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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 [...]

Mar
15
2010

Homosexuality, Judaism, and Hypocrisy – by Rabbi Yaron Gottlieb

Gay.
This is a word that seems to unite religious people of all backgrounds around the world.
It also drives a knee jerk reaction, causing them to panic, babble incoherently, or simply pretend the word doesn’t exist.
I’ve been asked to explain the Orthodox Jewish response to homosexuality, and while I’m not going to panic or babble, I [...]

Mar
14
2010

In the Absence of Loving Kindness – by Malki Rose

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series In the Absence of Loving Kindness

by Malki Rose
Rabbi Groner (the late head of the Chabad Movement of Judaism in Australia) was a great man.  I did not agree with many of his views; indeed, I’d argued with him about a number of theoretical and practical matters.
But I had enormous respect for him because he was, above all things, a father [...]

Mar
13
2010

J-Wire and The Sensible Jew are Now Working Together.

J-Wire and The Sensible Jew are now working together.
Whenever you feel like a news update, click on the “Breaking News at J-Wire” link at the very top of this website (towards the right-hand side).
J-Wire is completely impartial and reports on events without editorial.
Op-Eds on the news J-Wire reports can be found here, at The Sensible [...]

Mar
11
2010

Ayeka, Owning the Religion, The New Week, And Shabbat Shalom

Not being inclined towards religious learning – or indeed religious observance – I’d never imagined voluntarily sitting through a lecture on Job and Maimonides (a central religious commentator from the 12th century). If anything, I’d actively kept myself ignorant – almost as a statement of identity. The youth movement I attended as a kid, Hashy [...]