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Parshot Festivals

    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Leaving home - for good

    Oct 26, 2017 Go comment!
    The story is told of an encounter between two famous rabbis of yesteryear - the Vilna Gaon and the Dubner Magid. The Magid, or Preacher of Dubna, once visited Vilna and went to pay a courtesy call on the great sage, Rabbi Elijah of Vilna.
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    • ParshaKievemanShemos

    Give a compliment

    Oct 19, 2017 Go comment!
    Just recently an article was featured in the SA Jewish Report about how oftentimes we have plenty of justified criticism for our community institutions. However, we’re not as openhanded with offering compliments. The same could be said of people we interact with daily; our loved ones, colleagues, students, co-workers, employees, etc.
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    • ParshaRabbiSaar

    On the Jewish concept of time

    Sep 28, 2017 Go comment!
    Judaism strives to releases us from tyranny of time. We are mortal, for sure, but our passing days have been elevated from mere flow. These are a conscious doing, defined by our deeds. The current of time becomes our mission, even our commission, to be shaped in accordance with our will, so that our days will acquire meaning, dignity and congruence.
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    • JTAFearandTrembling

    Fear and trembling about High Holidays services

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    Fear and trembling make a triumphant return to the Jewish calendar with the month of Elul and the initiation of the holiday countdown that leads to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
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    Rosh Hashanah 5778 Let us remember to stop and take stock

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    In most years the parshiyot of Nitzavim and Vayelech are read together and in most years, this double portion falls out just before Rosh Hashanah.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    A community that prays together

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    So much has happened in the year since last Rosh Hashanah. Many members of our community have celebrated wonderful simchas. And yet, at the same time, many have suffered much pain, some through the loss of loved ones, others through illness or other challenges.
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    • GillianWanderingJews

    The wondering Jews

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    Epitomising what it means to be wandering Jews, intrepid traveller Karen Kallman, her husband Evan and their five children, have travelled around the world meeting Jewish communities in the unlikely places, sharing Shabbats, Yomtovs and making memories.
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    Beyond the G-d of Petty Things

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    As a child, I learned about the G-d who measures our deeds over this time of year, carefully placing our merits on one side of the scale and our demerits on the other.
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    • squeeze

    Flight Turbulence  what is cheap is sometimes expensive

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    What follows will most certainly test the boundaries of incredulity. Indeed, during the episode I am about to recount, there were times when I myself could scarcely believe what was taking place in front of my eyes. I have embellished nothing; the facts speak for themselves.
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    Must we pay to pray?

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    In the build-up to the Yamim Noraim over the years, some members of the community have felt embarrassed, annoyed, or quite despairing, when encountering the often high cost of synagogue membership or reserved seats for the festivals.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    What would we do without Rosh Hashanah?

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    Rosh Hashanah is more than just a holiday. It is Judgement Day. That’s why the traditional greeting at this time is not Happy Holiday, or even Good Yomtov or Chag Sameach, but rather Shana Tovah or, in Yiddish, Ah Gut Yohr.
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    Just do it: A High Holidays call to action

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    As the High Holidays tides approach and soon over-wash with their poignant waters of joy, awe, solemnity and introspection, it’s tempting to imagine that this season is only for emotional and spiritual internals.
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    • howard feldman

    It’s how we deal with ‘hard weeks’ that define us

    Sep 14, 2017 1 Comment
    Every Thursday night my parents would entertain their more or less adult grandchildren for dinner. The menu was always the same. Fried soles and chips. Salad and sushi. And when the grandchildren left, as they moved towards the door, they would always take with them some chocolate that their own budget would not allow them to purchase.
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    • HarrySideropoulis

    Seeing Rosh Hashanah through Greek eyes

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    The months of September and October have always been a busy time for me. And if I don’t plan, my life spirals into a dense fog of chaos.
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    Jewish trends to look out for in the New Year

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    Last year babka was big, this year bagels are making a comeback. Here’s what to look out for in 5778 in the Jewish world and beyond.
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    • TaliResolutions

    What is Judaism’s approach to New Year’s resolutions?

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    It’s a New Year, and you may feel the need to start afresh, make a list of “New Year’s Resolutions” or simply promise yourself to do better or work harder. What does Judaism say about this?
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    • moneyhoney

    Not wanting to tighten your belt, but still maximise your wealth…

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    “Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.” Of course, our sages were right that true wealth means being happy with what you have. But you still need to pay off your bond. This new year, we should resolve to maximise our wealth more efficiently, so we can pay for what we need and what we want.
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    • Book3

    Reading through Rosh Hashanah and this season of special days

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    Rosh Hashanah naturally leads Jews to highlight the ideas of introspection, justice, life and death, looking back on the past and the need to improve oneself. It is reassuring to know that a crop of new books being released in September and October, deal with themes that offer mental stimulation and enjoyment for the discerning reader.
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    • RabbiGreg

    The Holy Day that makes us agents of change

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    If you survey the average person in the month of Elul, I really think the High Holy Days are equally welcomed and dreaded.
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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    Outrage and outstanding - the lure of the outliers

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    One of (EFF leader) Julius Malema’s G-d given talents, is an ability to capture our guts. When he began the chant, “Pay back the money!” it transcended racial, religious and class boundaries. He had reached into our collective consciousnesses and trawled through our deepest fears and hurts and squeezed out the very essence of our outrage into a single, bull-red bellow, “Pay back the money!”
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