Monthly Archives: February 2014

“We Who Have Urged Patience on the Jews … Have No Right To Do So Any Longer, Least of All For What the Gangster Terrorist May Think Or Say”

Here’s another timeless post from my blog’s archives, which may interest readers.  Remembering an English MP (the subject of this contemporary caricature) who recommended rebellion against Britain to the Jews of Mandate Palestine, it first appeared on my blog here in 2010: The deteriorating situation in Palestine since the Arab …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – P’kudei

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple Torah reading:   P’kudei TABERNACLE OF THE TESTIMONY The Torah reading gives us a careful accounting of the income and expenditure involved in erecting the mishkan, which is given the unusual name of “mishkan ha-edut”, the Tabernacle of the Testimony. Rashi quotes …

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Arlene in Israel – Challenges

There is no end to the challenges we are facing here, but I believe I am seeing greater resilience on the part of Israelis – in both official and unofficial positions – with regard to dealing with them.  Let this be a trend that continues and grows. Occurrences described below …

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Ukrainian Jews May Be in Danger

Written and submitted by Rachel Molschky – Cherson & Molschky  Blog site.   Choral synagogue in Kiev. The Ukraine’s Jewish population has been a target amid the political upheaval in the nation. A synagogue was hit with firebombs over the weekend, and there have been reports of anti-Semitic acts and …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner. When it comes to speaking out about Israel’s legal grounds in Judea and Samaria, there is no giving up.  There is only persistence in moving ahead. As some of you are already aware, progress is being made on the Legal Grounds campaign that I …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. A “GOOD SAMARITAN” Question. Where do we get the phrase, “A Good Samaritan?” Answer. The original Samaritans were descendants of the northern tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh with an admixture of foreign colonists brought in by Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, after the …

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On Law, Lies and Propaganda

There are two matters that are playing out in this part of the world right now that have captured some attention. One is the sudden emergence of the “legality” of the “settlements” as an issue for national debate. Or non-debate. Whatever. It is difficult to even appreciate how much this …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM.

Each and every person has their own ideas about how to resolve matters in the Middle East. Each person I meet tells me with confidence that what needs to be done, or not done, is clear and obvious. And almost every day you can read some of the comments written …

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YJLM and Young JBD go “Gatsby” for Purim.

The young adult scene in Melbourne picks up pace. Purim gets a revamp for Melbourne Young Adults and Young JBD go “Gatsby” for Purim. After months of planning, The Young Jewish Leadership of Melbourne (YJLM) and Young JBD recently held their first sell-out event “Cocktails In the City”, at ‘The Spice …

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The Truth about the UN

Published on Feb 20, 2014 Ambassador Danny Ayalon spreads the truth about the UN. Hypocrisy and cynicism have taken over the United Nations, the delegitimization perpetrators and Israel boycotters take advantage of the UN’s image as an advocate of human rights in order to pass anti-Israeli resolutions which attempt to …

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NYT Article; Conflict of Faith or Conflict of Interest?

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. I see this weekly update as having a dual purpose. The first; to enhance community members’ understanding and insight into issues they have probably already heard or read about. The second; to inform …

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OzTorah: Torah reading –Vayakhel

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple THREE HEARTS The word “heart” punctuates this sidra.  In building the Tabernacle, the people had to have their hearts in the right place. Three categories of heart are mentioned in Ex. 35 – generous, wise and uplifted. The ideal person combines all …

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Enough to go HagshaGAGA…

Written and Submitted by Hagshama Sydney. Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company and its famed choreographer Ohad Naharin are making their long-awaited Australian return to this year’s Adelaide Festival. Ohad Naharin is hailed as one of the world’s most important contemporary choreographers, Naharin developed the innovative movement language “Gaga”, whilst guiding Batsheva …

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PM Netanyahu Visits IDF Base Treating Wounded from Syria

Published on Feb 18, 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits an IDF field hospital in the Golan Heights where people who have been wounded in the fighting in Syria are being treated by Israel. ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו מבקר בבית חולים שדה בבסיס צה”ל ברמת הגולן בו מטופלים פצועים מהקרבות …

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