Can I bequeath my organs?

June 24, 2019 by  

Ask the rabbi? Read more


June 24, 2019 by  

This week’s cartoon…Lots of Cents and no Sensibilities. Read more

Trump should stop billions being poured into Gaza and West Bank

June 23, 2019 by  

President Trump should not allow the euphoria that swept the world following the 27 November 2007 Annapolis Conference to infect the Manama Conference being jointly hosted by himself and Bahrain on 25-26 June. Read more

E-cigarettes and school students

June 23, 2019 by  

The use of e-cigarettes is on the rise, particularly among high school students in Australia, and, given that the use of these devices is a relatively new phenomenon, Sydney’s Moriah College has provided students and parents with some relevant background information. Read more

The Festival of Jewish Arts and Music coming soon to Melbourne

June 23, 2019 by  

The Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM), formerly Shir Madness Melbourne, takes over the Melbourne Recital Centre in a day-long immersion of contemporary Jewish culture with 30 performances across music, theatre, dance and conversation on Sunday 8 September. Read more

On the other hand

June 23, 2019 by  

In Israel, the long summer school vacation is about to commence. Read more

Israel and China

June 21, 2019 by  

For as long as I can recall I have been an idealist.  I have always tried my best to support the underdog, the oppressed and the poor. Yet I am also a pragmatist. Sometimes banging one’s head against a brick wall is not a very sensible option. Read more

Carrots or sticks

June 21, 2019 by  

Definition: a policy of offering a combination of reward and punishment to induce good behaviour. Read more

Raging at Rabbis: When rights collide in Jerusalem

June 21, 2019 by  

This week, the Jerusalem municipality authorized the naming of five alleyways and narrow streets within the Baten Al-Hawa neighbourhood of Silwan after rabbis. Read more

Once again, the PA shows it doesn’t care about having a viable state

June 20, 2019 by  

The Palestinians’ refusal to attend a U.S.-sponsored “economic workshop” in Bahrain on June 25-26 has been widely treated as a reasonable response to the unlikelihood that U.S. President Donald Trump’s peace plan (whose economic section will be unveiled at the workshop) will satisfy their demands. Read more

Did Dutch Jews go like lambs to the gas chambers?

June 20, 2019 by  

Retired Dutch general Toine Beukering is a freshman Dutch senator from the Forum for Democracy (FvD), a new anti-immigration and Euroskeptic party that has become the largest party in the Dutch Senate. Read more

The invention of Palestinians

June 19, 2019 by  

Rumours circulate of an impending Israeli-Palestinian peace plan to be proposed by the Trump administration. It might, therefore, be appropriate to scrutinize the Palestinian claim—grounded in myth and not history—to national sovereignty. Read more

The deadly detriments of a doctrine of defence

“Every round of violence, in which the results are not a clear-cut IDF victory is, in the eyes of Israel’s enemies, another nail in the coffin of the Zionist entity.”Veteran war correspondent, Ron Ben Yishai, June 1, 2019 Read more

Behind the Bundestag’s vote against banning the political arm of Hezbollah

June 19, 2019 by  

The scene out of the German Bundestag (Parliament), with its transparent dome shining light overhead to symbolize democracy—the “new Germany”—might as well have taken place in the rowdy Knesset, where MKs are known to talk over each other and trade nasty barbs. Read more

Trump reverses Obama-UN treachery on West Bank and East Jerusalem

June 19, 2019 by  

President Trump’s decision to back Israel’s claims to sovereignty in the West Bank and Jerusalem has resurrected America’s commitment to the Jewish people made by President Bush and Congress in 2004 after that commitment had been subsequently repudiated by President Obama in the last month of his Presidency in December 2018. Read more

Iran is dragging the Middle East into a dangerous standoff

In recent weeks, Iran and its proxies have begun operating under a new directive best described as a policy of controlled escalation. Still, the potential for miscalculation and regionwide conflict has grown considerably. Read more

My Sack Full of Memories: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

June 18, 2019 by  

People are motivated to bare their lives in public for different reasons. Read more

“Amen”….why did I say that?

June 17, 2019 by  

Ask the rabbi. Read more


June 17, 2019 by  

This week’s cartoon from Feintooner…Smoke Signals. Read more

China or the United States? Israel needs to pick one

Contrary to the myths cherished by some American Jews and many non-Jewish sympathizers, Israel is not the 51st state. Read more

Hamas endorsement of UNRWA elections underscores the agency’s inherent flaws

Following the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) union elections in Gaza on April 24 and the publishing of the results mid-May, various terror groups, including the Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Hamas, have endorsed the new leadership of UNRWA’s union of teachers and administrators. Read more

Queen’s Birthday Awards: meet two honourees

Henry Greener talks with Les Kausman and Vivien Brass. Read more

Save a Child’s Heart

Henry Greener interviews Hannah Wollan is the Executive Director of Save A Child’s Heart, an NFP established in 1995 at the Wolfson Medical Centre in Holon, Israel. A video presentation. Read more

On the other hand

June 16, 2019 by  

Like the endless blue skies and soaring temperatures of an Israeli summer, the daily dose of amazing positive achievements makes us aware that good news does occur even if you do not read or hear about in your local media. Read more

What happened to Israel’s Labor Party … and why?

June 14, 2019 by  

Avi Gabbay, chairman of Israel’s Labor Party, has announced that he is leaving politics after just two years as the party’s leader, and the scramble has begun to replace him with the party at an all-time low in mandates and morale. Read more

Nuclear secrets and terror links uncovered, Tehran ramps up aggression

A few days ago, Britain’s Daily Telegraph revealed that in 2015 the British authorities had uncovered a Hezbollah terrorist plot. The key point was that this had been kept secret until now. Read more

The “Elders of Zion” are making a comeback in Australia’s Arabic media

June 14, 2019 by  

In 2019, classic antisemitism is alive and kicking in some pockets of Australia, including locally published Arabic media. Read more


June 14, 2019 by  

The fourth book of the Bible was called Numbers by early Christian scholars. I guess this is because it starts off with a national census. Read more

Enough already

June 14, 2019 by  

Anonymous quote: “There is a time to be nice and there is a time to say enough already.” Read more

Tolkien – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

June 13, 2019 by  

It is not necessary to have read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien to view this offering from director Dome Karukoski (Tom of Finland).   However, for aficionados of the books or movies, clues to the author’s ideas are strewn throughout the production and it is fun to take note of them.

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