The SPCA went to Torah Academy on Wed and, according to a TA email, put a stop to a millennia-old rite that thousands were to perform ahead of Yom Kippur today. Commonly known as “kaporros” in SA & “kaparot” in the US, the Jewish customary practice consists of taking a chicken & waving it over one's head 3 times while reciting a blessing. by a shochet (accredited ritual slaughterer) & sold. The money raised is given to the poor. Not this year, however, & Jewish social media is abuzz about whether the SPCA is going after schechita in general?
We just received the very sad news that Rabbi NM Bernhard has passed away. Not everyone knows or remembers the history of this man. I believe our community owes Rabbi Bernhard a huge debt of gratitude.
French soccer star Anelka performs the “QUENELLE” – an anti-Semitic gesture, last December (pictured). ISIS is another completely new term too. Others, like SODASTREAM, became widely used this year. Still others like “Pew,” #BringBackOurBoys, and “tunnel” will forever take on new meanings after the events of 5774. When Merriam-Webster released the latest edition of its Official Scrabble Players Dictionary last month, it announced that it had added more than 5,000 new words – including Yiddish words like “schmutz” and “tuchus.” From Golden Dawn to Terror Tunnel, here’s the 5774 glossary…
“When Black and White Became Dangerously Grey” is the title of the 1st of a series of monthly “Town Hall" meets from Likud-SA. The speaker (& daughter of ACDP head) is a prominent attorney & a fervent fighter for Israel. The Beyachad meeting is free & will be held on Sunday at 6pm – but RSVPs are essential for security. Olga (pic) is COO of "DEISI" (Defend, Embrace, Invest, Support Israel). Many readers might know her as an extremely eloquent and inspiring orator, having spoken at both the Zionism indaba earlier this year and at the recent rally at Huddle Park.
Security Update #2 - What is a “Level 4” threat? What does it mean to the community, to you & your family? Read a status report and find out what you should be doing about it. Howard Feldman, pictured left, is the non-executive chairman of the SA Jewish Report and Zev Krengel, right, president of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies. This is a series of articles in which Feldman & Krengel discuss the heightened threat level for SA Jewry to allow the SAJBD to communicate regularly with the community on SAJR.CO.ZA.
“There is no plot to deliberately hide information,” Government spokesperson Sabine Hadad told Haaretz, which had last Sunday suggested there was, after the Israeli government backtracked after first reporting that Yosef was the most popular boy’s name in 5774. It seems the story hit on delicate issues of Israeli identity. “The statistics published were the statistics requested during the past few years by everyone who contacted us to obtain this information, and for that reason the list relating to the most popular Hebrew names was issued,” insisted Hadad.
Shana Tova My Doll South African Moms Do Rosh Hashana: The stereotypical SA moms discussing the high holidays posted on 29 September. This hilarious sketch includes statements such as “If it’s true it’s not losh” SEE MORE VIDEOS
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