Tsujii set the feet stamping…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

May 23, 2017 by  

Japanese pianist, Nobuyuki Tsujii, sent the usually reserved Sydney Recital Hall audience into rapturous applause last night, and it wasn’t because he has been able to totally conquer the restrictions of blindness from birth. Read more

Trump crisis shouldn’t mask new opportunities for Middle East peace

By any standards, it was an extraordinary week for U.S.-Israel relations—and that was before President Donald Trump even arrived in Israel for his official visit…writes Ben Cohen/JNS.org. Read more

Can Trump’s outside-in formula work? …asks Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS.org

Much of the attention being given to President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East has focused on whether his first foreign trip will provide much of a distraction from his growing domestic troubles. But the real substance centres on his plan to solve a problem that has eluded all of his predecessors: the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Read more

A breakthrough in the cause of delirium

May 21, 2017 by  

A world-first study lead by Associate Professor Gideon Caplan at  Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital has identified a breakthrough in the cause of delirium. Read more

Learning by choice…writes Rabbi Michoel Gourarie

Yesterday I came across a podcast in which Alan Jones (a Sydney radio host) discusses the value of daily homework, with a school principal. Read more

Will common sense finally Trump endemic bias?

May 19, 2017 by  

We are currently in the throes of a frenetic frenzy in advance of the visit of Donald Trump to Israel…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

From matzo balls to footballs

May 18, 2017 by  

Yvette Wroby has written a love story about family and footy, a story which involves both matzo balls and footballs. Read more

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 18, 2017 by  

Shlemazel* is the best Yiddish word to describe Norman.

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Israel’s First World Problems: On Aerosmith and security prisoners 

May 18, 2017 by  

Israel’s much touted economic miracle, given official sanction when the country joined the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2010, has brought with it a slew of first world injuries…writes Gidon Ben-Zvi. Read more

The Battle for Jerusalem

May 18, 2017 by  

Five days before the Six Day War broke out in June 1967, Abraham Rabinovich arrived in Jerusalem as an American reporter. Read more

Trump must honour Bush-Congress deal with Israel…writes David Singer

May 18, 2017 by  

President Trump’s historic visit to Israel on 22 May presents the perfect opportunity for him to deliver on the promises he made to Israel during last year’s Presidential election campaign. Read more

In Jerusalem, now reunified for 50 years, ‘conflict is not a bug, it is a feature’

For Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat—who has navigated numerous conflicts, while simultaneously supervising the rapid growth of residential neighbourhoods, commercial centres, parks and transportation infrastructure during nearly nine years in office—conflict is part of his city’s DNA…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Israel braces for its latest battlefront: the sea

Amid a quiet-yet-massive arms race between Israel and Hezbollah, both sides are preparing for the possibility of a war branching out to sea…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS.org Read more

The Sense of an Ending – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 16, 2017 by  

British actors can do grumpy old men really well, and the protagonist here is very good at it.

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The drumbeat against Jewish ritual in Europe sounds once more…writes Ben Cohen/JNS.org

May 16, 2017 by  

This past week, Jewish ritual observance has come under attack in both Belgium and Norway. While there is nothing suggesting the respective moves against shechita (kosher slaughter) in Belgium and brit milah (Jewish circumcision) in Norway were coordinated, both speak to an ingrained tendency in Europe that dismisses these core requirements for Jews as no more and no less than cruelty of a particularly Jewish sort. Read more

The foolish embassy expectations game

When President Donald Trump heads to the Middle East later this month, the world will be primarily watching closely to see if he makes any of his trademark gaffes that set off a cultural land mine in Saudi Arabia or Israel. But the more important question is whether he will use the trip to actually make policy…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS.org Read more


May 15, 2017 by  

This week cartoon: Relativity Read more

The (not-so-hungry) Hunger Strike…writes Emily Gian

May 15, 2017 by  

I took a gap year from University in the early days of the Second Intifada. At that time, sadly, there were terrorist attacks occurring in Israel, sometimes on a daily basis. In those days, there was one Palestinian terrorist whose name kept popping up again and again – Marwan Barghouti.  Read more

Lauder promoting Abbas as respectable moderate fraught with danger

May 14, 2017 by  

Last week, World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder released a series of statements confirming that he had encouraged U.S. President Donald Trump to recognise that peace between Israelis and Palestinians was now attainable. He also stressed that he considers PA President Mahmoud Abbas to be a moderate committed to peace…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

Don’t Tell – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 14, 2017 by  

Paedophilia may not sound like the subject for a night out at the movies, but director Tori Garrett has created a compelling Australian tale of lost innocence.

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New Bar-Ilan University study reveals crucial role for partners of depressed mothers

May 12, 2017 by  

Maternal depression negatively impacts children’s emotional and cognitive development and family life. Read more

A private art museum in Melbourne

Leah Justin talks with Henry Greener about Justin Art House Museum, the unique gallery in Melbourne she shares with her architect husband Charles Justin…a video report. Read more

An honest enemy is better than a false friend

May 12, 2017 by  

Since Biblical times the Jewish People has experienced endlessly the validity of this admonition…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

Art of the Deal: Is Trump’s Bestseller the Secret to Peace in the Middle East?

May 11, 2017 by  

Two state solution advocates recently received a boost when US President Donald Trump hosted Palestinian Authority (P.A.) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the White House…writes Gidon Ben-Zvi.

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United Nations web of deceit snares International Court of Justice

May 10, 2017 by  

The United Nations publication “The Origins and Evolution of the Palestine Problem 1917-1988” (“Study”) has falsely misrepresented that the Mandate for Palestine was a class A Mandate – deceiving the International Court of Justice and many other reputable sources…writes David Singer. Read more

Nine challenges confronting Israel…writes Isi Leibler

May 9, 2017 by  

Not since the creation of the state has Israel found itself in such an advantageous position. Read more

Hubris and the ‘new’ Hamas…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS.org

President Donald Trump’s optimism about Middle East peace might be justified. Perhaps Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s pledge that he will be a “true partner” to Trump in the search for a solution to the conflict with Israel is genuine. Maybe the president’s negotiating skills, and his lack of interest in the details or loyalty to formulas like the two-state solution, will provide what is needed to achieve progress.  Read more

French election winner Macron again rules out Palestinian statehood recognition

As French citizens voted Sunday, their eventual president-elect reiterated previous statements ruling out unilateral French recognition of Palestinian statehood and committing to support for a two-state solution. Read more

Whiteley – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 8, 2017 by  

“Somewhere between struggle and rage there’s IT” said Brett Whiteley in this documentary charting his life, work and death.

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Dunera Boy still working in steel…at 101

May 8, 2017 by  

Former Dunera Boy, abstract sculptor Erwin Fabian, continues to work his magic with steel.  Seven of his large metal sculptures have been unveiled at an exhibition in Sydney.  Read more

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