What’s In Those “Prayers,” Anyway?

February 19, 2018 by  

The town of Parkland, Florida made the news because of a school shooting that left 17 people dead-most of them teenagers. Read more

Purim is no Yom Tov

February 19, 2018 by  

Why is Purim no Yom Tov?…ask the Rabbi. Read more

Four IDF soldiers wounded along Gaza border in explosion, Israel targets 18 terror sites in retaliation

February 19, 2018 by  

Four Israel Defence Force soldiers were wounded Sunday when an explosive device detonated along the Israel-Gaza border.  Read more

Netanyahu shows a piece of the shot down Iranian drone

February 19, 2018 by  

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has  addressed the Munich Security Conference where he showed a piece of the wreckage of the Iranian UAV that was shot down by Israel on 10 February. Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif was present. Read more

Anti-fluoride advocates Nazi references in public debate

February 18, 2018 by  

NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord has expressed his disappointment that fluoride debate has descended into the use of offensive Nazi references rather than a discussion of sensible health policy. Read more

Feintooner

February 18, 2018 by  

Polish maths…this week’s cartoon from Feintooner. Read more

A contemporary take in music on old Yiddish

February 18, 2018 by  

Taking old Yiddish drinking songs, collaborating them with 60’s jazz, 70’s funk and good old big band sounds to create a dance mash up, is what YID! is all about. This unique recipe for success takes you through a whirlwind of cheerful, edgy, wild and vibrantly upbeat tunes that’s sure to get you on your feet. Read more

WJC President Lauder condemns Polish PM’s ‘absurd and unconscionable’ claim of Jewish responsibility for Holocaust

February 18, 2018 by  

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has strongly condemned Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s “absurd and unconscionable” allegation at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday that Jews could be counted among the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and demanded an immediate retraction and apology from the Polish government. Read more

Trump promotes Jordan, downgrades PLO and defunds UNRWA

February 18, 2018 by  

US Secretary of State – Rex Tillerson – was in Jordan this week delivering some very good news for Jordan – but not for the PLO and UNRWA. Read more

No hate of Halimi? French won’t see anti-Semitism for what it is

February 18, 2018 by  

Flush from his victory over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the French elections last July, President Emmanuel Macron decided to address head on the horrific murder of a Jewish pensioner in Paris three months earlier…writes Ben Cohen/JNS. Read more

Let’s talk truthfully about the issues behind mass shootings

February 18, 2018 by  

Jewish groups don’t hesitate to weigh in after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., but the futile nature of the discussion about guns points toward more culture-war bitterness rather than solutions…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Yossi Gal speaks at movie premier…a video report.

February 18, 2018 by  

Ambassador Yossi Gal, Statesman and Diplomat spoke in Melbourne at the Australian Premiere screening of “A letter from London”, a film exploration of the Balfour Declaration and its Legacy, at the Classic Cinema, Elsternwick. Read more

The remnants of war

February 18, 2018 by  

At the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), the message about migration in The Gift: Art, Artefacts and Arrivals exhibition is as simple as a suitcase full of nappies and as poignant as a sacred candlestick rescued from the ashes of war. Read more

Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism on social media up 30 percent in January 2018

February 18, 2018 by  

The use of anti-Semitic symbols and posts denying the Holocaust increased dramatically in January 2018 compared to the same period in 2016, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) found in a recent study commissioned ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Read more

On the other hand

February 17, 2018 by  

While political scandals continue to hog the media headlines the good news tends to get buried. Here are some of the latest positive developments from the Promised Land…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

A conversation with Rabbi John Levi

February 16, 2018 by  

Rabbi John Levi, Emeritus Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, has been in Israel with his wife, Robyn, for the last six months. Read more

Is President Trump preparing to put pressure on Israel?

In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has repeatedly indicated that he intends to pressure Israel to make yet more concessions to the Palestinian Authority. I wonder why pro-Israel voices have not been expressing concern about this development…writes Stephen M. Flatow. Read more

The demand for sovereignty over Judea and Samaria is a waste of Zionist energy

February 16, 2018 by  

The longing for Jewish sovereignty over the historic homeland of the Jewish people is understandable. Nevertheless, the recent attempt to pass a law declaring Israeli sovereignty over the settlements in Judea and Samaria is useless. Read more

Five members of the Jewish community killed in Florida massacre

February 16, 2018 by  

Four Jewish students and a teacher are among the 17 massacred in the shooting attack on a Florida school. Read more

Corruption charges lobbed at him, Netanyahu feels political earth rumble, but not crack

February 16, 2018 by  

A political and legal storm hit Israel Tuesday evening when Israeli police officials informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that they plan to recommend bribery and breach of trust charges in the two corruption cases against him…writes Israel Kasnett/JNS.org. Read more

Michael Danby’s speaks in Parliament on the arrest of Malka Leifer

February 16, 2018 by  

In an adjournment speech in the House of Representatives, Michael Danby said he is pleased about the progress in the in case seeking extradition of alleged child sexual abuse Malka Leifer to Australia. Read more

Video report: The induction of Rabbi Daniel Raben

February 16, 2018 by  

The Induction of Rabbi Daniel Rabin at Melbourne’s South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation by Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn. Read more

Irrational insanity…writes Michael Kuttner

February 16, 2018 by  

It has been one of those weeks again in which we have heard unbelievable utterances, read more misinformed media reporting and witnessed witless behaviour. Read more

Israeli public supports Netanyahu, Likud activists see him retaining power

February 15, 2018 by  

Just as President Donald Trump overcame the media and left-wing establishment to win the election despite his bluster and personal baggage, so, too, is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defying the odds in Israel. Read more

30 years at SBS

February 15, 2018 by  

Radio personality Nitza Lowenstein, journalist, producer and broadcaster is celebrating her 30th on SBS Radio as the executive producer of the Hebrew program, one of 68 languages on SBS. Read more

Twenty-six years at the helm of the AFHU

February 15, 2018 by  

Robert Simons has handed over the baton as president of the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University to Michael Dunkel who spoke highly of his predecessor at a special event in Sydney. Read more

Feb-20 Melbourne: Colonel Richard Kemp will attend the book launch – The Anti-Israel Agenda

February 15, 2018 by  

The Victorian launch of Alex Ryvchin’s ground-breaking book. Read more

Mar-04 5:30pm SBS-TV: Hitler’s Secrets – The Monster

February 15, 2018 by  

Having bathed in adulation and success for a decade, this episode discovers how Hitler reacts when the tide of war turns against him.  Read more

World Jewish Congress decries anti-Israel protest at London’s King’s College

February 14, 2018 by  

The World Jewish Congress voiced concern after a screaming throng of student protesters disrupted an Israel Society meeting at King’s College in London and attempted to torpedo an address by Dan Meridor, former deputy prime minister of Israel. Read more

NSW Greens member questions Christian Friends of Israel function being held in parliament

February 14, 2018 by  

A notice of motion at the NSW parliament will call on the president of Legislative Council to investigate a function being held within the building by Free Fred Nile “which  includes a donation to the organisation to continue in its work in illegal Israeli settlements in violation of international law”. Read more

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