Minister of Religious Affairs meets with women Torah scholars including women rabbis

August 31, 2021 by  
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Israel’s Minister of Religious Affairs, Matan Kahana and MK Nir Orbach met over the weekend with the directors and heads of halachic (Jewish law) programs for women. Read more

Shabbat Ki Tavo

August 26, 2021 by  
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Why do we do things in life? Is it to get some kind of reward? Read more

Is there a Jewish view to surrogate motherhood?

August 16, 2021 by  
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Why to Jewish men cover their heads?

August 2, 2021 by  
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Why some Jews leave a bare section on a wall on purpose?

July 26, 2021 by  
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Get follies

July 16, 2021 by  
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We often witness the insensitivity and negativity of rabbis who seem unaware of the damage they can do when they claim to be upholding Jewish Law. Read more

Why does a bride wear a veil at her wedding?

July 5, 2021 by  
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Is God dead?

June 28, 2021 by  
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Thought for the week

June 25, 2021 by  
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On Sunday is the fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz. It is a minor fast that lasts from dawn to dusk and ushers in a period of mourning that leads up to the 9th of Av when we commemorate the loss of two Temples. Read more

Philip Roth

June 4, 2021 by  
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Philip Roth (1933-2018) was one of the most successful American novelists. Read more

Is it permitted for women to wear tallit and tefillin?

April 6, 2021 by  
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Do you know before whom you stand?

March 1, 2021 by  
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Purim or Poor Them

February 19, 2021 by  
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Purim is the happiest and craziest day in the Jewish calendar and the only festival that celebrates an event in the Diaspora. But is it really? Read more

Free Judaism classes now permanent for potential converts

February 7, 2021 by  
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Two years ago St Kilda Shule launched an ambitious project to provide free Judaism classes to people wishing to convert to Judaism. Read more

Where does “upon my heart” originate

February 1, 2021 by  
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Chanukah thoughts

December 14, 2020 by  
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Rabbi Raymond Apple shares some Chanukah thoughts. Read more

How did the Ten Lost Tribes come to be lost?

November 30, 2020 by  
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Abraham’s children

November 6, 2020 by  
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Anyone familiar with the art of Cathedrals and Churches in Europe will know that someone called Melchizedek figures prominently. Who was he? Read more

How do I get over guilt?

November 2, 2020 by  
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Why isn’t life fair?

October 19, 2020 by  
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How our Succas taught an amazing COVID lesson

October 15, 2020 by  
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On Rosh HaShanah, we re-affirmed our belief in an omnipotent G-D.  On Yom Kippur we cried out to Him to renew our relationship.   Read more

Finding Love

August 7, 2020 by  
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Did you know that there is an ancient tradition that on two days in the year, unmarried girls used to go out dancing in the vineyards around Jerusalem in order to find a marriage partner? Read more

Advice for NSW rabbis

June 30, 2020 by  
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Members of the Rabbinical Council of NSW participated in a zoom meeting with Rav Osher Weiss, one of the world’s leading rabbis.

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Yeshayahu Leibowitz

May 1, 2020 by  
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My nephew Dov, a philosopher, scholar and rabbi of YAKAR Jerusalem, sent me a brilliant essay he recently published entitled “ On Social Distancing and deontology.” Read more

Does Judaism believe in turning the other cheek?

April 27, 2020 by  
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Eating an idol

March 13, 2020 by  
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Eating plays a very important part in Jewish rituals, every day of the year. Read more

Sin? Not such a big deal

October 18, 2019 by  
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Next week we will restart the annual Torah reading cycle and that always reminds me of Sin! Adam and Eve and all that. Read more

Why do bad things happen

October 4, 2019 by  
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For thousands of years, we have been asking why God lets bad things happen to good people and good things happen to very bad ones. Read more

The Seventeenth of Tammuz

July 19, 2019 by  
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Five really bad things happened to the Jewish people on the Seventeenth of Tammuz. Which is why we fast from dawn to dusk. This year the seventeenth is on Shabbat, but we fast on Sunday. Shabbat is reserved for happy days. Read more

Medieval Jewish ritual bath beneath a church in Sicily

June 18, 2019 by  
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Israeli scholars have announced the discovery of a Hebrew inscription on the wall of a medieval Jewish ritual bath located deep underground beneath the Church of St. Philip the Apostle in Syracuse, Sicily. Read more

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