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Series on Jewish Mourning

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Since the passing of his father, David has written several articles on the theme of Jewish mourning. This post will be updated as new articles are added. Jan 2016 Shiva: sitting then getting up Jan 2016 And who before his time Jan 2016 ‘Hamakom’ as a Verb and Transactional Judaism Apr 2016 Celebrating Liberation without the one Liberated Apr 2016 Kaddish Club 2: chained to the amud Sep 2016 But Who’s Counting Dec 2016 The Long and Short of a Year of Mourning

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Democracy Comes to Yeshivah

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With the passing of a new Jewish year and the fresh spiritual energy this brings to the world, there is a palpable buzz around the Yeshivah as we approach something that has never happened here before: democratic elections. The intersection between democracy and Orthodox Judaism is a complex one that is still developing, and after a baptism of fire over the last few years, our community is likely breaking new ground in its transformation from closed to…

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How to Have Jewish Grandchildren

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We don’t really have any control over whether we have grandchildren and we have even less control over whether those grandchildren are Jewish. In this ELI Talk, David Werdiger recounts a conversation with a friend at shul that spurred his thoughts over what we do actually have control about when it comes to grandchildren and Jewish continuity. Drawing on the model of Jewish discourse and the latest in digital technology, ELI Talks capture, transmit, and…

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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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The Best Way to Pay It Forward

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This morning I attended an event to pay tribute to Michael Dubs for his service of over 25 years to JewishCare and its precedent organisations. As president and board member of Jewish Community Services (JCS), and as a member of the loan committee, he made an outstanding contribution to the Melbourne Jewish community, and in particular to those most in need. The most important thing Michael did for me was to recruit me into JewishCare. It happened back in…

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And who before his time?

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The Unetanneh Tokef prayer says it so powerfully and poignantly: “On Rosh Hashanah will be inscribed and on Yom Kippur will be sealed … who will die at his predestined time and who before his time“. There is a natural order to the world: people grow old and die, and their children bury them. When that happens, it is sad, not tragic. In recent weeks, that natural order has been thown out the window in our community. Three lives have…

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Shabbat Project 2015

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For the Shabbat Project 2015, David Werdiger wrote two articles for the Australian Jewish News, which were also published on this web site. Firstly, David reflected on his memorable experience of the inaugural Shabbat Project Melbourne in ‘Disconnect to Reconnect‘, and was featured in an op-ed on the eve of Shabbat Project 2015 – ‘A time to bring the community together‘.

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A time to bring the community together

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The Shabbat Project has an energy like no other. Sure, it’s novel and different, and as a project is relatively new. But it also has a profound and eternal message that speaks to us all. It’s not just about Shabbat observance. I do my best to observe a halachic Shabbat every week. The other Friday night we had a quiet one – just us and the kids. When they were little, we used to eat…

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