The Women’s Balcony: Religious Women Are the Real Guardians of the Galaxy



There are those old-fashioned Jews who consider shul a central part of life; the first few minutes of The Women’s Balcony, a tremendously enjoyable Israeli film screening next week at the JCC in Manhattan and starting its theatrical run shortly thereafter, will give you as much of a rush as anything involving Vin Diesel. Here, the fast and the furious aren’t driving but marching down a narrow Jerusalem street, dressed in their finest and carrying refreshments. They’re headed to shul, to a bar mitzvah that’s so joyous you’d be tempted to write a check. As you watch them celebrate, you can’t help but think that here, at last, is religion the way you’d always imagined it should be practiced—together, loudly, and with love.

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Yom Ha’Shoah: Remembering the Holocaust

24 April: Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is a day set aside to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust or Shoah. Many Australians with Jewish ties or heritage observe Yom Ha’Shoah. It commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945.
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A Rebbe for Our Time

Recently, when the exhibits recalling the local Jewish community of Shepparton was opened at the Shepparton Museum, a showing was held, followed by a simple gathering. At that gathering, some history was recalled, and it was stated that the former synagogue in Shepparton was the first Chabad synagogue in Australia, as it had been founded by an Orthodox Jewish, Hasidic movement, Chabad-Lubavitch. Chabad is today one of the world’s best known Hasidic movements and is well known for its outreach. It is the largest Hasidic group and Jewish religious organization in the world. The most famous Rebbe (rabbi) of Chabad-Lubavitch is Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. What follows is a book review of a new book about the Rebbe.
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Sarmad the 17th-Century Jewish Mystic


Muhammad Sa’id, mostly known as Sarmad Kashani or simply as Sarmad (Persian: سرمد کاشانی‎‎) (ca 1590 – 1661) was a Persian mystic, poet and saint who travelled to and made the Indian subcontinent his permanent home during the 17th century. Originally Jewish, he may have renounced his religion to adopt Islam. Sarmad, in his poetry, states that he is neither Jewish, nor Muslim, nor Hindu.

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Multifaith – Multicultural ANZAC’s

ax ANZAC Day in Australia was first observed in 1916; it is a joint celebration by Australia and New Zealand of the sacrifices paid in a theatre of war on the beaches of Turkey. It has since evolved into a trans-tasman commemoration of all who love and serve their motherland in times of international conflict, and paid the ultimate price. It also acknowledges those who continue to serve, and continue to suffer when they return home. ... Read more...

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Passover 2016

passoverThe Jewish holiday of Passover starts Friday, April 22. That's confusing to those who usually get their spring breaks bracketed by the holidays of Passover and Easter. After all, they're connected in the Christian story - it was Passover that Jesus was celebrating when he had his last supper with his disciples. So why is the holiday a month after Easter this year? ... Read more...

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#PrayerforEveryone

PrayerforEveryone is a global prayer initiative where an estimated 600 million people of faith from around the globe will be praying for wisdom for our world leaders to end extreme poverty and inequality. This is in conjunction with the 17 new Global Sustainable Development Goals which will be announced by the UN very shortly. ... Read more...

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Religion: Catalyst for Violence or Peace?

On Tuesday 23 June, The Broken Bay Institute, in partnership with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference presented its 11th National eConference - 'Religion: Catalyst for Violence or Peace? Probing the Abrahamic Traditions for Answers'. The eConfernece was attended by local participants viewing - and contributing online with questions - at the Monsignor Peter Jeffery Parish Centre, St Brendans Church, Shepparton. ... Read more...

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Five Uniting Religious Principles

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It’s disheartening to persons of faith that something as beautiful as religion, which brings so much peace to its adherents, can equally be used to fuel hatred and conflict. But such is the case. One need only think of Sunnis and Shias in Iraq, of Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar, and of the rise of anti-Muslim parties in Europe, even in such supposed bastions of liberalism as Denmark. In this time of Ramadan, when 1.6 billion Muslims enter a special sacred season of discipline and reflection, all people of faith should confront this contradiction.

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