Monthly Archives: November 2014

‘In Flander’s Fields the Poppies Grow………’

A well-known and much loved poem written by John McCrae a poet and physician from Guelph, Ontario. The red poppies McCrae referred to had been associated with war since the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815) when a writer of that time first noted how the poppies grew over the graves of soldiers.The …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

CAMERAS THAT LIE. Question.  Is there anything in Judaism that forbids touching up and distorting camera images in order to deceive the public? Answer.    It is one of the great tragedies of the contemporary world. Though the Ten Commandments forbid the bearing of false witness, here we have false …

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Into the Fray:Surrealism in the square.

What took place in Rabin Square last Saturday night distorted Rabin’s memory, and dishonored the participants. ‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat: ‘we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’ ‘How do you know I’m mad?’ said …

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Arlene in Israel – A Brief Follow-Up.

I will not be able to post again until after Shabbat, and so wanted to provide here just a bit of factual “catch-up,” as well as something in the way of a broader overview.  These are difficult days. I just read of one person involved in the issues of the …

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The Train Ride that I will Never Forget

Posted with permission of   Jacob Richman from his website. A welcomed good feel article for a change. Hi Everyone, Tonight, I paid a visit to a friend recovering from surgery in Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem. His recovery is going well and tomorrow they may let him go home. I …

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Palestine – Obama Confronts Embarrassing About Face.

The Republican Party’s stunning victory in the American mid-term elections offers real hope that President Obama will now be held to honouring the written commitments made to Israel by President George W Bush in his exchange of letters with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on 12 April 2004 – as …

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The Third Intifada Is Here.

  Last night, a Palestinian driver intentionally drove his van into three soldiers south of Jerusalem. One was critically injured, two a bit more moderately wounded. It was the end of a very bad day in Israel.Late last night, I saw a post on Facebook saying that Jerusalem was moving …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Vayyera

THREE GOOD MEN. The Zohar compares No’ach, Abraham and Moses. It asks which of the three was the greatest. Its answer: the one who was the best when others were in trouble. No’ach was warned by God that disaster was impending. He built an ark to save himself and his …

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Leadership Forum Focuses on Social Inclusion

    6 November 2014 Leadership Forum Focuses on Social Inclusion By Donna Surdut Jewish Care Victoria’s Jewish Advisory Committee (JAC) held its first Jewish Community Leadership Forum last Tuesday, October 28, at the Glen Eira Town Hall Auditorium, with over 70 participants, including leaders from various Jewish, social and …

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Arlene in Israel – Never Ending.

  I am referring to the grief that is leveled at us, here in Israel, on a regular basis.  I don’t really mean “never ending.” This is hyperbole; some day it will end.  But I don’t know when; I only recognize that we must be strong in all respects as …

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The Children’s Intifada.

The Elder has a recent piece entitled, Aw, what a cute little stone thrower, which highlights the work of Reuters’ photographer Abed Omar Qusini. These examples of Qusini’s work project the image of a cute, sympathetic and innocent Palestinian-Arab “David” slinging rocks with his little slingshot at… something… with the world blowing …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

ANIMALS AS PETS. Question.   Does Jewish law approve of having cats and dogs as pets? Answer.  Animals feature regularly in Biblical literature – the story of the animals on Noah’s Ark is an example – but they were regarded as mostly meant for utilitarian purposes, e.g. horses to ride on …

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