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Spiritual Classics Pt 3: Judaism: Radio National

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The third in a series exploring the sacred texts of the major religions. From Genesis to Job, the Bible is a moving account of the people Israel struggling to explain the origin and persistence of evil and God’s call to do good. Mary Phil Korsak explains her motives for providing a fresh and earthy translation of ‘Genesis’ as a long poem. Translator Stephen Mitchell relates the power of ‘The Book of Job’ to his own life. And Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins illuminates the wisdom of Hillel in the Talmudic book, ‘The Sayings of the Fathers’.

I was really impressed with the extracts read from Genesis, and with the translator’s arguments for her interpretation.
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Posted by on March 30, 2006 in Bible, book reviews, faith and philosophy, interfaith, radio

 

Just back from the Redfern doc

I’ve had mild fever and aches and pains the past few days. The doc tells me I have had mild fever and aches and pains… But nothing too serious is discernible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2006 in health, local, personal

 

DEPOLARIZING A HOSTILE WORLD

I found this site yesterday while looking for something else and I have already mentioned it in Books and Ideas, but I really don’t want anyone to pass up the chance of visiting it. Charles Notess is informed, positive, and also American. Perhaps there is hope.
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The Writing Show : The View from Ireland, with author Kevin Stevens

This is a great interview, ranging through many books and authors. But who, some may be asking, is Kevin Stevens? The short answer is that he is an ex-pat Boston writer who now lives in Ireland. I have recently read his first novel, The Rizzoli Contract (2003). Even if I had worked out who was at the bottom of the mess a bit soonish, I still loved it. The blurb:
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Planning a banquet with Lord Malcolm

Lord Malcolm and I had a wonderful lunch at Chinese Whispers in Crown Street, Surry Hills. The duck dish was the best of its kind we have ever had. Towards the end, Lord Malcolm raised the idea of a banquet for his 49th in May, and we agreed this was the place to do it, so that is what will happen, God willing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2006 in friends, Gay and Lesbian, HIV/AIDS, local, Lord Malcolm, personal, Sunday lunch, Surry Hills

 

The Evolution of Australia’s Multicultural Policy

The above is on the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs website, and is a fair summary of the facts as I have observed them growing up in Sutherland Shire, and then later in much more diverse Wollongong, and later again as they became part of my life both personally and professionally, as the partner of a person from Mainland China and as an ESL and ELICOS teacher.

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Posted by on March 25, 2006 in Australia and Australian, Multicultural

 

Went to the endodontist

He has a great view overlooking the city from high up above Park Street, Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2006 in health, personal, teeth