• Yom Tov tragedy: Orlianski’s death leaves unanswered questions

    Yom Tov was spent in the ICU ward praying and hoping for a miracle,” says Daniel Witz, the son-in-law of 71-year-old Zalman Orlianski, who was critically injured in an altercation with an Uber driver over a parking space at OR Tambo International Airport, where he was collecting his family for Rosh Hashanah on Sunday. Orlianski passed away in hospital before Yom Kippur.

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  • Verdicts bring closure to long saga of hate

    The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has made it clear that anti-Semitism – even from political leaders – will not be tolerated in South Africa.

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  • Ramaphosa calls for engagement on Israel – and help with SA’s revival

    “We must be vigilant against all forms of intolerance including anti-Semitism,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa in a landmark address to the South African Jewish community on 12 September at the Gardens Shul in Cape Town. “We must respond to it with the same resolve as we do against any act or statement that seeks to demean any faith, gender, or ethnic group.”

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  • Julius Malema says he never meant to hurt the Jewish community

    Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), insists it was never his intention to hurt or upset the Jewish community with anti-Semitic conspiracy claims. He was referring to claims he made in a press conference on 23 August that Jews are training right-wing extremists to become snipers to kill blacks over land.

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  • CSO warns community to be vigilant about kidnapping

    The Community Security Organisation (CSO) has warned parents and caregivers to be hyper-vigilant about children’s safety because of an increase in suspicious activity in public places.

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  • Clear connection exposed between international ISIS and SA

    A direct link was made this week between the kidnapping, murder, and extortion of an elderly British-South African couple in KwaZulu-Natal earlier this year and an international ISIS network after a Dutch man was arrested for attempting to purchase Bitcoins using the victim’s credit card.

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Video of the Day 


Chief Rabbi reiterates his call of a year ago for Jacob Zuma to stand down in this Pesach Video, likening the SA saga of today to our flight from Egypt 3329 years ago. “With that freedom comes a voice” he says. He will be marching in Pretoria on Friday.  

    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    Home is Hashem on Sukkot

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    The most difficult question I have been asked about Judaism is, “Which is your favourite festival?” Ooh, I don’t know! I love the traditions of Pesach: sitting with family and community members and speaking about Hashem’s love for us and kindness in taking us out of Egypt, tasting matza, and singing Dayeinu.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    What is the difference between hearing and listening?

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Why is it that music has such a deep effect on us? Sometimes it seems as though music has a direct line to our souls. It affects our mood and our emotions. It can make us laugh or cry. It can make us get up and dance, and it can make us stop and think. It can soothe us, uplift us, and stir us to the depths of our being.
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    • RabbiJohnathanSacks

    Shofar an almighty alarm clock

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    There are many lovely explanations for why we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, but one of the most powerful is given by Moses Maimonides. For Maimonides, the shofar is G-d’s alarm clock, waking us up from the “slumber” in which we spend many of our days. What did he mean?
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    New year brings new light, new life

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Hey, does anybody here still make new year’s resolutions? Or are we all over that phase? Maybe you do still make resolutions, and yours goes something like mine?
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