Guest Post.

Action: Stand with Chile’s Jewish Community.

Written by Dina Siegel Vann. Director, AJC Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs. I am writing to ask you to stand with the Jews of Chile, who are feeling increasingly unsafe. While Jews are being directly targeted, Chile’s entire democratic tradition is also coming under threat. Chile is home …

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Royal Visit to Israel.

Royal Visit to Israel The news that Prince William is to make the first official royal visit to Israel is welcome. “Kensington Palace said that the Duke of Cambridge would visit later this year as part of a Middle East tour: The high-profile visit was “at the request of Her …

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Exploiting the Right of Return.

  Albert Einstein was initially opposed to the concept of Zionism, fearing it could stoke Jewish-Arab conflict, but with the rise of Nazism and the concomitant antisemitism he experienced in Europe, he became convinced of the need for a Jewish State as a haven from persecution. Einstein was at the California …

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Should Jews share their House of Prayer?

We all know it’s good to share, but how about sharing our prayer spaces, as an Australian church has done? A search for somewhere convenient for Friday prayers has led to an unusual joining of two communities. Every Friday, St Paul’s Anglican church in Beaconsfield hosts Muslim prayers in its …

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A Jewish Suburb: Cultural Diversity – or Tribalism?

Jews are Indigenous to Israel, including Judea and Samaria

This week’s Australian Jewish News reported there were plans for a new Jewish community in Melbourne: WITH soaring housing prices proving prohibitive for families in and around Caulfield, plans have been put forward for the establishment of a new Jewish community outside of Melbourne, with Pakenham emerging as a popular …

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No Room at Banksy’s Inn.

Bethlehem is holy to Christians, as it was in a manger in this city that a baby boy was born, after his parents were turned away from the inn because there was no room for them. So naturally a new hotel in Bethlehem assumes a special significance, reminding us of …

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Aussie Rabbi’s anti-Trump Rant.

In the Australian Jewish News (6 January), Rabbi Stephen Boroda wrote an article  – “We must be the voice of the downtrodden”.  Quoting former Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks  “Those who hope refuse to be comforted while the hoped-for outcome is not yet reached. Given their history of suffering, Jews …

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It’s enough to make you Wail!

Barack Obama

Obama’s parting shot to Israel comes as no surprise to those who have followed his actions the last 8 years, including his closeness to the Muslim Brotherhood and those of the Alt Left with an animus towards Israel. However, for others who assumed a US President would support democracy and …

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A Christmas Poem.

Well, it’s that time of year again, when people indulge in a riot of shopping and stock up on food and drink. Yes, the Festive Season is in full swing, and this year Chanukah and Christmas coincide, so Jews will be joining the shopping frenzy. I love the Christmas season, …

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Temple Beth Israel’s Peace Concert.

Temple Beth Israel is putting on a concert featuring David Broza: Israeli superstar David Broza has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world. His charismatic and energetic performances have brought to worldwide audiences, a fusion of three different countries in which he was …

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Sacred Spaces.

Should Jews share their Sacred Spaces? At first glance, the answer seems obvious, as shuls are specifically for Jewish prayer. But let’s not forget we are living in Australia, where interfaith harmony and multiculturalism are the order of the day. Jews traditionally have been reluctant to share their places of …

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Q & A’s antisemitic hero.

fighting antisemitism

In view of the invitation to Pauline Hanson to join the panel, this week’s Q & A was predictably characterized by vilification and mockery of the Queensland Senator-elect.  The other panellists included Sam Dastyari, Labor Senator for NSW;  Larissa Waters, Queensland Greens Senator and Nick Xenophon, NXT Senator for South …

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Oscar Winner’s Jewish Compassion.

One of Judaism’s defining characteristics is Chesed – compassion – which is why traditionally Jews have been involved in philanthropic endeavours throughout the ages. “Chesed is a Hebrew word commonly translated as “loving-kindness,” “kindness” or “love.” Chesed is central to Jewish ethics and Jewish theology and is a common term …

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Dual Loyalty or Cultural Sensitivity?

One of the many antisemitic smears Jews have suffered throughout the ages is that they have a dual loyalty, so can never be patriotic citizens of the country they are living in. In the Jerusalem Post, GABRIEL SASSOON writes We ought not alter our behavior based on the totally illegitimate …

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Judaism and the Golden Rule

Intrinsic to Judaism is the belief that everyone is made in G-d’s image and therefore we must treat all with humanity. This has been reinforced throughout the ages, as this Talmudic tale attests: Once there was a gentile who came before Shammai, and said to him: “Convert me on the …

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Of Iceland, Israel and the Banana Republic.

It was reported that Iceland’s city of Reykjavík has decided to ban Israeli products: Reykjavík will no longer purchase goods made in Israel. The City Council voted that the city would not purchase any goods manufactured in Israel as long as the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories continues. The motion …

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Oxfam Impoverishes Palestinians

Oxfam is a household name which claims to be committed to ending poverty worldwide.  Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that …

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Banksy and the Jews

Street artist Banksy has opened an anti-theme park named Dismaland in the UK. CNN reported: The seaside town of Weston-super-Mare in south-west England is gray and gloomy when we arrive. “Welcome to Dismaland,” a dead-eyed girl in Mickey Mouse ears greets us at the gates of the old public pool. …

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Medecins Sans Frontieres (Aus) helping everyone – except Jews!

Most of us are familiar with those friendly MSF ( Doctors Without Borders) people asking us to donate, and are in awe of such selfless individuals offering medical help in impoverished countries. MSF’s website showcases its humanitarian credentials, caring for the world’s poor and oppressed:  Médecins Sans Frontières is the world’s …

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Aussie Interfaith Meals: You can’t please everyone!

Interfaith events are a fantastic opportunity to get to know people from a wide variety of religions, theoretically increasing empathy towards those from different cultures. What better way to break the ice than to invite a whole lot of folks with an array of religious beliefs to break bread together. …

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