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Alex Fein

who has written 140 posts for The Sensible Jew.

May
20
2010

Sharia Law, Halacha, Parliament, and a Supermarket Near You

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Kosher Scandal

Hi all.
Due to offline work commitments, Yaron and I have been scarce around here, but an extremely serious matter has brought us out of hibernation.
It even prompted Yaron to write to his Federal Member of Parliament, Kelly O’Dwyer. Below is an edited version of that letter:
“As a member of the Jewish community, it was [...]

Apr
9
2010

Shabbat Shalom and a Brilliant post at YourJC

The blog, YourJC, has a post that provides one of the smartest arguments for the urgent need for diversification  of Jewish religious life in this country. Highly recommended.
Yaron and I will be back next week. Till then, we wish you Shabbat Shalom and a wonderful weekend.

Apr
6
2010

Riots, Religiosity, and The Broken Bridge

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series The Rav Elon Scandal

Riots, Religiosity, and The Broken Bridge
My Israeli family had an unusual gift: they could always find a riot to stumble upon accidentally.
Back in 1994, when I was young and studying in Israel, my uncle and aunty* loved nothing more than to drive me back to Jerusalem after Shabbat (the Sabbath). They lived close to Tel [...]

Apr
3
2010

After Pessach: The Israeli Secular/Religious Divide After the Rabbi Elon Scandal

We hope everyone has had an enjoyable long weekend and that our observant Jewish readers are surviving the dietary rigours of Pessach.
The next post will be up on Wednesday.
I will respond to themes touched on by Yaron in his post on the Rabbi Elon sex scandal. My post will  explore the secular/religious divide from a [...]

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
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 [...]