is hailed as one of the world’s most important contemporary choreographers, Naharin developed the innovative movement language “Gaga”, whilst guiding Batsheva …

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PM Netanyahu Visits IDF Base Treating Wounded from Syria

Published on Feb 18, 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits an IDF field hospital in the Golan Heights where people who have been wounded in the fighting in Syria are being treated by Israel. ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו מבקר בבית חולים שדה בבסיס צה”ל ברמת הגולן בו מטופלים פצועים מהקרבות …

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Community holds Memorial Service for Ariel Sharon z”l

Community members gather to honour the life of the late Ariel Sharon z”l. 16 February, 2014 “Myself, first of all I am a Jew. And that is the most important thing for me.”                                   …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner. Dealing with Farce Sometimes, my friends, I take a look at one or another political/diplomatic situation, and I think, “This is just sooo outrageous.  So counter-intuitive in terms of how things ‘should’ be. How do I deal with it?” Actually, on occasion it occurs to …

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BDS – Why Do They Single Out Israel?

                        HERE IS ISRAEL Dr. Kedar raises the obvious question. If the BDS and like organizations truly have humanitarian goals, why do they single out Israel? Syria’s government kills innocent Arabs daily. Where is the BDS outrage? Egyptian civilians have been killed during the ongoing struggle for power. Where is …

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Palestine – Kerry Confronts Ghosts In State Of Confusion

Written by David Singer. The semantic circus that first created a people known as the “Palestinians” in 1964 – who now claim an entitlement to their own independent State in ” the occupied Palestinian Territories” – reached absurd heights with the following bizarre news item this week: “The Israeli authorities …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple BOILS & PROSELYTES Question.  Is it true that the Talmud says that converts are like boils? Isn’t that an insult? Answer.   The saying is in Yevamot 47b. Possibly it reflects the negative view in an ancient rabbinic cleavage of opinion about …

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A Settler’s Blog – Why I live in the “Settlements”

Written by Paula R. Stern First published on Times of Israel – reprinted with the permission of the author (me). I had a choice when I moved to Israel – the whole country was open to me. It wasn’t like I had family living in a place they expected me …

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Contentions BDS on a Roll? Not So Fast

An article by Evelyn Gordon at Commentary Magazine. One of the BDS movement’s greatest assets is the fact that its every success gets massive media coverage while its failures (ScarJo excepted) are largely ignored. That’s why anyone following the news in recent weeks would probably conclude that boycott, divestment, and …

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BDS case against Jake Lynch ’too unwieldy’ for court.

AN Israeli legal group’s racial discrimination law suit against Sydney academic Jake Lynch over his support for boycotting Israel is so broad and unwieldy that it could stretch the court’s time and resources, a judge said this morning. The Australian Justice Alan Robertson told the lawyer for plaintiff Shurat HaDin, …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Ki Tissa

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. GOD IN THE LEAD In Chapter 33 of Sh’mot, God says to Moshe, “My Presence shall go with you” (verse 14). The Hebrew for “My Presence” is “panai”, which is literally “My face”. The Greek Septuagint says, “I Myself shall go”. The …

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Official statement from the President of the ZFA, Philip Chester

11 February 2014 Comment from ZFA President, Philip Chester, on 4 Corners/ The Weekend Australian investigation on the Israeli justice system. The Four Corners program aired on ABC was highly emotive and one-sided. It only depicted the allegations in line with the Palestinian position but made absolutely no attempt to …

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A Settler’s Blog – an Introduction

Written by Paula R. Stern First posted to Times of Israel on September 4, 2012 – reposted with the permission of the author (that would be me) – updated a bit February, 2014. A Settler’s Blog – an Introduction If I were to tell you that as a Jew, I …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. WEAPONS IN SHULE Question. Is there any religious problem with bringing a weapon into a synagogue? Answer. The stones of the Temple altar in Jerusalem were not hewn with metal implements: the sages say that the altar symbolised peace and metal symbolised …

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Beating BDS with Truth, Principle and Jewish Identity.

Written and submitted by David Adler. Let me assume that everyone reading this is familiar with the remarkable and courageous story of Scarlett Johansson. In brief, Scarlett was contracted by SodaStream for its advertisement for this year’s Super Bowl. Scarlett is one of the most popular high profile Hollywood Stars. …

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Settlements: What Israeli lawyers really think.

On January 27, the Australian‘s Middle East correspondent John Lyons reported that a group of “eminent Israelis” and, separately, four “leading lawyers” had written to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in response to her comments questioning the so-called conventional wisdom that Israel’s settlements are illegal. The group, Lyons reported, urged …

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Event: A Next Generation Project that is Right “OnKew”

With the release of the 2013 US based Pew study revealing that of the Millennial generation (Jews born after 1980), only 68% identify as Jews by religion, while 32% describe themselves as having no religion, there has been a global awakening by Jewish community leaders worldwide to try and engage …

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BBC: Oxfam and SodaStream talk !!

After the Scarlett Johansson controversy, Oxfam’s Director of Policy Ben Phillips and SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum speak separately to Newsnight about the legitimacy of West Bank settlements, and what is in the best interests of Palestinians. This interesting little item just came in  too. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jakewallissimons/100257864/the-darker-side-of-oxfam/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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