Kaddish.com: book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

November 8, 2019 by  

The publisher introduces the novel by “Larry is the secular son in a family of Orthodox Brooklyn Jews. Read more

The Other Story: screening at the Jewish International Film Festival

October 30, 2019 by  

The Other Story is an Israeli movie from director and co-writer Avi Nesher. It is a fascinating movie that juxtaposes relationships in the religious orthodox community, against secular relationships in modern-day Israel. Read more

The beauty of sadness: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

October 24, 2019 by  

While concert programs are usually eclectic, so that everybody gets at least something they like, last night’s SSO offering in the Masters Series was unashamedly emotional from start to finish. And I, for one, loved it, not just for the program but the quality of the performance. Read more

Never Again-Austen Tayshus

October 8, 2019 by  

Like so many I saw a number of Austen Tayshus shows in the 80’s in Pubs and clubs where you would leave drenched in sweat and feeling like you had just done nine rounds of cage wrestling with Andre the Giant and a Grizzly bear. The latest offering by Austen Tayshus at the Bondi Pavillion still leaves you battered and bruised but dying for more. Read more

Working Woman: a movie review by Toni Susskind

September 25, 2019 by  

Written by Michal Aviad, Working Women is a powerful movie that highlights gender exploitation, by turning the spotlight on sexual harassment in the office. Read more

Something completely different: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

September 3, 2019 by  

Although Geoffrey Lancaster is a world-renowned performer on the fortepiano, it was risky to devote one of the four piano series recitals to a period instrument. Read more

Music from beneath the Bolshevik boot: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 29, 2019 by  

Last night’s Masters Series concert was not for faint-hearted orchestral players, conductors or an audience that wanted orderly, familiar music. 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

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

Kirill Gerstein’s journey through genres: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 6, 2019 by  

Visiting 40-year-old Russian-American pianist, Kirill Gerstein, is at the top of his game. Read more

Whiteley: a stunning triumph for Opera Australia

July 17, 2019 by  

Victor Grynberg reviews the premiere of a new Australian opera recounting the life of the iconic artist Brett Whiteley… Read more

“The Collaborator” by Diane Armstrong: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

July 11, 2019 by  

In The Collaborator, her first book in almost a decade, noted Australian writer Diane Armstrong weaves together two interconnected tales. One is her interpretation of a true story, a reworking of an extremely controversial and still unresolved episode from the Holocaust. Read more

“God Versus Gods: Judaism In The Age Of Idolatry”: a book review by Rabbi Raymond Apple

July 11, 2019 by  

The Bible is punctuated by the tussle between the Almighty and the false gods. Read more

Da-da-da-darr plus rarities: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

July 4, 2019 by  

Beethoven’s fifth symphony, a Verdi overture and a Prokofiev violin concerto made a perfectly balanced program for the Masters Series SSO concert last night. And that was before the bonus attractions of a female Chinese conductor and a celebrated Russian/Israeli violinist. Read more

La Traviata on the harbour

July 3, 2019 by  

Opera Australia has announced that Verdi’s much loved work La Traviata will return to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour stage in 2020. Read more

Diplomacy: a theatre review by Hila Tsor

July 3, 2019 by  

After its first sold-out session the political thriller, ’Diplomacy’, is back for an encore at Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre. Read more

An Unexpected Love – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

July 2, 2019 by  

It seems that folks in Argentina have a fairly relaxed outlook on life. It certainly appears so in this charming romantic comedy from director/writer Juan Vera.

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Move over Franz, Lang Lang is in the building: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

You know it’s a Sydney Opera House gala celebrity event when the concerto is played last. Read more

Madama Butterfly reaches new heights: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

June 30, 2019 by  

When Opera Australia premiered their new era digital sets last year with the production of AIDA not everybody was as enthusiastic as this critic. Read more

Australian World Orchestra back together

June 28, 2019 by  

Following last year’s sensational response to the concerts led by Maestro Riccardo Muti, the AUSTRALIAN WORLD ORCHESTRA (AWO) is returning with an eclectic and bravura program for this July, and to present the newly formed AWO SIX, an elite ensemble of AWO all-stars. Read more

PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic

June 26, 2019 by  

A theatre review by Hila Tsor. 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

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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An evening with The Scott Van Gemert’s Big Band: a music review by Ron Jontof-Hutter

June 7, 2019 by  

I attended a concert given at Melbourne’s Paris Cat Jazz Club given by Scott van Gemert and his 17-piece jazz big band this week. Read more

Red Joan – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 28, 2019 by  

Even though she has played everything from a spymaster to a queen, it’s hard to believe that Judi Dench can so expertly portray an ordinary elderly woman. But her character proves to be far more complex than she at first appears.

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Claytons Brahms and genuine Chopin: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

Two composers who borrowed from Brahms flanked the real-deal Chopin in the SSO’s Masters Series concert last night at the Sydney Opera House. Read more

The Relational Judaism Handbook: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

May 12, 2019 by  

A couple of years ago Ron Wolfson, a professor at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles published Relational Judaism (Jewish Lights, 2013). Read more

Pokemon Detective Pikachu – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 9, 2019 by  

I quite like a fantasy adventure and know little about the craze for Pokemon that engulfed the world a few years back. It is a plus because I came to it with fresh eyes. It’s a minus because I didn’t like this offering very much.

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Poms – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 9, 2019 by  

Poms is in the tradition of The Fully Monty whereby a disparate bunch of people come together to reach a specific goal. The ladies here, and they are for the most part ladies, do keep their gear on but get to shake their tushies and strut their stuff, eventually.

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