Judaism/Spirituality

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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