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

‘Your opportunities are limitless,’ NASA astronaut tells Israel Air Force personnel

As NASA astronaut Richard R. (“Ricky”) Arnold projected slides showing images of his time on board the International Space Station, a lecture hall filled with young Israel Air Force personnel sat spellbound, absorbing his every word. Read more

Netanyahu’s brilliant victory and the challenges ahead

April 18, 2019 by  

Israeli voters have chosen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in what was essentially a referendum over whether he should be re-elected to a fifth term of office. Read more

State and Religion in Israel on Pesach

April 18, 2019 by  

The return of a rightwing government, heavily reliant on religious parties in Israel, is a matter of some concern because of the increasing encroachment of religious compulsion in Israeli life (as much as I fear the opposite). Read more

Post-election thoughts

April 17, 2019 by  

In the end, the people of Israel voted for Prime Minister Netanyahu “Mr Security-Mr Statesman,” over Bibi with all of his human shortcomings. Read more

Jordan in denial over Trump plan for Israel in Judea and Samaria

April 17, 2019 by  

In a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – King Abdullah of Jordan reportedly said the White House had given him:

 “zero visibility into the most fraught part of their peace plan: how it proposes to divide Israeli and Palestinian territory.”

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Oh No— Not another Haggadah

April 16, 2019 by  

Every year there seem to more and more haggadahs [the actual plural is haggadot] available. And this ignores the self-printed ones available to those with some computer literacy. Read more

Pesach: Four questions – three answers

April 15, 2019 by  

Rabbi Raymond Apple presents three Pesach topics: 1. What is the question? 2. The serious side of Chad Gadya 3. The Seder foods. Read more

All On A Thursday Morning: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

April 14, 2019 by  

The subtitle for this book is appropriate being an ‘easy to use’ collection of Rabbi Gourarie’s weekly articles on personal growth. 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

The Seder

April 13, 2019 by  

For some of us, every minute of the two Seder nights is an absolute delight. Even the preparation and the cleaning – the anticipation. There is no other occasion in the festive year quite like it. Read more

Assange’s anti-Semitism revisited

April 13, 2019 by  

When the fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange first holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London seven years ago, “Brexit” was an unknown word, Donald Trump was still hosting “The Apprentice,” and the Iran nuclear deal was just a twinkle in the eye of U.S. President Barack Obama. Read more

Israel’s presence on the Golan Heights: a strategic necessity

April 12, 2019 by  

Israel has ruled the Golan Heights since it was attacked by Syria in June 1967. Read more

Of annexation and Trump’s peace plan, what’s next on the post-Israeli election agenda?

Things move fast in the Middle East. Read more

The right still rules in Israel. Will it continue?

Is Benjamin Netanyahu’s dominance of Israeli politics the product of a consensus he helped build, or is he merely a convenient beneficiary of forces that were beyond his control? 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

How an electoral tie represents a landslide victory for Israel’s right

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a decisive electoral victory at the polls despite tying with main rival Benny Gantz, former chief of staff in the Israel Defense Forces. Read more

What’s not at stake in Israel’s election: democracy

When Israelis vote today a lot will be riding on the outcome. Read more


April 8, 2019 by  

This week’s cartoon…U.N. resolution writ large as seen from the far side Read more

Hashemite rule in Jordan on collision course with Trump and Israel

April 8, 2019 by  

King Abdullah seems increasingly hell-bent on ending 99 years of Hashemite-dynasty rule in Jordan. Read more

In South Africa, one step forward, two steps back

April 7, 2019 by  

“Not as much as we had hoped, but we have advanced nonetheless!” With these words, the “Palestine Solidarity Forum” of South Africa last week greeted the news that the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) top decision-making body had voted, for the moment at least, against an academic boycott of Israel. 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

‘Invented Lives’ by Andrea Goldsmith: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

April 5, 2019 by  

The Western world today is a place where victimhood is a badge of honour, one where people compete in public arenas to be among the elite of those who suffer. Read more

What would Menachem Begin think about Israel’s elections?

Respect is always slow in coming for national leaders who are labelled as conservatives. Read more

No stone left unturned…

April 5, 2019 by  

In the world of intelligence, the saying goes, reality often exceeds the imagination, and yet the operation to return Zachary Baumel’s remains to Israel in a mission that spanned the globe can easily be considered one of the most impressive in the country’s history. Read more

Of compromise and betrayal: From the Golan to Brexit

Two current sources of uproar tie Britain, the United States and Israel into a matrix of hypocrisy, double standards and spinelessness. Read more

Will Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ lead to change?

April 5, 2019 by  

Since the 1993 Oslo accords, there have been many attempts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more

Adapting the Law

April 5, 2019 by  

The Bible emerged in, and out of, a world that was predominantly agricultural. A world where seasons and produce determined how societies flourished or perished 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

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