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Parshot Festivals

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    Let’s be grateful for our blessings

    Nov 19, 2014 1 Comment
    This week's Torah portion, Toldot - "Generations" - chronicles the history of our Patriarch Isaac and the generations that he and his wife Rebecca created through the birth of their twin sons Jacob and Esau.
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    Living a truly good life

    Nov 12, 2014 Go comment!
    A good life. It is something we all want and intrinsically desire. As parents we do everything and anything to ensure that our children lead a good life.
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    Nation of faith

    Nov 05, 2014 Go comment!
    The way I define the essence of the Jewish people is simply “A nation of faith”.
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    The Shabbos Project, opportunity awaits us

    Oct 24, 2014 2 Comments
    In his latest “Delving Deeper” piece, Rabbi Bloch discusses the power and impact of The Shabbos Project
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    WIZO women bring global light to Shabbos Project

    Oct 22, 2014 Go comment!
    The Women’s International Zionist Organisation has already started #SpreadingLight as this Brazilian participant, pictured, can attest to. Read about the impact WIZO SA has had on the Shabbos Project and see the pictures from around SA and the world.
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    Support, survive, secure

    Oct 22, 2014 Go comment!
    The event of the great deluge that convulsed the world in the story of Noah is replete with powerful messages that are core to life. It is a story of one man’s defiance against a corrupt world; a longsuffering G-d who patiently awaits a reversal of man’s conduct. Noah is ascribed the title of righteousness and is rewarded with a salvation for his devotion.
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    Delving deeper – Yom Kippur

    Oct 01, 2014 Go comment!
    “On Rosh Hashanah we planned and mapped out our future. On Yom Kippur we take practical steps to make sure that we get there,” explains Rabbi Shmuel Bloch in his engaging style. This is a great read for the whole family. Print it out and read it at the erev-Yom Kippur table…
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    Of towers and tabernacles

    Oct 01, 2014 Go comment!
    Many years ago, when downtown Johannesburg was still home to Jewish shopkeepers and office dwellers, in my capacity as director of Chabad House, I would always organise the Central City succah. The little booth stood at the foot of the Carlton Centre, at the time Africa’s biggest office and shopping complex.
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    Rabbi Bloch shares his thoughts on Rosh Hashanah

    Sep 22, 2014 Go comment!
    HEBREW IS AN EXTRAORDINARY LANGUAGE: In another of his fascinating DELVING DEEPER thoughts, Rabbi Shmuel Bloch gives us a different take on religious and secular events around us. “We cannot begin to fathom the significance and beauty of being Jewish. It is our ‘Yiddishe Neshoma’,” writes Rabbi Bloch, “our exceptional and amazing soul that powers our existence and allows us to develop our eternal and intimate relationship with Hashem.” Read this fascinating piece…
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    Chief Rabbi’s Rosh Hashanah message - 5775

    Sep 17, 2014 4 Comments
    It was a decision that changed everything, yet had to be made on the spur of the moment and its consequences are still felt being almost 2 000 years later. The Roman Empire had invaded the Land of Israel and surrounded Jerusalem.
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    Centre stage

    Sep 10, 2014 Go comment!
    Overheard at a barmitzvah: “A Jewish boy becomes an adult when he realises he has more chance of owning the team than playing on it.”
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    Delving Deeper: the month of Elul

    Sep 03, 2014 1 Comment
    A different take from Rabbi Shmuel Bloch who, with his family, lived through the entire seven weeks of Operation “Protective Edge”
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    Time and timing

    Sep 03, 2014 Go comment!
    The most valuable gift is to have time, full, long years.Time and timing is important. First, two anecdotes.
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    Do we really have a kosher meat crisis?

    Aug 27, 2014 Go comment!
    UOS Executive Director Darren Sevitz says: “There is no shortage of meat. There is an abundance of sensationalist journalism designed to create panic for no good reason.” Ian Lurie of Nussbaums, arguably the largest kosher butchery in SA, says: “We are experiencing a shortage in supply of beef and lamb.” Dr Shaun Morris, a specialist feedlot expert, veterinarian and long-standing shareholder of one of the larger kosher butcheries in Johannesburg, told JR Wednesday: “I concur with Ian Lurie that there is a shortage.”
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    Our direction must be set by Torah compass

    Aug 27, 2014 1 Comment
    This week’s Torah reading begins with the commandment to appoint judges in all communities. This points to one of the fundamental thrusts of Judaism, namely that a person be continually prepared to subject himself and his conduct to the review of an outside, objective authority.
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    Master your time

    Aug 20, 2014 Go comment!
    When a person experiences a serious illness and miraculously recovers, or survives a car accident, the words of the Machazor reverberate through his or her mind: “On Rosh Hashanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur it will be sealed… who will live, and who will die… but teshuvah (repentance), tefillah (prayer) and tzedakah (charity) can avert a harsh decree.”
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    Can we win?

    Aug 13, 2014 Go comment!
    We stand collectively at another juncture in Jewish history. In an echo of times long gone, we wonder openly - can we win this?
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    ‘Your money or your life?’

    Aug 06, 2014 Go comment!
    Judaism’s most famous prayer comes from this week’s parsha. “Shma Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad. Hear O Israel, Hashem is our G-d, Hashem is One.”
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    How to criticise

    Jul 30, 2014 Go comment!
    Some time ago I attended a Dale Carnegie leadership course. The very first principle taught is Carnegie’s famous rule “Don’t criticise, condemn, or complain”. Where oftentimes in relationships it is necessary to discuss uncomfortable issues, the manner in which it is communicated is key to its being received
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    As a Jews, where are you headed?

    Jul 23, 2014 Go comment!
    ParshatMasei begins with a chronicle of the journeys of the Jewish people from the land of Egypt. The questions presents itself immediately - 42 journeys away from Egypt? Not so! Perhaps they needed to make camp a few times before they had left the borders and dominion of Egypt, but all subsequent journeys were towards Israel!
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