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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Sinai or sanctuary?

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    And in the beginning G-d was homeless, and so He asked His People to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G-d instructed Moses “to tell the people They shall make for Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them”.
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    • RabbiGreg

    The difference between seeing and perceiving

    Feb 08, 2018 Go comment!
    What does G-d look like? If you ask most people this, they would be hard-pressed to give you an answer, while kids would probably draw a sunbeam or an old man on a cloud. Our Torah portion describes Moses and Aaron and 70 elders of Israel going up Mount Sinai, “and they saw the G-d of Israel” (Exodus 24). What did they see? The rabbinic commentators were puzzled because we are told later that you cannot see G-d and live (Exodus 33). How was it possible for this group of leaders to see G-d and live?
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    Teach your children well

    Feb 01, 2018 Go comment!
    While most in-law jokes target the mother-in-law, in this week’s portion, it is the father-in-law – specifically Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses – who interferes to tell Moses how to run his business.
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    • ParshaRabbiasherDeren

    It’s raining in Cape Town!

    Jan 25, 2018 Go comment!
    Yes, that’s the impression you’ll get from your Capetonian friend’s Facebook timeline every time there’s the slightest drizzle – when, in reality, it doesn’t make the slightest difference to the dam level. But just like we save every drop, we need to say thank you for every drop, no matter how small.
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    • ParshaVayeitzeiRabbi

    Parshat Bo – Tragic indecision

    Jan 18, 2018 Go comment!
    As the process of redemption moves towards its climax, our Sages tell us that great tragedy occurs. A terrifying number of Jews perish during the plague of darkness, and it is a diminished nation that leaves Egypt in triumph.
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    • JTASephardiInspiration

    From Israel to America: Sephardi inspiration for Chanukah

    Dec 15, 2017 Go comment!
    For many years, I worked in the most special place I could imagine. It’s a radical beit midrash (house of study) in Jerusalem, Memizrach Shemesh, the Social Action Beit Midrash, inspired by the traditions of Jews from Arab lands.
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    Answering some oft-asked Chanukah questions

    Dec 12, 2017 Go comment!
    How do you pronounce Chanukah? Is there a correct spelling for the holiday? Why does Chanukah last eight days?
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    • Nossel

    What on earth was Jacob thinking?

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    Jacob was not only a father, he was a forefather, a patriarch, a giant. Yet, the verses point out how he openly showed his affection towards Joseph and the problematic consequences thereof:
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    • RabbiJohnathanSacks

    The Festival of Lights that signifies an inextinguishable faith

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    What I find fascinating about Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights we celebrate at this time of the year, is the way its story was transformed by time.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Don’t give up the search!

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    Everyone knows the story of Chanukah. The Maccabees defeated the mighty Greek armies and reconquered Jerusalem. When they wanted to kindle the menorah in the Temple, they could only find one jug of oil - enough to burn one day - but, miraculously, it continued burning for eight days until new oil could be procured. Because of the miracle of the oil, the sages established an eight-day Festival of Lights.
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    • JTABudapest

    In Budapest, Chanukah comes out of the shadows and onto the ice rink

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    The outdoor ice skating rink - the largest in Central Europe - in Budapest's city centre, has been part and parcel of Hungary's Christmas tradition for nearly 150 years.
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    The light and the darkness of Chanukah

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    Eight years ago on first night of Chanukah, I gave birth to my first child. Afterwards we joked that she was determined to be born on Chanukah.
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    • RecipeSharonGlass

    Zucchini and sweet potato latkes with salmon and poached eggs

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    Latkes are synonymous with Chanukah. Here’s my modern take on the usual potato latkes. Topped with smoked salmon and poached eggs, they make a yummy meal!
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    • ChanukahRecipeHakeFishCakes

    Hake fishcakes for Chanukah

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    Fried fishcakes for Chanukah!
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    • RabbiHazdan

    There is always a pitcher of oil

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    Our Jewish festivals encourage us to journey through time and to increase our knowledge and awareness of our history. More significantly, our festivals are potent with opportunity to access meaning and direction. They give us strength and inspiration to confront the challenges of the present day.
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    • JTAChanukah5oilstotry

    The miracle of Chanukah and nutrition

    Dec 07, 2017 1 Comment
    We live in a world which is full of new research, especially when it comes to nutrition. However, these new findings usually get hyped up on the news and social media and often leads to confusion.
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    • GillianOlami2NuritSaban

    Adding Sephardi flavour to festivals

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    For Jews, festivals and religious holidays are deeply intertwined with the food we eat - or in some cases, we don’t eat. With a predominantly Ashkenazi community in South Africa, Nirit Saban - founder of a popular Middle Eastern Cape Town eatery - adds Sephardi flavour to her festivals.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    Jacob’s real ‘home’ and ‘dwelling’, was the Torah

    Nov 30, 2017 Go comment!
    In this day and age, where we are often faced with the twin challenges of religious fanaticism and freedom of expression, the Torah’s teachings have never been more pertinent. As George Santayana famously said; “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    The pressure principle

    Nov 23, 2017 Go comment!
    Do we need security and comfort to do well in life? Do we achieve more when we are relaxed and comfortable, or when we are challenged and provoked?
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    Make your marriage work forever

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    Marriage is a sacred union of husband and wife. It is called “kidushin”. The word kadosh means holy and also separated and cut off. When a couple marry, they are a unit which has only them and no-one may invade that unit of separateness and holiness.
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