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Deconstructing the Left

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I might have finally understood the Left. These days, the stance of the Left is best explained by one of my favourite jokes – the social worker joke: Two social workers are walking down the street late at night. As they turn a corner, they see a man lying in the gutter. He is bruised and bleeding, his clothes torn, and moaning with pain; clearly he has been attacked. He sees the two people and…

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How far to Sydney?

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The strangest thing happened the other day. I was booking a Qantas flight (from Melbourne) to Sydney, and I noticed that the arrival times had all changed. The flights leave every half hour, and the last time I booked one, the duration was 1:20. So the 5pm flight would arrive at 6:20pm. However, now, that same flight is scheduled to arrive at 6:25pm. I quickly went to Google Maps and checked: had Sydney moved 5…

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Daniel Pollak chose life

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I’ve buried relatives and friends – some old, and some not old enough. For the first time, I have buried a student. The grief of his sudden passing comes over me in waves, and is like nothing I have experienced before. They carry a pain that rises to the surface in tears that feel like an outpouring from the depths of my soul. Perhaps this is a result of the special bond between teacher and…

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Aren’t all Jews Messianic?

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The recent media and fuss surrounding so-called Messianic Jews really has me troubled. The concept of Messiah has been central to Judaism for thousands of years. The daily prayers are full of references to the current exile and subsequent redemption through the Messiah (in particular as the restoration of the Davidic kingdom). The State of Israel is described as “the beginning of the sprouting of our redemption”. The last of the thirteen principles of faith,…

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Free Richo

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It should go down as ‘AFL coaching move of the year’. Richmond coach Terry Wallace‘s decision to shift Matthew Richardson away from his traditional role at full forward earlier this season was a stroke of brilliance, on so many fronts. During his time at full forward, Richo kicked goals at a rate of nearly 3 per game, and with an accuracy ratio over his career of nearly 60%, statistics which put him at the top…

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Got Jewish Education?

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Recently, I attended a philanthropic forum to discuss the issue of funding for Jewish education. In a most informative and stimulating day, we heard several different views on the topic from diverse perspectives, which included the day school system, UJEB, tertiary options under development (see here), and the Jewish education provided to students by AUJS. Our city of Melbourne is blessed with a day school system that rivals any in the world in terms of…

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Fraser loses his balance

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It’s an interesting life, being the former leader of your country. If you are blessed with a natural charisma, like Bill Clinton, you can quickly switch to the lecture circuit, and earn six figures for each appearance. Then, you can just as quickly spend this money helping your unelectable wife fight for the Democratic party nomination against the only other unelectable candidate. In the meantime, John McCain sits back and watches, gleefully picking furniture for…

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Muzzling the real story

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Does Ed O’Loughlin have way too much time on his hands or what? Wasn’t he supposed to have left his post in the Middle East and gone somewhere else where he could report on genuine issues of global importance? Maybe he should spend some quality time in Darfur, where people keep getting murdered while the world looks on (and journalists have no opportunity to speak out)? His latest piece scrapes the barrel of journalistic integrity,…

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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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