Going to a Shivah house…what do I do? What do I say? – ask the rabbi

August 26, 2019 by  

Rabbi Raymond Apple asks this question and others… Read more

Feintooner

August 26, 2019 by  

This week’s cartoon from Feintooner…Drowning out the Drones Read more

On the other hand

August 25, 2019 by  

Another week with more drama as Israel winds up to elections again on 17 September. Read more

Toni Morrison

August 23, 2019 by  

Toni Morrison, the celebrated, black, American novelist and Nobel Prize winner for literature, died recently. She was a moving exponent of Black life and culture and chronicler and of the suffering of Black Americans. But she had a blind spot when it came to Jews and Israel. She was a holocaust revisionist and anti-Zionist. So I am re-blogging something I wrote concerning her in 2016. Read more

Theatre of the absurd

August 23, 2019 by  

We have experienced acts of absurdity this past week so ludicrous as to defy any sort of logical explanation. Read more

Getting to the bottom of a tragic ‘disloyalty’

There appears to be no limit to the sheer stupidity and reflexive malice with which people misrepresent what U.S. President Donald Trump has just said. Read more

Meet Rob Schneider

Meet Rob Schneider, a conservationist, businessman and Community Leader, is now CEO of Australian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Read more

The implosion of American Jewry

August 22, 2019 by  

Over the past decade, the Jewish establishment leadership in America – with the exception of the Orthodox, the Zionist Organization of America, and other small groups – has failed to speak up in defence of Israel and imposed a curtain of silence. Read more

Israel announces August BDS Ambition Tour (one true satire)

August 22, 2019 by  

In response to the furore unleashed by the Israeli government’s decision to block entry to two U.S. congresswomen, a hastily produced tour of the Jewish state has been announced. Read more

Lux: a book review by Aviva Kipen

August 22, 2019 by  

For millennia unembroidered biblical and post-biblical stories were elaborated and embellished in the oral tradition that was finally committed to writing following the destruction of the Second Temple. Read more

Bright young stars shine In West Side Story: a review by Victor Grynberg

August 22, 2019 by  

If PORGY and BESS is the pre-eminent American Folk Opera, then certainly WEST SIDE STORY is the outstanding American Musical. Read more

Actress in musical premiere

August 21, 2019 by  

An Olivier award-winning musical, Caroline, or Change, will premiere at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre this week.

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A tragedy of silence

August 21, 2019 by  

I write this letter on the night of Tisha B’Av, having just returned home from shul and reading Eicha. As I reflect on the tragedy and destruction the Jewish people have endured through the centuries, I cannot help but think about the tragedy and destruction my own parents experienced over the past two years…writes Chony Milecki. Read more

A Wider View – Another Rabbinic Response

August 21, 2019 by  

As a female rabbi of the Progressive movement, I wish to share where my position diverges from that expressed by the President of the NSW Rabbinical Council in the 18 August 2019 article in J-Wire The NSWRC calls for status quo on abortion legislation Read more

Feintooner

August 19, 2019 by  

Feintooner:   Bus-ted Read more

Why Jews should care about the Hong Kong democracy protests

August 19, 2019 by  

It’s more than 30 years since pro-democracy student demonstrators were brutally crushed by Chinese security forces in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square—a graphic sign that while communism was in the process of collapsing elsewhere in the world, China was to be a bloody exception. Read more

Jeffrey Epstein: the status of suicide in Judaism

August 19, 2019 by  

World attention has focused this week on the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein and his deeds or misdeeds are not the subject of this article, but his apparent suicide is. Read more

Democrats backing Jew-haters over Israel play into Trump’s hands

August 18, 2019 by  

The Democratic Party House majority is now in freefall backing two of its openly-avowed Jew-hating members – Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib – against decisions made by Israel banning them from unconditional entry into the Jewish State. Read more

Palestinian groups behind Omar-Tlaib cancelled trip express anti-Semitism, links to terrorism

August 18, 2019 by  

The Palestinian groups that were part of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) cancelled trip to Israel and the West Bank have a public record of openly expressing anti-Semitism, supporting the BDS movement, as well as fostering sympathy of and links to terrorist groups. Read more

Meet George Halasz

Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist Dr George Halasz an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash Uni., on the Editorial Board of Australasian Psychiatry and several other positions, past and present, talks to Henry Greener. Read more

On the other hand

August 18, 2019 by  

The stark contrasts between tragedy and triumph, mourning and joy, are often evident in overabundance in Israel. Read more

Religio Fascism

August 16, 2019 by  

I have often expressed my frustration with politics – in particular, Israeli politics Read more

Israel should have ignored Trump’s pressure on Omar and Tlaib

August 16, 2019 by  

Unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama, President Donald Trump doesn’t think more “daylight” between the United States and Israel is needed, and he has had Israel’s back on all the major issues regarding the peace process and threats like Iran. Read more

Never say never

August 16, 2019 by  

Whenever you hear or read about politicians or political parties stating that they will never embark on a particular course of action your alarm bells should start ringing. Read more

Birth of the Cool

August 16, 2019 by  

MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL – a documentary featuring the life and career of musical giant and cultural icon Miles Davis, a true visionary, innovator and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word, will be screened in a short season. Read more

Study reveals that Hungary has largest percentage of population with jewish ancestry outside of Israel, not US

August 15, 2019 by  

A study by the genetic testing company MyHeritage has found that surprising numbers of people descended from Jewish ancestors in Hungary and are higher than previously estimated by demographers. Read more

Trump reaffirms Bush’s recognition of Jewish claims in West Bank

August 14, 2019 by  

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) is frothing at the mouth at media reports indicating that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking a public declaration from US President Donald Trump recognizing Israeli sovereignty over parts of the occupied West Bank prior to the Israeli elections on 17 September. Read more

 AOC, his name was Dvir Sorek

August 14, 2019 by  

Freshman  U.S.Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently revealed her true feelings about Israel. During a radio interview, AOC concurred wholeheartedly with the program’s host that “…what’s going on with Israel and Palestine…is very, very, criminal, and it is very, very unjust.” Read more

Dvir Sorek murdered and Palestinians celebrate

August 12, 2019 by  

Last week, 19-year-old yeshivah student and Israel Defense Forces’ recruit Dvir Sorek was found stabbed to death near his village of Migdal Oz in Judea and Samaria. Read more

Solomon’s Secrets: meet Angie Fox and Amelia Frid

Angie Fox and co-writer Michelle Schwartz have written the latest Saltpillar Theatre Play “Solomon’s Secrets”, which will be performed at Melbourne’s Phoenix Theatre from August 10 to 25. A video interview. Read more

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