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So many deadly sins, so little time

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Just when you thought that the Catholic Church was mired in the past and unable to keep up with modern times, here they come with an update to the famous Seven Deadly Sins. It’s hard to know why they suddenly decided to do this now; the initial sins were defined back in the sixth century. Perhaps they were inspired by the software industry? The initial release of the Seven Deadly Sins – let’s call them…

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Education is the Difference

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I am a student again. Recently, I decided to embark on a post-graduate degree. When considering my options, I attended an information evening at the university to hear about the course I was considering. When asked questions about the difference between this course and similar ones at other universities, the speaker responded with a message that still remains with me: “Whether you choose to do the course with us or elsewhere is your choice, but…

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There’s something about Adam

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After a stellar career as Australia’s premier all-rounder for some ten years, Adam Gilchrist has retired from all forms of international cricket (except the ones that pay far more than he has ever been paid to play cricket before). Yes, he was an great wicket-keeper, with over 400 Test dismissals. That said, standing behind the stumps with a pair of bright coloured gloves while Glen McGrath and Shane Warne were bowling meant that racking up…

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Wicked one, why do you strike your fellow man?

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It seems that open letters are all the rage in our community in recent weeks, so I have to put my hat in the ring. The debate regarding “Yechi” that has simmered in our shul for many years has recently risen to a fever pitch in recent months. Fortunately, Australia has been largely insulated from much of the ugly community fights that have emerged since Gimmel Tammuz. This is probably due to a combination of…

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Patriots “missed it by that much”

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Meatloaf sang that “two out of three ain’t bad“, so by extension, eighteen out of nineteen should also be not too bad, perhaps even good. But try telling that to a New England Patriots fan, and you may well get the s**t kicked out of you. Because on the edge of the famous perfect season, they were outplayed, indeed humiliated, by the underdog New York Giants, 17-14. The Giants’ defence reigned supreme, and all day…

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NFL Championship Games Review

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Wow! That would have to be the most exhilirating “Super Sunday” in years (even if it is Monday afternoon over here). I decided to watch the games live, and it was worth every minute! Good to see that the Chargers took my advice, and went after Brady. They penetrated the previously impervious Patriots offensive line on several occasions, and this pressure together with their excellent secondary led to three interceptions. This is the first time…

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NFL playoffs – Jacksonville get it all wrong

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I’m no expert in NFL records, but this must be the first time in a long time that half the games in the first two rounds (wildcard and divisional) have resulted in wins to the away team. It certainly makes for an exciting post season, despite the fact that the New England Patriots are still hanging over us all as the favourites. The big question is: can anyone beat them? and if so, how? Before…

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Having it both ways

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Talk about a slow news week! The cricket “scandal” involving Harbajan Singh‘s alleged racial comment to Andrew Symonds have captured the imagination of the Australian public, and the media. And it’s fair to say that said “imagination” has run wild! The story jumped from the sports page to the front page, and to the opinion page. For two days running, 4 of the 5 most read stories in The Age online were about this topic….

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Zev and Rochel Symons OBM

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Today, David knows nothing. Deep inside me, there is a numbness, and emptiness that I cannot escape. A fog of melancholy seems to surround me, as I struggle to deal with the sudden and tragic passing of Zev and Rochel Symons OBM, of Sydney. I knew Zev only as an acquaintance. I would see him at during his regular visits to Melbourne for the summer Yarchei Kallah program, or at Simchas in Sydney or in…

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Playing with words

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I awoke this morning to see a stunning headline on Yahoo – Hamas fires on Arafat rally. In the story, taken from Associated Press, a rally of some 250,000 Fatah supporters held in Gaza commemorating their leader Yasser Arafat, Hamas “security forces” opened fire on civilians. Wow, I thought. This is big news – almost an Tiananmen Square-like situation, and a perfect illustration of the brutal regime Hamas has installed in Gaza since taking over….

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