Australia & NZ.

We need real justice, not rumour

This week’s Torah reading – Shoftim – contains the well-known phrase ‘Tzedek tzedek tirdof’ (Devarim 16:20) – the injunction to pursue righteousness. This comes at the conclusion of verses which mandate the establishment of ‘law and order’ in society, which are built upon a judicial system, and police to enforce …

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“What is the agenda of the Sydney Alliance?”

 What is the Sydney Alliance? This, according to their very expensive web site, is what they are. Sydney Alliance: “The Sydney Alliance is a citizens’ coalition whose vision is to provide the community with a voice to express common values and aspirations for a fair and just Sydney. Sydney Alliance …

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Does Wikileaks have a problem with Jews?

Dr Leslie Cannold has announced she is standing as running mate for Julian Assange’s Wikileaks Party. Described as “an author, commentator, ethicist and activist”, she writes extensively about gender issues, and is listed as one of Australia’s top 20 public intellectuals. About Given her feminist credentials, her support for Wikileaks …

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New Australia/Israel Parliamentary Alliance

Israel and Australia are democracies. They share the same values, including freedom of the press and freedom of religion. The rule of law ensures all are treated equally under the law and the rights of minorities are guaranteed. The principle of separation of powers between the legislative, executive and judicial …

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Understanding the Left

I might have finally understood the Left. The stance of the Left is best explained by one of my favourite jokes – the social worker joke: Two social workers are walking down the street late at night. As they turn a corner, they see a man lying in the gutter. …

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The Kangaroo Valley Torah

  This is a true story. Kangaroo Valley  is a small rural community in the Kangaroo Valley in the Southern Highlands of NSW about 160 kilometres south of Sydney. Accordingto the last census there are only 844 people in the little town and region but very likely there would have been many …

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O Little Town of Marrickville

O little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie On Tuesday, July 2, in the Tom Foster Hall in Newtown, in the Municipality of Marrickville, Friends of Bethlehem held a Special General Meeting of its membership, who unanimously voted to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against …

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