Pain and joy – tragedy and triumph

May 5, 2019 by  

Like so many times in our people’s long journey, from a small family in pagan surroundings through exile and slavery to liberation and the beginnings of a nation in its own land, the rebirth of Jewish sovereignty in our time was accompanied by painful sacrifices. Read more

On the other hand

April 28, 2019 by  

Hopefully, we have safely navigated Pesach, enjoyed the culinary delights offered and marvelled at the miracles which enabled our ancestors to arrive as a newly forged nation to the Promised Land. Read more

Fact or Fiction?

April 27, 2019 by  

Who would have thought that a mere seventy-four years after the Holocaust, large numbers of people in many countries would either be ignorant of or disbelieve that this ever occurred? Read more

On the other hand

April 22, 2019 by  

It took forty years for the Israelites to make the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Read more

Deal of the century

April 19, 2019 by  

As Jews worldwide gather to commemorate their ancestors’ deliverance from bondage it is only appropriate that we contemplate exactly what it is we are remembering. Read more

On the other hand

April 13, 2019 by  

The elections may be over but the hard work of establishing a viable coalition has only just begun. Read more

Judgment Day – Yom Ha’din

April 12, 2019 by  

From the High Holyday liturgy: “who shall be exalted and who shall be brought low.” Read more

Shalom Chaver

April 7, 2019 by  

Just over a year ago we had the pleasure of hosting Rabbi John Levi, Emeritus Rabbi of TempleBeth Israel in Melbourne, at our home in Efrat…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

On the other hand

April 7, 2019 by  

Whether we have more of the same or forge ahead on new paths is in the hands of the voters every few years. Read more

Lucky dip on election day

April 5, 2019 by  

When we were growing up in Wellington many years ago (a bygone era – never to return) the highlight of the Jewish community’s social calendar and Zionist fundraising was the annual Jewish National Fund garden party. Read more

On the other hand

March 31, 2019 by  

Our neighbours in Gaza spend all their time trying to devise new ways to cause murder and mayhem. Read more

Al Chet – for the sins we may have committed

March 29, 2019 by  

Although as individuals it is unlikely we have transgressed every one of them we nevertheless accept collective responsibility for the possibility that as a community we may have. Read more

On the other hand

March 23, 2019 by  

With election day rapidly approaching Israelis are faced with the dilemma of which party to cast their ballot for. Read more

Return of the Amalekites

March 22, 2019 by  

Every year on the Shabbat prior to Purim, Jews wherever they may live, gather together to remember how the ancient Amalekites treacherously attacked the weakest and most vulnerable Israelites as they journeyed towards the Promised Land. Read more

On the other hand

March 17, 2019 by  

Purim is just around the corner which means that parents and children are busy trying to decide which fancy dress costume they will masquerade in. Read more

Ian Lawrence  z”l

March 12, 2019 by  

The funeral this week in Jerusalem of Ian Lawrence, a former Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand, marked the closing chapter in a long and interesting family history. Read more

On the other hand

March 9, 2019 by  

Israel’s space capsule is orbiting in space and hopefully is still on course for a moon landing on 11 April. Read more

On the other hand

March 3, 2019 by  

Purim is fast approaching which means that children and adults alike have some hard decisions to make as to which fancy dress costume they will cavort around in this year. Read more

Multi choice mayhem

March 1, 2019 by  

Registration for Israel’s election has closed and voters now have the task of making an informed choice from a bewildering array of no less than a record forty-six political parties. Read more

On the other hand

February 23, 2019 by  

In a week when election political shenanigans reached a new low, it is a welcome relief to bask in the latest positive achievements making Israel a leader in many fields. Read more

Global warning

February 22, 2019 by  

There is a great debate going on as to whether the world’s climate is changing and if so what or who is responsible. Read more

On the other hand

February 16, 2019 by  

The UNHRC prepares to issue its infamous blacklist of Israeli companies and businesses. Read more

Turn off the taps

February 15, 2019 by  

What is the first thing you do when you discover that water intended for your household’s use is being diverted because of a malfunction in the pipes leading to your home? Read more

On the other hand

February 9, 2019 by  

Political party primaries are in full swing with aspiring politicians vying for a top spot on their respective party lists. Read more

Always in the news

February 8, 2019 by  

Since time immemorial Jews have always been in the news. Read more

On the other hand

February 2, 2019 by  

Israel’s myriad assortments of political parties are busy launching their manifestos in anticipation of elections in April. Promises of a future era of paradise flow like the winter rains. Read more

Call me Harry

February 1, 2019 by  

Towards the end of last year, I attended a diplomatic conference in Jerusalem where attendees from the diplomatic corps, media and students of international affairs were present. Read more

On the other hand

January 27, 2019 by  

We have just celebrated Tu B’Shevat – the Jewish festival devoted to planting trees and ecological awareness. Right on cue, the first buds are appearing and some trees are already blossoming. Read more

Abbas, Malaysia and the UN – perfect partners

January 25, 2019 by  

It is said that marriages are made in heaven. However, when it comes to Abbas, Malaysia and the United Nations we can confidently claim that their partnerships were forged in hell. Read more

On the other hand

January 21, 2019 by  

Islamic jihadists are busy exporting terror to all parts of the world. Meanwhile, Israel works non stop to make the world a better place…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

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