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    A series of fortunate events

    Mar 23, 2016 Go comment!
    Finally the day we've been waiting for arrives. I don't think it's a stretch to say that everyone has a warm place in their heart for Purim, be it dressing up, or giving gifts of shalach manos, to saying some l’chaims. We also listen to the Megillah, which relates the account of the Purim story.
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    It has been a week all about Israel in SA

    Mar 18, 2016 Go comment!
    Here are links to the most read items on Jewish Report this week. For the purpose of expediency we have simply posted our newsletter onto the website so that users would have access to it before we shut down for Shabbos. We'll be back with you on Sunday - please and any news leads to online.editor @sajr.co.za
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    Guptas to buy SA Jewish Report

    Mar 16, 2016 9 Comments
    In a move that shocked the Jewish establishment last week, the Board of the SA Jewish Report newspaper announced the sale of this publication to the Gupta family.
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    SA shuls plan full programmes for Purim

    Mar 16, 2016 Go comment!
    Purim, a joyous festival, gives credence to the Jewish joke: “They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat.” It is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar.
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    The masks we wear on Purim - and on Facebook

    Mar 16, 2016 Go comment!
    Like so many other Jewish little girls on Purim, both my big sister and I would dress up for our annual Purim carnival as Queen Esther. The morning of the carnival, my mom would array us in regal dresses, bright red lipstick and a homemade crown or sparkly tiara bought for this very occasion - and only this occasion - so as to raise grounded daughters the rest of the year.
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    Cannoli hamantashen for Purim - something different

    Mar 16, 2016 Go comment!
    My love of Italian cuisine was honed at a very early age - there was no lack of Italian restaurants, pizzerias and bakeries. If I had to pick my favourite Italian pastry, it would be no contest - I am #teamcannoli all the way.
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    This Shabbat Zachor we remember all victims of injustice

    Mar 16, 2016 1 Comment
    This coming Shabbat is called Shabbat Zachor - the Shabbat of Remembrance - one of the special Shabbatot leading up to Passover. In addition to the regular Torah portion, most congregations conclude with an additional reading of Deuteronomy 25:17-19.
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    Milk and cereal hamantaschen recipe for Purim

    Mar 16, 2016 Go comment!
    It’s that time of year, when bloggers and crazy Jewish women everywhere scramble to come up with unique variations of hamantaschen. And I am nothing if not a crazy Jewish woman.
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    A cherished teacher reconnects - 50 years on

    Mar 09, 2016 1 Comment
    Rosh Beth Din Rabbi Moshe Kurtstag has been part and parcel of the Beth Din for so many years that it is difficult to envision him in another role other than his imposing presence in the Jewish Ecclesiastical Court.
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    Monica Solomon is new SAUPJ Gauteng chairman

    Mar 09, 2016 Go comment!
    Monica Solomon has been elected as the new chairman of the Gauteng region of the South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ).
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    Guard against being too judgmental of others

    Mar 09, 2016 Go comment!
    The Talmud teaches us that just like no two people look the same, similarly no two people think alike. Today’s society is all too quick to judge what personalities are acceptable. We decide who fits in with our society and we deem who is a misfit on the basis that they may act differently to us.
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    WW 11: 2 Polish non-Jewish sisters save a Jewish family of 13

    Mar 09, 2016 Go comment!
    Over the decades there have been countless stories of the heroics of ordinary people, many of them non-Jews, who went out on a limb to help save Jews during the Holocaust.
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    Bronya Shaffer coming to SA to conduct all-women seder

    Mar 09, 2016 1 Comment
    Born in France and raised in Montreal, Bronya Slavin Shaffer will be coming to South Africa for Pesach and to conduct an all-women seder at the Bon Riviera at the Vaal, where her son-in-law, Rabbi Ari Kievman, has arranged a Pesach retreat for the entire Passover period.
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    Zayin Adar - a special day dedicated to a holy mitzvah

    Mar 09, 2016 Go comment!
    Thursday, the 7th of Adar (corresponding to March 17), marks the yahrtzeit of Moshe Rabbeinu, Moses our teacher.
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    Jonathan Sacks awarded 2016 Templeton Prize

    Mar 09, 2016 Go comment!
    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, who has spent decades bringing spiritual insight to the public conversation through mass media, popular lectures and more than two dozen books, has been awarded the 2016 Templeton Prize, his office said in a media release.
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    Grandma Beauty’s hamantashen - with a healthy twist

    Mar 09, 2016 Go comment!
    In her recently published memoir “My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes” (Berkley Books, September 2015), New York Times wellness blogger and nutritionist Dawn Lerman shares her food journey and that of her father, a copywriter from the “Mad Men” era of advertising at the Leo Burnett and McCann Erickson firms.
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    Here are latest news and views for you

    Mar 03, 2016 Go comment!
    Read the latest news and views about – and of interest to - South African and world Jewry, The South African Jewish Report sends out a digital newspaper 52 week of the year – and when there is a weekly print edition (an average of 45 weeks a year) a digital PDF version is attached as well.The website, Jewish Report Online, publishes updated news and views 24 hours a day, six days a week – even when there is no print edition.
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    • Parsha Generic

    Judaism is about applying theory in practice

    Mar 02, 2016 Go comment!
    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. I recently saw a sign that said: “Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behaviour does.”
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    Regulatory Board of Brit Mila starts its work

    Mar 02, 2016 1 Comment
    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein and the Johannesburg Beth Din this week announced the establishment of “The Regulatory Board of Brit Mila in SA”, following last year’s inquiry after a 2014 bris in Johannesburg led to irreparable damage for a baby boy.
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    Tomato pesto – grab those that are still kosher

    Feb 28, 2016 Go comment!
    The kashrut department of the Johannesburg Beth Din announced this week that all newly-made batches of “Ina Paarman’s Sundried Tomato Pesto" will no longer carry a hechsher on their label as they are no longer kosher.
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