Monthly Archives: August 2014

From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM.

In the latter part of June I was sitting in a quirkily themed restaurant just off Agrippas near Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem, enjoying a gourmet hamburger and the summer atmosphere. Apparently what qualified the hamburger to be gourmet was the very nice plate it was served on and the additional …

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An Open Letter to the Muslim World.

Written and posted with the permission of Rabbi Simon Jacobson of the Meaningful Life Center .    An Open Letter to the Muslim World. What Would Your Grandfather Say? — An informal entry in my personal blog today — Dear Cousin, As relatives that go back thousands of years to …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

DO ENDS JUSTIFY MEANS. Questions.  Do the ends justify the means? Answer.  As a general rule, no. On the verse, “Justice, justice shall you pursue” (Deut. 16:20), Bachya ben Asher says that the doubling of the word “justice” indicates “Justice, whether to your profit or loss; justice, whether in word …

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Netanyahu & the West Doom Israel to Perpetual War.

With the recent alleged conclusion of Operation Protective Edge, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with the western powers, has doomed the Jews of the Middle East to perpetual war. Unless we see significant policy changes coming out of Jerusalem viz-a-viz the security of the south, Israel can write off that …

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Mike Carlton and the ‘Dirty Half Dozen’.

Tweed Valley based Green/Left site and best friend forever, the Echo has taken some of the hedge out of Crikey’s contract with formerly prominent mouth-ache, Mike Carlton; a development that I take personally and as an intrusion into my peaceful valley. When Carlton wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald there …

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Think Again – Shabbos project coming soon

The South African chief rabbi Warren Goldstein started a revolution last year. He encouraged, cajoled and persuaded his Sth African community to keep just one Shabbos. So Parshat Noah last year the entire South African Jewish community got behind him and from Friday evening sundown through to Saturday evening at …

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Palestine – Unearthing Past Remains Key To Resolving Future.

  The cease fire agreement ending hostilities in the Fifty Day War between Israel and Hamas marks yet another milestone attesting to the failure of Jews and Arabs peacefully to resolve their claims to sovereignty and self-determination in the territory once called “Palestine”. Amazingly, the continuing inability of the parties  …

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Into the fray: Incredible!

Binyamin Netanyahu is a man of great talent and considerable achievement who hesitated, and missed the moment. I am convinced that the residents of the Gaza-border communities can return to their homes… to a good and quality life here   – IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, August 6 …

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Arlene from Israel – Not a Pretty Picture.

After I posted yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the nation in order to explain/defend the war with Hamas and the decision to accept the ceasefire now.  He left me decidedly underwhelmed and considerably uneasy. Yes, it is true, as he says, that Hamas has been hit harder than ever before, …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Shof’tim

A FEELING FOR THE LAW. The opening verses of the sidra (Deut. 16:18) seem almost unnecessary. They tell us to have judges and officers in all our gates. Of course the gate in ancient times was where everything happened. That’s where people met one another, where commercial transactions took place, …

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Arlene from Israel – Worse and Worser.

The truth: There is no entirely satisfactory resolution to our war with Hamas (the war that is not called a war). Aside, of course, from that “ultimate” resolution in which we would fully retake Gaza and banish all terrorists and jihadis – thereby creating a peaceful situation in Gaza and …

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Antisemitism rears its ugly head in Bondi.

Residents of Bondi and Double Bay, the Jewish heart of Sydney were shattered to find antisemitic flyers in their mailboxes on Monday August 25th. The flyer appears to have come from a group by the name of  “Squadron 88” Facebook page here They say: squadron 88 is a NSW based …

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Jew Hatred Funded at SFSU.

Originally published as “San Francisco State University Funds Hatred Toward Jews” I am sorry, but that is the simplest, bluntest, and most honest way that I can put it. San Francisco State University funds hatred toward Jews. Between December 24 of last year and June 26 of this I published …

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Listen – He Speaks Truth!

A young soldier speaks of his experience in Gaza. He’s not a trained spokesman; not a propagandist. He’s simply one soldier who was called to fight and did what he had to do. You’d have to be blind to think he is not sincere – both in his determination to …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

SYNAGOGUES WITHOUT SPIRITUALITY. Question.  I have often wondered why my synagogue is so active and busy but not in a spiritual sense. I feel more spiritual in my garden. Is there something wrong with me? Answer.  Possibly. Maybe you miss the sense of sanctity that comes from sitting in shule …

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Arlene from Israel – “The Ikar”

“The Ikar” (the essence of the matter) Tomorrow night my eldest granddaughter goes off with her class to Poland for a week, to visit death camps and related sites.  In Israel doing this is a rite of passage.  She and her 12th grade classmates have been exceedingly well prepared.  I …

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Media misfires, truth a casualty.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Last Tuesday evening (AEST), just hours before the latest ceasefire in the region was due to expire, terrorists in Gaza fired three Grad rockets which landed near Be’er Sheva and Netivot. Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said …

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