Judaism/Spirituality

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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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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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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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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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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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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