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Parshot Festivals

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    Path of least resistance?

    Jun 22, 2016 Go comment!
    By now you have surely recovered from Pesach so we can break the news to you that there is also a Second Pesach. But don’t worry; you won’t have to do it all over again.
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    Glenhazel shop is tops with cheesecake

    Jun 15, 2016 Go comment!
    It was bigger and sweeter. The 5th annual ChaiFM Great BIG Shavuot Cheesecake Competition, held at the community radio station’s studio recently, exceeded all expectations.
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    Torah: Ahead of the times

    Jun 15, 2016 Go comment!
    The portion of Naso follows Shavuot, the festival in which we received the Torah. Torah is unique among all things. It is the wisdom of G-d. In light of the timing we can therefore understand the opening words of the portion, “lift up the head” in two ways.
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    Shavuot - a festival with many names

    Jun 08, 2016 Go comment!
    Shavuot has several names, each highlighting a different aspect of a festival that marks a key occasion in Jewish existence. Strangely, it has been relegated for many to a lower status than Pesach and Rosh Hashanah.
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    Sweet ricotta & strawberry bourekas for Shavuot

    Jun 08, 2016 Go comment!
    I’m a cheese and dairy fanatic. So for obvious reasons my favourite holiday is Shavuot. This is when spring has sprung and my family makes a whole spread of cheese and dairy-filled foods and desserts.
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    Bitachon - trust in G-d

    Jun 08, 2016 Go comment!
    A young man returned from visiting his father in hospital. His father was tragically losing his long battle with cancer. The renowned Rabbi Shimon Schwab asked the man about the condition of his father. He answered: “I have trust in G-d that he will recover”.
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    Two stunning Shavuot recipes

    Jun 08, 2016 1 Comment
    The Torah was given by G‑d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3 300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot Jews renew their acceptance of G‑d’s gift, and G‑d “re-gives” the Torah.
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    Pine Street's big Yom Yerushalayim event

    Jun 08, 2016 Go comment!
    Last Saturday night a capacity crowd at the Pine Street Shul Hall in Johannesburg celebrated Yom Yerushalayim in style.
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    Fifty bonfires make for a warm and cosy Great Park Lag B’Omer

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    Over 3 500 members of the Johannesburg Jewish community gathered together in the Great Park Forest in celebration of Lag B ‘Omer and Jewish unity last week. A broad spectrum of 41 Johannesburg communities and organisations participated in what was the biggest Lag B’Omer celebration to date.
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    Blessings or curses - you decide

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    Howzit? How was your week? Do you feel blessed right now? Cursed? Our Torah portion has strong feelings on this matter.
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    Looking through heaven’s eyes

    May 04, 2016 1 Comment
    The Babylonians plundered it, Roman General Titus stabbed it and invader Pompey reportedly prostrated in awe when entering it.
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    Remember those who refused to be mere victims

    May 03, 2016 Go comment!
    For Yom Hashoah 2016, the international theme chosen by Yad Vashem is remembering those victims of the Holocaust who resisted being brutalised by the horrific circumstances in which they were placed, but instead strove to maintain and preserve their essential humanity.
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    Proposal unacceptable, says Cape Board

    Apr 30, 2016 4 Comments
    The Cape Council of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies has emphatically denied having reached any compromise with the three claimants who are taking the Cape Board to the Equality Court over the constitutionality of not allowing women to sing at Jewish secular events.
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    Rivlin sells his Chometz in run-up to Pesach

    Apr 21, 2016 Go comment!
    In the run up to Pesach, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin carried out the deeply symbolic and religious ritual of selling of leavened goods ahead of Pesach on Sunday. He is pictured with the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Shlomo Amar.
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    An unusual invitation to experiencing liberty

    Apr 20, 2016 Go comment!
    One of the better known, but on reflection, more unusual statements that we make at the Seder must be the opening paragraph of the Maggid section. In it we declare “Ha Lachma Anya - This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt.” We then proceed to extend an invitation: “Let all who are hungry come and eat it.”
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    Six Pesach lessons to convey to your children

    Apr 14, 2016 Go comment!
    Tonight I want to tell you a story. It's a story that began in a narrow, dark land where we knew our names but forgot who we were. It's a story of how we lost our way and fell until we reached a place where we could no longer speak. A place where we couldn't stay where we were, but didn't yet know how to leave.
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    Shulamit's Seder: a short story and recipe

    Apr 13, 2016 Go comment!
    we still reserved seats at the seder table for Russian Jews denied Passover, my sister-in-law Shulamit, despite her tiny apartment, complied. *Hebrew names have been used to protect identities
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    Five tips for post-Pesach detoxing

    Apr 13, 2016 Go comment!
    Pesach is notorious for being a time of overeating and overindulgence. So, it is inevitable that you will probably find that your waistband is a little snugger after you’ve packed away your Pesach crockery.
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    Free South Africa and Israel

    Apr 13, 2016 2 Comments
    The Freedom Charter, adopted in June 1955 in Kliptown, states: “We, the People of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people.”
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    A worldview that's for the birds

    Apr 13, 2016 Go comment!
    There is a cute joke that people who are familiar with Yiddish love to tell: 'What do you get when you cross a hen with a hare? Nisht ahin nischt aher (neither here nor there)!
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