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    • ParshaRabbiWineberg

    How to hang Haman

    Mar 09, 2017 Go comment!
    Someone once asked: “What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?" The reply came quickly: “I don’t know and I don’t care!"
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    Happy people live longer

    Mar 03, 2017 Go comment!
    Forget an apple a day; a smile a day is healthier. This Adar, the month when the Talmud instructs us to increase in joy, consider the health benefits of unbridled joy.
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    Do Jews believe in reincarnation?

    Feb 23, 2017 Go comment!
    A question rabbis often hear is: Do Jews believe in reincarnation? Is it the same as our belief in resurrection? The Holy Zohar on our parsha, Mishpatim, begins with the words of Rabbi Shimon saying: “Eilin siddurin digalgulo - These words contain the secret of reincarnation.”
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    Join the conversations, have your say

    Feb 22, 2017 1 Comment
    JR Online users are having their say, as usual. While the website's peak day saw well over 12,000 users, it can also have as many as 300-plus comments posted on a busy day. Many are on older stories users have serendipitously happened along. Some are friendly greetings and exchanges, but often they descend into Chirp-fests – where users with differing views enjoy a good old argy-bargy on an issue. We list this week’s latest hotspots, and point users to a few of the Chirps posted this week - on well-commented stories long gone by…
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    Judaism: Faith or rational?

    Feb 16, 2017 Go comment!
    The age-old question theologians have been debating for centuries: Can religious beliefs be proven? Is religion synonymous with faith? Most religions entail a claim of prophecy or a transcendent experience by one person who then goes and reports it to others and demands that they follow him in service of a deity.
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    Home buyers pay R1million premium to live in ‘shtetl’

    Feb 09, 2017 2 Comments
    Why are Jewish home buyers in Johannesburg prepared to battle it out and bid against each other for the privilege of living in Glenhazel or Fairmount? Read this to find out. Emerging in between this very small number of highly sought-after homes over the past few years has been an ever-increasing number of kosher businesses - and businesses that service the needs of the Jewish market. Even office space in this unique “shtetl” goes at a huge premium, if one can find premises.
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    Only G-d holds the reins of power

    Feb 09, 2017 Go comment!
    Parshat Beshalach details the climax of our Exodus from Egypt. In it we experience the supernatural splitting of the sea where even the lowest Jew received higher visions than even the prophet Yechezkel.
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    This will open your eyes to Torah Law

    Feb 07, 2017 4 Comments
    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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    The Money or the Box?

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    What? Is the rabbi turning TV quiz show host? Has he become a gambling man?
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    • ParshaVaeiraRabbi Bloch

    The true source of success

    Jan 26, 2017 Go comment!
    There was once a man who had taken a severe financial loss. Desperate, while driving along a highway, he suddenly notices a racetrack. He pulls over and goes inside. Examining the programme, he notices one horse called Spatula in the sixth race that is listed at odds of 3000 to 1.
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    • ParshaKievemanShemos

    Thank you, South Africa!

    Jan 19, 2017 7 Comments
    This week saw social media ablaze with the “brocha” recited at the ANC’s recent birthday bash. ANC policies on Israel aside, I would like to draw attention to a theme that runs through the story of our people.
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    ANC uses wrong spiritual leader and wrong prayer

    Jan 15, 2017 5 Comments
    The master of ceremonies at the ANC's 105th birthday bash at Soweto's Orlando Stadium last weekend called on “Dr Ethel Phillips, from Judaism”, pictured, to say a prayer. In reality, Dr Phillips is a chaplain with the National Interfaith Council of South Africa. She said the wrong prayer (recited on wassing) and got some words wrong - like bemitzvotavu (sic). This embarrassment was was followed by another woman who was ostensibly representing the Muslim faith. Watch this hilarious incident and see what you think.
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    Parsha of the week: Vayigash

    Jan 06, 2017 Go comment!
    Rabbi Shmuel Bloch says that on December 9 2016, Kirk Douglas celebrated his 100th birthday.
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    Commentary on this week’s Parsha: Mikeitz

    Dec 30, 2016 Go comment!
    Are you old enough to remember Israel’s war of independence in 1948?
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    Rabbi becomes NYPD’s first 3-Star chief

    Dec 28, 2016 Go comment!
    The 80-year-old chaplain – who once traded a hostage-taker two pastrami sandwiches for his two guns - says that he had been accepting praise for the past 50 years “that doesn’t belong to me”. Most of it belonged to his wife, Miriam, he said. “She has been my confidant, my partner, my co-worker, she’s been my inspiration, she’s been my chaplain.”
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    Leave your wallet at home for Chanukah party

    Dec 23, 2016 Go comment!
    “Don’t miss the community party of the year,” says Lara Rosenthal, and she should know. She is a seasoned party organiser and this time it is the Great Chanukah Family Bash in the heart of Glenhazel - and everything is for free! Officiated by Rabbi Michael Katz of Chabad.
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    Johannesburg to join 8 m in lighting up the world

    Dec 21, 2016 Go comment!
    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 Go comment!
    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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    Parshas of the week: Vayishlach

    Dec 16, 2016 Go comment!
    This week's Parshas is Vayishlach and this commentary has been submitted By Rabbi Shmuel Bloch of Rabbi's Secrets
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    Lose the scale, eat latkes galore over Chanukah

    Dec 11, 2016 1 Comment
    The miracle of Chanukah is much deeper than the food, despite the famous Jewish joke: “They tried to kill us, we survived – let’s eat." Since holidays are a unique time for family bonding, there’s no better way to connect than over delicious food.
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