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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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  • Once iconic Johannesburg shul now a popular church

    Feb 24, 2016
    I “went to church” on Sunday - not to attend a service, but to mingle with the thousands who were gathered inside and outside the former Great Synagogue, Wolmarans Street in Johannesburg.
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  • Chief Rabbi accorded special honour at SONA

    Feb 16, 2016
    Chief rabbi Warren Goldstein (pictured) was singled out to sit among the Judges and Speakers of Provincial legislatures rather that with other religious leaders in the gallery. Michael Bagraim, MP, told Jewish Report this was a matter of great pride for both him and the other Jewish MP Darren Bergman. See what the Chief Rabbi felt about SONA and a picture on the steps of Parliament with the Jewish MPs...
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  • Bad Jews and Berland: Who talks for the Jews?

    Feb 03, 2016
    It is ironic that the provocative play Bad Jews is on in Johannesburg at the same time as the strange saga of fugitive Rabbi Eliezer Berland is playing itself out. Both have been reported on in this newspaper and others. The resonance between them has to do with who takes responsibility for the well-being and behaviour of Jewish communities; both are attracting intense interest.
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  • Women ‘rabbis’ in Orthodoxy remains a sensitive issue

    Feb 03, 2016
    Recently-ordained Rabbi Lila Kagedan has stirred up international controversy after adopting the title of rabbi. Kagedan, the first Yeshivat Maharat graduate to go by the title “rabbi”, has been hired by Mount Freedom Jewish Centre in Randolph, New Jersey.
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  • Two baddies and a goodie from the Beth Din

    Feb 02, 2016
    The kashrut department of the Johannesburg Beth Din has issued three announcements over the past week. Two are alerts that involve Woolworths and one is a nice new item for Kashniks, Jewish Report Online’s name for kosher consumers.
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  • Botched bris led to 2015's most viral story

    Jan 06, 2016
    The most viral story of the year had 1 229 reads within 24 hours of its November 11 publication (and 2 199 in the week) and was also retold by international Jewish publications and the Sunday Times in South Africa. “Bris findings leave unanswered questions” was about the outcome of a commission of inquiry following a serious injury to a local baby at his brith milah in Sandton in June 2014.
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  • Shabbos Project - three steps to global reach

    Jan 01, 2016
    The incredible global adoption of Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein’s initiative found itself at "home" this year with its full-scale roll-out in Israel for the first time. "I am writing this from The Shabbos Project global call centre in Tel Aviv, where calls are being fielded in eight languages from 550 cities in 70 countries around the world," Rabbi Goldstein told Jewish Report on the Wednesday prior.
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  • Halachic attitudes towards secular studies revisited

    Dec 13, 2015
    Local Rabbi Gavin Michal has become an international hit as a blogger and on Twitter with his Kotzk Blogs and, now, with #shortkotzkvorts, he reaches an audience approaching 10 000 a week. Sometimes considered controversial, Rabbi Michal is anything-but. His work is carefully considered and his references are always quoted. Actually Rabbi Michal’s teachings are the good, old-fashioned views of some of the most revered Litvak rabbis.
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  • Russia - from harsh persecution to freedom of religion

    Dec 02, 2015
    The problem in Russia today was a lack of manpower to assist Jews who want to reclaim their heritage, said Rabbi Berel Lazar, chief rabbi of Russia, who shared his experiences of leading the Jewish community in Russia through the transition from Communism, at a Siyum HaRambam - marking the completion and beginning of the global cycle of daily study - and Yud Tes Kislev celebration in Cape Town, during a short visit to South Africa.
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  • Deisi brings IsRaction to SA for Chanuka

    Dec 02, 2015
    SA lobbyists join hands with UK Jewry’s’ highly successful “IsrAction Campaign last year, aimed at buying Israeli or kosher products and giving them to the less fortunate. “Take light and life into the community this Chanukah (festival of lights) with Deisi International” – this is the message that the increasingly international South African Christian Zionist group headed by Olga Meshoe is putting out to the Jewish community this Chanukah. It is so easy to participate – see video and details of how to participate below the story
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  • Inspired by remarkable heroism of Israelis

    Oct 21, 2015
    TOGETHER WITH ISRAEL! "I am writing this from The Shabbos Project global call centre in Tel Aviv, where calls are being fielded in eight languages from 550 cities in 70 countries around the world," says Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein. "Israelis go about their daily lives with determination and dignity in defiance of the violence. In this spirit it has been a privilege to see how so many Israelis are preparing for this year’s Shabbos Project."
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  • Why’s this different from all other calendars?

    Sep 09, 2015
    Jewish Report apologises to PESACH for stealing a headline that belongs squarely to that particular chag, while reviewing a publication that itself belongs to the Jewish New Year - just prior to Rosh Hashanah. The fact is that, in general, "a calendar is a calendar is a calendar", be it the Gregorian, Hebrew, or Chinese, as long as they offer the user the essential information he or she needs. But SA businessman Arnold Garber has been disproving this adage year after year - and 5776 is no exception.
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  • Rosh Hashanah: It means different things to different people

    Sep 02, 2015
    With Rosh Hashanah approaching we asked several leading lights in our community what Rosh Hashanah means to them.
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  • Rabbi Cyril Harris: A man for all seasons

    Aug 19, 2015
    This year marks the 10th anniversary since the passing of Emeritus Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris z”tl.
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  • A biblical injunction to take care of pets

    Aug 05, 2015
    The Internet and newspaper classified sections are chock-a-block with advertisements urging people to adopt pets - especially dogs and cats - but there are also horses, ducks, rabbits, budgies, monkeys, even Bearded Dragons and snakes.
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  • Oldest scroll of Book of Lamentations from Qumran

    Jul 27, 2015
    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu met on Sunday with Israel Antiquities Authority’s curator in charge of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Pnina Shor (pictured) who had brought the latest display, a 2 000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll on the Book of Lamentations that was found in the Qumran Caves, to his office for him to see.
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  • Great Park Synagogue - steeped in tradition

    Jul 22, 2015
    Almost uniquely for a major Diaspora city, Johannesburg has had a Jewish presence from its earliest beginnings. Two present-day Jewish organisations can trace their origins back to the late 1880s, when the town was less than a year old. One is the Chevrah Kadisha and the other the Great Park Synagogue.
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  • Is Israeli Rabbinate targeting R. Shlomo Riskin

    Jun 02, 2015
    Israel’s Rabbinate appears to have targeted a leader whose critique of Israel’s religious status quo is subtle. Shlomo Riskin, pictured left, the chief rabbi of the West Bank settlement of Efrat, has been summoned to a hearing before the Rabbinate later this month where he believes his job will be challenged.
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