Monthly Archives: May 2015

OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi

USING A CAR SPACE. Question.   A store has a free carpark for its customers but others have got wind of it and park there, which makes it difficult for the people for whom it was intended. Is there a Jewish ethical rule about this? Answer.     The parking facility is …

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The Demons of the Farhud Pogrom are With Us Still.

Salim Fattal was just eleven when the two-day Baghdad pogrom known as the Farhud erupted on Shavuot (Pentecost) 74 years ago, yet its memory is engraved deep in his soul. Despite the passage of time, the shrieks and wails of the pogrom’s 179 Jewish victims still echo in his ears. …

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Aussie Churches Spreading Lies

A friend recently attended a concert at the local Uniting Church and picked up a glossy pamphlet published by the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network (PIEN).  While I’m well aware of the Uniting Church’s animus against Israel, the lies it contained truly shocked me.  Its stated mission: express solidarity with the …

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Arlene from Israel – Tracking

First a correction. The information I had cited from Israel National News, regarding President Rivlin receiving an award from NIF turned out to be inaccurate. He is, rather, to receive an award from the Jewish-Arab center for cooperation, Givat Haviva. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/195825#.VWWHz5uJjIW Givat Haviva – a recipient of NIF funds – …

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Arlene from Israel – Spinning

The heads of many of us – as we survey the current situation – are spinning.  This is for certain.  But in a larger sense, I feel as if the world is also spinning: in reverse.  Situations are not static, they change.  But I’m hard put to see a great …

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Jake Lynch let off scott-free.

Well as we expected , Jake Lynch has  been let off scot-free for his shocking behaviour during the guest visit to the University of Sydney by Ret.Colonel Richard Kemp on March 11th this year. During this event Lynch exhibited what to us is seen as antisemitism. It appears that the …

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Memorial Day…theirs and ours…

Coming from the United States, I remember Memorial Day as the day we had to move our car to the side street if we didn’t want to get blocked in by the parade.  Old men in uniforms…I didn’t know the word veterans or what that meant…police, marching bands. Across the …

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The other Göring.

Hermann Wilhelm Göring (Georing)  was a German politician,  Nazi military leader,  Commander of the Luftwaffe,  President of the Reichstag,  Prime Minister of Prussia and Adolf Hitler’s designated successor. Together with Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Tristan Heydrich he  created the secret police. The three men together set up the early concentration camps …

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Arlene from Israel: Moving, Moving On.

Now that I will have time again, after a hiatus of some several days, I want to resume my postings. (Actually, I’ve missed writing.) I will touch certain bases here, and return to consider many others later. Please do know that Sunday is the holiday of Shavuot here (and Monday …

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Nietzsche and the Nazis: A Movie Review

Nietzsche and the Nazis is a fascinating 2006 lecture on film by professor of intellectual history, Stephen Hicks, in which he asks the same question that people have been asking themselves since World War II: how is it that Germany, perhaps the most educated country in the entire world at …

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Delivery of the Fictional Palestinian Keys.

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Summary: Imagine perceiving the future when you cannot see the present nor recognize the past. One of the most famous paintings in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican is by Pietro Perugino, entitled “Christ Handing the Keys of the Kingdom to St. Peter”. The painting itself is notable for several …

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BDS : An open letter to Roger Waters.

There is nothing personal in this letter. I am putting aside your history and ignoring the relationship I have had with your music; I have simply read your recent public comments and felt a need to respond. I am a Zionist, which simply means that I believe the Jews have …

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OzTorah. – Ask the Rabbi.

SHAVU’OT – A CALENDRICAL GHOST? Everybody knows Shavu’ot is an important festival, but it doesn’t have a tractate to describe it. The others do – Pesachim, Rosh HaShanah, Yoma, Sukkah, even Megillah. There is no tractate of Chanukah, but that’s a different problem. There is no date specified for Shavu’ot …

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