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    • Get

    Beth Din to name & shame refusers of gets

    Mar 30, 2016 6 Comments
    The South African Beth Din has taken a leaf out of its London counterpart’s book by announcing last week that it will be “naming and shaming” recalcitrant husbands who refuse to give their wives a get (Jewish divorce).
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    • Chief Rabbi 15-HOME

    Algemeiner’s third annual ‘Jewish 100′ List

    Mar 30, 2016 Go comment!
    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein again made it on the Third annual ‘Jewish 100′ list of the top people “positively influencing Jewish life” list. The plush event was held on Monday night in New York (Tuesday in SA). The star-studded gala was held in in New York City and honorees in attendance included Britain’s Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove, News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch and famed philosopher and humanitarian Bernard-Henri Lévy.
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    • Yemen home

    Secret mission nets 500-year-old Torah

    Mar 29, 2016 Go comment!
    Some of the last remaining Jews in war-torn Yemen have been brought to Israel in a secret mission by the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), or the Sochnut, which is responsible for Jewish immigration to Israel. The non-profit organisation said some 50 Jews had chosen to stay in Yemen, but among the last to leave was a rabbi carrying a 500-year-old Torah scroll. SEE PICTURES
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    • YH683

    Modern Jewish holiday season upon us

    Mar 29, 2016 Go comment!
    Since the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, the Knesset has established five public holidays or days of remembrance/celebration. Three of these are coming up shortly: Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day; Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day for the Fallen; and Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Trust Jewish Report to give you the news about all the events taking place around the country.
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    • Parev cookies HOME

    US Girl Scout thin mints now parev

    Mar 28, 2016 Go comment!
    Now here’s some exciting news for our kosher users in the US: The Girl Scouts have been working hard at making sure their cookies can be enjoyed by anyone with diet restrictions, including vegans and those who keep kosher.
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    • Estelle

    London kids in their Purim costumes

    Mar 28, 2016 Go comment!
    French photographer Estelle Hanania spends many a Purim in London’s ultra-Orthodox Stamford Hill taking quirky, gorgeous pics of kids. Now there's a book.
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    • Kotel prayers

    Israel only country where more men pray

    Mar 25, 2016 Go comment!
    Israel is the only country in the world where more men engage in daily prayers than women, according to a new study by the Pew Research Centre. The study, which draws on data from more than 2 500 censuses and surveys taken over the last few years in 192 countries, found that women generally are more religious than men, according to the study released this Tuesday and titled “The Gender Gap in Religion Around the World”.
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    • Parsha Generic

    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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    • Esther

    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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    • Purim

    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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    • Cannoloni

    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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    • Parsha Generic

    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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    • Recipe

    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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    • Kurtstag

    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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    • Solomon

    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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    • Parsha Generic

    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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    • Feldman

    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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    • seder

    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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