The Davka Election

In Hebrew there is an untranslatable word ‘davka’. Loosely defined it means “in spite of” or “to make a point simply for the sake of impressing an antagonistic position upon an opponent”.  American’s may have just uncovered its true meaning in English for the first time by voting Donald J Trump as …

Rethinking Philanthropy

The Jewish National Fund is one of the finest organisations in the Jewish world, and its illustrious history is a source of pride.  The modern nation State owes its very existence to the historic fundraising and land purchase arrangements.  Although everything in Israel has an element of politicisation, the JNF …

What is Right?

For the past few weeks I’ve been reading a lot on social media about what’s not right in our community. And there is a lot that is not right. And we should talk and discuss that (respectfully). But there is also a lot that is right. A lot that makes …

On Disability Enterprise

If you would like a humbling experience, spend a day within the operations of WA Disability Enterprise (WADE) organisations.  There are 8 of them, and they do everything from clothes recycling to printing to gardening.  These organisations provide real and meaningful employment to people who may otherwise be welfare dependent.  …