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Parshot Festivals

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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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    Why’s this different from all other calendars?

    Sep 09, 2015 1 Comment
    Jewish Report apologises to PESACH for stealing a headline that belongs squarely to that particular chag, while reviewing a publication that itself belongs to the Jewish New Year - just prior to Rosh Hashanah. The fact is that, in general, "a calendar is a calendar is a calendar", be it the Gregorian, Hebrew, or Chinese, as long as they offer the user the essential information he or she needs. But SA businessman Arnold Garber has been disproving this adage year after year - and 5776 is no exception.
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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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