Monthly Archives: January 2014

OzTorah: Torah reading – Yitro

OzTorah submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple.                                                          IT JUST CAN’T HAPPEN! The Ten Plagues. The Ten Commandments. Both are miraculous. The miracle of the plagues was brought about by God. The miracle of the commandments will be brought about by man. If anyone had been told that water would …

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Community Notice: Zionist Council of Victoria

Memorial Service for Ariel Sharon z”l 1928- 2014 “Myself, first of all I am a Jew. And that is the most important thing for me.” (Ariel Sharon) The Zionist Council of Victoria will be holding a memorial service for Ariel Sharon z”l, on Sunday, 16 February at 8pm at Beth …

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A Native-American Zionist Has Some Words

I find the recent dust-up with our friend Ryan Bellerose to be instructive. Bellerose took exception to a comment by Trudy suggesting that the very notion of “indigenous” is nonsense.  I am actually not heavily invested in that word, but the Jews have as much right to what I am calling “indigenous status” as …

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Partners for Peace ?

Bulletin Jan. 13, 2014 PA and Fatah officials and Israeli Arab MPs on Sharon’s death PA official Rajoub: “Sharon is a murderer, responsible for the murder of Arafat” Fatah Central Committee member Abu Al-Einein about Sharon: “a war criminal and a murderer” Fatah posted picture of Arafat dancing at “the …

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From Mahmoud Abbas: The truth in a nutshell.

Abbas Denies His Authority to Make Cardinal Decisions for a Lasting Peace Agreement. Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi Mahmoud Abbas – “the president of the state of Palestine,” chairman of the Palestinian Authority, leader of the PLO, and head of Fatah – must recognize that he is not a …

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A Tale of Two Rivers: an Anglican vicar tells …

I don’t know how many Aussies have heard of the Rev. Stephen Sizer, the crusading, much-travelled British anti-Zionist Anglican vicar, and I don’t know whether there is anyone quite like him in the Antipodes, but I thought this piece, from my own blog, might be of sufficient interest to cross-post …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’

January 12, 2014: A Rapidly Shifting World As most of you undoubtedly know, Ariel (Arik) Sharon, 85, former prime minister of Israel, passed away yesterday, after eight years in a comatose state following a stroke.                                                                                         In some quarters, the news is filled with laudatory articles about him.  For in his …

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Ariel Sharon – 1928 – 2014

Hon. Life President Zionist Council of NSW.   There will be a lot written about Ariel Sharon z”l and I would be a little sceptical of those critics who describe his life in terms of sudden changes or ideological summersaults, which in my view says more about those authors than …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

Ask the Rabbi: Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. THE CHUPPAH. Question.  At marriages I have seen the “chuppah” situated either indoors or outside. Is there any preference as to where it should be? Also, why do the bride and groom to have a few minutes together in …

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“Memory of the Camps”

I hope that people who deny the Holocaust ever happened watch this and then give their opinion. As a side note, my late father-in-law was in the British Regiment of the Coldstream Guards, who were the first people into Bergen-Belsen to liberate it. It left an indelible stain on his …

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Judaea and Samaria: A day to remember.

 This is an updated version of an item I wrote after spending an incredible day  in Judaea and Samaria  on March 13th 2012. I had a day to remember  when Ari Briggs took me on a memorable and exhilarating drive into the West Bank. It’s a day I will not …

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Israel Omitted From A Map

It’s this one: Can you guess why? It’s because this is a map, by the Open Doors organisation, showing the 50 countries around the world in which it is hardest to be a Christian. (Article by Katherine Burgess here) Here’s more, in graphic form: Did you notice what came in …

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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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Israel: The First Modern Indigenous State

I have been arguing for some time that we need to place the long Arab war against the Jews of the Middle East within the modern western civil rights paradigm. If the west, or at least the western-left, honors the struggle among people of color for national liberation, or if …

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