Rabbi Dr Shimon Cowen – Monash University alumnus

Feb 20, 2012


Name: Shimon Cowen, PhD
Title: Director of the Institute for Judaism and Civilization
Position: Con Two-State Solution to the question “What are the solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
“There is no legal principle which can accord ownership or statehood in the biblically defined land of Israel to a people other than the Jewish people. In this it differs from all other nations which by differing criteria could establish jurisdiction over territories. None of these formal or pragmatic rules apply to the Jewish people’s relationship to the land of Israel. For the land of Israel is different in its essence from every other land, and pertains by virtue of its essence to the Jewish people. It is a Jewish land.”

“The Arab-Israeli Conflict – Part II,” Journal of Judaism and Civilization, 1999

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:  Experts
Members of Congress, Ambassadors, Counsul Generals, heads of government, heads of major government organizations, members of legislative bodies, and PhD’s with significant involvement in, or related to, the Palestinian – Israeli conflict. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of the Institute for Judaism and Civilization, 1998 – present
  • Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, Monash University
  • Programme Director, Kollel Menachem Lubavitch (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Editor of three publications, the Journal of Judaism and Civilization, Monographs in Judaism and Civilization, and the Bulletin in the Noahide Laws
  • PhD, Social Philosophy, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Rabbinic ordination in the Kollel Menachem Lubavitch, Melbourne
Contact Info: Phone: 61-3-9527 5902 (Australia)
Fax: 61-3-9527 5902
E-Mail: admin@ijc.com.au
Website: www.ijc.com.au
Select Publications:
  • “The Noahide Laws, Israel and Peace,” Bulletin in the Noahide Laws, Mar. – Apr., 2009
  • “Israel: State and Religion – Part I & II, a Discussion,” Journal of Judaism and Civilization, 1999
Other: None found
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Jeff Kennett – BeyondBlue

Sep 9, 2011



Jeff Kennett is one of the leading causes of depression and homophobia.  His views on what constitutes a family are harmful.  BeyondBlue as an organisation that deals with mental health need to sack this man or it has no credibility.


Jeff Kennett - Director & Chairperson - BeyondBlue & Homophobe

Jeff Kennett - Director & Chairperson - BeyondBlue & Homophobe

Danny Lamm – Philanthropist

Jul 14, 2011


I read with mild amusement that the Jewish community’s Danny Lamm has bought himself a shiny new library.  Wonderful.

A library is a place of learning.  A home to a collection of accumulated experience, wisdom, joy, suffering, marvel, art, history, mistakes, optimism and other expressions of the human condition.

It is strikes me as unusual that someone who wanted to exclude a support organisation for gay men from the Jewish community should become a philanthropist and major financial benefactor of a library.  But despite that blot on his good name I think I’ll let Wikipedia(*) have the last say on the matter of philanthropist Danny Lamm:

Some believe that philanthropy can be a means to build community by growing community funds and giving vehicles. When communities see themselves as being resource rich instead of asset poor, the community is in a better position to solve community problems.

However, some believe the purpose of philanthropy is often tribute and self-aggrandizement, as arguably shown by the prevalence of self-titled foundations, rarity of large anonymous donations, and lack of support for unpalatable causes such as the treatment of diarrhea (which despite being easily treatable is the second leading cause of infant death worldwide.)

* as referenced on July 14 2011.

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