Just Mercy: a movie review by James Bernardinelli

Just Mercy is the kind of high-minded tale about social injustice that often opens around this time of the year. Read more

Online Hate Prevention Institute turns eight

January 23, 2020 by  

The Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI), Australia’s only charity dedicated to tackling the problem of online hate and extremism starting its war with online hatemongers on this day in 2012.
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Russia’s displeasure with Israel simmers as Putin readies to visit for Yad Vashem event

January 22, 2020 by  

Russian President Vladimir Putin will leave his controlled environment in Moscow to enter a media firestorm when he alights from his plane in Israel this Thursday as he arrives for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem. Read more

Why the bombing Auschwitz argument still matters

January 22, 2020 by  

In his 1989 book From Beirut to Jerusalem, columnist Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, wrote, “Israel is becoming Yad Vashem with an Air Force.” Read more

To combat anti-Semitism, one must first define it

An unprecedented conference will begin on Jan. 23 (an official dinner will take place the night before) in Jerusalem—one in which world leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and French President Emmanuel Macron, will confer on how to defeat the scourge of anti-Semitism. Read more

Another anti-Jewish textbook gets the publisher’s thumbs down

January 22, 2020 by  

The decision by Pearson Education Limited (Pearson) to withdraw Hilary Brash’s text bookThe Middle East: Conflict, Crisis and Change, 1917- 2012comes after trenchant criticism by blogger David Collier. Read more

Image and perception – beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

January 22, 2020 by  

Devastating drought and bushfires in Australia and extreme flooding in Israel. Read more

Amid surging anti-Semitism, 75th commemoration of Auschwitz liberation comes at crucial time

January 21, 2020 by  

To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.” ― Elie Wiesel, “Night” Read more

Despite mergers and ousters on right and left, Israel’s electoral map looks similar to previous election

January 20, 2020 by  

Two consecutive elections in Israel just five months apart have produced inconclusive results without the formation of a left-wing, right-wing or centrist majority government. Read more

Holocaust politics is bad for the Jews

At a time of rising anti-Semitism around the globe and threats from terrorism and nuclear blackmail aimed at the State of Israel, there are more important things to worry about than the question of who gets to speak at the ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem. Read more

A Jewish guide to death and bereavement

January 20, 2020 by  

For Judaism, life is the supreme value, the great privilege, the precious opportunity…writes Rabbu Raymond Apple. Read more


January 20, 2020 by  

This week’s cartoon…SIRI-ial Terminator Read more

Chaim Soutine artwork exhibited for first time in Israel in 50 years

January 19, 2020 by  

Now through March 21, Mishkan Museum of Art in Ein Harod, a kibbutz in northern Israel, is exhibiting the works of Chaim Soutine, one of the leading artists of the 20th century, for the first time in Israel in 50 years. Read more

What’s the alternative to Trump on Iran?

After months of focusing on domestic policy and their animus for President Donald Trump, this week the Democratic Party presidential candidates turned their attention towards foreign policy. Read more

In post-caliphate era, does ISIS still pose a risk to Israel?

January 19, 2020 by  

In May 2019, ISIS lost its final stronghold in Syria and what was left of its “caliphate”—namely, the territory and population that it had controlled—crumbled. The event was a far cry from its peak in 2012-14, when it controlled entire swaths of Syria and Iraq, and ruled over millions of people. Read more

On the other hand…120th edition

January 19, 2020 by  

This is the 120th edition of “on the other hand” but unlike the traditional Jewish greeting I hope that the good news from Israel will continue for quite some time. Read more

Bombshells: a movie review by James Bernardinelli

January 19, 2020 by  

As a dramatic re-creation of the events leading up to the July 2016 ouster of Fox News honcho Roger Ailes, Bombshell is effective cinema. Read more

Genius & Anxiety by Norman Lebrecht

January 17, 2020 by  

Genius and Anxiety: How Jews changed the World 1847-1947 by Norman Lebrecht, is the best, popular Jewish interest book in years. Read more

Rabbi Brian Fox AM:  A Leader of Great Influence

January 17, 2020 by  

Federal Liberal MP Julian Leeser shares his memories of Rabbi Brian Fox,  former spiritual leader of the Emanuel Synagogue in Sydney who passed away last week. Read more

You had better believe them

January 17, 2020 by  

The new year has started off, as predicted, in spectacular fashion with more inflammatory rhetoric against Israel. Read more

Why Trump’s Middle East peace plan isn’t irrelevant

Three years in the making and long after most of the world had given up on it being rolled out, President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan may soon see the light of day. Read more

The West mourns the Jewish dead. But what about the living?

January 17, 2020 by  

At Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on Jan. 23, some 46 political leaders and royals, including Britain’s Prince Charles, will be attending the fifth World Holocaust Forum to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Read more

Israeli Right does not seek overthrow of Jordan’s Hashemite monarchy

January 15, 2020 by  

The claim that: “The Israeli right has no solution for civil rights for Palestinians after annexation, except for overthrowing Jordan’s Hashemite monarchy” – is a canard that must be totally rejected. Read more

Present Tense by Natalie Conyer: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

January 15, 2020 by  

In Bereishit, the first reading of the Torah, Eve picks a fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, despite the Almighty’s specific prohibition. Read more

John Bell’s Havana colours bring extra delight To Carmen: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

January 14, 2020 by  

George Bizet died tragically at only 37 years of age, after 33 mixed-reviewed performances of his Spanish-themed opera Carmen. Read more

Lord Polak: British taxpayer dollars funding Palestinian ‘pay-for-slay’ terror campaign

January 14, 2020 by  

“Israel is being singled out ‘with nauseating frequency,’ to borrow a phrase, and we are joining in,” said Lord Baron Stuart Polak, president of Conservative Friends of Israel, in a House of Lords speech on Jan. 7. Read more

Enough with the Trump and Netanyahu analogies

In the coming weeks, a U.S. Senate trial of President Donald Trump on impeachment charges is looming. Read more

Blaming anti-Semitism on capitalism

January 14, 2020 by  

It is progress of sorts. This week, one of the leading magazines of the American left published an article that took the phenomenon of anti-Semitism seriously. Read more

Is it OK to throw a divorce party?

January 14, 2020 by  

Ask the Rabbi. Read more


January 13, 2020 by  

This week’s cartoon…Iranian protests make strange bedfellows. Read more

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