Monthly Archives: March 2014

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies – Yom Hashoah 2014.

Honouring the memory of European Jewry, 1944 marking the 70th anniversary of the last chapter of the Shoah, which included the mass deportation of Hungarian Jewry. Yad Vashem’s chief historian Dr David Silberklang will present the keynote address at our main communal functions on Sunday April 27 at 7.00pm and …

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Arlene in Israel – TOTAL CONFUSION.

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner.   I had intended to write last night – the night when that last batch of Palestinian Arab terrorists was scheduled for release – to say that we had a temporary reprieve.  It was clear even before last night that they were not going …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple.   INTERFAITH PRAYER Question.  Why can’t Jews and non-Jews pray together? Answer.  The prophet Isaiah foresees the day when “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isa. 56:7). If this means that all peoples will share a …

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Breaking: Israel Cancels Terrorist Release Deal

United With Israel reports the following: Israel has cancelled the scheduled release of 26 terrorists from prison on Saturday night. “The Israeli government has informed us through the American mediator that it will not abide with its commitment to release the fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners scheduled for tomorrow,” senior …

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The New Three No’s

In 1967, meeting shortly after the 6 Day War in Khartoum, Sudan, the Arab League issued its famous “Three No’s.“  When it came to the Jews of the Middle East there would be no peace, no recognition, and no negotiations.  This is hardly surprising given the fact that for thirteen hundred …

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Arlene in Israel – Counting Down

We are almost to that day [March 29th, late at night] when either the final batch of pre-Oslo Arab prisoners will be released, or our government will announce that they are not being released… There is a reasonable chance that the latter situation will prevail.  And, in any event, as …

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The Racist Harassment of Jewish College Students

The racist harassment of Jewish college students in western universities is a scandal. At the University of Michigan, anti-Israel / anti-Jewish student politicos placed fake eviction orders on the dorm room doors of Jewish and pro-Israel students.  As Jonathan Tobin writes in Commentary: The movement to boycott Israel cloaks itself …

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American Weakness and the Israeli Minister of Defense

The ongoing kerfuffle over politically incorrect Israeli Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya’alon, is instructive.   Ya’alon argues that there will be no meaningful peace agreement with the Arabs and that American weakness makes the world a more dangerous place because it emboldens hostile powers.  Because power abhors a vacuum it …

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Writing the story of peace.

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Some years ago, whilst researching an assignment for University, I came across an interview with Israeli author Amos Oz. He was asked if it is true what they say about a writer writing the …

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“I am an Israeli”

Jewish students celebrate diversity: I am an Israeli Today the Australasian Union of Jewish Students launched a campaign to celebrate diversity in Israeli society. The campaign, entitled “I am an Israeli”, highlights the stories of ten Israelis—ranging from a Muslim former army officer, to an observant Jewish artist and storyteller. …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. A BLESSING ON AN ELEPHANT Question.  There is a b’rachah to say when I go to the zoo, isn’t there? Answer. I don’t know how many people do, but actually yes: “On seeing an elephant, an ape or a long-tailed monkey, one …

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