Jews Down Under

A beautiful personal Chanukah Story: Time-Travelling Candles.

The windows are ice frosted; it’s dark and there is a snowstorm outside. I sit on a warm carpet in our living room, enchanted by the lights of multi-coloured Chanukah candles. Packed in a light-blue box, these candles arrived in a humanitarian aid parcel from Israel, together with a tin …

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A Palestinian Jesus

A guest post written by the incorrigible Kay Wilson. In light of the predictable libellous rhetoric from the Palestinian Authority against “Jews” and Israel during the Christmas season, here are a few facts. The New Testament says, “Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea,” (Matthew 2:1). The Romans called it …

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Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia)

Australian Senator Jacqui Lambie, is a very outspoken, honest and down-to-earth person. I thought this speech from Hansard by the Independent Senator for Tasmania in the Senate, would be of interest, taking note of the final two paragraphs. Tuesday, 1 December 2015. Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 …

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Deliverance – Islam NOT Islamism.

terror and islam

Guest Post first posted at Israel Diaries “When I was invited to write this, my immediate concern was how honest is too honest and how clear is too much clarity. Honest and clear are good, but neither promises delight. So I am a little bit sorry in advance if this …

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Homelessness – We are All Just One Life Break Away.

Numerous events occur throughout the year that remind us all that there are people currently homeless or at risk of homelessness – Homelessness Prevention Week, World Homeless Day and National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, recently held in America. But what do we really understand about the issue of homelessness, …

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When the Heart Rages.

Paula Stern originally posted this article by Rav Zev Shandalov at her web site “A Soldier’s Mother”. I totally agree with  her sentiments and this was one of the main reasons behind my starting Jews Down Under. She, like me, is sick of being silened. So Rav Zev Shandalov, be my …

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Bursting the Bubble of the “Two-State Solution”

Since 1920, there have been 24 opportunities when compromise was offered between Arabs and Jews dating from the League of Nations Mandate to the present time. See: http://www.mythsandfacts.org/Conflict/6/rejectionism.htm Plan after plan, including patently pro-Arab proposals, were put on the table. And each and every Plan was rejected by the Arab …

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Growing up as a Jew in Paris.

For security the writer of this article wishes to remain anonymous and is a repost from earlier this year, we think the time to do so is appropriate, given the situation in Paris. =========== I grew up in suburban Paris. Our suburb, Asnieres, was divided between a relatively poor Northern …

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American Jewish Liberalism- not right for Australia.

Guest Post written by Professor William (Bill) Rubinstein. ========= This may now be old news, but there are still a number of useful points to be made about the JCCV, Feiglin, and related subjects. First many, not all, but many- of the eleven groups calling for the banning of Moishe …

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Wake up and start connecting the dots.

Op-Ed: Wake up and start connecting the dots. This is not the time for an academic discussion of morality and ethics.  An acrimonious argument is going on in Israel over the explosive issue of whether the public is allowed to take the law into its own hands if confronted with …

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Sydney Subbotnik Shabbat Dinner Attracts Over 100.

From Melbourne to Sydney With Love: By Sarah Bendetsky. On 23-24 October, over 1 million Jews around the world marked the International Shabbat Project with communal challah baking sessions, festive dinners and Havdallah concerts. Among them, more than 100 Russian Jewish community members in Sydney attended the  communal Shabbat Dinner, …

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The JCCV’s “Overview”: Looking to the Left.

Guest Post written by Professor William (Bill) Rubinstein. ==== Much of the blame for the Feiglin controversy must rest with the JCCV (the Jewish Community Council of Victoria), which adopted and approved the resolution of the eleven protesting organisations soon afterwards, and issuing a press release condemning his “homophobia,” etc., …

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ABC’s skewed reporting of Palestinian attacks on Israelis is sickening

Re-posted with permission of the author Rowan Dean. I’VE watched kids holding up decapitated heads, starving babies and swollen corpses rotting in the sun. All while I’m having dinner – during the news. But I have never seen anything quite as hard to stomach as the ABC’s 7.30 last week. …

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Ten Deadly Lies about Israel.

Written by Ron Dermer. Israeli Ambassador to the United States. As Israeli civilians are butchered by Palestinian terrorists, the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also being butchered by a campaign of vicious lies. Here are 10 of the most pernicious myths about the current attacks: First:   Israel is trying …

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AUJS Launches #speakout4Israel in response to recent wave of terror

Media Release – AUJS Launches #speakout4Israel in response to recent wave of terror The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) has launched a proactive campaign, Speak Out For Israel, to facilitate education, participation and advocacy amongst Jewish students and the wider community, in response to the recent wave of terror …

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Why do I call myself a Christian Zionist?

This is a very personal story written by Steve Blowers, a Christian Zionist who explains why he is a Zionist and how he became one. Written in reply to the question “Why are Christians Zionists ?”  which arose from the article  “Who is a Zionist”. The person who asked the …

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Russian Rosh Hashanah Fun Day – Sydney Shabbat Dinner

Written by  Sarah Bendetsky Co-Founder of Subbotnik. Over 170 people gathered at Subbotnik’s Pre-Rosh Hashana Funday at Russian Sunday School Lider in Melbourne’s Caulfield North. Subbotnik is a Russian term for volunteering action commonly held on Saturdays Hosted by a young, dynamic volunteer-driven organisation Subbotnik in partnership with the Russian Sunday School …

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Captured Hamas Operative Details Group’s Terrorist Plans.

A Hamas operative provided a treasure trove of intelligence during Israeli interrogation concerning the terrorist group’s rebuilding efforts and future terrorist plans, Israel’s intelligence agency Shin Bet disclosed on Tuesday. The terrorist, Ibrahim Adal Shahada Sha’ar, 21, described about Hamas’ tunnel reconstruction efforts, planned terrorist attacks against Israel, military strategy, …

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Traditions Engraved in the Soul.

Traditions Engraved in the Soul Come to Life at Subbotnik’s Challah Making Night. Written by Sarah Bendetsky. On Thursday, 30 July, close to 60 Russian-speaking Jewish people gathered for a Challah, Falafel, Music and Wine Night in Moorabbin. Victoria. Hosted by Subbotnik* and Kangarusski organisations and themed around Shabbat’s key …

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Countering the ‘shrinking Palestine Maps’ lie.

A timely piece posted with the permission of Edgar Davidson from the Blog of the same name. Please check it out. I read it a few years back when it was first published and is recommended as an excellent advocacy piece. One of the most pernicious and common lies propagated …

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