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    • Spitzer Dr HOME

    World authority on brit milah shares expertise

    Jun 08, 2016 Go comment!
    The Regulatory Board of Brit Mila in South Africa, which was inaugurated in March this year, has made huge strides in creating a governance structure. As part of the process, the new regulatory body last week brought out one of the world’s foremost authorities on circumcision and the management and registration of mohelim, Dr Joseph Spitzer, from London (pictured left). All the mohelim from around South Africa came together for an extensive all-day workshop.
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    • Sue

    Shavuot - a festival with many names

    Jun 08, 2016 Go comment!
    Shavuot has several names, each highlighting a different aspect of a festival that marks a key occasion in Jewish existence. Strangely, it has been relegated for many to a lower status than Pesach and Rosh Hashanah.
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    Sweet ricotta & strawberry bourekas for Shavuot

    Jun 08, 2016 Go comment!
    I’m a cheese and dairy fanatic. So for obvious reasons my favourite holiday is Shavuot. This is when spring has sprung and my family makes a whole spread of cheese and dairy-filled foods and desserts.
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    Bitachon - trust in G-d

    Jun 08, 2016 Go comment!
    A young man returned from visiting his father in hospital. His father was tragically losing his long battle with cancer. The renowned Rabbi Shimon Schwab asked the man about the condition of his father. He answered: “I have trust in G-d that he will recover”.
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    Two stunning Shavuot recipes

    Jun 08, 2016 1 Comment
    The Torah was given by G‑d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3 300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot Jews renew their acceptance of G‑d’s gift, and G‑d “re-gives” the Torah.
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    Ambassadors talk about Israel and Germany

    Jun 08, 2016 Go comment!
    On Sunday May 29, SACRED (South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity) in collaboration with the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, Bet David Progressive Synagogue and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, was an organiser of “Ambassadors in Conversation: Dealing With a Complicated Past, Creating a Common Future”.
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    Kol isha: Colloquium and then to court

    Jun 08, 2016 2 Comments
    Kol Isha - interpreted as the voice of a woman singing solo in public - has become a divisive issue within the Jewish community, culminating in two Cape Town Orthodox Jews and SACRED (the SA Centre for Religious Diversity and Equality) taking court action on constitutional grounds against the Cape Council of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies for unfair discrimination against women.
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    Pine Street's big Yom Yerushalayim event

    Jun 08, 2016 Go comment!
    Last Saturday night a capacity crowd at the Pine Street Shul Hall in Johannesburg celebrated Yom Yerushalayim in style.
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    Rabbi Berland's SA road is set to reach its end

    Jun 01, 2016 1 Comment
    Speculation on the imminent extradition to Israel of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the fugitive Shuvu Banim Breslov sect leader, has reached fever pitch when followers posted on both his website and blog just prior to Shabbos last weekend that the rabbi was returning to Israel, supposedly of his own volition, after three years on the run.
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    • Kol Isha HOME

    ‘Reconciliation’ talk, but 2 sides poles apart

    Jun 01, 2016 3 Comments
    There have been a number of significant developments in the kol isha matter - an Equality Court action brought by Gilad Stern and others against the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies over refusing to allow women to sing in front of men at secular events (with the emphasis on the recent Yom Hashoah commemoration) over the past week. But despite some conciliatory gestures, the “moratorium” doesn’t look very solid.
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    Community itself should resolve Kol Isha

    Jun 01, 2016 1 Comment
    The question of women singing at Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Commemoration Day is one that has caused a great deal of heartache within our community. Unfortunately, the debate has been characterised by much emotion but little understanding of the facts and issues involved.
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    Fifty bonfires make for a warm and cosy Great Park Lag B’Omer

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    Over 3 500 members of the Johannesburg Jewish community gathered together in the Great Park Forest in celebration of Lag B ‘Omer and Jewish unity last week. A broad spectrum of 41 Johannesburg communities and organisations participated in what was the biggest Lag B’Omer celebration to date.
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    • Jeff

    ‘Kol isha’ question - for community to decide

    Jun 01, 2016 1 Comment
    On June 20, the SAJBD Cape Council will be facilitating a colloquium for its affiliate organisations to debate the question of women singing solo at Yom Hashoah, hopefully the outcome of which will be a working solution for the Cape Jewish community’s continued all-inclusive commemoration of the Holocaust.
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    Blessings or curses - you decide

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    Howzit? How was your week? Do you feel blessed right now? Cursed? Our Torah portion has strong feelings on this matter.
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    Kol isha heading for the Equality Court

    May 31, 2016 Go comment!
    Unless something drastic happens at the proposed Cape Town community colloquium next month to try to resolve the differences between two Cape Town Orthodox Jews joined by SACRED (a Progressive-affiliated interfaith group, the SA Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity) and the Cape Council of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies who decided not to allow women to sing solo at this year’s Yom Hashoah commemoration, the scene is set for a ground-breaking court case with huge repercussions all-round.
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    Get refusal leaves many Jewish women in limbo

    May 25, 2016 7 Comments
    A Cape Town woman has been living in a married wilderness for five years because her former husband is refusing to give her a get. But now she is getting help from the Cape Town branch of the Union of Jewish Woman (UJW) who has launched a campaign they hope will persuade the rabbonim and community leaders to help secure a get from the man who is getting married in a civil ceremony this Sunday.
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    Jewish women not second class citizens

    May 25, 2016 Go comment!
    Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis calls himself “very fortunate” to have grown up in South Africa and to have been part of the English Orthodox model where one did not have to be “frum” to attend an Orthodox shul. “Everybody’s welcome, all are equal and part of our communities - we leave it up to G-d to judge individuals.
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    • Jeff

    Mother City in celebratory mood this year

    May 25, 2016 Go comment!
    Since the beginning of 2016, a number of events, including a symphony concert and public lectures, have been held in Cape Town as part of a year-long programme marking the 175th anniversary of Jewish communal life in the city.
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    • Gilad

    It’s not over till the lady sings - says Stern

    May 25, 2016 6 Comments
    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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    • Kol Isha HOME

    Date set for ‘women singing’ in Equality Court

    May 05, 2016 1 Comment
    The Equality Court action being brought against the Cape Board of Deputies by two Cape Orthodox Jews and subsequently joined by an interfaith Progressive-affiliated group, SACRED, has not had an impact on today’s Yom Hashoah proceedings at the at Pinelands Cemetery in the city. But JR Online has established that court dates have been set down and we publish the legal copies of the arguments of the respective parties today.
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