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Bringing Heaven Down to Earth
Author Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
Language English
Subject Jewish mysticism, Chabad philosophy
Genre Non-fiction
Published New York: 1997,[1] Class One Press[2]
Followed by Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, Volume 2.

Bringing Heaven Down to Earth is a book of Hasidic teachings by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, a writer and editor for[3][4][5]


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  4. ^ Berke, Joseph H., and Stanley Schneider. "Repairing worlds: An exploration of the psychoanalytical and Kabbalistic concepts of reparation and Tikkun." The Psychoanalytic Review 90, no. 5 (2003): 723-749.
  5. ^ Bayes, Joan Estelle Box, and Kate Miriam Loewenthal. "How do Jewish teachings relate to beliefs about depression in the strictly orthodox Jewish community?." Mental Health, Religion & Culture 16, no. 8 (2013): 852-862.

Yosef Yitzchak Paltiel is an Orthodox rabbi and a member of the Chabad Hasidic movement. Paltiel is a prominent teacher and lecturer in the Chabad community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn; he is an authority on Hasidic philosophy.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] He is also an activist in raising awareness of Jewish genetic diseases.[10]


Paltiel is a prominent lecturer of Chassidic thought in the Chabad Crown Heights community. He holds teaching positions at community schools United Lubavitch Yeshiva, Bais Rivka and Machon Chana.[7] He frequently is a visiting lecturer at various Chabad functions.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

He is also the founder of

Rabbi Palitel is actively involved in raising awareness, within the Chabad community, of genetic diseases common among Ashkenazi Jews, such as Tay Sachs.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Rabbi Paltiel and his wife are carriers of Tay–Sachs disease, the death of one of his children led him to promote genetic testing in the Chabad community.[10]


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  3. ^ "A Project of Inside Judaism". 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
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  9. ^ "Rabbi Yossi Paltiel - Jewish Multimedia Library". Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  10. ^ a b c Karp, Miriam. "An Ounce of Prevention: Dor Yesharim-Working to Obliterate Jewish Genetic Disorders".
  11. ^ "News | Tag: Rabbi Yossi Paltiel". Chabad.Info. 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  12. ^ "Paltiel New Weekly Shiur". Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  13. ^ "Anash Kollel Starts in CH". Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
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  16. ^ "Shabbat With Rabbi Yossi Paltiel; Author of "Kabbalah & You"; Jan 18 & 19". Retrieved 2013-11-07. 

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Islam in Australia

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Terrorism in Australia

Notable attacks
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Militant Islam in Australia is a form of Islamic extremism often involving violence perpetrated by Australian Muslims against non-Muslim Australians. Militant Islam refers to trend of Muslim extremists who identify with Islamic states and who in the name of Islam tend to resort to violence against non-Muslims whom they consider to be "enemies."[1]:8

Several Islamic militant groups have been active in Australia, though not all of their activities involved domestic terrorism.

Groups in Australia[edit]

Mantiqi 4 (Jemaah Islamiah)[edit]

A short-lived terror cell, known as Mantiqi 4, existed in Australia for several years. The group was sponsored by Jemaah Islamiah (JI), a terrorist group known for their attacks in Indonesia, and was established by Abdul Rahim Ayub, a member of Jemaah Islamiah.[2][3]:111 Ayub resided in Perth during the late 1990s all while being an active JI member, travelling and attending the group's leadership conferences in Indonesia.[4] In contrast to the Jemaah Islamiah's other cells in Southeast Asia, the Mantiqi 4 cell was less of a focus for the organisation.[5]:38

The activities of the Australian branch of JI included fundraising among the local Indonesian community in Australia. Jemaah Islamiah leadership also expressed intent on identifying targets in Australia to be attacked by Al Qaeda.[5]:128


The Lashkar-e-Taiba, a proscribed terrorist organisation operating in India and Pakistan, set up a terror cell in Australia.[6][7]

French convert to Islam, Willie Brigitte, accused of planning an attack in Australia, was trained by Lashkar-e-taiba.[8]

"Ahmed Y" group[edit]

