Thursday, December 20, 2012

Jews in the West Bank?

Question of the Week:

As a believing Christian, I made a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I was profoundly disturbed by the Jewish state and its criminal occupation of the West Bank. The international community has condemned this time and time again. How can you justify usurping land that belongs to others?


You are entitled to your opinion on the matter. But I hope you are consistent in your beliefs. Being that you oppose a Jewish presence on the West Bank, I assume you will not be participating in any Xmas celebrations during the coming days. According to your view, there is no reason to be merry on December 25.

The Christian holidays celebrate an event that you have named a criminal act - the birth of a Jewish baby to a Jewish family in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Your views should not allow you to have any part in this cheer, for if you did you would be giving retroactive approval to a Jewish settlement on the West Bank that dates back more than two thousand years.

Perhaps you will be joined by the UN and other humanitarian organizations around the world condemning any celebrations that are connected with this controversial birth, as such events would be recognizing the rights of a Jewish family to live on what you see as occupied territory.

However I must warn you, by espousing this view and not celebrating, you will be vastly outnumbered. The international community, by celebrating Xmas, expresses support for the fact that the West Bank has always been the home of the Jewish people.

Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Moss


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Summer Learning Experience 2012

At the BINA Library and Resource Centre

25 December 2012 - 1 January 2013

Cost: $15 per day or $65 for the week (excluding 1 January 2013)

337 Old South Head Rd North Bondi



Session One: 10am - 11am - A choice of four streams:


Men's textual Shiur - 25 December - 31 December

with Rabbi Danny Eisenberg

In depth Talmud - When is the moment of death? from the Gemora Yuma



Women's Textual Shiur

  • Tuesday 25th - Jacob's Blessings - The Foundation of the Jewish Nation Part 1 with Mrs Dina Gourarie
  • Wednesday 26th - Jacob's Blessings - The Foundation of the Jewish Nation Part 2 with Mrs Dina Gourarie
  • Thursday 27th - Jacob's Blessings - The Foundation of the Jewish Nation Part 3 with Mrs Dina Gourarie
  • Friday 28th - King Solomon's 12 Step Program with Mrs Renee Mill
  • Monday 31th - Prayer - Women in Tefilah with Mrs Deborah Blackman


Variety of topics with Rabbi Aron Moss (men and women)

  • Tuesday 25th - Superstitions
  • Wednesday 26th - The Kohen with the Long Eyebrows
  • Thursday 27th - Will Gentiles be Resurrected?
  • Friday 28th - Adoption in Halacha


The Best of Personal Growth with Rabbi Michoel Gourarie (men and women)

  • Tuesday 25th - Forgiveness Part 1 - What is it?
  • Wednesday 26th - Forgiveness Part 2 - How to do it
  • Thursday 27th - Ambition or Jealousy - Good or Bad?
  • Friday 28th - Strengths and Weaknesses - What to do with them?
  • Monday 31th - Truth or Peace - Is it ever okay to lie?

Session Two - 11:00am - 12:00 noon

Panel discussions and lectures

  • Tuesday 25th - Mamzer - The (almost) unsolvable quandary of halachic illegitimacy Rabbi Aron Moss
  • Wednesday 26th - The Case of the poisonous Sandwich - Protecting ourselves at the expense of others Rabbi Michoel Gourarie
  • Thursday 27th - Goal Setting - Joseph's Way Rabbi Yaakov Lieder
  • Friday 28th - The Secrets of Torah Scrolls, Tefillin and Mezuzot Rabbi Michoel Gourarie and Rabbi Shlomo Israel
  • Monday 31th Inheritance and Jewish Law Rabbi David Freedman

New year BBQ on Monday January 1st, 2013

Cost: $15 per person, $50 per family of 4 ($5 for additional family members)

Pool the Shuls

Are there too many synagogues in Sydney?

A panel discussion on this intriguing topic.


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Babies and Toddlers 1-4 - Babysitting for little ones

Cost: $15 per child per day or $65 for the whole week

Children 5-7 years

Structured arts and crafts, Davening , learning and lots of fun

Cost: $15 per child per day or $65 for the whole week

Children 8-12 years

Boys and Girls program alternating between shiur and arts and crafts program

Cost: $18 per child per day or $75 for the whole week

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