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Parshot Festivals

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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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    Asking questions

    Jan 27, 2016 Go comment!
    Question: Why do Jews always answer questions with a question? Answer: Why not?
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    Be emotionally present and responsive in prayer

    Jan 20, 2016 Go comment!
    How should we feel when we pray? If you’re like me, one of the major challenges of formal prayer is to actively and consciously be emotionally present and responsive.
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    Warn or warm?

    Jan 13, 2016 Go comment!
    And G-d said to Moses: Come to Pharaoh (Exodus 10:1) Rashi: vehatreh bo. And make a warning [at/through] him. Rashi’s comment is vehatreh bo. Bo can either be translated as “AT him” - place a warning AT him - that is - warn him; or ‘THROUGH him” - get together WITH him in order to warn.
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    Shabbos Project - three steps to global reach

    Jan 01, 2016 Go comment!
    The incredible global adoption of Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein’s initiative found itself at "home" this year with its full-scale roll-out in Israel for the first time. "I am writing this from The Shabbos Project global call centre in Tel Aviv, where calls are being fielded in eight languages from 550 cities in 70 countries around the world," Rabbi Goldstein told Jewish Report on the Wednesday prior.
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    • Chanukkah at the white house HOME

    The kippa with the presidential seal

    Dec 28, 2015 Go comment!
    Allan Gale, the US community leader in Detroit who visited SA and spoke at Fed events in 2013, writes about his “coveted invitation” to the White House Chanukah party – and the experience. Pictured at left is Israeli President Reuven Rivlin who lit the candles on the Fifth Night.
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    Kirk Douglas turned 99 December 9

    Dec 18, 2015 Go comment!
    This weeks Parsha thoughts for Parshas Vayigash from Rabbi Shmuel Bloch who reminds us that one of the all-time best-known of actors. Kirk Douglas; real name is Isser Danielovitch and that he was was born 100 years ago to Jewish immigrant parents, and grew up as a poor child in Amsterdam, New York. Read how Rabbi Bloch relates that to this week's Parsha...
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    Let’s bring light and illuminate our surroundings

    Dec 09, 2015 Go comment!
    Boruch Hashem, what a special Shabbos we are celebrating this week! We do the unusual and take out three holy Torahs. In the first we read the parsha of Miketz; in the second we read Rosh Chodesh; and in the third, the portion for Chanukah.
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    Chanukah across the Jukskei

    Dec 09, 2015 Go comment!
    The Pretoria Jewish community celebrated Chanukah with a car parade from the Pretoria Hebrew Congregation in Groenkloof.
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    Chanukah set to light up the scene

    Dec 02, 2015 Go comment!
    It seems as if everyone is climbing on to the ‘Chanukah bandwagon’ with more and more events cramming the festive calendar.
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    Latkes to die for, this Chanukah

    Dec 02, 2015 Go comment!
    Alan Bender, master chef at Feigel’s for the past five years, a fellow of the SA Chef Association, has brought a novel, modern way of cooking into the deli.
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    Seeking serenity

    Dec 02, 2015 Go comment!
    This week's parsha begins Vayeishev Yaakov - And Yaakov settled. To settle connotes peace, rest and tranquility. We all seek peace and a respite from everything life throws our way, be it tumultuous family issues, financial upheavals, health concerns, a bad day at work, the current drought, worry about the situation in Israel, Telkom, the list goes on.
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    Peace in the ME: You carry the key

    Nov 25, 2015 Go comment!
    The South African Jewish community is fuming over Hamas sympathiser President Jacob Zuma’s suggestion this week that the bombing attacks in Paris are somewhat connected to the Middle East and Israel in particular.
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    The rewards of responsibility

    Nov 18, 2015 Go comment!
    The echoes of the mayhem and terror in Paris are still loud and raw; indeed, none of us knows if they will be given time to fade away before others take their place. After the events of Shabbat,
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    Hashem wants us to succeed

    Nov 11, 2015 1 Comment
    The parsha this week begins with a heartrending period for Yitzchok and Sarah, 10 years of childlessness. Imagine the endless flow of tears and prayer that occupied this period.
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    Let’s talk about real estate!

    Nov 04, 2015 Go comment!
    At first glance, this is the premise of the beginning of Chayei Sarah. The Torah spends 20 psukim speaking about Avraham’s negotiations to purchase the cave of Machpela as a burial plot for Sarah. By way of comparison, Hashem tells us of the Creation of all of the universe in 34 psukim, so clearly there is a significance to this story beyond the fact of the purchase itself.
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    The social iniquities of Sodom & Gomorrah

    Oct 28, 2015 Go comment!
    Sodom and Gomorrah were prosperous cities - affluent in terms of precious water, pretty as the garden of Hashem, but its people were wicked and sinners. We witness their shameful manners as Lot tries to protect the visiting angels from the violent mob, but other than that, the Torah doesn’t specify what their great inequities were.
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    Leaving home - for good

    Oct 21, 2015 Go comment!
    The story is told of an encounter between two famous rabbis of yesteryear – Rabbi Elijah, the famed "Gaon" (prodigious scholar) of Vilna, and Rabbi YaakovKrantz, known as the "Maggid" (preacher) of Dubne.
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    Journey of the soul

    Oct 14, 2015 Go comment!
    A fellow once travelled on a journey that took him through tropical islands. Taking a walk, he was hit in the head by a coconut falling from a tree, rendering him unconscious. When he awoke, he had no recollection of his whereabouts - why he was there, where he was coming from, or where he was headed.
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    Kruger's High-Holiday appeal to Jo'burg Jewry

    Sep 10, 2015 Go comment!
    Councillor Steven Kruger, who is the city councillor for Johannesburg’s Ward 72, which includes both Glenhazel and Sandringham, “traditional” Jewish areas, is appealing to the community to respect the rules of the road and not to double park, park on the wrong side of the road, and park right up to an intersection, when parking in Long Avenue near KosherWorld and at the Sandringham Strip, when shopping over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
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