Ask the Rabbi

October 15, 2018 by  

Q. Is it wrong to read the Harry Potter books given that they are about witchcraft and wizardry? Read more

A Star is Born – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 15, 2018 by  

My rock concert going days may be long over but that didn’t stop shivers down my backbone as the first of many riffs came over the speakers.

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On the other hand

October 14, 2018 by  

In Israel, temperatures are cooling as we head into autumn, (or fall if you are American), and with the Chagim over, a working week has returned to a more normal six days…writes Michael Kuttner.  Read more

Tel Aviv scientist lights the way in detecting cancer cells

October 14, 2018 by  

Any surgeon removing a cancerous tumour stares down immense risk. They face a dilemma—balancing the removal of all present cancer cells while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible. Walking that tightrope necessitates caution, which can lead to lingering cancer cells that spread elsewhere and increase the risk of recurrence. Read more

Trump’s wavering on one-state or two-states leaves many in a state of confusion

October 14, 2018 by  

U.S. President Donald Trump raised eyebrows recently during a joint press conference in New York with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he backtracked on previous positions he held regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying, “I like a two-state solution. That’s what I think works best … That’s my feeling.” Read more

Feintooner

October 14, 2018 by  

This week’s cartoon…Two-State vs. One-State Solution Read more

The price of Saudi friendship

October 14, 2018 by  

In one sense, the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Kashoggi after he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, last week is pretty much business as usual for the Riyadh regime…writes Jonathan S. Tobin. Read more

Obituary: Gisella Scheinberg OAM

October 12, 2018 by  

Everyone who met Gisella had a story to tell. Gisella always said it how it was: whether you were too fat, too thin, too loud, going white or a myriad of other things, she felt it was her duty to tell you. She had a cheeky sense of humour, but not everyone knew the kindness that she showed to people behind the scenes. Read more

Bible stories

October 12, 2018 by  

At this time of the year, we re-read the early chapters of Genesis with their fantastic tales of creation and early humanity struggling to cope with life and divine Authority. Read more

Traitors: a book review by Jeffrey Cohen

October 12, 2018 by  

As I picked up this book written by Frank Walker, I had just viewed two episodes of Foyle’s War- one was about an English industrialist who favoured a German victory because it would be good for business and the other episode was about a German nationalist planted in England in 1937 in preparation for a war and being an informant. Read more

On the frontline

October 12, 2018 by  

The Jewish People have been on the frontline throughout their long three thousand years history…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

The woman who showed how Americans can succeed at the UN

The resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley took the political world by surprise, but it’s likely that no one is more disappointed than supporters of Israel. Haley wasn’t just a smart and assertive voice for America at the world body. Read more

Shir Madness – The Video

October 11, 2018 by  

The Shtick’s Henry Greener travelled from Melbourne to film last Sunday’s Shir Madness at the Emanuel Synagogue….and here’s the result. Read more

Jewish supporters of Germany’s far-right AfD see party as means to counter anti-Semitism

October 11, 2018 by  

At a nondescript community centre in the city of Wiesbaden on Sunday, dozens of Jews got together to officially form the Jewish faction of the rising right-wing political party in Germany: Alternative for Deutschland (AfD)…writes Orit Arfa/JNS. Read more

Mishpacha

October 11, 2018 by  

The cartoon Jewish family… Read more

The devastating impact of American non-Jewish Jews

October 11, 2018 by  

There is no disputing that, except for the vast majority of Orthodox Jews, American Jews and their leaders have distanced themselves from their Jewish identity…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

Trump rejects UN and UNESCO’s fictitious Palestinian state

October 11, 2018 by  

President Trump’s National Security Adviser – John Bolton – has exposed the fiction that there is a legally constituted “State of Palestine” – shredding United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations (UN) resolutions misleadingly recognising such a state when none – in fact – exists…writes David Singer. Read more

Barkan terror attack attempts to ‘sabotage the normalisation’ of local Jews and Arabs

October 9, 2018 by  

Just as shocking as the execution-style murders of Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, a 29-year-old mother of an infant, and Ziv Hajbi, a 35-year-old father of three from Rishon Letzion, was the location of the vicious attack: the Barkan Industrial Park in Samaria, with its mix of Israel and Palestinian employees…writes Josh Hasten. Read more

In Like Flynn: Double passes to give away

October 8, 2018 by  

Buccaneer, smuggler, gambler, street fighter, gold prospector and one of the most charismatic movie stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Errol Flynn’s life, before he found fame as an actor, was not for the faint-hearted! Read more

ACLU’s opposition to Kavanaugh sounds its death knoll

October 8, 2018 by  

Now that Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed, it is appropriate to look at the damage caused by the highly partisan confirmation process.  Among the casualties has been an organisation I have long admired…writes Alan Dershowitz. Read more

The full-scale unraveling of Western cultural norms

October 7, 2018 by  

The Kavanaugh confirmation circus is not just a jaw-dropping and unedifying spectacle. It is a paradigm event in the unraveling of American and Western cultural norms…writes Melanie Phillips/JNS. Read more

Yahya Sinwar explains how Hamas hasn’t changed

October 7, 2018 by  

In the weeks since footage emerged of British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn insinuating that native-born British Jews have a feeble grasp of English irony, lo and behold, I’ve been spotting ironies everywhere…writes Ben Cohen/JNS. Read more

Israel to Hamas: Don’t test us!

October 7, 2018 by  

The High Holidays, a time when nothing much gets done in Israel, are over, and as we return to our turbulent day-to-day lives on the front lines, the mentality is one of battle…writes Yoav Limor/JNS. Read more

Yuval Harari and religion

October 7, 2018 by  

I have always enjoyed reading books that challenge my preconceptions…writes Jeremy Rosen. Read more

On the other hand

October 6, 2018 by  

A common phrase in Israel whenever one wants to get something done is “acharei ha’chagim” which means “after the holidays…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

The Chosen People? Ask the rabbi

October 5, 2018 by  

Tricky one this week. Rabbi Rayond Apple deals with The Chosen People. Read more

Monash University publishes three new books of Jewish interest

October 5, 2018 by  

Australian universities have become prolific publishers of a wide range of academic and other works…writes Geoffrey Zygier. Read more

Dave the Mensch

October 5, 2018 by  

In June 2016, the day after two Palestinian terrorists murdered four Israelis in the bustling Tel Aviv Sarona Complex, Dave Sharma took his entire Embassy team to Sarona for lunch, in a show of solidarity and support with Israel…writes Arsen Ostrovsky. Read more

After exposure of Beirut missile sites, Hezbollah and Lebanon conduct some damage control

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision last week at the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York to reveal the location of secret missile sites in Beirut, including one near the city’s international airport, could turn up the pressure on the Lebanese state, and certainly sends a clear warning to Iran and Hezbollah. Read more

Another reason why Trump was right about the Iran deal

October 5, 2018 by  

Though his fans thrill to his speeches, there’s little doubt that when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the U.N. General Assembly, few there listen…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

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