Tag Archives: Judaism

Zionism explained to a Muslim friend.

A Muslim friend recently asked “how can we discuss Zionism away from Judaism?” I offered to meet with her and explain it. As the offer has not thus far been taken up, my response to the question has now been put into writing. There is a great deal of innocent …

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Judaism and the Golden Rule

Intrinsic to Judaism is the belief that everyone is made in G-d’s image and therefore we must treat all with humanity. This has been reinforced throughout the ages, as this Talmudic tale attests: Once there was a gentile who came before Shammai, and said to him: “Convert me on the …

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Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, for those of you who may not know, is US representative to Florida’s 23rd congressional district and chair of the Democratic National Committee. This would make her not only among the most powerful Jewish women in the United States Congress, but among the most important people in national …

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Aussie Rabbi attacks Brigitte Gabriel.

Back in 2007, I attended a JNF function at the Crown Casino in honour of John Howard, who was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for his friendship and commitment to Israel.  For me the main draw card was keynote speaker, Brigitte Gabriel, who I had long admired as a woman of …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

PROTECTING THE DEAD. Question.  Does Judaism approve of autopsies? Answer.  Generally Judaism opposes anything which would injure, mar or mutilate the human body, after death as well as in life. However, in 1776 Rabbi Yechezkel Landau issued in his Noda Biy’hudah a now famous statement that an autopsy could be …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Tzav

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple.  FACING AARON The sidra focuses on Aaron. Like his famous brother, Moses, he played a crucial role in shaping the Children of Israel. Each one had his special skills. In Aaron’s case it was the capacity to relate to human beings. With …

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Morally Equivalent Emptiness

In the comments under a recent Times of Israel piece entitled, Netanyahu: Islamists taking us back to the ‘Dark Ages’, we read this: Louis Arpino · Knoxville, Tennessee “The more isolated from the world that Israel becomes, the more hysterical Bibi becomes. Radical Judaism, with whom Bibi is politically in bed …

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