An Algerian man, known as "Ahmed Y," arrived in Australia in the late 1980s. Ahmed established a small militant group in Australia in 2001 and supported the idea of establishing an Islamic State in Australia and the use of violence against Australians.[9]:14

Benbrika group (Melbourne)[edit]

A group led by Algerian cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika in Melbourne was active until Australian police arrested its members in 2005.[10]

Cheikho group (Sydney)[edit]

A group led by Khaled Cheikho was active in Sydney until the Australian police arrested its members in 2005 under Operation Pendennis.[11]


The Al-Shabaab terror group is believed to have been behind the Holsworthy Barracks terror plot.[12][13][14][15]

Domestic terrorism[edit]

Domestic terror plots[edit]

A number of instances of domestic terror inspired by political Islam include plots by Faheem Khalid Lodhi,[16] Abdul Nacer Benbrika and Joseph T. Thomas. Other plots include the 2005 Sydney terrorism plot involving a group of five men who planed a terror attack in Sydney.[17]

ISIL-related incidents[edit]

A number of incidents relating to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group have involved Australians and garnered the attention of the Australian public. ISIL is a militant Sunni group which has been proscribed by Australian authorities as a terrorist organisation.[18]


In 2014, two Australian Islamic extremists made a promotional video encouraging Australians to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),[19] According to the Australian government, up to 150 Australians "have been or are currently overseas fighting with extremists in Iraq and Syria."[20] Some of their activities are thought to be war crimes.[21]

ISIL recruited Australian nationals for terror attacks in the Middle East including suicide bombings.[22][23]

Social media beheadings[edit]

One jihadist, Khaled Sharrouf, posted a picture of himself, and another of his son, holding a decapitated head.[24] There was public outrage in Australia over the incident.[25]

Threat of domestic terror[edit]

The Attorney-General Senator George Brandis has expressed concern that those fighting jihad, then returning from the Middle East, represent, "the most significant risk to Australia’s security that we have faced in many years."[26] The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is concerned that Australians fighting jihad may return home to plan terror attacks.[27][28] In October 2014, ISIL published an online video in which a teenage Australian Jihadi, Abdullah Elmir, threatened the United States and Australia, naming US president Barack Obama and Australian prime minister Tony Abbott as targets.[29][30]

Reactions and responses[edit]

Muslim community[edit]

A number of forums and meetings have been held about the problem of extremist groups or ideology within the Australian Islamic community.[31][32] A meeting of 60 sheikhs and leaders of community groups released a statement denouncing the federal government's proposed anti-terrorism laws as unjust, unjustified and hypocritical. A further meeting of 50 Muslim leaders endied with in-fighting and frustration.[33] Glenn Mohammed a Muslim lawyer has written, "Muslims need to be able to discuss these issues openly and denounce barbaric behaviour. Instead, we choose to remain silent and then criticise a government that tries to make Australia safer."[34] Sydney's Muslim leaders, including Keysar Trad, have condemned the actions of the suicide bombers and denounced ISIS.[23] Psychiatrist Tanveer Ahmed has examined underlying causes and has identified the significance of issues relating to 'family' and to 'denial'. He has said, "Muslim youths have unique difficulties in coming to terms with their identity, especially when they have conflicting value systems at home compared with school or work".[35] Academic Rodger Shanahan has said that it is Muslim community leaders who have the greatest responsibility for defeating the ideological component that is fueling the threat to Australian nationals.[36]

General community[edit]

Professor Peter Leahy, Director of National Security Institute at the University of Canberra and former Chief of Army said in August 2014, Australia should prepare for a 100-year war against radical Islam. Leahy said the threat was likely to worsen as radicals returned from overseas. Michael Krause, a former senior Australian Army officer responsible for planning the coalition campaign in Afghanistan, said he agreed “absolutely” with Leahy.[37]

