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March 2010

Mar
31
2010

Turf Wars, Tradition, and Innovation: The Case of the Soft Matzah – By Rabbi Yaron Gottlieb

Turf Wars, Tradition, and Innovation: The Case of the Soft Matzah
The recent entrance of a soft Matza into Melbourne’s kosher-for-Passover marketplace has brought the sort of furious controversy that seems to follow almost any religious innovation or attempt at doing something outside the “authorised leadership” in the Jewish community.
Matzah, for the uninitiated, is the “bread” [...]

Mar
28
2010

Chag Sameach – Wishing everyone well during the Passover period

Hi everyone. As mentioned in earlier posts, the Pessach (Passover) festival begins tonight and lasts for eight days. The next post will be up on Thursday.

Mar
27
2010

And on the 8th Day they Created Gebrokts: Passover Ironies – by Malki Rose

Alex’s Note: For those unfamiliar with the intricacies of the Jewish festival of Passsover (known in Hebrew as, Pessach), it is more than a simple commemoration of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and liberation from slavery. The celebration lasts eight days, with the first two nights devoted to elaborate, ritualised dinners. Even devoutly irreligious Jews [...]

Mar
24
2010

Chutzpah and The Petulant Zionists

For our non-Jewish readers: the past week has been the lead up to the eight-day Passover festival.
It’s a time of frantic and compulsive cleaning and bizarre shopping practices in preparation for eating far too much. A post about the nature of this festival is coming in the next couple of days.
What this means for the [...]

Mar
22
2010

The Rabbi Elon Sex Abuse Scandal: The Personal,The Political & The Dangers of Charisma

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series The Rav Elon Scandal

Over the past week a number of people (off-line, of course) have praised my “courage” in writing about homosexuality and Judaism. They all assumed it must have been a very difficult post to write.
In reality, little courage was required for that. It’s actually the subject matter of this post that makes my heart heavy with [...]

Mar
21
2010

Coming Up – The Rabbi Elon Sex Scandal: The Personal and The Political

Rabbi Motti Elon was once Israel’s great hope for bridging the highly charged secular/religious divide.
A man of enormous charisma and limitless reserves of energy, he was Orthodoxy’s most powerful advocate among Israel’s irreligious.
He was also the head of a key yeshiva (seminary), from which have now emerged allegations of his “sexual misconduct.”
The case is steeped [...]

Mar
21
2010

In the Absence of Loving Kindness 2: Between Man and God – by Malki Rose

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series In the Absence of Loving Kindness

By Malki Rose
Over the last few days since my piece “In the Absence of Loving Kindness,” I’ve received a great number of emails from many different people, from all sectors of the community. Some disagreed intensely with my account, suggesting that what the messianists did was so clearly outside of what is permissible in Jewish [...]

Mar
18
2010

Drama and Diversity in The Jewish Australian Blogosphere, and Shabbat Shalom

On Wednesday, I went for my regular dose of the YourJC blog and found that it had been suspended due to a breach of the Wordpress terms of service…. I had no idea what that meant, or what indeed those young  live-wires might have done in the few hours since I last visited.
All I knew [...]

Mar
17
2010

The Rabbi at the AC/DC Concert by Rabbi Yaron Gottlieb

by Rabbi Yaron Gottlieb
When I recently attended one of the AC/DC concerts in Melbourne, I  would never have guessed that an event featuring a middle aged man in a school uniform could illuminate some of life’s mysteries.
But during some of the songs and while singer, Brian Johnson, was delivering his barely intelligible patter between sets, [...]

Mar
16
2010

Tip-offs, Surprises, and the Play that Won’t Die

Two Fridays ago, I received an email – almost by accident.
A non-Jewish woman, thinking I was a member of the left-wing Australian Jewish Democratic Society, contacted me to ask for assistance.
The nature of this blog is that for every comment written by a reader, tens of private emails come my way. A number of these [...]