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Why do we need a minyan to read the Torah and to recite certain prayers? Why must a minyan consist of ten? And why only men? The source for certain sanctity-evoking prayers (kaddish, kedushah and bar’chu) requiring a minyan occurs in our parasha in conjunction with two other passages in the Torah. Before we explore…

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“I support Israel’s right to exist,” Independent candidate Monique Ryan told The AJN this week. The born and raised Kooyong local elaborated, “I support the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine and the parties coming together constructively to negotiate a peaceful resolution. “I am not convinced the BDS movement will achieve that aim and would…

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Liberal candidate for Macnamara Colleen Harkin told The AJN this week, “Palestinian statehood can only be realised through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.” “The Morrison Government remains strongly committed to a two-state solution, where Israel and a future Palestinian state exist side-by-side,” she said. The former teacher and education consultant said climate change…

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Labor’s Peter Lynch says he is “quite happy” to support the IHRA working definition of antisemitism. Lynch told The AJN that he had recently been educated on the workings of the definition “from a couple of Jewish members”. “I’m very strongly in favour of that in general terms of Holocaust remembrance, and education of young…

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In a moving moment before AJAX Footy Club’s VAFA men’s Premier B match versus Williamstown CYMS last Saturday at Moorleigh Reserve, players from both teams joined the umpires to observe a minute’s silence, as elderly Holocaust survivors braved the rainy conditions to participate in Maccabi Victoria’s Yom Hashoah pre-game commemoration ceremony, convened by Mel Raleigh.…

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Greens Macnamara candidate Steph Hodgins-May said Liberal and Labor are going to pay for their climate policies “at the ballot box”. Mother to a toddler, Hodgins-May said the needs of young people are at the forefront of her campaign, with the Greens bringing the only science-backed emissions target to the election. “I’m so proud but…

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