Monthly Archives: October 2014

Arlene in Israel – ‘The Temple Mount’

I’ve written several times about the growing problems on Har Habayit – the Temple Mount. Again now I report on the situation, which is grave and most be considered with utmost seriousness. Over the week of the Sukkot holiday, there was a rash of Arab violence that was clearly premeditated.  …

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The British Royals’ Terror Connections

Since the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the glamorous couple hasn’t put a foot wrong, and with the birth of their cute baby George and another on the way, they have cemented the popularity of the Royal Family. While it might seem churlish to dent this glow by …

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Into the fray: The two-stage ‘solution’ .

The entire issue of Palestinian statehood, and the Palestinian narrative on which it is based, are nothing but a giant hoax so transparent it is inconceivable that anyone even feigns credence to it. ‘With the two-state solution… Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – B’reshit

ADAM: TWO MODELS. Parashat B’reshit rolls round the Sefer Torah to the story of Adam. A famous analysis by Rav Soloveitchik says there were two Adams. We might call them practical Adam and poetical Adam. In a more basic sense there are two other Adams – Adam as Mankind, and …

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It’s about Israel, Stupid.

The Europeans and the Americans are condemning us…again. The United Nations is upset with Israel…still. The Arabs are adamant – it’s the settlements that are the deterrent to peace. It’s not the settlements. It’s the rockets; it’s their intransigence. It’s their stones, their firebombs, their knives. It’s our naivete, it’s …

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OzTorah: Simchat Torah.

WHO IS REJOICING? The name Simchat Torah is ambiguous. The conventional translation helps very little. To say “The Rejoicing of the Torah” tells us two things, but not what we really need to know. It tells us that this is a day of rejoicing; it tells us that the rejoicing …

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Jewish Care Plans for New Community Housing

Jewish Care Plans for New Community Housing   Media Release 15 October 2014 Jewish Care Victoria is pleased to announce the submission of an application for a town planning permit to the City of Port Philip, for the development of a major community housing project in East St Kilda.   …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

  EVOLUTION. Question.  Does Judaism believe in Evolution? Answer.     Whole books have been written about the various aspects and permutations of the subject. I am going to limit myself to one aspect as suggested by a Midrash (B’reshit Rabbah1:9). The Midrash notices that the beginning of Genesis uses two different …

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ADALAH – a grantee of the NIF

Adalah is an Arabic word which means justice  and denotes The Justice of God. It is among the five Shia Principles of the Religion. So what’s a so-called Israeli group, that is a grantee of the NIF – New Israel Fund, doing with an Arabic name? One also has to …

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If You’re British, Sign The Petition!

If You’re British, Sign The Petition! Let MPs know that there is widespread opposition to unilateral recognition for a Palestinian state that isn’t the result of direct negotiations This message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign refers, of course, to the House of Commons vote this coming Monday on a motion …

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Of Nakbas, fools and fingers.

Nakba week is over. The demonstrators have gone home. The Palestinian Authority have delivered their speeches and sounded their sirens. The Arab and ‘liberal’ western press and media have duly commiserated. But while Palestinians marked the 66th anniversary of the ‘catastrophic’ mass flight of Arab refugees from Israel in 1948, …

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New community milestone for Melbourne.

 on for article   Foundations Laid for a Community Milestone: New Jewish Care Disability Respite Centre. Politicians, community VIPs and families have  attended the laying of the foundations of Jewish Care’s $8.5 million Disability Respite Centre for children and adults living with disability.  The state-of-the-art Jewish Care Disability Respite Centre …

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An Open Letter to Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr. Abbas, I am sorry to say, you have destroyed all hope of a Palestinian State under your leadership. You are in the 9th year of your four year term, and you have still failed to create change. You have stolen from the Palestinian public, amassing over $100 million dollars …

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Arlene in Israel – Unstable.

  Sukkot. “v’samachta bechagecha”: and you shall rejoice in your festival. This is it, Sukkot, our season of rejoicing.  My very favorite holiday.  The spirit is in the air, here in Jerusalem.  I look forward to meals in the Sukkah (much larger than the illustration here!), and sleeping in the …

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Media Release – Jewish Care Victoria.

   Plans for New Aged Care Residence in Carnegie. Jewish Care Victoria is pleased to announce the purchase of land at 1 Wahgoo Road, Carnegie for the future construction of a 120 bed residential aged care facility.  The 7,917sqm site currently has an older style 60 bed aged care facility …

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