December 11, 2017 by  

This week’s cartoon: Hypocrisy Read more

Chanukah lights fulfil a double purpose

December 11, 2017 by  

Rabbi Raymond Apple explains…. Read more

Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival

December 11, 2017 by  

Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival’s first night of Chutzpah at Kadimah Hall saw a line up of comedic talent take to the stage with MC’s Justine Sless and Newton Gatoff introducing Josh Glanc, Marilyn Tofler, Jem Robin, Damien Vosk and Rebecca Harcourt who each had a shtick goin’ on… Read more

Religious Liberals: On the Way Down?…asks Bill Rubinstein

December 10, 2017 by  

A recent report in the Australian Jewish News (“Rabbis Urge Compassion,” 24 November) concerned  a meeting of the Council of Progressive Rabbis and the Council of Masorti Rabbis in Australia. Read more

In decades-long AMIA Jewish center affair, the truth will come out

December 10, 2017 by  

Like so many pins in a bowling alley, the treacherous former Argentine leaders who signed a secret pact exonerating Iran of its responsibility for the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires are, finally, collapsing under the rolling weight of judicial scrutiny…writes Ben Cohen/JNS.org. Read more

Leader of Israel’s Left slants right amid a changing political map

Avi Gabbay, a leader of Israel’s political left and presumably one of the top challengers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a future election, has surprised the Israeli public with what many consider right-wing rhetoric…writes Ariel Ben Solomon/JNS.org. Read more

Media falsely discredit Trump as he confronts UN on Jerusalem

December 10, 2017 by  

The media has discredited President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – falsely claiming the President has reversed nearly seven decades of American foreign policy…writes David Singer. Read more

Analysing Jerusalem

December 10, 2017 by  

President Trump’s declaration and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is undeniably a major symbolic milestone and one that is to be welcomed and applauded…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

Violence should not determine policy…writes Alan Dershowitz

December 10, 2017 by  

Many who are opposed to President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital point to the call for violence by Hamas and the scattered violence on the West Bank as evidence that Trump was wrong. Read more

On the other hand…writes Michael Kuttner

December 9, 2017 by  

The Festival of Chanukah is approaching and for those of us privileged to live in or near Jerusalem the miracle of this joyous occasion is evident everywhere we look. Read more

Meet Gidi Grinstein and Tikkun Olam Makers

December 8, 2017 by  

Gidi Grinstein, Reut Group Founder, talks TOM with Henry Greener in the Shtick Studio. Visiting TOM Melbourne at Swinburne University last week, Gidi saw first hand the way TOM Makers work with Need Knowers to design and create innovative, practical ways to solve problems that in a commercial world would be utterly impossible. Read more

Jerusalem controversy nothing new

December 8, 2017 by  

Donald Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was, in itself, nothing new, nor should it be controversial. Read more

Shameful…writes Michael Kuttner

December 8, 2017 by  

On 31 October at Beersheba I listened to endless platitudes, mutual back slapping and great sounding sentiments from the Prime Ministers of Australia and Israel and the Governor General of New Zealand. Read more

Why Trump is right in recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital…writes Alan Dershowitz

December 7, 2017 by  

President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a perfect response to President Obama’s benighted decision to change American policy by engineering the United Nations Security Council Resolution declaring Judaism’s holiest places in Jerusalem to be occupied territory and a “flagrant violation under international law.” Read more

Why did Flynn lie and why did Mueller charge him with lying?

December 6, 2017 by  

The charge to which retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty may tell us a great deal about the Robert Mueller investigation…writes Alan Dershowitz. Read more

American Jews: Look in the mirror…writes Isi Leibler

December 5, 2017 by  

There are some unpleasant facts and bitter truths about a large component of Diaspora Jews that are being swept under the carpet. Read more

AJA calls for protection of conscientious and religious freedom

December 5, 2017 by  

In the recent postal plebiscite on Same Sex Marriage (SSM) the Australian Jewish Association did not enter the debate on behalf of either the “YES” or the “NO” campaign. Read more

Why does Europe support Breaking the Silence’s radical anti-Israel agenda?

December 5, 2017 by  

Last week, the Israeli State Attorney’s office closed its investigation into Breaking the Silence’s (BtS) spokesperson…writes Daniel Laufer/JNS.org. Read more

Celebrating Cultural Diversity

December 5, 2017 by  

When NSW Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams launched the website Remove Hate from the Debate recently, he hoped that it would help young people take positive action when confronted with hateful comments online.

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December 5, 2017 by  

Drawing a red line in the sand…this week’s cartoon. Read more

UN attacks Israel again, this time Australia abstains! 

December 4, 2017 by  

As part of six anti-Israel resolutions it approved on 30 November, the United Nations General Assembly recently voted overwhelmingly to disavow Israeli ties to Jerusalem. The vote was 151 in favour and six against, with nine abstentions (including Australia). Read more

Trump should adopt Bush strategy to encourage Israel to negotiate

December 4, 2017 by  

President Bush’s strategy to secure Israel’s agreement to negotiate under the Bush Roadmap should be given serious consideration by President Trump as he puts together his eagerly anticipated “ultimate deal” to end the Arab-Jewish conflict…writes David Singer. Read more

Lucky: a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

December 4, 2017 by  

The last film yet released starring the late, prolific Harry Dean Stanton, this is one for the fans, and fans alone. Read more

A Chanukah alphabet

December 4, 2017 by  

Rabbi Raymond Apple goes through his A-U on Chanukah. Read more

On the other hand…writes Michael Kuttner

December 2, 2017 by  

It’s not always possible in the short space of seventy years to witness miraculous events as they occur. Those of us who were lucky enough to be alive in 1947 and are living today in Israel can testify to the fact that miracles do indeed happen. Read more

What a difference 70 years make

December 1, 2017 by  

29 November 1947 will live in history as a day of destiny for the Jewish People…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

Let’s stop this distortion of Australian Jewish history

November 30, 2017 by  

In his Kol Nidrei 5778 sermon, a Melbourne rabbi claimed that Yorta Yorta elder William Cooper’s was “the only known private protest anywhere in the world against the Nazi regime following Kristallnacht”…writes Hilary Rubinstein. Read more

Anniversary season…writes Ron Weiser

November 30, 2017 by  

The anniversaries continue. And more than a few involve Australia, and in a significant way. Read more

A big night with the three Bees…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

November 30, 2017 by  

I have a feeling that the SSO wanted its APT Master Series to finish the year on a high when it nudged its budget with a big orchestra, solo singers, a male chorus (on loan from the Australian Opera) and powered up the organ. Read more

Hezbollah continues ‘absolute dominance’ of Lebanon amid domestic political crisis

The Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, which makes up part of Lebanon’s government and has a strong military force that threatens neighboring Israel, is seemingly unaffected by the status of embattled Prime Minister Saad Hariri…writes Ariel Ben Solomon/JNS.org. Read more

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