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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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What the Jewish Community can learn from the AFL

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The end of the chagim usually means one thing – a slide into that inexorable gap between the football season and the cricket season, known affectionately as the spring racing carnival. For those who are counting the sleeps until round 1, 2013, there is the trade period, punctuated this year by the introduction of free agency, and the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation (MHC) AFL post grand-final corporate lunch, featuring guest speaker Andrew Demetriou, CEO of the AFL. Demetriou’s job ranks quite…

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Beyond Rabbi Groner

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Rabbi YD Groner OBM was often described as “larger than life”. He was an imposing character: large in size, strong in voice, autocratic in nature. From his arrival in Melbourne in the 1950s, he worked tirelessly for the organization, and can take deserved credit for the strong positive influence Chabad had during the majority of his tenure as its leader. This Sunday, as the local Chabad community will mark his yahrzeit, many have mixed feelings. Despite…

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How to win a PR war

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Here is a simple, step-by-step, guide to winning a public relations war. 1. Be a victim. The world loves a victim. Victims are by definition helpless, so they need someone to help them (see 2a), and there are no shortage of do-gooders out there looking for victims to help (whether or not they can actually help them). It doesn’t matter if you actually were a victim, if you were a victim yesterday, 20 years ago, 200…

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Understanding Chabad and Messianism

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As an active writer and blogger, I have often found myself in discussions about Chabad with people from outside the Chabad community. In addition, I recently had the opportunity to review some of the books and articles written on the issue of Chabad and Messianism. The material I read seeks to explore the Messianic fervour associated with Chabad, and to delve into the mind of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and speculate as to the Rebbe’s intent and sense…

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Tiger Ben

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The Ben Cousins story has done for sports columns what Princess Diana’s death did for trashy women’s magazines. The only difference is that the Cousins saga doesn’t have the same degree of finality to it. Let’s hope they have plenty of positive things to write about him, as he begins his career as a Richmond Tiger. It’s been great to see the energy that this has brought to the Tiger fans. As usual, the e-mails…

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