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


February 22, 2019 by  

New York’s Reproductive Health Act was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 22, to a standing ovation and acclaim by State Legislators. This new law allows abortion on the basis of “reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient’s case” — “the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” Read more

While hoaxes make headlines, real attacks on Jews keep happening

In the West, we’re not merely living at present through savage culture wars. We’re not merely experiencing a terrifying eruption of anti-Semitism in supposedly civilized countries. We are being subjected to a manipulation of reality that could have been scripted by Franz Kafka. Read more

Gantz and Lapid appeal for ‘unity,’ Netanyahu touts ‘strong leadership’

February 22, 2019 by  

The leaders of the new Blue and White Party–Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid—held their first political rally on Thursday night after the two candidates shook up the Israeli political scene earlier in the day. Read more

Peter Pan Goes Wrong: a theatre review by Hila Tsor

February 22, 2019 by  

The title of the play ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ is quite self-explanatory, revealing the main premise of the play. ‘Gone Wrong’ theatre productions are not uncommon but are always full of mischief and mayhem, this being no exception. 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

Is Western Europe no longer safe for Jews?

The good news is that on Tuesday, huge crowds of French citizens attended rallies against anti-Semitism throughout France that were supported by all of the country’s major political parties. And French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the desecration of a Jewish cemetery, the latest example of a shocking growth in acts of anti-Semitism. Read more

Israel jettisons PLO as negotiating partner on Trump peace plan

February 21, 2019 by  

Israel’s decision to withhold US$138 million dollars in tax revenues collected for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) – equalling the estimated annual payments made to Palestinian Arabs (or their families) carrying out random and indiscriminate attacks against Israeli civilians – marks a watershed in Israel-PLO relations. Read more

Dancing all the way to her doctorate

February 19, 2019 by  

Scientists are not generally required to display prowess in modern dance, but Dr. Roni Zohar of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Science Teaching Department recently showed her moves in an award-winning science/dance video. Read more

Who is responsible for the strange death of Labor Zionism?

Elections in Israel are less than two months away, and so far the campaign has been dominated by two main stories. Read more

Medicinal cannabis: first crops on their way

February 18, 2019 by  

Tommy Huppert, CEO of Cannatrek, a local producer and distributor of pharmaceutical grade medical cannabis, talks to Henry Greener about the potential for the future of a new medical cure for several ailments. Read more

Is there a Jewish view of lawyers? – ask he rabbi

February 18, 2019 by  

Q. A few weeks ago you answered a question about doctors and said that Judaism regarded them as doing God’s work. Is there a Jewish view of lawyers? Read more

The 2019 Intelligence Assessment: The policy implications for Gaza

February 17, 2019 by  

Military assessment warns of high risk of war with Gaza — The Times of Israel, Feb. 13, 2019

Israeli military report predicts high probability of clashes in Gaza … in 2019 — i24News, Feb. 13, 2019

Chief of Staff: Prepare for Gaza conflict — Israel National News, Feb. 13, 2019

Intelligence assessment for 2019: IDF prepares for confrontation with Gaza — Channel 20News, Feb. 13, 2019 Read more

In Tel Aviv, British experts warn of anti-Semitism across the UK

February 17, 2019 by  

A lecture hosted by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) in Tel Aviv featured a panel of experts who warned about growing anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom and the threat that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn poses if he were to become prime minister. 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

Jewish Political Theory

February 15, 2019 by  

It is often said that neither the Bible nor Judaism has a theory of politics or, indeed, of political systems. Neither is true.  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

Israeli Justice Minister: Trump peace plan ‘calls for Palestinian state in most of Judea and Samaria’

February 14, 2019 by  

U.S. President Donald Trump’s soon-to-be-announced Middle East peace plan will call on Israel to “turn over large swaths of land in Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority, and will lead to the establishment of Palestinian State.” Read more

Gaza’s self-inflicted health crisis shows why peace remains a fantasy

February 14, 2019 by  

Gaza’s health system is on the verge of collapse, Israeli defence officials warned last week. Read more

A riddle in the middle: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

February 14, 2019 by  

The first concert in the SSO Masters Series for 2019 (now sponsored by upmarket travel company Abercrombie & Kent) presented significant works by Janacek and Bartok, book-ending the Australian premiere of a piece by Steve Reich that had been co-commissioned by several orchestras, including the SSO. Read more

Israel, PLO, Jordan, EU and UN must agree on boundaries of Palestine

February 14, 2019 by  

Ending the Arab-Jewish conflict over the territory called “historic Palestine” has little chance of success until its territorial boundaries are first agreed between Israel, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Jordan, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN). Read more

The birth of the AUJS Holocaust Education Tour

February 13, 2019 by  

Noa Bloch writes: In August 1941, in reprisal for a prisoner successfully escaping Auschwitz, the Nazis indiscriminately selected ten prisoners to be starved to death. Read more

For whom should you vote?

February 13, 2019 by  

Most of Israel’s previous elections have presented voters with meaningful choices, many with long-term implications on the security of the nation…writes Is Leibler. Read more

Crime and punishment, Israeli-style

February 13, 2019 by  

The debate over capital punishment for terrorists arose again in Israel after the body of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher was discovered in a forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem, and her killer, 29-year-old Arafat Irfaiya, confessed to sexually assaulting and stabbing her to death. Read more

Cannabis: a professional take

February 13, 2019 by  

Henry Greener interviews psychiatrist Dr Nigel Strauss. Read more

Heading for the moon

February 12, 2019 by  

After an enterprise lasting nearly a decade, the Israeli unmanned moon mission “Beresheet” (Genesis) will soon take off from Earth, bound for the Moon’s rocky surface. Read more

A Valentine thought

February 12, 2019 by  

Despite worldwide Valentine’s Day celebrations, an increasing number of people around the globe are single.  Read more

New report highlights how UN gives singular treatment to Palestinian refugees

February 11, 2019 by  

Uri Akavia, a researcher at Kohelet Policy Forum, recently published a new paper titled “Is UNRWA’s hereditary refugee status for Palestinians unique?” In it, of course, he details the origins of the issue since 1948, the year Israel was established, and its ensuing state of affairs. Read more

Does god care how we worship him?

February 11, 2019 by  

Ask the rabbi. 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

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