Monthly Archives: December 2014

Jews of Persia : An ancient Community.

Jewish communities throughout the Middle East, in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria have all gone, bar a handful here and there.  Yet Persia (Iran) is home to some  25,000 to 35,000  Jews. The Jewish population is now less than half the number who lived here before the Islamic …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Vayyishlach

BOXING & WRESTLING. A television station once brought me from Sydney to Melbourne to take part in a programme about boxing. I told them of course that though there were famous Jewish boxers, the morality of boxing was highly suspect. They didn’t ask me about wrestling, but I would have …

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Transference

  Due to never-ending Arab hostility toward Jews in the Middle East I am reading more and more people talking about the possibility of transference.  Mainly in the comments of various pro-Israel blogs and news websites, but among some well respected high-profile analysts, as well, the idea of inducing Israeli-Arabs …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

SHAKING HANDS WITH WOMEN. Question.  Is my rabbi right in not shaking hands with women? Answer.     Physical contact with women is a halachic problem, even with one’s own wife when she is “niddah”. Many authorities rule against shaking hands with women if there could be any sexual or erotic interest …

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West Supports Terrorism Against Israel via UNRWA

The biggest financial supporters of the UNRWA may be surprising. More surprising are the people employed by the UN organization and their belief system. The season of giving has officially begun. Unfortunately, many people have grown weary of donating to charities after so many cases of corruption have been uncovered, …

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