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Sep 5, 2018, 8:58 AM
Rosh Hashanah – The Beginning, Middle and End
It always struck me as curious that the Jewish New Year occurs in the seventh month of the Jewish calendar Tishrei. In the Northern Hemisphere, the High Holidays are celebrated in Autumn at the end of summer, when many...
Jun 4, 2018, 3:49 PM
Jewish problems might just be about Jewish self-awareness
There appears to be a certain predictability when it comes to reporting on Israeli and Jewish issues. Authors typically align their ideology based on whether Israel should make more or less concessions to achieve peace. Or whether being visibly...
May 4, 2018, 7:37 AM
C’mon, get happy!
Joy, happiness, contentment, fulfillment – they’re all something each of us look for and need, yet so many of us can’t seem to find! We’re even commanded to be happy throughout Tanach and to serve Hashem with joy. But...
Apr 23, 2018, 2:43 PM
Death is not a “why” or a “how” – it is a “what”
It's been a tough 6 months and here's why. Last Shmini Atzeret my younger brother Dov passed away peacefully in his sleep without warning or suffering from any obvious medical complaint. He had just turned 30 a few weeks earlier...
Apr 17, 2018, 4:34 PM
Yom Ha’atzmaut – definitely not a maybe
For me Yom Ha’atzmaut is a personal microcosm of Israel itself – full of pride, contradictions, arguments, passion, celebration and reflection. Over here in Australia it’s a series of concerts, school assemblies and community gatherings to mark the occasion....
Apr 16, 2018, 12:48 PM
From Pesach to Shavuot – the freedom to act
Pesach is almost universally known as the time of Jewish liberation from slavery and has been portrayed in fiction and film, as well as being a fundamental pillar of our Jewish faith. Within Kiddush of every Chag and on...
Apr 13, 2018, 9:44 AM
Making the Holocaust relatable in today’s world
Growing up in Melbourne, virtually every Jewish kid I knew had at least one grandparent affected in some way by the Holocaust. Our community is unique as it has the highest proportion of Holocaust survivors outside of Israel. Being...
Apr 9, 2018, 4:42 PM
Acceptance, tolerance and other modern misunderstandings
Often I feel confused and conflicted in our modern, free and communicative world. In my mid-'30s I’ve experienced enormous change in a short time having seen technology and the internet explode in my late teens. Some things are so...
Joseph (Yossi) Frenkel is a Podiatrist, casual academic, freelance writer and (very) amateur basketballer from Melbourne, Australia. His busy family and community life never ceases to be a source of inspiration, frustration and comedy!