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Parshot Festivals

    • Purim

    The story of Purim

    Feb 25, 2015 Go comment!
    In Persia in the 4th century BCE, the Jews were subjects of the mighty Persian empire. Three years after King Ahasuerus ascended the Persian throne, he threw a party for his subjects. Following this, he hosted a smaller party for the residents of the capital city of Shushan. Ahasuerus' wife, Queen Vashti, hosted her own party for the Shushanite women.
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    • Parsha Generic

    How to be Jewish in a non-Jewish world

    Feb 25, 2015 Go comment!
    Unlike a generation ago, today the walls of the ghetto no longer sequester us from the rest of society. We fraternise and do business with non-Jews on a daily basis and have become fully adjusted to Western culture.
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    • Parsha Generic

    My identity crisis

    Feb 18, 2015 Go comment!
    Who is the real me? The one who sets my bedside alarm for an early morning rise determined to fill my day with meaning? Or the one who hits the snooze button to relish a few more minutes under the covers?
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    • Purim

    This Purim, keep moderation in mind

    Feb 18, 2015 1 Comment
    With Purim fast approaching there is a lot of worry regarding the exposure of children to alcohol and its irresponsible consumption and distribution.
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    • Parsha Generic

    Laws and law

    Feb 11, 2015 Go comment!
    We all learnt in school to avoid starting sentences with the word “and”. Yet this week’s Parsha begins with the words “Ve’ele Hamishpatim” - And these are the commandments that you shall set out before them.
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    Delving Deeper, Torah-Instructions for living

    Feb 04, 2015 3 Comments
    In his weekly different take on the Parsha, this week Parshas Yisro, Rabbi Bloch poses the question: "Imagine you have a really rich uncle..."
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    • Parsha Generic

    Saving the Garden Route

    Feb 04, 2015 Go comment!
    I still haven’t been to Plett yet, and that’s not the Garden Route I’m worried about. I’m talking about the Garden Route that we’re all journeying along, even those who live in Gauteng.
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    Don't delay – use all your opportunities today

    Jan 29, 2015 1 Comment
    In his regular DELVING DEEPER column of the week, Rabbi Bloch offers readers a different perspective from Parshas Beshallach.
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    • Parsha Generic

    As one man, with one heart

    Jan 28, 2015 Go comment!
    Tragically, another terrorist knife attack recently occurred in Tel Aviv, injuring some dozen innocent civilians - may they all have a speedy recovery.
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    • Parsha Generic

    Gate is always open for the worst of sinners

    Jan 21, 2015 Go comment!
    At the start of this week’s Torah portion, Bo, the Torah tells us of the 8eighth plague, the plague of locusts. G-d commands Moses to warn Pharaoh of the impending plague. However, G-d states that Pharaoh will not heed the warning: "For I have hardened his heart... in order that you tell in the ears of your child and your child's child that which I have wrought in Egypt."
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    Be inspired and then just do it

    Jan 21, 2015 Go comment!
    Is it really possible to change? Rabbi Shmuel Bloch explores this question in his latest Delving Deeper column on Parshas Bo. “Is it really possible to be travelling down one path in life and then, realising that this is path is the proverbial “road to nowhere”, use one’s free choice and change completely?” asks Rabbi Shmuel Bloch.
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    • Parsha Generic

    We can all learn a lesson from Levi

    Jan 14, 2015 Go comment!
    This past week the world rallied in unprecedented proportions in a display of international support for the people of France and condemnation and defiance of those who seek to sow death and destruction all in the so-called name of god (small letters and no dash - for such a god is certainly not holy).
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    How Pharaoh acted towards Moses

    Jan 14, 2015 Go comment!
    DELVING DEEPER - Rabbi Noah Weinberg in his book “What the angel taught you” tells the following story. There was once a man who had taken a severe financial loss. After years of building a small fortune, he made an investment that turned sour and he lost it all. Desperate, he is driving along a highway and passes a racetrack.
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    • Match

    Parsha Vayyechi - moulding your own destiny

    Dec 29, 2014 2 Comments
    Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple writes: “On his death bed Jacob wants to reveal the future to his children – "Gather and let me tell you what will befall you at the end of days" - but God prevents this from happening (Rashi on Gen. 49:1).”
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    The power of prayer is so great

    Dec 23, 2014 Go comment!
    In KOTZ BLOG 9, Rabbi Michal recounts how the Kotzker Rebbe was once asked by one of his foremost students: “I often feel uninspired during prayer. Is there something that I can focus on to uplift myself when I pray?”
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    • WW1 - Jabotinsky

    Overheard at President's Chanukah parties

    Dec 21, 2014 3 Comments
    (i) The Senate is sending a rabbi to a Buddhist nation to tell them not to persecute its Muslim minority; (ii) Obama was heard to mutter he felt Jewish “in my soul”.
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    Think about the oil your latke was fried in

    Dec 16, 2014 1 Comment
    One of the most remarkable aspects of Chanukah is that its story is so well known. Ask anybody for a brief overview and you can be sure to receive an accurate answer concerning the events that took place between the Maccabees and the Syrian-Greeks.
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    • Parsha Generic

    When Eisav comes as ‘a well-meaning brother’

    Dec 03, 2014 Go comment!
    The dreaded reunion of Yaakov and Eisav after more than two decades of separation is not just the story of two estranged brothers attempting to reconcile a divide; it’s not just Yaakov’s anxiety about his personal safety and the safety of his own family. Rather, the dramatic build-up towards this cataclysmic moment is immensely compelling even today. It is the clash of two world views, and the lessons are as relevant now as ever.
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    • Parsha Generic

    Connect to Hashem with faith and prayer

    Nov 26, 2014 1 Comment
    This week’s Parsha Vayeitzei discusses, our Third Patriarch Jacob, having to leave the Holy Land of Israel, and go into galut exile. There he will encounter all kinds of challenges and difficulties. Yet it is there in exile, that he marries and has 11 of his 12 sons who will be the forebears of the tribes of Israel
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    A rebel or an archaeologist

    Nov 20, 2014 1 Comment
    In his Delving Deeper on Parshas Toldos this week, Rabbi Shmuel Bloch, pictured, asks: “Are you a rebel or are you an archaeologist?”
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