An individual’s decision to not convert, or to convert through non-orthodox means, cannot assuage the challenges that their children will face when prejudiced by the mainstream, self identifying Jews. Our decisions today have consequences tomorrow. Accepting, rather than abrogating, responsibility for those choices is something that could be instilled by our parents … or perhaps by a strong and competent educational institution.
SINCE Moriah’s inception it has always been a Modern Orthodox school that accepts students based on the halachic ruling of the Sydney Beth Din. For decades, that standard was in
MARISE Payne is the new Foreign Minister of Australia; she will be an even blander version of Julie Bishop. Her first speech to the United Nations was an extremely cautious restatement of the Coalition's foreign policy in her first international platform. As The Australian newspaper editorialised, she lost an opportunity to give real meaning "to Australia's stance on global issues".
THE list goes on and on. The list of incidents involving Jeremy Corbyn that have aggrieved the British Jewish community.
"One thing is for sure, as long as that bomb shelter still has a purpose, that change we want to see in the world will sadly never come." Emily Gian shares her experience of visiting a bomb shelter on Kibbutz Erez, situated very close to the Gaza border.
WENT to Auschwitz today. When I told friends my plans I pondered the words I used. I couldn't say I was visiting Auschwitz, as you would a famous landmark and I certainly wasn't going to experience Auschwitz.
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.
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).
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.
Rabbi Telsner and Rabbi Groner must prioritise the welfare of Yeshivah and Chabad.