Why Hanukkah gelt?

Why Hanukkah gelt?

Gelt-y pleasures for all ages – Diane Heiman – Moment Magazine 2016 Nov-Dec Money may not be part of the Hanukkah narrative, but it was connected to the military triumph: following the Maccabees’ success, the king of Syria declared for the first time that Jews had the...
Not in our name

Not in our name

Not in our name: Melbourne’s Jewish community does not support One Nation – Nick Dyrenfurth & Dean Sherr – The Guardian 16.12.16 Despite claims of Avi Yemini, there is little evidence to suggest the Jewish community is crying out for an anti-Islam party. And see:...
Aleppo – some ways to help from Australia

Aleppo – some ways to help from Australia

What’s in store for Syria after Aleppo falls? Russia and Iran will decide – Scott Lucas – The Conversation 15.12.16 Let us be clear. The imminent victory in Syria’s largest city of Bashar al-Assad’s government – and of its essential supporters, Russia, Iran, and...
Palestinian dancers push boundaries

Palestinian dancers push boundaries

Twirling through occupation: the tale of a Palestinian ballet studio – Linah Alsaafin – Middle East Eye 07.12.16 There were initial reservations about the West Bank ballet centre, with some commenting that it is better to teach girls how to pray in mosques, but...
Domestic violence victim faces gallows in Gaza

Domestic violence victim faces gallows in Gaza

Silence, concern surround Gaza woman’s death sentence – Sakher Abou El Oun – The Times of Israel 13.12.16 Convicted of killing her husband, Nahla A. faces the first execution of a Palestinian woman in more than 20 years. She had reportedly been married against...