Monthly Archives: January 2014

OzTorah: Torah reading – Mishpatim

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple DAMAGES & PIETY People who look for spirituality generally seem to have no patience for this week’s reading. What does the sidra deal with? Crimes and torts, dangers and damages – not the eternal soul and spirit, but the earthly body. All …

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The Obama Administration’s Opposition to Jewish History

Those of you who follow the Jewish press and pro-Israel blogosphere are probably aware that UNESCO has cancelled a long anticipated exhibit created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and co-sponsored by Israel, Canada and (strangely enough) Montenegro, to have been titled, People, Book, Land – The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People and the …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’

Submitted and written by Arlene Kushner. January 20, 2014: Music Sweet to the Ears There isn’t much we hear these days that can be categorized as “sweet music.”  And so we must relish it whenever we hear even a few bars (which is all we’re likely to get). The other day, …

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Stephen Harper historic speech to the Knesset

The following is the full transcript of the speech, which was posted prior to finding the video,  made by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Israel’s Knesset on January 20th, 2014. Algemeiner “Shalom. “And thank you for inviting me to visit this remarkable country, and especially for this opportunity to …

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Press release: Dr. Ashrawi condemns recent statements by Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.

Press release from the ECAJ – Executive Council of Australian Jewry. Press Release from the Department of Culture and Information of the PLO Executive Committee.  The document contains several false assertions about international law by Professor of English literature, Dr Hanan Ashrawi.                              PLO Executive Committee Department of  Culture and …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple. KABBALAH: FOR OR AGAINST? Question.  Are you in favour of Kabbalah? Answer.  Kabbalah (literally “tradition”) is the metaphysical aspect of Judaism. Those who prefer a rationalist approach find it difficult. The kabbalists themselves make a distinction between “sit’rei kabbalah”, “the secrets of …

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Settler Sushi!

Did you know that sushi was gaining popularity among Jews in Judaea and Samaria?  I sure did not until I read the below, but as with so many things Israeli, or perhaps Jewish, even a story as simple as this one quickly becomes something less simple. The tidbit below was …

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Apartheid Israel: Filipino wins X-Factor

The 47-year-old caregiver won the inaugural season of show in Israel with the song ‘My Way’. Filipina Rose Fontanes wins X-Factor Israel competition The 47-year-old caregiver won the inaugural season of show in Israel with the song ‘My Way’. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgurADv9gk0Rose Fostanes, 47, a Filipina caregiver working in Israel won Season …

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“Remembering Ariel Sharon from afar”

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update Weekly Israel Advocacy Update.  Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia..16 January 2014 The death of Ariel Sharon z”l marked the end of an era. The former Prime Minister was perhaps the last founding father of the state. His history is finely …

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Can Peace Now handle the truth about Hebron?

Peace Now is angered about an archaeological dig in Hebron by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) aimed at uncovering remnants of King David’s Palace. The archaeological site is located in the Jewish neighborhood at Tel Rumeida, although the Haaretz English version headlined it was “Palestinian Hebron”…Peace Now’s director Yariv Oppenheimer …

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