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Tisha B’av

Tisha B’av

We are nearing our ‘National Day of Mourning’ – Tisha B’Av (which literally means the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av). It is considered the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, a day in which we typically fast for the duration of the day.

In G-d’s Image

In G-d’s Image

AUJS member Eliezer salpeter (she/her) writes an interesting article about the Jewish tradition thoughts of LGBTQIA+ people and the creation of Adam and Chava – Male or Female?

Shavuot and Inclusivity

Shavuot and Inclusivity

AUJS NZ PTS Coordinator, Nathan Levy, writes about Shavuot and the book of Ruth, Kind David and conversion to Judaism. How are they all connected? Read and find out.

Freedom

Freedom

AUJS WA Jewish Engagement Officer, Amylee Assness, writes about freedom from different perspectives, and what it mean in the Jewish religion.

The Seder

The Seder

AUJS NSW Jewish Engagement Coordinator, Arbel Tenembaum, writes about the different rituals at the Seder table and the argument between Hillel and Rabeinu Nissim. What’s your opinion?

Purim And Ukraine: A Lesson In Leadership

Purim And Ukraine: A Lesson In Leadership

AUJS NSW Jewish Engagement Officer, Adam Marks, writes an eye-opening article about the meaning of Purim and how the story of Ester resonates with the people of Ukraine.

The Shared Table

The Shared Table

AUJS NSW Leadership and Development Officer, Sarah Sack, writes an inspiring article about the power of transformative events and standing up for change.

The Secrets To Happiness

The Secrets To Happiness

When you google “Happiness”, what you’ll see are a series of self-help and psychology websites with practical advice and philosophies on how to be happier. The surprising fact is that while the research suggests one thing, our collective sense of how to be happy is so far from reality. To find out more, check out AUJS Member, Sofia Majzner’s take on the secret to happiness.

The Changing Role Of Religion In Australia

The Changing Role Of Religion In Australia

According to the 2016 Census, 38.7% of Australians aged 18-34 claim to have no religion. What impact is this rise in secularisation having in Australia? AUJS Member, Lachlan Corne, explores this issue in his piece, The Changing Role of Religion in Australia.