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    This Rosh Hashanah, I challenge you to focus on the positives

    Sep 22, 2016 Go comment!
    Two essential parts of preparing for Rosh Hashanah, our clean slate for the year, is asking forgiveness from anyone we wronged and making a list (mental or written) of the ways we fell short since the last time we heard the shofar.
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    Recipes: Stuffed Monkeys; Chinese chicken with peaches

    Sep 21, 2016 Go comment!
    Rosh Hashana Recipes - Stuffed Monkeys and Chinese chicken with peaches
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    The makings of a great Jewish home

    Sep 21, 2016 2 Comments
    We live in a world of flux, here in South Africa, in Israel and around the world. Our response should be to strengthen and nurture our families and to create vibrant Jewish homes. But how do we make a great Jewish home?
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    Parsha Ki Tetze

    Sep 15, 2016 Go comment!
    This week we read Ki tivne bayit chadash… when you build a new house, you must place a guard-rail around your roof so that you will not bring blood upon your house should any man fall from the unenclosed roof.”
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    Survivor is world's oldest, celebrates barmitzvah

    Sep 15, 2016 Go comment!
    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 Go comment!
    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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    Chief Rabbi Goldstein to headline USA conference

    Sep 14, 2016 Go comment!
    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein will be headlining this month’s Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) Leadership Conference in College Park, Maryland, in the US. The conference takes place from September 18 - 20.
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    US drove Israel to abandon Gaza in '05 –Bedien

    Sep 09, 2016 Go comment!
    Rabbi took his secret with him to the grave: the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Haifa and President of Israeli rabbinical courts, Rabbi Eliyahu Yosef She'ar Yashuv Cohen, pictured, passed away this week, taking one of the “most stirring episodes of the history of the modern state of Israel” to his grave with him – the fact that the US ordered Israel to pull out of Gaza in 2005 says David Bedein.
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    Kol Isha returns, with a vengeance

    Sep 09, 2016 1 Comment
    “It is over, finish and klaar!” wrote Jewish Report on 27 July after an out-of-court settlement was reached in the six-month long Kol Isha saga between Capetonian Jewry and the Cape Board. The emboldened victors returned with a vengeance this week. The same Applicants and legal team have taken the same matter up with the national Board - and insist they will go to the Johannesburg Equality Court, in January if the Cape agreement , or a suitable alternative, is not implemented nationally by then
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    Chief’s varsity fee input sits well with Blade

    Sep 08, 2016 7 Comments
    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein (pictured) accompanied by Rabbi Gideon Pogrund formed part of an interfaith meeting called by Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande in Johannesburg last week. Dr Nzimande is currently seeking the broadest possible community input into his quest to solve the crisis over university fees and student demand that there should be no increase at all - for the second year running.
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    Gardens Shul - glorious past, bright future

    Aug 24, 2016 3 Comments
    It all began in September, 1841, when 17 men gathered for the Kol Nidrei service at the home of Benjamin Norden, which today forms part of the Mount Nelson Hotel. The next month, the Cape Town Hebrew Congregation, the first in the country, was officially founded.
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    Me, you and us

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    Who is more important, the Jew or the Jewish people? Is it Reb Yisroel or Am Yisroel?
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    Cemetery in sad state & no funds for repair

    Aug 24, 2016 1 Comment
    The Jewish cemetery in Roodepoort on the West Rand is in a sorry state of disrepair, with nearly a third of the tombstones broken or pushed over. There is also no wall to demarcate the area from the general cemetery. Unfortunately, no Jewish congregation remains to deal with the problem, nor are there funds available to carry out the necessary restoration.
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    How Israeli women are gaining in the fight for Jewish divorce

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    In this case, the sins of the son are the sins of the father. Israel’s Supreme Rabbinical Court this month jailed haredi Orthodox man for 30 days for pressuring his son to withhold a divorce from his wife for more than a decade. By upholding a lower rabbinical court decision, the high court gave its blessing to an unprecedented approach to freeing women from unwanted marriages.
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    R. Rosen: 50 years of Jewish-Catholic relations

    Aug 18, 2016 Go comment!
    Rabbi David Rosen, one of the world’s foremost Jewish leaders in the field of inter-religious dialogue, will shortly be visiting South Africa to participate in the 50thanniversary commemorations of the famous Nostra Aetate declaration. This coming Monday, he will be speaking to the Gauteng Jewish community on the topic “From Foe to Friend – Catholic-Jewish Relations”.
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    Understanding G-d’s command to love Him

    Aug 17, 2016 Go comment!
    Want to understand love? Look to army veterans and rats. The parsha for this week - Nachamu Va’etchanan - tells us to love G-d. How can you be commanded to love someone, and especially to love G-d? You can’t see or touch G-d, so love G-d?
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    Don’t stop dreaming

    Aug 17, 2016 Go comment!
    This past Sunday world Jewry commemorated Tisha B’Av - the saddest day on our calendar. But this weekend is known as “Shabbos Nachamu - the Shabbos of Comfort” when we declare the immortal words of Isaiah from the haftorah, “Nachamu Nachamu Ami - Take comfort, be consoled my people”, a vision of healing and renewal.
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    Bringing full redemption soon in our days

    Aug 10, 2016 Go comment!
    Our Shabbat is called Shabbat Hazon, “the vision”, based on the opening words of the Haftorah, which also serves as the opening of the Book of Isaiah as well: “The vision of Isaiah, the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.”
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    Get refusals: Only so much the Beth Din can do

    Aug 10, 2016 Go comment!
    Michelle Blumenau Alge, a founder of Go Getters, a support group for chained women (agunot) who have not received a get (Jewish divorce) from their recalcitrant husbands, issued an impassioned plea to the Beth Din to find a way to free them from their “abusive captors”.
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    Inheritance revisited

    Aug 02, 2016 Go comment!
    There is something deeply spiritual about the inheritance that comes down to us from our parents or that we bequeath to our children.
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