Shirlee Finn

Jewish history in the United Arab Emirates.

Given the historic event of this week of an alliance between Israel and the UAE- United Arab Emirates, I decided to do some research about a country we know little about. Historic in more way than one, as Saudi Arabia gave permission for the first passenger plane to fly over …

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Jews of York.

After the Norman Conquest of 1066, a number of Jews came to England from Rouen in France.  The early Norman kings needed to borrow money to build castles and secure their kingdom, but money-lending was forbidden to Christians.  It was, however, permitted to Jews.  These French-speaking Jews were protected by …

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Marcel Marceau: The Silent Jewish Hero.

Marcel Mangel was born on March 22, 1923 in Strasbourg, France.  He was the son of Jewish parents. His father Charles Mangel,  was a kosher butcher from Poland.  His mother  Anne Werzberg, came from what is now the Ukraine. At age 16, when France was invaded by Nazi Germany, Mangel …

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My thoughts on antisemitism.

Writing this came about as a suggestion from a friend after I experienced the first ‘live’ antisemitic comment directed to me personally.  That I will explain later.  She was more than very surprised that this had not happened to me previously, how I’d got so far in life without experiencing …

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Oz Torah: A dying person’s right to know – Ask the Rabbi

ABORTION. Q.  Does Judaism permit abortions? A.  Judaism regards children as a blessing and procreation as a religious and moral obligation. Through children a couple cement their own relationship and ensure personal and cultural continuity. Through children they enrich the world:  who knows whether the child they bring to life …

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Jewish Israel detractors on Social Media.

A few years ago, 2013 to be exact, I had only just started blogging, when I came upon a dreadful group of Jews here called the ‘Australian Jewish Democratic Society‘.   I was completely and utterly horrified that Jews could rubbish Israel they way they were. I started doing some digging …

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Jesus, Palestinian?

Causing quite a stir last weekend, Linda Sarsour tweeted that “Jesus was Palestinian of Nazareth and is described in the Quran as being brown copper skinned with woolly hair.” Really? The Quran was written some 600 years after the death of Jesus.  Are we expected to believe that fact, if …

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‘Palestinians’ Peace?

When you look at the facts on the ground I think it’s clear to say that the so-called ‘Palestinians’ do not want PEACE, or maybe some people do, but their leaders do not. Maybe if they do have peace it will be the end of the *gravy train for the …

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From Israel: “Rage and Pain Multiplied!”

We knew there was a strong possibility that Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger might not live, in spite of the valiant efforts of his doctors to save him.  But we prayed, and we hoped.  And now we must say, Baruch Dayan HaEmet (Blessed is the Righteous Judge), because he died this morning. In …

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After Abbas – What Next?

Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen,  in January 2005  was elected as the President of the Palestinian Authority to succeed Yasser Arafat in the West Bank and Gaza, aka Judaea and Samaria. The PLO chairman and was elected for a four-year term  after which there was ‘supposed’ to be …

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Spelling and meaning of antisemitism and/or antisemitic.

fighting antisemitism

The incorrect spelling of both antisemitism and antisemitic is a pet hate of mine, as the correct spelling actually alters the meaning of the words. This is two previous items I’ve written on the subject joined. Unfortunately the spelling of the words have been Americanised!  I don’t recollect these incorrect …

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Desalination and the BDS.

BDS activist quiz

The 2000s drought in Australia, which was also known as the Millennium drought was said by some to be the worst drought recorded since European settlement. However plans for a desalination plant in Sydney were temporarily halted in 2005 after public opposition and the discovery of new underground aquifers. By …

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Antisemitism or anti-Semitism?

Antisemitism or anti-Semitism?  Which is it? Two plus years ago, I wrote an article called ‘Antisemitism v anti-Semitism’ in which I said that the incorrect spelling of antisemitism was getting to me more and more and I suspected it’s an Americanisation of the word. I might add it still is getting …

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