When, if ever, is it okay for a Buddhist to euthanize a pet?



Question: I’m aware of the Buddhist exhortation not to kill, but my cat’s health is declining and there’s no doubt his pain can only be managed for so long. When, if ever, is it okay to put your pet down, and how do you work with it when the time comes?

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William Cooper Indigenous Scholarships Launched

On the 80th anniversary of William Cooper’s historic protest about Nazi Germany’s treatment of Jews, Monash University in partnership with John and Pauline Gandel has launched the William Cooper Indigenous Scholarship Program.
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Walking Together: Remembering William Cooper



The William Cooper Legacy Project together with the Jewish Community Council of Victoria invite you to their Remembrance Walk at Flagstaff Gardens on evening of 6 December 2018. This will be followed by a smoking ceremony and Chanukiah lighting at Peppercorn Park, Alexandra Gardens.

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South Africa: Interfaith Perspectives on Food Certification



SOUTH AFRICA: Concerns have been raised, especially from Christians, that buying halaal or kosher foods amounts to funding religions. The concerns have been raised with the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL commission), which hosted a seminar on the subject on Thursday.

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Judaism: The Story of Hanukkah

Hanukkah (alternately spelled Chanukah), meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and “rededication” of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the hanukkiyah, a special menorah for Hanukkah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts); and special songs and games. In 2018, Hanukkah will take place from 2 – 10 December.

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RED WEDNESDAY OBSERVANCE



The Red Wednesday observance – this Wednesday night – 28 November – at 7:30pm in the Forecourt of St Patrick’s Cathedral – is an important occasion to show interfaith solidarity for people of all faiths globally who experience persecution *because* of their faith.

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Guru Nanak Gurpurab 2018

gurdwaraGuru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism, or Sikhi. The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs. Their birthdays, known as Gurpurab, are occasions for celebration and prayer among the Sikhs. In 2018, Gurpruab is celebrated on 23 November.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed worldwide on 20 November, annually. In Australia, we also use the day to remember those in the community who have taken their own lives due to social barriers and isolation. Shepparton Interfaith Network will facilitate a remembrance service at Victoria Park Lake on the evening of 20 November.
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Ballarat: JCMA Interfaith Friendship Walk

The Ballarat Interfaith Network and the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA) invites you to: JCMA Friendship Walk in Ballarat 2018 commencing from the Islamic Society of Ballarat premises on Sunday 28 October 2018.
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Do I have to pick just one Buddhist tradition?

There are those who are confused by the multiplicity of traditions in Buddhism – just like the multiplicity of Christian traditions. In this short article, Rev. angel Kyodo williams talks about her essential tradition – foundation – and how this is enriched by the other traditions.
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Jewish Youth visiting the Western Wall

Western WallOn Monday, July 9, our group ended a long day in Jerusalem’s Old City with a visit to the Kotel, also called the Western Wall. We had learned from our group leaders of its rich history as the last part of the Second Temple to remain standing, as well as its spiritual value and symbolism to Jews across the world. We had been briefed about the differences between Orthodox and Reform Jews and the possible challenges that could result at the Wall. With all that in our minds, I could feel a sense of curiosity from the entire group as we were separated by gender at the security entrance and entered the holy site.

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