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Aussie Rabbi’s anti-Trump Rant.

In the Australian Jewish News (6 January), Rabbi Stephen Boroda wrote an article  – “We must be the voice of the downtrodden”.  Quoting former Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks  “Those who hope refuse to be comforted while the hoped-for outcome is not yet reached. Given their history of suffering, Jews …

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It’s enough to make you Wail!

Barack Obama

Obama’s parting shot to Israel comes as no surprise to those who have followed his actions the last 8 years, including his closeness to the Muslim Brotherhood and those of the Alt Left with an animus towards Israel. However, for others who assumed a US President would support democracy and …

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A Christmas Poem.

Well, it’s that time of year again, when people indulge in a riot of shopping and stock up on food and drink. Yes, the Festive Season is in full swing, and this year Chanukah and Christmas coincide, so Jews will be joining the shopping frenzy. I love the Christmas season, …

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Temple Beth Israel’s Peace Concert.

Temple Beth Israel is putting on a concert featuring David Broza: Israeli superstar David Broza has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world. His charismatic and energetic performances have brought to worldwide audiences, a fusion of three different countries in which he was …

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Sacred Spaces.

Should Jews share their Sacred Spaces? At first glance, the answer seems obvious, as shuls are specifically for Jewish prayer. But let’s not forget we are living in Australia, where interfaith harmony and multiculturalism are the order of the day. Jews traditionally have been reluctant to share their places of …

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Q & A’s antisemitic hero.

In view of the invitation to Pauline Hanson to join the panel, this week’s Q & A was predictably characterized by vilification and mockery of the Queensland Senator-elect.  The other panellists included Sam Dastyari, Labor Senator for NSW;  Larissa Waters, Queensland Greens Senator and Nick Xenophon, NXT Senator for South …

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Oscar Winner’s Jewish Compassion.

One of Judaism’s defining characteristics is Chesed – compassion – which is why traditionally Jews have been involved in philanthropic endeavours throughout the ages. “Chesed is a Hebrew word commonly translated as “loving-kindness,” “kindness” or “love.” Chesed is central to Jewish ethics and Jewish theology and is a common term …

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Dual Loyalty or Cultural Sensitivity?

One of the many antisemitic smears Jews have suffered throughout the ages is that they have a dual loyalty, so can never be patriotic citizens of the country they are living in. In the Jerusalem Post, GABRIEL SASSOON writes We ought not alter our behavior based on the totally illegitimate …

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Judaism and the Golden Rule

Intrinsic to Judaism is the belief that everyone is made in G-d’s image and therefore we must treat all with humanity. This has been reinforced throughout the ages, as this Talmudic tale attests: Once there was a gentile who came before Shammai, and said to him: “Convert me on the …

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Of Iceland, Israel and the Banana Republic.

It was reported that Iceland’s city of Reykjavík has decided to ban Israeli products: Reykjavík will no longer purchase goods made in Israel. The City Council voted that the city would not purchase any goods manufactured in Israel as long as the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories continues. The motion …

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Oxfam Impoverishes Palestinians

Oxfam is a household name which claims to be committed to ending poverty worldwide.  Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that …

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Banksy and the Jews

Street artist Banksy has opened an anti-theme park named Dismaland in the UK. CNN reported: The seaside town of Weston-super-Mare in south-west England is gray and gloomy when we arrive. “Welcome to Dismaland,” a dead-eyed girl in Mickey Mouse ears greets us at the gates of the old public pool. …

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Medecins Sans Frontieres (Aus) helping everyone – except Jews!

Most of us are familiar with those friendly MSF ( Doctors Without Borders) people asking us to donate, and are in awe of such selfless individuals offering medical help in impoverished countries. MSF’s website showcases its humanitarian credentials, caring for the world’s poor and oppressed:  Médecins Sans Frontières is the world’s …

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Aussie Interfaith Meals: You can’t please everyone!

Interfaith events are a fantastic opportunity to get to know people from a wide variety of religions, theoretically increasing empathy towards those from different cultures. What better way to break the ice than to invite a whole lot of folks with an array of religious beliefs to break bread together. …

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Cities of Peace

Judaism has always expressed a yearning for peace. From Isaiah 2:4: And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. Rabbi Hillel in Ethics of the Fathers: “Be among the disciples …

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Could Lego anti-Israel activism come to Academia?

Lego has been around since 1958, and ranks as one of the most popular toys amongst kids and adults alike. These colourful bricks provide hours of imaginative play, with endless possibilities for increasing fine-motor development and problem solving, among other skills. They were designed by a Danish carpenter,Ole Kirk Christiansen, …

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Living Jews not welcome at The Louvre, dead ones are.

News that the famous Louvre Museum in Paris allegedly exhibited antisemitism is shocking, but perhaps not surprising, given France’s long history of animosity towards Jews. Simon Kent reported:  The Louvre in Paris has been reported to French police after a group booking by Israeli art students was refused. Tel Aviv …

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Even Peaceniks are terror targets

Winston Churchill famously remarked “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” I’ve often suspected the reason some Jews join with our enemies is that the belief that if they support terrorists who want to destroy Israel and the Jews, they will be spared. …

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Water Apartheid

We take it for granted that if someone is thirsty, we must give them water. It’s part of the Jewish tradition: …The famous Jewish sage Hillel said: “Don’t do unto others what you would not want do to you – that is the whole Torah; the rest is commentary” (Babylonian …

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BDS – Boycott Dates

 As readers will know, Dates were one of the Seven Species in ancient Israel: The Seven Species (Shivat Haminim in Hebrew) are the seven types of fruits and grains named in the Torah (Deuteronomy 8:8) as the main produce of the land of Israel. In ancient times these foods were …

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