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Parshot Festivals

    • Parsha Generic

    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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    Who is the boss?

    May 13, 2015 Go comment!
    One of the most difficult challenges we face in life is coming to terms with the reality that there is so much beyond our control. We are sent constant messages from G-d teaching us this lesson.
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    Lag B’Omer - steeped in history

    May 06, 2015 Go comment!
    According to Jewish custom, the Omer is counted for 49 days between the end of Passover and Shauot. Lag B’Omer is celebrated on the 33rd day of the Omer.
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    Whose laws are we following?

    May 05, 2015 Go comment!
    Our parsha, Emor, opens with the laws that Kohanim must observe. These laws are relatively few (these days) but where they do apply, they grab your attention. Essentially they affect a Kohen when he wants to marry or when he is near a dead body.
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    Crossing the boundaries of holiness

    Apr 28, 2015 1 Comment
    Geographic boundaries have been redrawn on the “muddy” (or rather “bloody”!) grounds of the lands of the “Arab Winter” and parts of Central Africa. Not even the Mediterranean Sea is enough of a boundary to keep desperate migrants from looking for a better life (or rather a life!) in Europe.
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    The power of words, a true story

    Apr 22, 2015 Go comment!
    In his regular Delving Deeper column, Rabbi Shmuel Bloch, pictured, gives his take on the weekly Parshas: Tazria-Metzorah, starting off by recounting an amazing story
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    Torah revolution, not evolution

    Apr 22, 2015 Go comment!
    Do not be misled by the very first Rashi in this week's double parsha of Tazria-Metzora. It appears evolutionary, but it's not. It's revolutionary.
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    Why keep kosher?

    Apr 15, 2015 1 Comment
    An observant Jew was experiencing a crisis of faith. He decided to sneak into a non-kosher restaurant and have a fling. He orders “you know what”, and is pumping adrenalin big time, full of nervous anticipation of what that forbidden “white meat” really tastes like.
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    Multiple BD Pesach advisories issued today

    Mar 31, 2015 Go comment!
    Beth Din warns kosher shelves not all Pesachdik except at KosherWorld, and issued a host of other Pesach advisories today. The kashrut division of the Union of Orthodox Synagogues advises that the "Pesach section" in retail stores is not under Beth Din supervision. Beth Din certification extends only to the products, and the Beth Din has no control over how independent retailers pack their shelves. ALSO LINKS TO ALL BETH DIN PESACH GUIDES ON SAJR ONLINE...
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    • Pesach Meds

    All you need to know for Pesach 5775

    Mar 31, 2015 Go comment!
    Jewish Report Online publishes the four official SA Beth Din guides in handy PDF format so users can download them, print them or even forward on to family and friends. The four documents include: The 5775 full Pesach guide; the 5775 Pesach medications guide; the 5775 Pesach products guide; and the 5775 Online sale of Chametz form.
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    Be quiet!

    Mar 31, 2015 Go comment!
    Prior to the dramatic splitting of the Red Sea that took place after the Exodus, the Israelites found themselves between a rock and a hard place. The Egyptian chariots were closing in from behind and the sea was in front. Some of the people panicked and complained; others held fast and prayed; some were prepared to go to war.
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    CHAG SAMEACH! Six13 takes seder 'uptown'

    Mar 29, 2015 Go comment!
    Any video that can crack 200 000 views in two days is hot. A purely Jewish one for Pesach delivering those numbers is smoking!. “Hope your Pesach is as funky fresh as can be!” say the guys from Six13. This song, like all of Six13 songs, is a cappella. They also released a brand-new album last week called Six13, Vol 6: Thirteen. “We're extremely proud of it and hope you'll download it on iTunes!” they said.
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    The art of the seder

    Mar 25, 2015 2 Comments
    "The Pesach seder is not a presentation; it is not a shiur nor a lecture, but a dialogue, a conversation" says the Chief Rabbi.
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    We are so blessed

    Mar 25, 2015 Go comment!
    There is a beautiful offering mentioned in this week’s parsha called The Todah offering. This is an offering of gratitude to Hashem for deliverance from a dangerous situation.
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