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  • Parshat Vayikra

    Mar 04, 2014
    In traditional betei midrash young boys begin their Torah studies with Sefer Vayikra, the Book of Leviticus which contains all the laws of the priesthood and the sacrificial offerings.
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  • Nothing says “Chev” like Purim does!

    Feb 19, 2014
    Over the past few years Chev volunteers have been very visible in Jewish suburbs on Purim day. In their purple t-shirts and crazy costumes, under purple canopies with giant (yes, purple) Tzedokah boxes, they identified the Mitzvah of Matanot l’Evyonim – giving charity to the poor of your city – with the Chev’s work and made it an accessible and easy Mitzvah for the community to accomplish.
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  • Nandos’ Brozin heads Chief Rabbi's taskforce

    Feb 05, 2014
    In 14 years between 2001 & 2013: Chickens slaughtered reduced by 43 per cent from 879,393 to 506,210 (GRAPH LEFT); Beef slaughtered increased by 42 per cent from 8,557 to 12,138 & Lamb increased by 60 per cent from 10,072 to 16,102. SEE ALL THE GRAPHS. And find out why the kosher chicken crossed the road...
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  • UOS phones are out!

    Jan 29, 2014
    Due to a lightning strike, the UOS Johannesburg’s phone lines are down. Technicians are working to resolve the issue, they say, which they hope to be very soon. If anyone is unable to get through to them in the interim, call them on 087 231-7267. The UOS switchboard includes the Office of the Chief Rabbi, the Beth Din and the kashrut department.
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  • Philanthropist Sam Sher passes on

    Jan 20, 2014
    “Sam has departed. South Africa has lost its glory” declared Rabbi B Grossnass; “The whole community is in mourning over the loss of a tzaddik in our time and one of the most wonderful philanthropists in our city” lamented Isaac Reznik in a ChaiFM tribute. Anguish was felt across Johannesburg, Manchester and many towns in Israel.
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  • Parshat Yitro: The worth of the human being

    Jan 15, 2014
    It is well known that there is a difference of opinion as to whether Yitro’s arrival in the camp of Israel in the desert occurred before or after the revelation and granting of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
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  • NB – TAKE URGENT NOTE!

    Jan 10, 2014
    The kashrut dept issued 9 new notices today, mostly of goods no longer kosher. Read this list urgently and take careful note of the contents.
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  • Parshat Beshalach – from the Chief's desk

    Jan 09, 2014
    This week’s parsha teaches us that it is indeed possible to live a life of Torah ideals, regardless of the circumstances. The parsha begins with the Jewish people leaving Egypt. They get to the edge of the Red Sea and by this stage Pharaoh regrets having begged them to leave after the tenth plague, and he and his army are in hot pursuit to bring them back to Egypt.
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  • Parshat Bo - The Ultimate Freedom

    Jan 03, 2014
    Some of the most important blessings that we enjoy in life we take for granted. For example, breathing. The Gemara actually says that we should give thanks to Hashem for every breath – al kol neshima veneshima. Seeing somebody on a ventilator, G-d forbid, makes us realise what a blessing breathing is. But generally, we take breathing for granted. We don’t even think about it, we do it subconsciously.
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  • Kosher dried fruit & nuts for Africa

    Dec 19, 2013
    More customers opting for a healthier lifestyle led KosherWorld to add a store-within-a–store & join the Montagu family.
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  • Chief Rabbi’s memorial Prayer for Madiba

    Dec 10, 2013
    Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein is renowned for delivering deeply meaningful speeches and Prayers at the best of times. But today, before what was arguably the most eminent crowd ever assembled at one place in human history – outdid even his own standards in the Prayer he delivered at the Nelson Mandela memorial service today.
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  • We're all mourners, we've lost a great leader

    Dec 06, 2013
    Today we are all mourners for we have lost a great leader. Our world is a sadder and emptier place without Nelson Mandela writes CHIEF RABBI GOLDSTEIN."The SA Jewish community extends sincerest condolences to President Nelson Mandela’s entire family – to his wife, Graça, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his entire extended family."
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  • All who knew 'Tata' suffer his absence

    Dec 06, 2013
    "It is with much sadness and regret that we note the passing of President Nelson Mandela at the age of 95" -The South African Union for Progressive Judaism. "May the memories of his life sustain and support everyone through this time of bereavement and in the years that lie ahead. Madiba will remain a presence through the living legacy of his many charities and the philanthropic projects started in his name."
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  • Parshat Vayigash - Blue lights

    Dec 03, 2013
    "A few years ago I was invited to the Sandton police station to attend the police parade and address the SAPS on the festival of Chanukah," writes Rabbi Wineberg
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  • SAJR Online to post Chanukah candles daily

    Nov 19, 2013
    Dont miss SAJR Online's special chanukia pages during the eight days of Chanukah. Each evening we will add another candle
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  • Kroonstad Catholic priest honoured by SA Jewry

    Nov 14, 2013
    Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft last week presented Father Stephen Giles, head of the Catholic Cathedral in Kroonstad with a certificate of appreciation & JNF certificate recording that a tree had been planted in his name in Israel for his support for Kroonstad Jewry over many years
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  • “Community has a spring in its step” - Chief

    Oct 24, 2013
    Jewish Report’s ANT KATZ sat down this week for a post-Shabbos Project interview with the architect of the acclaimed event, CHIEF RABBI WARREN GOLDSTEIN
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  • 50 years on and still going strong

    Oct 16, 2013
    Community pays glowing tribute to the dynamic Tanzer couple’s long association with Yeshiva College at a glitzy tribute dinner writes SHIRA DRUION
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