Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Quick Note to a Non-Jewish Left-Leaning Friend

A buddy of mine recently forwarded a very interesting book review by Michael Walzer of David Nirenberg’s Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition in the New York Review of Books. This was my brief response: Hi Justin,  thank you for this.  From my perspective the most prevalent form of anti-Jewish racism in the …

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News & Views from Arlene in Israel: ‘Preposterous’

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner. Preposterous. That’s the diplomatic, political charade called “the peace process.”  And it is only growing more outrageous with every passing week. I would like to begin with a superb article – “The Palestinian narrative: The missing link in the ‘peace process’ – by Eric …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Tzav

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple.  FACING AARON The sidra focuses on Aaron. Like his famous brother, Moses, he played a crucial role in shaping the Children of Israel. Each one had his special skills. In Aaron’s case it was the capacity to relate to human beings. With …

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Barack Obama Has Learned Nothing

He is making the same mistakes, viz-a-viz the Arab-Israel conflict, now as he made in the beginning of his first term, which leads one to wonder whether we are dealing with presidential malice or stupidity?  Then, as now, he is making an issue of the fact that Jews build housing …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple.  HOW JEWISH  IS THE MEGILLAH? God is not mentioned anywhere in the M’gillah. Jerusalem is only mentioned once. There are hints of prayer and spirituality, but they are only hints. There is no direct reference to the Temple, Shabbat or the festivals. …

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Israel Bashing, Lyons Lying and Antisemitic Denialism

Can I say I have never liked John Lyons, the long time resident anti-Israel, anti-Zionist, antisemitic denying journalist at The Australian?   I don’t think it is just what he writes that revolts me. There is something about his face. There is something about him that raises hairs and sends a shiver down the spine.  As …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Vayikra

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. WAIT UNTIL THE TIME COMES. Though the siddur looks forward to the reinstitution of the sacrifices which are set out in such detail in Parashat Vayikra, Franz Rosenzweig and some other modern thinkers advise us to wait until the moment of redemption …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Iran

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner. Truth be told, I had expected Prime Minister Netanyahu to focus on Iran in his AIPAC talk yesterday.  I had been planning to use his speech as a kick-off point for a discussion about Iran.  Instead, yesterday, I went in various other directions.  And …

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Another ‘Top uni targeted by antisemites’

  Unfortunately the University of Adelaide, which is an old and beautiful campus, has an ugly history when it comes to supporting the fictitious country of Palestine.  Over the last few years they have hosted the ‘who’s who’ of Israel haters. Hosting Ilan Pappe and Noam Chomsky to name a …

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