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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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    Young Jews make waves in the Mother City

    Feb 24, 2016 Go comment!
    A yacht party on the bobbing waves of Table Bay, last Sunday, brought together close to 150 of Cape Town's young Jewish students for the "Chabad on Campus" official launch. The Sea Princess, South Africa's largest day passenger boat, was commissioned to accommodate a sold out crowd for cocktails, live music and vibrant Jewish socialising.
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    Once iconic Johannesburg shul now a popular church

    Feb 24, 2016 1 Comment
    I “went to church” on Sunday - not to attend a service, but to mingle with the thousands who were gathered inside and outside the former Great Synagogue, Wolmarans Street in Johannesburg.
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    For a ‘quickie’ Jewish wedding, call Rabbi Mel Hecht

    Feb 19, 2016 Go comment!
    Rabbi Mel Hecht clutches his black coffee and paces in front of the Dunkin' Donuts just down the road from the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas.
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    We can but aspire to the role of a Kohen

    Feb 17, 2016 Go comment!
    In Tetzaveh, G-d commands Moshe about the laws concerning the clothes of the Kohanim and their initiation ceremony.
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    Progressive Jews by no means ‘second-class’

    Feb 16, 2016 2 Comments
    Rabbi Julia Margolis writes a letter taking exception to a letter by Ali Knight last week My first response to Eli Knight’s letter in last week’s Jewish Report, that Orthodox Judaism is the only true reflection of Jewish religion, is a question to the Jewish Report editorial staff: Journalism 101 requires that you ask for a response from "the other side" so as to encourage a balanced perspective for your readers.
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    Chief Rabbi accorded special honour at SONA

    Feb 16, 2016 1 Comment
    Chief rabbi Warren Goldstein (pictured) was singled out to sit among the Judges and Speakers of Provincial legislatures rather that with other religious leaders in the gallery. Michael Bagraim, MP, told Jewish Report this was a matter of great pride for both him and the other Jewish MP Darren Bergman. See what the Chief Rabbi felt about SONA and a picture on the steps of Parliament with the Jewish MPs...
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    No votes for frum Democratic Nevadans

    Feb 10, 2016 Go comment!
    Shabbat-observant Jewish Democrats in Nevada will be shut out of the party’s caucus in that State.
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    Did Bernie just steal Joe’s crown last night

    Feb 10, 2016 9 Comments
    The question on Jewish lips around the Jewish world today, is whether Bernie Sanders just steal Joe Lieberman’s Jewish crown as the pre-eminent US politician? After all, Bernie Sanders became the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential primary last night – so maybe he’ll start getting the Joe Lieberman treatment. Read how Trump could be the only one in a three-man race with Jewish grandchildren who go to an Orthodox shul.
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    Kosher food, kosher money

    Feb 10, 2016 Go comment!
    It is well known that when it comes to food, people are careful to check that what they are about to purchase or eat is kosher.
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    Dafina - a slow-cooked Moroccan stew

    Feb 10, 2016 2 Comments
    Dafina is an iconic, slow-cooked Moroccan stew served especially on Shabbat. It has a long history and no two are the same.
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    Good news follows latest BD printing error

    Feb 10, 2016 Go comment!
    Jewish Report has bad tidings for kosher consumers who may have thought new variety had entered their households: Fruitree Grape Juice is NOT KOSHER! But this story should have a quick and successful conclusion as the kashrut department are on top of it and - while the misunderstanding is the result of yet another hechsher “printing error” gremlin - the supplier who incorrectly printed the diamond logo on their packaging are busily visiting sales-points around SA to rectify their error.
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    Jewish teen chooses Shabbat over Olympics

    Feb 08, 2016 Go comment!
    A frum teen from suburban New York failed in her bid to make the US Olympics table tennis team as she couldn’t compete in the third day of trials as they were being held on Shabbat.
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    Hunt for Berland led to death threats, allegations

    Feb 04, 2016 Go comment!
    Rabbi-on-the-run Eliezer Berland dodged an arrest attempt by Interpol and the South African Hawks for the third time last month, despite security forces arriving with a well-armed tactical team. A death threat was made, and subsequently recanted, by the Berlanders against the Chief Rabbi. This is the latest in a series of bizarre statements published by the Shuvu Banim sect in recent weeks. The SAPS and most SA Jewish communal organisations have called on Rabbi Berland to return to Israel to face his criminal charges.
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    Bad Jews and Berland: Who talks for the Jews?

    Feb 03, 2016 1 Comment
    It is ironic that the provocative play Bad Jews is on in Johannesburg at the same time as the strange saga of fugitive Rabbi Eliezer Berland is playing itself out. Both have been reported on in this newspaper and others. The resonance between them has to do with who takes responsibility for the well-being and behaviour of Jewish communities; both are attracting intense interest.
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    Threat to sue writer, newspapers over din rodef

    Feb 03, 2016 3 Comments
    Sunday Times’ assistant editor, Jeremy Gordin, who broke the story that was the top-trending news story in Israel on Monday, has received letters from attorneys representing Shuvu Banim International, demanding a retraction and an amendment on the newspaper's website, or else… It is understood that both the newspaper and Israeli daily Haaretz have received similar letters.
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    Women ‘rabbis’ in Orthodoxy remains a sensitive issue

    Feb 03, 2016 12 Comments
    Recently-ordained Rabbi Lila Kagedan has stirred up international controversy after adopting the title of rabbi. Kagedan, the first Yeshivat Maharat graduate to go by the title “rabbi”, has been hired by Mount Freedom Jewish Centre in Randolph, New Jersey.
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    My own (inner) Beth Din

    Feb 03, 2016 Go comment!
    "And these are the judgments you should place before them" is how we open up this week's entry in to Torah's laws of marriage, fair labour practices, civil liabilities, honourable jurisprudence, welfare, as well as laws of kosher, Shabbat and festivals. Quite a list of laws, 53 in fact, packed in to the first parsha after Sinai.
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    Two baddies and a goodie from the Beth Din

    Feb 02, 2016 Go comment!
    The kashrut department of the Johannesburg Beth Din has issued three announcements over the past week. Two are alerts that involve Woolworths and one is a nice new item for Kashniks, Jewish Report Online’s name for kosher consumers.
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    'They have the halachic status of a rodef'

    Jan 31, 2016 Go comment!
    These words, purportedly uttered by Rabbi Yitzchak Chakak last week, have such connotations that JR set out to find out more about the little-known rabbinic concept which is - unfortunately - back in the news. It resurfaced as followers of R. Berland declared a "din rodef" against the Chief Rabbi. It may be only the second time the concept has been invoked in recent times, last making the front pages as partial justification for the assassination of Israeli PM Rabin in '95. But now, R Chakak may have recanted, Shuvu Banim have toned it down & influential conservative Rabbi Shlomo Aviner had much to say.
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