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    'Teach your children the truth' writes Choni

    Apr 25, 2016 6 Comments
    With all the mixed messages from our spiritual and lay leaders regarding the importance and applications of Pesach in the Diaspora - writes Choni Davidowitz, pictured - and how we, as Jews, should be thankful that we can celebrate Passover in a free society, we should be reminded of the true meaning of the Pesach seder.
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    Balagan extraordinaire, bail hearing continues

    Apr 22, 2016 5 Comments
    Johannesburg - Court 13 of the Magistrate's court in Randburg, was yesterday [THURSDAY] the site of a tableau probably never witnessed in a South African court before.
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    Compromise on women singing looks likely

    Apr 21, 2016 5 Comments
    After the Cape Council of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies earlier this week rejected a compromise offer made by three claimants who are taking the Cape Board to the Equality Court over the constitutionality of not allowing women to sing at Jewish secular events, the Board has now agreed to hold a colloquium comprising all interested parties within the next two months.
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    Rivlin sells his Chometz in run-up to Pesach

    Apr 21, 2016 Go comment!
    In the run up to Pesach, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin carried out the deeply symbolic and religious ritual of selling of leavened goods ahead of Pesach on Sunday. He is pictured with the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Shlomo Amar.
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    Berland court proceedings end in a fracas

    Apr 20, 2016 2 Comments
    LATEST: According to the registrar of Mr Justice Andre Louw in the Pretoria High Court, Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s attorney Themba Langa personally went to Pretoria to remove his urgent application from the roll. He then rushed back to the Randburg Magistrate’s Court where the rabbi's bail case continued until 16:00 and resumed on Thursday morning.
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    An unusual invitation to experiencing liberty

    Apr 20, 2016 Go comment!
    One of the better known, but on reflection, more unusual statements that we make at the Seder must be the opening paragraph of the Maggid section. In it we declare “Ha Lachma Anya - This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt.” We then proceed to extend an invitation: “Let all who are hungry come and eat it.”
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    Halacha vs Constitution destined for Equality Court

    Apr 20, 2016 5 Comments
    The Cape Council of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies this week rejected a compromise offer made by the three claimants who are taking the Council to the Equality Court of the Western Cape High Court, arguing that it is unconstitutional to not allow women to sing at Jewish secular events. It now seems, the question of whether religious law trumps constitutional law, will probably be decided in the next few weeks by the Equality Court. Read the story - see the video.
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    Dramatic first court appearance for Berland

    Apr 18, 2016 3 Comments
    Having him in custody and keeping him there are two different things as Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the man who has evaded Authorities worldwide seven times over the past 18 months, has a second stab at getting awarded bail by a Randburg magistrate. Last Thursday Berland was allowed the dignity of not having to join the general prison population and the freedom to practice his spiritual beliefs from a private cell at the Randburg police station, where he has also been given permission to confer with his own doctors.
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    Court action: Margolis acted alone says SAUPJ

    Apr 15, 2016 5 Comments
    Alvin Kushner (pictured), national chairman of the South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ), clearly distanced his organisation from the Equality Court action in Cape Town against the SA Jewish Board of Deputies. While one of the SAUPJ rabbis has joined the action, he said, it had been instituted in her own name. Kushner acknowledged that the SAUPJ do “share the frustration felt by women who are prohibited from singing,” he said they were not part of the action against the Board.
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    Six Pesach lessons to convey to your children

    Apr 14, 2016 Go comment!
    Tonight I want to tell you a story. It's a story that began in a narrow, dark land where we knew our names but forgot who we were. It's a story of how we lost our way and fell until we reached a place where we could no longer speak. A place where we couldn't stay where we were, but didn't yet know how to leave.
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    Shulamit's Seder: a short story and recipe

    Apr 13, 2016 Go comment!
    we still reserved seats at the seder table for Russian Jews denied Passover, my sister-in-law Shulamit, despite her tiny apartment, complied. *Hebrew names have been used to protect identities
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    Lawsuit rabbi suspended from Board meetings

    Apr 13, 2016 24 Comments
    A conflict of interest over a case in the Western Cape High Court against the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape) over a ban on women singing at Jewish communal events has resulted in the suspension of Progressive Rabbi Julia Margolis, chair of the South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity (SACRED), from Board meetings.
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    Five tips for post-Pesach detoxing

    Apr 13, 2016 Go comment!
    Pesach is notorious for being a time of overeating and overindulgence. So, it is inevitable that you will probably find that your waistband is a little snugger after you’ve packed away your Pesach crockery.
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    Jubilation as new Sefer Torah is presented in Sandton

    Apr 13, 2016 Go comment!
    A second new Sefer Torah has been presented to Chabad of Sandton by Paul Weinberg and family - Karen, David and Jonathan Weinberg - amid much jubilation. The new Torah is in loving memory of Paul’s late mother Mona Weinberg who passed away on Yom Kippur in 2014, corresponding to 10 Tishrei 5775.
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    Community’s strength is strong foundations

    Apr 13, 2016 Go comment!
    This past Sunday, around 750 people flocked to the Cape Town International Convention Centre – among them, around 150 learners from Herzlia High School – as the Sinai-X roadshow concluded its run with a high-energy event in the Mother City. Rabbi Zev Leff, one of three headline speakers, shared his thoughts on the event, and on the South African Jewish community in general.
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    Free South Africa and Israel

    Apr 13, 2016 2 Comments
    The Freedom Charter, adopted in June 1955 in Kliptown, states: “We, the People of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people.”
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    A worldview that's for the birds

    Apr 13, 2016 Go comment!
    There is a cute joke that people who are familiar with Yiddish love to tell: 'What do you get when you cross a hen with a hare? Nisht ahin nischt aher (neither here nor there)!
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    Pesach a big event at Gauteng Jewish schools

    Apr 13, 2016 Go comment!
    Stories and pictures from excited youngsters at Eden (with Matzah Man, pictured), King David Linksfield and King David Victory Park.
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    Global kosher prices: How does SA compare

    Apr 13, 2016 Go comment!
    It is well known in Jewish law that one should not make or eat food that rises. This, however, certainly does not apply to prices, whether here or overseas.
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    Religious leaders: Zuma must go ‘for sake of SA’

    Apr 12, 2016 4 Comments
    Zuma “lost the moral legitimacy to govern this country,” Chief Rabbi (pictured Friday) tells media conference after NRLC & SACC - whom, he says, speak for upwards of 80% of South Africans. In the meeting, Goldstein told ANC that Zuma “is too busy fighting corruption allegations to govern”. He had also told them: “One day those in the ANC are all going to account to G-d for their actions. There is so much poverty and human suffering around us.” WATCH VIDEO OF THE CHIEF RABBI ADDRESSING THE MEDIA…
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