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Parshot Festivals

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    The Limmud model reviving the Jewish world

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    This weekend we celebrate Shavuot, the holiday commemorating the giving of the Torah. Many people celebrate through Tikkun Leil Shavuot, learning Torah all night long.
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    Standing side by side

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    With patience and wisdom Reb Zalman instructed his young student, Mendel, in the reading of the Torah. Reb Zalman explained: “When you see the two yuds together in the Chumash, do not read the word as it appears. This is G-d’s holy name and that’s the way it should be pronounced.”
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    “Louder!”

    May 10, 2018 Go comment!
    One section stands out from the rest in this week’s Parsha. It is known as the Tochecho, or The Rebuke. In it, we read a litany of disasters that will befall our people should we turn our backs on G-d and abandon His way of life.
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    Don’t let sorrow derail your spiritual connection to Hashem

    May 03, 2018 Go comment!
    Emor begins with the laws of the Kohanim, the special restrictions and obligations that are placed upon them. To paraphrase Spiderman’s Uncle Ben: “With great holiness comes great responsibility” – although our Sages point out that it is, in fact, the responsibility that creates the holiness, not simply reflecting it.
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    • Rabbi Deren

    I’ve got a faribel with me?

    Apr 26, 2018 Go comment!
    Can you imagine a daughter-in-law who never once calls to wish Good Shabbos? Or a rabbi who started a new learning programme in the shul without consulting with the committee? Or every flat dweller in your block getting together for a braai – except for you as you weren’t invited?
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    Try to be sensitive to the pain of others

    Apr 19, 2018 Go comment!
    In this week’s double parshah, Tazria and Metzora, we read about “tzaarat”. Tzaarat was a spiritual punishment for slanderous talk – not leprosy, but leprosy is the closest known disease that mirrors it – that would afflict the house, clothes or the body in biblical times. Having tzaarat would render a person “tamei”, or biblically impure.
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    We need to bring balance to our lives

    Apr 12, 2018 Go comment!
    Sometimes change comes upon us without warning. At other times we are warned beforehand by instinct, but we often don’t take heed. If we are to succeed in our endeavours, we would do well to pay close attention to that inner voice.
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    • Rabbi Ari Kievman

    The great matza debate

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    For the past few weeks, Jews have been busy with all their Pesach shopping. I’ve noticed the price tags on the assorted Pesach goods, of local and overseas origin. The economic factor certainly carries weight when deciding what is a Yom Tov “necessity”.
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    Putting family first

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    What is the key to the strength of our South African Jewish community? In life it is impossible to focus on everything. We need clarity of vision. Where should we focus our efforts? Let’s go back to the moment of the birth of our people to find the answers to these questions.
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    Having walked through the desert en route to Israel...

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    There is something about being an emissary for Israel that reinforces my profound love for the country.And the distance from family that my work demands makes me long for it even more.
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    The mystery and meaning of the four children

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    During the Pesach Seder, when the time comes to read about the four sons, few want to read the role of the simple one, the wicked one or the one who doesn’t know how to ask a question.
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    Making sense of violence in the Pesach story

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    The moments of the Seder when we read and repeat the 10 plagues, removing a drop of wine from our cups for each one, is not just to re-iterate that part of the Exodus story. It also sets the scene for the entire Seder, and how we as the Jewish people come to terms with the darker aspects of the Pesach narrative.
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    The #MeToo campaign gives people a voice

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    One of the big media stories of last year was the Me Too movement, which began as an online campaign – #MeToo – initiated by women to highlight the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace and elsewhere. It was prompted by the “surprise” revelation that Hollywood is not the bastion of morality and ethics that the naïve had believed it to be. This, after a series of claims were made to the media by women who’d been abused by despicable people. The media is awash with case after case, allegation following allegation – all of which speak of an endemic societal problem of epic proportions.
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    Why Miriam is mostly nameless in the Torah

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    I feel a strong affinity with Pesach. Being a woman, I am immensely proud of the famous Midrash which tells of the women in Egypt who, despite incredible hardship and 210 years of slavery, wanted to continue the Jewish nation and would bring their husbands food on copper mirrors.
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    Maureen Kendler and the four children: an invitation to diversity

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    At our Pesach Seders this week, I will be reminded of one of the most beloved educators of the Jewish world who passed away last month. I learned so much from Maureen Kendler, but this week I will be considering how she taught me to invite diversity in our community, in our home and at our Seder table.
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    The history of Seders done in secret

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    Gathering for the Seders every year is a freedom that most of us take for granted, but for those Jews who lived in harsh conditions and under draconian oppression, hosting a Seder, making matza or reading from a Haggadah was done at great risk.
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    Searching for chameitz and freeing ourselves

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    If you walk up the aisles of your local Pick n Pay or Woolies this week, it’s hard to miss the boxes of matza in different sizes (and prices) reminding us that we are just a few days away from Pesach.
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    What kind of Seder are you planning?

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    Make-believe plane tickets from Egypt to Israel; a mystery evening to solve who hid the Afikomen; and an epic rap song by a gefilte fish and his sidekick – these are a few innovative ideas hatched by some of Johannesburg’s Seder planners.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Prisoners of patience

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    We keep hearing about tolerance: “Be accepting of other people, of differences,” we are told. And: “Diverse cultures need to find ways of coexisting on a planet that keeps getting smaller.”
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    Matza is more fattening than you think

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    How is this bread different from all other breads? It contains almost twice as many calories
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