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Bible Quiz

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Originally published in 2014...









Short answer:
1)Who was Hammedatha the Agagite? 2)How many children did Jacob the Hebrew patriarch have? 3)What is the other name for the Hebrew month Nisan? 4)The term “Rosh Hashanah” is used how many times in the Bible? 5)What three Hebrew letters are the root of the word “atonement” (In Hebrew) 6)What is the name of the town witch in the story of Philip and the town of Samaria in Acts 8? 7)Four women approached Moses one day about land rights. What was the name of their father? 8)How many goats were killed on the Day of Atonement in Leviticus 16 (the first one described in the Bible)? 9)How many provinces were in Ahaseurus’s realm? 10)Name the two conspirators in the Purim story: B__________ and T_________ 11)Who was Ruth’s sister-in-law? 12)Goliath came out to taunt Israel for how many days before David stood up against him? 13)What do old men do in the prophecy of Joel about the last days? 14)How many days did God work in the creation story? 15)Wh…

"The Lion King: Called for What?" by Guest Writer, Rebekah B.

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I love Disney. I think I've watched pretty much all of the old cartoons and am now one of the many adults who is eagerly going to the cinema to view the remakes. The Lion King has long been one of my favourites and when I watched it at the cinema yesterday, it didn't disappoint. The visuals as expected were stunning, and I was interested to note that the story was barely changed from the 1994 classic. I guess Disney knew they already had a masterpiece with a massive fan base on their hands, so they played it quite safe with the remake.
That being said, the majesty of the amazingly lifelike lions made for gorgeous viewing and the familiar musical score certainly gave me all the feelings I was hoping for. I was drawn in right from the opening bar of the Circle of Life, felt Simba’s anguish as his father fell to his death, laughed with the rest of the audience at the antics of the beloved Timon and Puma, and felt the jubilant triumph as Simba, at last, took his rightful place as …

The worst kind of replacement

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My friend Frank came into the shop today and we were talking. Talking about some believers here in Sydney who are missing the point of the Gospel and Torah. Seems we know some folks who are caught up in the Galatian heresy, which may be a new term to some of you. The letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Galatia (a region in Asia Minor in the First Century) contained these famous words,  "You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?  This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?  Did you suffer so many things in vain — if indeed it was in vain? So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?" (chapter 3, verses 1-5)

The rhetorical questio…

Australia and Freedom of Speech

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Who can and who cannot? It's all over the Jewish news this week, and the results may be very long lasting. Is there a content-test for freedom of speech? Should there be a muzzle on sportspeople who want to talk about what they believe or don't believe? 

From the get-go, let me say forthrightly, NOT! Freedom of speech must allow for speech with which I seriously disagree. 

Case in point: A visiting professor at University of Sydney

Peter Kohn writes in the AJN this week, "Jewish communal leaders are concerned about plans for Richard Falk, a US academic who has endorsed conspiracy theories and who is widely accused of antisemitism, to visit Australia to speak at the NSW Parliament and at the University of Sydney." Their concerns have to do with the content of his speech and the effect he might have on the conversation.

Lesli Berger is the president of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. She says Falk's judgments on the Jewish people "make this function offensive in…

If I could speak with Troye Sivan

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Troye Sivan Mellet is a major player in the music industry whose roots are significant for us in Oz. He describes them in this way in an interview with of the Forward newspaper which follows his interview in the New Yorker earlier this month.

He's 24, and Jewish, and gay, and an Australian! He grew up in Perth, in an Orthodox Jewish home and attended the only Jewish school there. For years he had a YouTube following much like a garage band back in the 60s, simple, beautiful sounds. He played "the shul circuit" and then burst much further since he came out 9 years ago. He now lives in Hollywood with his partner of 3 years.

He's a fascinating and complex young man with high energy, great creativity and depth.

Troye was born in Johannesburg, but moved to Perth when he was only two. He has three siblings, and his major musical influence was Amy Winehouse, another Jewish pop star, with whom I would have liked to have had a conversation. Troye co-…

Masquerading and Messiah: What is a messianic Jew?

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A couple weeks ago I met a rabbi. We were in a synagogue in Melbourne and he was setting up a bookstall of information about his beliefs outside the sanctuary. We had both attended a gathering of Christians and Jews in support of Israel, in light of the terrible outpouring of hostility from Hamas and Gaza in the previous week.  When he asked me which side I was on, I said, I am able to sit on both sides of the fence. I'm both a Jew and a believer in Jesus.

He stood back, quickly, and then asked if my mother was Jewish. Isn't that a ridiculous question, I thought because my identity is not the issue at all. But I answered that both my mother and father and their parents before them were indeed all Jewish people. He asked another question about my faith, and I answered in measured tones and with reason. He then wanted to know "Why do you do this?" I had to ask, "What is the 'this' to which you refer?" He wanted to know why I believe and spread the me…

The end is near... or is it?

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The typical image of a sandwich board and a fringe-riding stranger tells the ordinary citizen to stay away. Whatever his thing, the stranger is broadcasting a weird message about the end of the world and who has time for this nonsense?
What prompts my thinking and this blog today is the announcement of yet another shooting in the US. And again it's at a place of worship. Six months ago in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania a crazed man killed 11 Jewish people in the Tree of Life Synagogue, Last month a shooter at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand killed 50 of the 100 innocent people who were shot. In February/ March this year at least 30 Nigerian Christians were killed while worshipping and torched the church! Here's the link:Then last Sunday in Sri Lanka, on Easter morning, approximately 250 people were killed, including at least 42 foreign nationals and three police officers, and at least 500 were injured.
So when I heard about 4 more people being shot at a synagogue in Californi…