A disappointing end to 2019

December 12, 2019 by  

Well, the unthinkable has happened. Read more

Massaging Himmler: A Poetic Biography of Dr Felix Kersten by Anne M Carson…reviewed by Geoffrey Zygier

December 12, 2019 by  

In the first two decades following World War Two, it was rare for Holocaust survivors to publicise their experiences – and of course, their persecutors had every reason to keep their mouths firmly closed. Read more

What Will Become of Us

December 12, 2019 by  

The documentary What Will Become of Us featuring Sir Frank Lowy goes on general release in Melbourne and Sydney today. Read more

Zionism: The Concise History – a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

December 10, 2019 by  

Zionism is one of those issues no two Jews can agree on although they can generally agree on what it is not. Read more

Feintooner

December 10, 2019 by  

This week’s cartoon: Olé Read more

Trump, Netanyahu and Gantz can end in 2020 what began in 1920

December 10, 2019 by  

Designating the territory for reconstitution of the Jewish National Home in Palestine – begun with the San Remo Convention and Treaty of Sevres in April and August 1920 respectively – could finally be completed 100 years later in 2020. Read more

Macron’s unsettling words: ‘Until our dead can sleep in peace’

December 9, 2019 by  

One of the criticisms levelled at the numerous Holocaust memorials dotted around Europe is their alleged tendency to, as an American Jewish leader memorably put it to me, “encourage Europeans to commemorate dead Jews, and ignore what’s happening to the living Jews.” Read more

Q. Does Jewish law allow a malpractice action against a doctor?

December 9, 2019 by  

Ask the rabbi… Read more

On the other hand

December 8, 2019 by  

It is just as well that our innovators, scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs keep Israel in the forefront of international achievements. Read more

Meet Michael Schudrich: Rabbi to Poland’s Jews, the living and the dead

December 8, 2019 by  

The phone rings in Michael Schudrich’s study. The young man on the other end sounds upset. His grandmother died, and he needs the rabbi’s help. Read more

Capitalism

December 6, 2019 by  

The popular narrative of the moment is that Capitalism has failed. Read more

 Is it good for the Jews?

December 6, 2019 by  

Thursday 12 December 2019 is crunch day for United Kingdom Jews. Whatever the results of the elections, on Friday 13th, the fallout and aftermath will not be good news. Read more

Could a future US administration undo Trump’s new policy on Israeli settlements?

December 5, 2019 by  

The announcement last month by U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo that Israeli settlements are not illegal was either warmly welcomed or hotly rejected, depending on how you interpret international law. Read more

While Iran shoots protesters, Europe schemes to enrich the murderers

The news out of Iran should shock the conscience of the world. As The New York Times reported in a front-page article published on Monday, when Iranians tried to protest their government’s arbitrary decision to drastically raise gasoline prices, the regime responded with unprecedented force. Read more

A briefish Mahler fest: Music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

December 5, 2019 by  

If you love Mahler, this was a concert for you. Read more

Why Netanyahu is not planning to resign

December 4, 2019 by  

While Israel’s government remains in a period of unprecedented paralysis, embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains entrenched in his position, despite being handed a series of criminal indictments that have been followed by calls from political opponents as well as longtime supporters for him to step aside and allow someone else to take over, either from the opposition or from his own ruling Likud Party. Read more

Trump ends Arab preoccupation with occupation in Judea and Samaria

December 4, 2019 by  

President Trump’s decision to recognise the right of Jews to live in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) ends a long-running Arab political campaign accompanied by murderous terrorist attacks to drive the Jews out under the Arab mantra – “End the Occupation”. Read more

Merited mistrust in Israel’s legal system

“Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (But who will guard the guardians themselves?)” — Juvenal, a Roman poet (circa 55 C.E.-circa 127 C.E.), Satire VI, line 347. Read more

A new kind of ambassador: The rise of Israel’s Shalva Band and Netta Barzilai

December 3, 2019 by  

As the Shalva Band and 2018 Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta Barzilai redefine what it means to be beautiful and successful, perhaps they are, at the same time, redefining what it means to be a “traditional” Israeli ambassador. Read more

New initiative seeks to remember the ‘forgotten’ Mideast Jewish refugees

December 3, 2019 by  

The nine young Iraqi Jewish men hanging in the center of Tahrir Square (also known as “Martyrs’ Square) in Cairo in January 1969 after being accused by the Ba’athist regime of espionage were the subject of great interest that day, as hundreds of thousands of Iraqis came to view their corpses—not only causing a terrific traffic jam in Baghdad but also sowing deep fear throughout the millennia-old Jewish community there. Seven months later, three more Jews were executed. Read more

Ask the rabbi

December 2, 2019 by  

Q. Why are candles lit on the eve of Shabbat? Read more

‘We’re here to save lives,’ stress those associated with Israel’s ‘Rescuers Without Borders’

December 1, 2019 by  

It was the year 2000, at the beginning of the Second Intifada, and Arab terror attacks were being carried out against Israelis on a nearly daily basis throughout the country, and particularly on the roads in Judea and Samaria. Read more

Legalizing politics and politicizing the law

December 1, 2019 by  

One of the modern era’s most dangerous problems is the conflation of politics with law. Political questions are increasingly treated as legal ones, which inevitably results in the law becoming politicized. Last week provided two salient examples. Read more

Legal scholars debate whether Netanyahu can run for prime minister

December 1, 2019 by  

With little political movement and less than two weeks remaining for the Knesset to decide on a prime minister, Israel appears poised to head for an unprecedented third election within one year. Read more

On the other hand

December 1, 2019 by  

Another week and still no Government coalition has been formed. If ever there was a time to proclaim “enough already” it is now. Read more

Mrs Lowry & Son: Movie tickets give away

November 29, 2019 by  

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George Eliot & Judaism

November 29, 2019 by  

George Eliot (whose real name was Mary Ann Evans) has always been one of my favourite English novelists. She combined command of the language with a gift for a great story and an acute observation of the inequalities, and social hypocrisies of her age. Read more

At the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference

November 29, 2019 by  

Many foreign diplomats accredited to Israel together with media representatives gathered last week at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem for the JP diplomatic conference…Michael Kuttner attended for J-Wire. Read more

Best left unsaid

November 29, 2019 by  

Quote: “words empty as the wind are best left unsaid.” (Homer) Read more

What those 107 Democrats got wrong

November 28, 2019 by  

The letter from 107 Democratic members of Congress declaring that Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and much of Jerusalem, are illegal is wrong on so many levels that I wonder if even most of the signatories themselves understand the implications of what they signed. Read more

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