Topic archives: Judaism

<em>Crikey</em> survey: which religions ban women from leadership?

Crikey survey: which religions ban women from leadership?

July 21, 2014 10

Some religions prohibit women from having formal power, while others are open-minded. You might be surprised where some religions fall on the spectrum ...

Gambling expenditure a winning bet

November 6, 2013 3

Crikey readers talk gambling, Ed Killesteyn, anti-Semitism and why in the world Australia needs submarines.

Palmer misses the point about the AEC

November 5, 2013 1

Crikey readers talk the AEC and the Western Australian Senate vote debacle. Plus Guy Rundle and a reader go head-to-head.

Murder is murder. No more or less.

March 22, 2012 1

Crikey readers have their say.

No peace in the City of David

May 28, 2010

The archaeological dig for the City of David in Jerusalem thrills the busloads of elderly Jewish American tourists. But the dig puts Palestinian homes at risk and adds more fuel to the Israel vs. Palestine fire.

Make a Yiddish grandmother chicken soup

Make a Yiddish grandmother chicken soup

April 1, 2010 7

While observant Jews are selling their beer for the week to mark Passover, why not celebrate your tenuous Jewish credentials (or make some new ones) with a nice pot of Yiddish grandmother chicken soup?

Why don’t Jews write fantasy novels?

March 5, 2010

In no other field of modern literature have Jews contributed so little than to the genre of fantasy, says Michael Weingrad. So why is there no Jewish Narnia?

Hockey: Why I’m a Christian even though I don’t agree with other Christians

November 10, 2009

MP Joe Hockey gives a damning view of literal interpretations of the Bible in Christianity in last night's speech to the Sydney Institute. We need to embrace the diversity of religions and not commit acts of war because of it, he says.

QUIZ: Are you a true Jew?

November 9, 2009

Gawker put together a silly quiz to test how 'jewy' you are, with bagels, Larry David and blintzes. But there's a serious side, with children of converted progressive Jews being discriminated against like Harry Potter Mudbloods.

J Street pushing a policy that leads to disappointment

J Street pushing a policy that leads to disappointment

October 30, 2009 2

This week's J Street’s conference saw Zionists, students, pensioners, 1948 Jewish fighters, anti-Zionists and Nazi hunters congregate in Washington DC in an effort to widen the debate over the Middle East.

The frenemies bringing Israel down

October 28, 2009

Recently Israel has got public endorsement from controversial supporters like Holocaust denier BNP leader Nick Griffin and Polish politician Michal Kaminski, who has made questionable comments about Jewish massacres. This is a publicity disaster for Israel, writes Miriam Shaviv.

Aceh Part II: the only Jew in the village

Aceh Part II: the only Jew in the village

October 26, 2009 5

Jakarta may now control their lives but an independent streak still runs through the veins of the Banda Aceh province, with a growing number of writers, discussions of morality and pirated DVDs.

Reports of Ahmedinejad’s Judaism are greatly exaggerated

October 6, 2009

The weekend's much-hyped reports that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has Jewish roots are incorrect, says Meir Javedanfar, who says his bloodline may in fact flow back to the Prophet Muhammad.

Is anti-semitic Ahmadinejad actually Jewish?

October 4, 2009

A chance snapshot of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's identity card has revealed a curious fact: he was born with a Jewish surname. Are his attacks on Israel and the Jewish world all a rouse to cover his true roots?

Spit and tell: diversity amongst ultra-Orthodox Jews

September 7, 2009

ABC journalist Anne Barker was reporting a story in Jerusalem, when she was spat on by a group of ultra-Orthodex Jewish men. Was it because she was a woman, a journalist, not Jewish, or not dressed modestly enough?

Survey puts Israel and Zionism under scrutiny

September 1, 2009 8

A new survey on Australian and New Zealand Jewry raises some questions on the disaffection of Australian Jews towards Israel and Zionism. Where are the non-Zionist Jewish voices in the mainstream media?

Reaction to Pilger award reveals Zionist lobby’s fear of dissent

August 26, 2009 15

The Sydney Peace Foundation awarded its annual prize to journalist, author and documentary maker John Pilger, and Jewish leaders again are on the offensive.

Future looks foggy for America’s pro-Israel lobby

August 11, 2009

America's pro-Israel lobby -- once a permanent fixture of the country's political landscape -- is facing an uncertain future as young non-Orthodox Jews become increasingly disengaged with the state of Israel and its policies. Can they learn to love a country but not its government?

Madonna writes her own news

July 30, 2009

Madonna is a regular fixture in the news, but this time she's the one writing it, with an upcoming article in Israel's biggest daily. And it's not about her arms!

Dear Jon Stewart: change your name

Dear Jon Stewart: change your name

July 27, 2009

In an open letter to Jon Stewart, Ron Rosenbaum urges the Jewish comedian to change his surname back to 'Leibowitz', calling his current moniker a "faint but unnecessary relic of anti-Semitism".