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Who Wants to be a Leader?

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As the restructure process at Yeshivah Centre inches forward, and we draw closer to elections, the big question is: who will nominate to hold board positions on the new legal entities that will operate the school, shule, and other business units of the Centre? Three new legal entities will require over twenty people to put their hands up. There are a few challenges in taking the leap from where we are now to where we need to be. 1. Despite…

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Safeguarding the Chabad Ethos

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As the reform process at the Yeshivah Centre continues, the term “safeguarding the Chabad ethos” has been bandied about quite a lot. But what does it mean? Some people have  blamed the “Chabad ethos” for the misdeeds of the past, particularly in the context of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, but this is more often than not a misdirection which shows an anti-Chabad bias. Yet at the same time, I get…

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After the Royal Commission – Stepping Back from the Precipice

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The Jewish community is reeling after the recent case study as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. From the perspective of an ‘insider’ who personally knows almost all of the people involved, it’s especially painful. I am related to victims, to people accused of abuse, and to people in senior positions in the community. That’s the way things work in close-knit communities: there are many overlapping and complex inter-relationships,…

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Case Study: Oligarch Enterprises

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This is written in the style of a Harvard case study. It is an allegory; imagine a real company in this situation and facing similar challenges. The questions at the end are a guide to what the issues are and the process to deal with them. Suggested answers are most welcome. “They did what?!” exclaimed William, Chairman of Oligarch Enterprises, at one of the regular informal gatherings of the “mini-board”. The recovery of the supermarket division was progressing…

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Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

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After reading the responses to Rabbi Kennard’s original article (AJN, 31/1/2014), I felt he was deeply misunderstood. He pointed out the disproportionate number of Chabad Rabbis in Melbourne congregations, and bemoaned the lack of diversity, particularly the lack of home-grown non-Chabad Rabbis. Chabad has a strong history in Melbourne. From the pioneering Moshe Zalman Feiglin (my wife’s great-grandfather) who arrived just over 100 years ago, to the wave of immigrants post WW2 (which included my…

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More on Beinart, Chabad and Israel

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Following Peter Beinart’s controversial article about Cory Booker’s association with a couple of Chabad Rabbis, I wrote this piece on Open Zion / The Daily Beast to address some of the common misunderstandings about the way Chabad works as an organisation. Space did not allow me to go into detail about the specific issues he raised, so I will do so here. His first contention is that … the values of Chabad rest uneasily alongside…

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Power Changes at Yeshivah

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(with thanks to Jeff) There are important changes to power happening at Yeshivah Shul. For a few days now, it has been running on partial power while they upgrade the switchboard. In shul this Shabbos the lights were not all working, electric clocks were flashing with the wrong time, and there was only air conditioning in one room. Outside, there lay parts of an old switchboard that looks like it should have been replaced years…

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Truth and Consequences

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In the lead up to Rosh Hashana, the weekly Torah readings are very pertinent. As we draw to the end of the weekly reading cycle, the book of Devarim – Moshe’s final words to his beloved nation – draw to a close. Last week, the reading of “Ki Tavo” contains the second “tochecha” – a long and bitter rebuke that speaks in great detail of the terrible calamities and curses that will befall the Jews if…

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A malicious “advertising” campaign

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For about a year, I have been the subject of a negative “advertising” campaign – and all this without even being a candidate for the US presidency! This is just the latest salvo in a bitter hate campaign against me by Chaim Herzog, his father Henry Herzog, and their cronies. The context-sensitive Google adwords links have appeared on all manner of web sites – the Jerusalem Post, Arutz Sheva, The Age, in Google searches, and…

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