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    Chief Rabbi’s appeal for a fast for rain

    May 25, 2017 4 Comments
    Cape Town is brown and dry and running out of water fast. The province has been declared a disaster area. Many Jewish Capetonians were grateful for Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein’s call earlier this week for all South African Jews to do a half-day fast for rain in Cape Town.
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    I don’t accept converts

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    Many years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I still had more hair on my head than on my pillow, I met a Jewish professor in Canberra who proudly told me that he doesn’t accept converts.
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    Holocaust play becomes anti-Semitic drama

    May 25, 2017 5 Comments
    "They were chanting Heil Hitler, Heil Hitler. I was shocked and disgusted. I couldn't believe what I was hearing."
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    ‘Frankel Eight’ fighting for other child victims

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    While the alleged sexual abuse victims of the late business tycoon Sidney Frankel will never see justice done for the crimes against them, they are fighting the law so that other victims will.
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    Frankel is gone, but his ‘legacy’ lives on

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    Alleged paedophile Sidney Frankel is dead. But the crusade for justice and true healing continues for the so-called “Frankel Eight”. They speak candidly to the Jewish Report about how they feel as it plays out in the Johannesburg High Court.
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    No excuse for Nazi anti-Semitism

    May 25, 2017 1 Comment
    Hearing the words “Heil Hitler” are enough to make any Jew go cold. But when Jewish children participate in a schools’ theatrical festival, it is totally unacceptable for them to be subjected to this kind of blatant anti-Semitism.
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    Donald Trump on his whistle-stop visit

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    He came, he saw, he left. American President Donald Trump’s whirlwind visit to Israel and Bethlehem lasted just 27 hours - but Israelis and Palestinians will no doubt dissect its significance for weeks to come.
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    Community support has made Kabrins reassess his Judaism

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    When Howdy Kabrins arrived in South Africa shortly after his daughter Gabriela “Gaby” Alban’s murder at the Camps Bay Retreat boutique hotel some two years ago, he asked the rabbi at the shul across the road to light a memorial candle for her.
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    Why is kosher biltong so expensive?

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    South African Jews love biltong as much as sunny skies and braaivleis. It is in our nationality and love of all things South African.
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    Aliyah, the good, the bad and the meshuga

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    The highly-anticipated arrival of President Donald Trump in Jerusalem, is likely to dominate news here in the Middle East and abroad for a while. Much has already been made of the fact that the controversial American businessman is the first sitting US president to visit the Kotel.
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    Six Day War left mixed legacies

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    This week Israel and the Jewish world celebrated Yom Yerushalayim, commemorating 50 years since the recapture of the Old City of Jerusalem from Jordan in the middle of the Six Day War (June 5-10, 1967).
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    Taking Tikkun Leil into the modern world

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    As part of the celebration of the giving of the Torah, it has become a practice to stay up all night on Shavuot, learning Torah. The name for this practice is Tikkun Leil Shavuot. It is interesting to consider the different forms this practice can take and what this might say about being Jewish or Jew-ish, in the 21st century.
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    Documenting the fledgling country’s first battles

    May 25, 2017 1 Comment
    "Above and Beyond" is a fascinating, emotion-driven and highly absorbing documentary about the shaky beginnings of the Israel Air Force, launched at a time when the fledgling state was preparing to declare its independence and with the prospect of war with its neighbouring Arab states looming large.
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    Israel through Cape Town eyes

    May 25, 2017 1 Comment
    “There’s a lot of hate in this world… We live with it daily: anti-this, anti-that - when all it should be is anti-hate.” Dorin Braun’s lyrical voice grabs my attention. The words he co-wrote with Chad Nathan and Daniel Navarro, draw me in. My eyes feast on Chad’s skilled videography.
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    Mother City dances to the tune of Yom Yerushalayim

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    The Six-Day War was won with “miracles of Biblical proportions”, said guest speaker Rabbi Dorron Kline, at Cape Town’s Yom Yerushalayim celebration.
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    Johannesburg warmly embraces Yom Yerushalayim

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    If you weren't able to be in Yerushalayim to celebrate 50 years since the reunification, the next best option was undoubtedly the incredible communal celebrations on the Yeshiva College campus in Johannesburg.
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    Jerusalem is the Jews’ DNA

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    Yom Yerushalayim commemorates the reunification of East and West Jerusalem, which was a result of Israel’s victory in the 1967 Six Day War. After thousands of years, Jews were once again allowed unrestricted access to the many holy sites in Jerusalem, most notably the Western Wall - the Kotel.
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    Jerusalem - G-d’s embassy

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    One of the most contentious debates provoked by President Donald Trump, is the proposal to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israeli leadership from the very top, including the president, the prime minister and the mayor of Jerusalem, have all called for the moving of the embassy to Jerusalem.
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    Five ways to celebrate Shavuot

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    Shavuot is the “Rodney Dangerfield of Jewish holidays”, says Rabbi Shira Stutman of Washington, DC’s Sixth and I synagogue. Meaning: It gets no respect.
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    The truth about Ruth’s marriage to Boaz

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    The Book of Ruth, which is read on Shavuot, is one of the shortest books in the Tanach, but its brevity conceals complexities and the deep spiritual forces that formed the Royal House of David.
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