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Parshot Festivals

    • UOS Pesach HOME

    The only thing rising this Pesach are prices

    Apr 06, 2017 Go comment!
    The only rising in terms of food that practising Jews will have to contend with this Pesach is the increased prices over the Passover season.
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    • Door

    Seder - a jolt to consciousness

    Apr 06, 2017 Go comment!
    The heart of Pesach is the seder and the heart of the seder is a collective memory, the Jewish story of freedom.
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    • Feldman

    What to wear to your 80s protest reunion

    Apr 06, 2017 Go comment!
    In 1987 my father sat me down for a serious talk. He had something he needed to get off his chest and I needed to hear it. He was worried, he explained, that some of the things that I have been saying, whereas important and accurate, could cause issues for me.
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    • Chief Rabbi Goldstein for Pesach HOME

    Use your gift of freedom to speak out

    Apr 06, 2017 Go comment!
    Pesach is the time we treasure the gift of freedom, which G-d first gave to our people 3 329 years ago, when He liberated us from the slavery of Egypt. South Africa today is at a critical point in its history, and the message of Pesach is powerfully relevant.
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    • pesach 5777 HOME 2

    Pesach from the horse’s mouth - from the Beth Din

    Mar 31, 2017 Go comment!
    Contact details; Message from the Chief Rabbi, the UOS chairman; UOS functions; Pesach obligations; Dates, Days, Times for around SA in 5777; Chometz; Kitniyot; Egg matzah; Fruits and vegetables; Medications/vitamins/baby food/cosmetics/toiletries; Chometz sale; Preparing home; Bedikat; Burning; Kashering: Method 1 - fire; Method 2 – water; General notes; Practical application; Cooking on Shabbos and Yomtov; Candle-lighting; The seder and requirements; Counting the omer; Laws concerning the Sefirah period; and many more.
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    • ParshaVayikra

    Vayikra - a world in Divine harmony and order

    Mar 30, 2017 Go comment!
    This Shabbat we start with the reading of the third book of the Torah. The book has very different names in different traditions. Often we say “Leviticus” or “Torat Kohanim - The Teaching of the Priests” as most of its laws are connected to the temple service.
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    • ilan hermann

    Has the cloud evaporated from your inner/outer home?

    Mar 23, 2017 Go comment!
    Rav Yochanan said of G-d himself: "Wherever you find His (G-d’s) greatness there you find His humility." At the end of the week’s Torah reading, it narrates about the house of G-d, the Mishkan, in the inaugural raising up of this auspicious edifice. Resting on the Mishkan was the Divine cloud, which bore such intensity, that the place was unapproachable. Similarly, the Haftorah describes Solomon’s Temple, how the Divine cloud that resided in and on it, was of such potency, that “no kohen could enter”.
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    • Rabbi Goldman

    Picking up the pieces

    Mar 16, 2017 Go comment!
    “It’s too late.” “I’m too far gone.” “It’ll never be the same...” How many times have we heard those words? Or, worse still, said them?
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    • Hamantaschen

    Nine things you didn’t know about Purim

    Mar 09, 2017 Go comment!
    With costumes, spiels and lots of drinking, Purim is one of Judaism’s most raucous holidays. You might know about beautiful Esther thwarting evil Haman’s plans, the custom of getting drunk and what hamantaschen are. But we’re guessing there’s a few things about Purim, which this year starts at sundown on March 11, that might surprise you.
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    • queen vashti

    Vashti’s dilemma same as modern-day women

    Mar 09, 2017 Go comment!
    Purim is traditionally considered a story of Jewish triumph, celebrating the narrow averting of a nation’s genocide. Yet, the Scroll of Esther opens not with Jewish people, but with the theme of women under patriarchy.
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    • ParshaRabbiWineberg

    How to hang Haman

    Mar 09, 2017 Go comment!
    Someone once asked: “What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?" The reply came quickly: “I don’t know and I don’t care!"
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    • RabbiAriShishler

    Happy people live longer

    Mar 03, 2017 Go comment!
    Forget an apple a day; a smile a day is healthier. This Adar, the month when the Talmud instructs us to increase in joy, consider the health benefits of unbridled joy.
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    • ParshaRabbiCarlebach

    Do Jews believe in reincarnation?

    Feb 23, 2017 Go comment!
    A question rabbis often hear is: Do Jews believe in reincarnation? Is it the same as our belief in resurrection? The Holy Zohar on our parsha, Mishpatim, begins with the words of Rabbi Shimon saying: “Eilin siddurin digalgulo - These words contain the secret of reincarnation.”
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    • ParshaYitroRabbiSpinner

    Judaism: Faith or rational?

    Feb 16, 2017 Go comment!
    The age-old question theologians have been debating for centuries: Can religious beliefs be proven? Is religion synonymous with faith? Most religions entail a claim of prophecy or a transcendent experience by one person who then goes and reports it to others and demands that they follow him in service of a deity.
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    • yonatan landau

    Only G-d holds the reins of power

    Feb 09, 2017 Go comment!
    Parshat Beshalach details the climax of our Exodus from Egypt. In it we experience the supernatural splitting of the sea where even the lowest Jew received higher visions than even the prophet Yechezkel.
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    • RabbiYossyGoldmanpic1 HOME

    The Money or the Box?

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    What? Is the rabbi turning TV quiz show host? Has he become a gambling man?
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    • ParshaVaeiraRabbi Bloch

    The true source of success

    Jan 26, 2017 Go comment!
    There was once a man who had taken a severe financial loss. Desperate, while driving along a highway, he suddenly notices a racetrack. He pulls over and goes inside. Examining the programme, he notices one horse called Spatula in the sixth race that is listed at odds of 3000 to 1.
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    • ParshaKievemanShemos

    Thank you, South Africa!

    Jan 19, 2017 7 Comments
    This week saw social media ablaze with the “brocha” recited at the ANC’s recent birthday bash. ANC policies on Israel aside, I would like to draw attention to a theme that runs through the story of our people.
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    • Parsha Generic

    Parsha of the week: Vayigash

    Jan 06, 2017 Go comment!
    Rabbi Shmuel Bloch says that on December 9 2016, Kirk Douglas celebrated his 100th birthday.
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    • Parsha Generic

    Commentary on this week’s Parsha: Mikeitz

    Dec 30, 2016 Go comment!
    Are you old enough to remember Israel’s war of independence in 1948?
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