Looking back on a topsy-turvy year

IN so many ways, 5778, Israel’s 70th anniversary year, has been a cocktail of both negative and positive. It has been a ­topsy-turvy year for us in the international arena, a year of turmoil in the Middle East and a year of mixed relations with our closest neighbours. And yet when we examine the issues closely, we can look to the future with a cautious, yet palpable sense of hope and optimism that the positive will outweigh the negative and the future seems bright.

Like Mary, we can give the greatest gift of all

IT'S the greatest gift, it's in every breath you take, in each moment you wake – it's the gift of life. In these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we are especially attuned to the preciousness of this present; the fabulous bestowal of this trembling heart, this wondrous, fragile cargo called life. Our prayers are saturated with a longing for life: "Remember us for life", "Who will live, who will die?", the bracha to the one who has "given us life, sustained us and brought us to this time" (Shehecheyanu).

Rosh Hashanah greetings

BILL SHORTEN Leader of the Opposition On behalf of Federal Labor we extend our warmest wishes to Jewish communities in Australia and around the world on the occasion of Rosh

According to Ehud

Ehud Barak, Israel’s 10th prime minister, a former defence and foreign minister, and jointly the most decorated soldier in Israel’s history, is in Australia for JNF. He shares his views […]

What we want for our children

We are so fortunate in Australia to have a choice of excellent private Jewish Day Schools where Jewish education and secular education is privileged and put front and centre.

Recognising the threat of Comrade Corbyn

You would hardly know it in Australia, but for the last month Britain has been transfixed by the renewed row over Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's failure to address rampant anti-Jewish bigotry in his party.

A true leader

Jeremy Spinak has spent countless hours at meetings and functions representing our community, and has made a huge impact, but he has never sought the limelight.

Progress at Yeshivah?

Rabbi Telsner and Rabbi Groner must prioritise the welfare of Yeshivah and Chabad.

No justification for using the ‘N’ word

Politicians should know better about invoking these references and analogies given we have one of the largest Holocaust survivor communities anywhere in the world.

Hands up if you were born here

Just as the great transforming feature of Australian history since 1945 has been the immigration story, so it’s been for Australian Jewry.