Judaism

OzTorah from Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple

Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple served for 32 years as the chief minister of the Great Synagogue, Sydney, and was Australia’s highest profile rabbi and the leading spokesperson for Jews and Judaism on the Australian continent. He is now retired and lives in Jerusalem. Rabbi Apple blogs at http://www.oztorah.com  oztorah@oztorah.com SHULE …

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An Open Letter from Israel to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Written by Jeremy Gimpel, Deputy Director of the World Mizrachi Movement. I admire your work for and dedication to the Jewish people…. I have read just about everything you have ever published… Your message and delivery are unparalleled in our generation and I believe they have the potential to change …

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The sound of the Shofar resounds through Martin Place

MEMORIAL SERVICE ” KRISTALLNACHT – The NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS” 9 NOVEMBER, 1938  Today I attended a memorial service in Martin Place, organised by the Council of Christians and Jews,  commemorating 75 years since the dreadful event known as Kristallnacht. It was very moving and tastefully executed with Six readings …

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WHY DID JACOB LEAVE?

Torah reading: Vayyetzei.  Submitted By Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. WHY DID JACOB LEAVE? The title of the sidra is “And he left”. The story (Gen.31) is that Jacob and his family left Laban and directed their steps elsewhere. The question is why Jacob left. We would have expected that it …

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Ode to Kristallnacht

Written and submitted by Dr. Bill Anderson. His outstanding career has included lecturing on the Holocaust at Deakin University for over 20 years  and is currently Historical Consultant and Educator at the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne and has led ‘Australian Adult March of the Living’ trips to Poland and …

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Israeli victims recount ‘anti-Semitic’ attack in Australia

Police arrest three suspects; Arab and Muslim communities join chorus of condemnation from a swathe of Australian society. This account of the dreadful antisemitic attack in Bondi from HAARETZ, on 26th Oct 2013, appears to be the only one that gives any account of the incident from the victims. Further …

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Trio questioned over ‘antisemitic’ attack & assault on 5 people in Bondi

This latest item is from the AUSTRALIAN..here: His mother said “When he’s at home he’s not racist but when they get together they like to pick on people – it only takes drinking,” – They were charged with using unlawful violence against Constable Chun-Yuan Shieh and a number of others …

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Stealth Prayer on the Temple Mount

Daniel Pinner has an op-ed over at Arutz Sheva that I find rather interesting. He writes about how he, and some of his fellow devout Jews, ascended the Temple Mount: The ritual is well-known. Before being admitted to our holiest site, a policeman told us the rules: it is forbidden to …

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Melbourne to commemorate 18th Remembrance Day for Yitzhak Rabin Z”L

  Six organisations will host this community event for the late Yitzhak Rabin and is jointly organised by the Zionist Council of Victoria, the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia, Haseret Film Club, Australian Friends of the Hebrew University (Vic), “Habayit” (the Home of Hebrew and Israeli Culture) and The Jewish …

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Is it only Progressives and Muslims who condemn child sexual abuse?

 My understanding is that Judaism unreservedly condemns child sexual abuse. So I was bemused by the following statement which implied that Orthodox Jews were lukewarm in this respect:  … pluralistic Rabbis across Australia, New Zealand and Asia read out the Statement below as part of the Sabbath service…the  idea came …

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ZFA passes resolution on religious pluralism in Israel

  October 11, 2013 On October 8, after much discussion, the Zionist Federation of Australia passed the following resolution at its Executive Meeting, at which affiliates across Australia were present. “We believe that Israel’s Declaration of Independence is an inspirational document that describes the aspirations and hopes of a democratic …

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Satirist – or Racist and Anti-Semitic?

Satirist – or Racist and Anti-Semitic? There’s nothing better than a good satire. Fairfax’s Ben Pobjie, after bewailing the lack of talent on Australian TV compared with the US and Britain added that “we should take a moment to recognise that we actually have some damn talented folk in this …

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Commemoration – ‘Kristallnacht’ – the Night of Broken Glass

  Seventy-five years ago, the first Nazi-legislated riots against Jews took place in Germany and Austria, resulting in mass arrests, killings and deportations, and the destruction of synagogues and Jewish-owned stores. This infamous night became known as Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass. The pretext for the pogrom was …

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Progressive Judaism and Interfaith Dialogue

  Recent events have revealed an increasing gulf between progressive and mainstream Jews, especially in relation to the value of interfaith dialogue. In Melbourne, Rabbis Fred Morgan and Jonathan Keren Black reflect the progressive viewpoint. In an attempt to understand their position, a few extracts from Fred’s lengthy speech delivered …

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Kevin Rudd, the Bible, and “natural conditions”

On the ABC’s Q&A programme last night, Kevin Rudd was challenged by a preacher who questioned why he, as a Christian, supported same-sex marriage and didn’t “believe the words of Jesus in the Bible”. Rudd’s reply was that “the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition“. He continued the …

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Shana Tova

Let’s pray for Israel’s peace and security. Wishing family and friends  Shana Tova in good health. Please open for graphic

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Neither Orthodox nor Reform

Australia has a large and diverse community that offers much choice when it comes to synagogues and Jewish education. From Orthodox to Reform and most things in between; there is something for everyone. With a significant proportion of Holocaust survivors and their progeny, a very strong Chabad presence which spurred …

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The Holy of Holies

The snippet below was written by Kochava Rozenbaum and published at Arutz Sheva. In wake of Tuesday’s decision by police officials in charge of the Temple Mount to ban non-Muslims entrance to the holy site, some two hundred protesters stood Wednesday morning at the foot of the Mugrabi entrance seeking to reverse …

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