Judaism

OzTorah: Torah reading: B’shallach

Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. FORCING THE HOUR The departure of the Israelites from Egypt began the long saga of Jewish history. A people that had endured common suffering and shared a common dream of salvation were finally able to leave Egypt and weld themselves into the People of …

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Ask the Rabbi on a “virtual reality” minyan

A VIRTUAL REALITY MINYAN Question.  If a shule has problems with a minyan, how about a “virtual reality” minyan? Answer.  A minyan, a quorum of ten males of the age of Bar-Mitzvah or over, is needed for Kaddish, K’dushah, Bar’chu and the Torah reading. The ten, who may include the …

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OzTorah from Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple.. POOL PARTIES Question. At this time of year some people in my block of apartments have social gatherings round the pool which are annoying with their noise and loud music. What does Jewish teaching say about neighbours and privacy? Answer. Jewish ethics …

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OzTorah from Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple.. SHOUTING AT GOD. The sages believed that God and Moses knew each other well. God allowed Moses to see things that were denied to other people; Moses spoke to God in terms that amaze us. In this sidra Moses says what other …

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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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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

  WHY BE JEWISH? Every Jew has an attitude to Jewishness. For some it is negative; Heine said, “Judaism is not a religion. It is a misfortune.” But those who are negative are today very few. The 20th century has seen to that. The Holocaust confronted Jews with an ideology …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

  Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple Question.. Is there a Jewish view of polygamy? Answer  A number of Biblical figures had more than one wife, but polygamy was never the Jewish ideal. When Eve was created as a wife for Adam, the Torah said, “Thus shall a man leave …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi. “Christianity & the Sabbath”

Submitted by Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple.. CHRISTIANITY & THE SABBATH Q. Why did Christianity abandon Shabbat and focus on Sunday? A. The short answer is that the early Christians maintained Jewish practices for a lengthy period including the 7th-day Sabbath. In time they marked their separateness from Judaism by requiring …

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Chanukah sameach to all readers of ‘Jews Down Under’

שמח חנוכה As we celebrate the joys and miracles of Chanukah, please pray for peace and stability in Eretz Israel. Shalom. If picture is flattened please click refresh . The story of Chanukah In 168 B.C.E. the Jewish Temple was seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers and dedicated to the worship of …

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Selection of Chanukah articles

Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple served for 32 years as the chief minister of the Great Synagogue, Sydney, and was Australia’s highest profile rabbi and the leading spokesperson for Jews and Judaism on the Australian continent. He is now retired and lives in Jerusalem. Rabbi Apple blogs at http://www.oztorah.com  oztorah@oztorah.com   …

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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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OzTorah from Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple

Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple served for 32 years as the chief minister of the Great Synagogue, Sydney, and was Australia’s highest profile rabbi and the leading spokesperson for Jews and Judaism on the Australian continent. He is now retired and lives in Jerusalem. Rabbi Apple blogs at http://www.oztorah.com  oztorah@oztorah.com SHULE …

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An Open Letter from Israel to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Written by Jeremy Gimpel, Deputy Director of the World Mizrachi Movement. I admire your work for and dedication to the Jewish people…. I have read just about everything you have ever published… Your message and delivery are unparalleled in our generation and I believe they have the potential to change …

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The sound of the Shofar resounds through Martin Place

MEMORIAL SERVICE ” KRISTALLNACHT – The NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS” 9 NOVEMBER, 1938  Today I attended a memorial service in Martin Place, organised by the Council of Christians and Jews,  commemorating 75 years since the dreadful event known as Kristallnacht. It was very moving and tastefully executed with Six readings …

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WHY DID JACOB LEAVE?

Torah reading: Vayyetzei.  Submitted By Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. WHY DID JACOB LEAVE? The title of the sidra is “And he left”. The story (Gen.31) is that Jacob and his family left Laban and directed their steps elsewhere. The question is why Jacob left. We would have expected that it …

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Ode to Kristallnacht

Written and submitted by Dr. Bill Anderson. His outstanding career has included lecturing on the Holocaust at Deakin University for over 20 years  and is currently Historical Consultant and Educator at the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne and has led ‘Australian Adult March of the Living’ trips to Poland and …

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Israeli victims recount ‘anti-Semitic’ attack in Australia

Police arrest three suspects; Arab and Muslim communities join chorus of condemnation from a swathe of Australian society. This account of the dreadful antisemitic attack in Bondi from HAARETZ, on 26th Oct 2013, appears to be the only one that gives any account of the incident from the victims. Further …

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Trio questioned over ‘antisemitic’ attack & assault on 5 people in Bondi

This latest item is from the AUSTRALIAN..here: His mother said “When he’s at home he’s not racist but when they get together they like to pick on people – it only takes drinking,” – They were charged with using unlawful violence against Constable Chun-Yuan Shieh and a number of others …

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Stealth Prayer on the Temple Mount

Daniel Pinner has an op-ed over at Arutz Sheva that I find rather interesting. He writes about how he, and some of his fellow devout Jews, ascended the Temple Mount: The ritual is well-known. Before being admitted to our holiest site, a policeman told us the rules: it is forbidden to …

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Melbourne to commemorate 18th Remembrance Day for Yitzhak Rabin Z”L

  Six organisations will host this community event for the late Yitzhak Rabin and is jointly organised by the Zionist Council of Victoria, the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia, Haseret Film Club, Australian Friends of the Hebrew University (Vic), “Habayit” (the Home of Hebrew and Israeli Culture) and The Jewish …

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