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News about the community: a user’s guide

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A couple of articles were published recently (in The Age and the Herald Sun) about the latest very public scandal associated with the Yeshivah Centre. Below is a guide to the interpretation of often-used phrases in these and similar articles: Phrase Interpretation/Comment one of Melbourne’s most prestigious schools a private school that has been accused of something bad questioned the way […] had handled complaints compiled a list of things previously published and stated publicly about the…

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Celebrating International ‘Work a Bit Harder’ Week

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As the third international ‘Work a Bit Harder’ week draws to a conclusion, celebrations are being marked all over the world as this tribute to the work ethic continues to gain momentum and popularity. In Bangladesh, children at the Dhaka-based factory of a popular active-wear manufacturer dedicated an extra shift without pay to their employers, and in India all cricket fixtures were put on hold so workers could spend an extra two hours working without…

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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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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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Shul Conduct Review Panel

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A bizarre new sign went up in Yeshivah Shul this week The letter welcomes families to participate in the shul’s programs and services, and introduces a new children’s program. It then warns quite ominously: “Unfortunately, some children continue to remain unsupervised on Yeshivah grounds on Shabbos … we remind parents that their child must either be attending a program or under your supervision … The behaviour of some children .. is sakonas nefoshos … Reports…

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Hamas ‘disciplines’ army officers over Gaza

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A Hamas army report on its conduct in Gaza last year has revealed that two officers were ‘disciplined’ for insufficiently endangering human life when they authorized three hundred civilians to be moved to a UN school that was being used to fire rockets. Hamas division commander Mohammed el-Hafiz, known as Abu Gosh, and brigade commander Bilal Diya-al-Din, known as Abu Falih, were summarily executed for exceeding their authority in approving the use of human shields…

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Obama’s Cairo Speech

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You’ve probably heard a lot about Barack Obama’s speech to the Muslim world in Cairo last week. Plenty was said before and after, and it may come to be a watershed moment in US-Muslim relations. Now some of you might’ve read the speech, or watched it (it’s quite long), but for those who haven’t (and those who have), here is an abridged version that will give you the gist of what all the fuss was…

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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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