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Parshot Festivals

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    The artist behind the superb Rosh Hashanah cover

    Sep 09, 2015 Go comment!
    Loren Hodes, whose magnificent art work “Welcoming Moshiach” graced the front cover of the Jewish Report Rosh Hashanah issue last week, is a South African artist specialising in Jewish as well as contemporary art. She has had numerous successful exhibitions and her work is held in many private collections in South Africa as well as abroad. Loren also teaches adult art classes.
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    Miracle of the eternal Jew

    Sep 09, 2015 Go comment!
    Mark Twain’s astute and eloquent insight into Jewish continuity is as relevant now as it was back then when he expressed it over a century ago.
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    Cutting through complexity

    Sep 02, 2015 2 Comments
    “There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” These words of US President Ronald Reagan shed light on the message of the shofar.
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    The power of a congregation

    Sep 02, 2015 Go comment!
    One of the most moving prayers on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the “U'Netaneh Tokef”. It spells out that on Rosh Hashanah it is decreed who will live and who not, who will be punished and who not. On Rosh Hashanah this is written and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. However, repentance, prayer and charity avert the harsh decree.
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    Constantly ignite the fuel of marriage

    Aug 26, 2015 Go comment!
    Parshat Ki Teitzei describes a Jewish man who goes out to war and sees among the captives a beautiful woman who he brings home. After she goes through a mourning process for her family and her pagan culture, she may be converted and become his wife.
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    Justice is an absolute cosmic value

    Aug 19, 2015 Go comment!
    Parshat Shoftim is a good and fitting preparation for Elul and the Days of Judgement, the Yemei Hadin.
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    Jewish teaching: The doctrine of free choice

    Aug 11, 2015 Go comment!
    Our weekly Torah portion is “Re’eh” - “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse. The blessing: If ye shall hearken unto the commandments of the L-rd your G-d, which I command you this day - and the curse: If ye shall not hearken unto the commandments of the L-rd your G-d, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.” (Deuteronomy, 11:26- 28)
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    Cecil the Lion - in Zimbabwe and Jerusalem

    Aug 05, 2015 Go comment!
    Was Cecil the Lion that different from Cecil John Rhodes? Was Cecil’s status as king of the Hwange National Park attained in a manner all too different than his namesake’s?
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    Responsibility of looking after our health

    Jul 29, 2015 Go comment!
    Among the beautiful teachings that our parsha contains is a lengthy account of how the Ten Commandments was revealed to each and every one of our entire nation by G-d A-mighty Himself.
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    Tisha B’Av - mourning, marked by fasting

    Jul 22, 2015 Go comment!
    Tisha B’Av is considered the saddest day on the Jewish calendar and is marked by a 25-hour fast. This, unlike Yom Kippur, is not a Yomtov, when we fast to cleanse ourselves of our sins and are permitted to study Torah, which is not allowed on Tisha B’Av.
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    At war with war

    Jul 15, 2015 Go comment!
    We Jews are at war. This is not a war against anti-Semitism, nor is it the battle to defend Israel’s borders. It is not a war against terror or against media bias. This is not a new war; in fact, it is the longest-running war that the Jewish people have fought.
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    Self-control in a world of instant gratification

    Jul 08, 2015 Go comment!
    We are currently in the Bein Hametzarim (between the straits), the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av. These days have historically been days of misfortune and calamity for the Jewish people.
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    We are all in His hands

    Jul 01, 2015 3 Comments
    Imagine, upon your returning home from work on a Friday afternoon, your dog greets you with a statement: “It’s already late, hurry up, you will be late for shul.” “Hei doggy,” you stare at him with amazement, “I didn’t know you have a watch…”
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    What do you live for?

    Jun 25, 2015 1 Comment
    Living in Sandton’s CBD is always exciting. In the past few days, I witnessed some remarkable events. Late last Thursday night, while driving home with the heat turned up in my car, I drove past the CEO SleepOut, where prominent captains of industry spent the night “cozily” tucked into cardboard boxes outside the JSE.
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    May we merit to choose the path of truth

    Jun 17, 2015 Go comment!
    Sidrat Korach immediately summons to mind what has become the archetype of unhealthy division - “machloket shelo lesheim shamayim - argument that is not for the sake of Heaven”.
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    Lashon tov - good speech

    Jun 10, 2015 1 Comment
    In this parsha we are taught that slander - lashon hara” - is not only when speaking evil against a person but also finding fault in the land itself. The fruit of Israel was not normal, the people were giants and the land consumed its inhabitants.
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    Nazirites and nunneries

    May 27, 2015 Go comment!
    The mightiest man in the Bible was, of course, Samson. He took on the most savage of beasts and levelled a stadium with his bare hands. In the end, Samson was undone by Delilah who cut his hair.
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    Ten Commandments: Instruction from G-d

    May 20, 2015 Go comment!
    Would one examine the entire Ten Commandments, which are mentioned twice in the Torah, once in Parshat Yitro and once again towards the end of the Torah in Deuteronomy, one would immediately notice that despite their universal appeal, there is not even one single novel idea.
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    Shavuot - a festival rich in custom and tradition

    May 20, 2015 Go comment!
    Generally, among secular Jews in the Diaspora, Shavuot is not considered a highly important festival, save, perhaps, for those who go to synagogue to say Yizkor, a service conducted on the three pilgrim festivals. The other two pilgrim festivals are Pesach and Succot.
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    Lag B’Omer: Building bon(d)fires

    May 13, 2015 Go comment!
    Lag B’ Omer in Johannesburg once again brought together the broad spectrum of Jewish organisations and communities at the biggest yet “Lag B’Omer Shmooza” celebration last week Wednesday.
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