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AFL Grand Final vs Yom Kippur

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In The Orthodox Jewish Guide to Following Australian Rules Football, David reflects on the history of Orthodox Jews’ efforts to follow the local sport that is played on Saturday/Sabbath. With the finals coinciding with the High Holydays in September each year, and this year the grand final taking place on Yom Kippur itself, the intensity is raised a notch or two. [Times of Israel and J-Wire] The follow-up article One Day, Two Grand Finals compares the…

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5775 – Annus Horribilis

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To say it’s been a difficult year for our community would be a gross understatement. The Royal Commission case study exposed us to the world, warts and all. The evidence from victims and their family members confronted us with their pain and suffering. The fallout has ripped our community apart, and opened up the deep rifts that lay festering beneath the surface for years. As we stand at the end of the Jewish year, we can look…

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After the Royal Commission

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Following the Royal Commission hearing into the Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne, David Werdiger has written several articles. With a lot of the focus on the Jewish law of “mesirah”, David points out that criticism of the AFP’s handling of the Bali Nine is actually the asserting the very same legal principle. “Knowing that a citizen would be subject to a legal system far more severe than our own, the AFP would not hand someone over to that jurisdiction”….

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Terrorism 2.0 vs Western Activism

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David Werdiger reflects on how terrorist attack in Sydney indicates a paradigm shift in the way radical Islam attacks the West. “The attacks that have been taking place in Israel recently, and quite possibly the one happening in Sydney now, are symptomatic of a major shift in the practice of terrorism … The proponents of terror have learnt and adapted their methods, and more importantly have taken a leaf out of Western culture’s book in their fight against us.” [J-Wire and Times…

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Har Nof shul attack

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Following the brutal attack against shul-goers in Har Nof, David Werdiger firstly reflects on the early morning minyan he attends and how we respond to the attacks. “The inciters call the brutal murder of innocents in a house of worship ‘heroic’ and say it is a ‘natural reaction to Zionist criminality’. What sort of culture rationalizes vicious murder as a ‘natural reaction’ to anything? The question we must ask ourselves is: what is our ‘natural reaction’…

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