Professor Michael Wesley, Director of the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at the Australian National University has said the Martin Place siege is an example of what he terms as 'Jihad 3.0' being both indiscriminate and horrifying, designed to tear at society’s sense of control and meaning.[38]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nahid Afrose Kabir, Muslims in Australia: Immigration, Race Relations and Cultural History, Routledge, 2004.
  2. ^ NATALIE O'BRIEN. "Mother of militant Islam's dark past." THE AUSTRALIAN. JULY 21, 2007.
  3. ^ David Martin Jones, Sacred Violence: Political Religion in a Secular Age, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  4. ^ Darren Goodsir, "Perth JI boss 'recruited bombers,'" Sydney Morning Herald, July 25 2003.
  5. ^ a b Zachary Abuza, Political Islam and Violence in Indonesia, Routledge, 2006.
  6. ^ Shandon Harris-Hogan. "The Australian Neojihadist network: Origins, evolution and structure." Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Volume 5, Issue 1. Global Terrorism Research Centre. Monash University. Victoria: Australia. (2012): pp. 18- 30.
  7. ^ Koschade, Stuart Andrew. "The internal dynamics of terrorist cells: a social network analysis of terrorist cells in an Australian context." (2007).
  8. ^ "Four Corners: Willie Brigitte." ABC News. 9 February, 2004.
  9. ^ Bendle, Mervyn F. "Secret Saudi funding of radical Islamic groups in Australia." National Observer 72 (2007): 7.
  10. ^ "Australia's Howard Says Fanatical Islam Behind Terror". Bloomberg (2 ed.). 9 November 2005. 
  11. ^ RACHEL OLDING, "Terrifying Legacy Emerges From Success of Operation Pendennis." Sydney Morning Herald. 24 August, 2014.
  13. ^ [2] Ian Munro, “Terror on Tap,” Sydney Morning Herald, December 24, 2010.
  14. ^ Raffaello Pantucci, “Operation Neath: Is Somalia’s al-Shabaab Movement Active in Australia?” Terrorism Monitor 9:3 (2011).
  15. ^ Leah Farrall, “What the al Shabab-al Qaeda Merger Means for Australia,” The Conversation, March 5, 2012.
  16. ^ Wallace, Natasha (17 November 2005). "Accused terrorist faces trial for lying to ASIO". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  17. ^ Woods, Ian (15 February 2010) Terror Plot Gang Jailed In Australia Sky News. Retrieved 15 February 2010
  18. ^ "Australian National Security - Islamic State". Australian Government. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  19. ^ Lloyd, Peter (21 June 2014). "Australian militants Abu Yahya ash Shami and Abu Nour al-Iraqi identified in ISIS recruitment video". ABC News. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  20. ^ Latika Bourke, Latika (19 June 2014). "Number of Australians fighting with militants in Iraq and Syria 'extraordinary', Julie Bishop says". ABC News. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  21. ^ Foreign Service (25 July 2014). "'Bucket full of heads any1 in aus want some organs please dont be shy to ask': Smirking Australian terrorist poses with decapitated heads in sickening pictures posted online". Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  22. ^ Wroe, David (18 July 2014). "First Australian suicide bomber in Iraq reportedly kills three people in Baghdad". SMH. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Benson, Simon; Mullany, Ashley (19 July 2014). "Sydney teen kills five in suicide bombing on crowded Iraqi market". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  24. ^ Crane, Emily (11 August 2014). "'I'm sure you've seen much worse than that': Staggering reaction of uncle of Australian boy, SEVEN, who was pictured brandishing head of slaughtered Syrian soldier". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  25. ^ Maley, Paul (12 August 2014). "Jihad's 'child soldiers' spark calls for action on extremists". The Australian. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
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  27. ^ Marszalek, Jessica (17 July 2014). "ASIO fears Australians fighting jihad overseas may return home to plan terror attacks". The Australian. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
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  33. ^ Olding, Rachel (25 August 2014). "Muslim unity bid over terrorism laws ends in frustration". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  34. ^ Mohammed, Glenn (29 August 2014). "My Muslim religion has problems that need fixing". The Age. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  35. ^ Ahmed, Tanveer (14 August 2014). "Muslim communities must face up to bad apples". The Australian. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
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  37. ^ Nicholson, Brendan (9 August 2014). "We'll fight radical Islam for 100 years, says ex-army head Peter Leahy". The Australia. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  38. ^ Wesley, Michael (20 December 2014). "Sydney siege: Welcome to Jihad 3.0, the third wave of terrorism and the most unpredictable". The Australian. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

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