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  • Is a sweet year always good?

    Sep 07, 2017
    The well-known Rosh Hashanah greeting “Wishing you a good sweet year”, suggests a happy and joyful year ahead, as symbolised by the apple and honey. However, taking this literally, do “sweet” and “good” necessarily go together?
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  • Chief Rabbi changes prayer for the country

    Apr 28, 2017
    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein has changed the Prayer for the Republic of South Africa - a prayer rabbis say every Saturday morning in shul.
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  • German diplomat reminds not to stop teaching the Holocaust

    Apr 28, 2017
    The Charge D’Affaires of the German Embassy, Klaus Streicher, brought a strong message to the Yom Hashoah commemoration in Pretoria of ensuring the Holocaust is not forgotten, and always taught to the new generations so it can never happen again.
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  • Perpetuating the legacy of her grandpa

    Apr 28, 2017
    Nine-year-old Israel Gurwicz was one of many children sardined into the cattle truck of a train bound for death, but somehow managed to squeeze through a tiny opening and jump out of the moving vehicle. He survived to tell his story 65 years later to his granddaughter, Courtneigh Cloud Bernstein, who turned it into a theatrical docu-drama.
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  • The ‘compromise’ Shoah ceremony

    Apr 28, 2017
    Rabbi Julia Margolis, chairman of the South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity (SACRED) described this year’s Yom Hashoah as “on the one hand, disappointing, but on the other”, she added, “I’m not without hope”.
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  • Durban’s focus on the youth

    Apr 28, 2017
    The Durban Jewish community focused on the youth at their Yom Hashoah commemoration last Sunday evening.
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  • Krausz bears witness at West Park Cemetery

    Apr 28, 2017
    The horror of what happens when one kind of people dehumanise another, was a thread running through the second half of the Yom Hashoah ceremony at West Park Cemetery on Sunday.
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  • This will open your eyes to Torah Law

    Feb 07, 2017
    When honoured with an invitation to deliver the prestigious annual Hildesheimer Lecture at the Law School of Humboldt University in Berlin last month, Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein based his address on his doctoral thesis which looks at human rights from the perspective of Jewish law. For the purpose of the lecture, the chief rabbi updated his thesis for the world we live in now! READ the abridged layman’s version of this complex thesis which has been approved by the chief rabbi.
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  • Johannesburg to join 8 m in lighting up the world

    Dec 21, 2016
    Chabad House invites the entire Jewish community to celebrate the traditional eight days of lighting of the candles and entertainment at Sandton Chabad’s Goodness & Kindness Centre.
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  • Perth looking for chief rabbi in SA too

    Dec 19, 2016
    An exciting senior appointment in a “dynamic and varied role” awaits a rabbi ready to pack for Perth! But don't dilly-dally, applications close next month!
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  • Why Jews are better off without Xmas trees

    Nov 29, 2016
    This has to be one of the funniest stand-up pieces ever – and it was done in aid of Stand with Us! Even the Chief Rabbi will laugh himself silly at this take by Elon Gold called “Why The Jews Are Better Off Without Xmas Trees” – Gold takes a look at what the halacha of Christmas Trees may look like if they were part of our culture. This is a seriously funny little clip which has been doing the rounds since Monday. Watch it or you will wish you had!
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  • Rabbinical apology advances inclusivity

    Nov 16, 2016
    Just before Yom Kippur, seven senior modern Orthodox religious leaders apologised to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. This act of repentance sought to address and counter the abusive and insulting attitudes that many rabbis in the Orthodox community have actively promoted against LGBTI persons.
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  • Survivor is world's oldest, celebrates barmitzvah

    Sep 15, 2016
    The world's oldest man, 113-year-old Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal who lives in Israel, missed his barmitzvah due to the World War - WWI that is! His father was in the Russian army and his mother had died three years earlier. He was born in 1903, in the town of Zarnow, Poland. His two children died in a Polish ghetto, while he himself was deported to Auschwitz, where his wife died.
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  • Religious leaders pledge support to Pravin Gordhan

    Sep 14, 2016
    So, a rabbi, a priest and an imam walk into the Treasury… Last week Wednesday, four executive members of the National Religious Leaders Council (NRLC), including Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, met with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at his office in Pretoria.
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  • Madonsela to speak at Temple Israel milestone

    Jun 22, 2016
    Temple Israel in Hillbrow, the mother shul of the local Progressive Reform movement, will celebrate its 80th anniversary on Saturday July 9, with a special morning service starting at 10:00, followed by an exhibition tour and refreshments. A battery of local and international VIP guests will be in attendance.
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  • ‘Entebbe 40’ celebrated in style in Johannesburg

    Jun 22, 2016
    Star American vocalist Benny Friedman headlined two shows at Emperors Palace on Sunday and Monday nights this week and demonstrated unequivocally why he has climbed to the top of the international Jewish hit parade. His beautiful voice, energy, and chein came through loud and clear on stage.
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  • It’s not over till the lady sings - says Stern

    May 25, 2016
    How did I get to be in the situation of being one of three complainants against my own Jewish community? Ninety per cent of South African Jews probably think that muzzling women is looney, but 90 per cent also feel that we Jews shouldn’t wash our dirty linen in public. I agree. So if I agree, why am I, a shomer shabbat Orthodox-ish Jew, litigating?
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  • Berland opts for ‘Sun City’ jail

    Apr 26, 2016
    Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s attorney, Themba Langa, on Tuesday closed his case at the rabbi’s bail hearing in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court with an impassioned plea that the rabbi be given bail, especially as it is Passover. He said the rabbi was a man of elevated spirituality and probity and “in the normal course of events” would have returned to Israel to deal with the allegations of sexual assault made against him by followers. READ ALL ABOUT THE COURTROOM DRAMA...
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  • WW 11: 2 Polish non-Jewish sisters save a Jewish family of 13

    Mar 09, 2016
    Over the decades there have been countless stories of the heroics of ordinary people, many of them non-Jews, who went out on a limb to help save Jews during the Holocaust.
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  • Regulatory Board of Brit Mila starts its work

    Mar 02, 2016
    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein and the Johannesburg Beth Din this week announced the establishment of “The Regulatory Board of Brit Mila in SA”, following last year’s inquiry after a 2014 bris in Johannesburg led to irreparable damage for a baby boy.
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