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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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    Jews and food  why the intense connection?

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    Have you ever wondered why Jews place such a strong emphasis on food? And have you thought about why the chaggim and Shabbat are based around a meal, and specific delicacies? Also, why is a Jewish simcha simply not complete without eating?
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    • GillianCultures

    New Year across cultures

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    Make resolutions. Drink. Watch fireworks. Drink some more. Break said resolutions. This basically sums up a typical New Year celebration in the Western world. While there’s no shortage of food, drink, or celebration, Rosh Hashanah has more serious undertones. Here’s how various cultures mark the beginning of their New Years.
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    • howard feldman

    The ‘gratitude’ of shul shareholders

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    I was unsurprisingly late for shul. And because I was rushing I got caught behind two senior female members of the congregation who were in front of me on the makeshift path that led towards the entrance.
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    • JTARecipeChicken

    Pomegranate and honey-glazed chicken

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    Pomegranates, or rimonim in Hebrew, are among the most recognisable and highly symbolic fruits in Jewish culture. Originating in Persia, these reddish, thick-skinned fruits (technically a berry) begin to appear in markets at the end of summer and are readily available for holiday cooking by Rosh Hashanah.
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    • SharonGlass1

    Snoek balls with lemon sauce

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    These light-as-a-feather snoek fish balls are the perfect starter for your Yomtov table. They can be prepared and rolled the day before, kept in the fridge and only cooked the day you need them.
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    • Inside the shul 100th in 2006

    Lions Shul still open for business 116 years later

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    Thursday, September 7, 2017: Doornfontein Shul in Johannesburg, (more fondly known as the Lions Shul), is now 116 years old. It is the last of 10 shuls which were in the area and remarkably, it still has a bright future thanks to the love of its congregants.
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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    Redeeming your miles

    Sep 07, 2017 Go comment!
    Three thousand two hundred and eighty nine years ago, in this week’s Torah portion, the world’s longest droshah ended.
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    • ParshaRabbiSackstein

    Hippies and holiness

    Aug 31, 2017 Go comment!
    The anti-establishment movement of the sixties questioned the core values of Western society. This movement was born by a motivation to challenge societal norms in the search for truth, meaning and morality. Unfortunately, all too often these noble intentions became blurred in the chaos of rebellion.
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    • Yossy

    Here comes the judge

    Aug 24, 2017 1 Comment
    Don’t be judgmental. Unless, of course, you happen to be a judge. Then it’s your job.
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    • ilan hermann

    ‘This day’ we brace for the redemption

    Aug 18, 2017 Go comment!
    Moshiach is the catalyst that will bring about the emancipation of mankind and of the world. The Messianic arrival ushers a transition from a historically lengthy period of Divine concealment, to a time of Divine manifestation, where the process of history and G-d’s purpose in His creation, culminates and is revealed.
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    • ParsahRabbiBloch

    Dynamite comes in small packages

    Aug 10, 2017 Go comment!
    We are all familiar with the overused cliché about the power of what one small deed can achieve. Paradoxically, because this cliché is so overused, one can become desensitised as to the true power and infinite value of a so-called “trivial and minor deed”.
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    • yonatan landau

    A prayer expressing our loyalty to Hashem

    Aug 03, 2017 Go comment!
    Rabbi Lazer Silver was an outstanding Torah scholar and leader.
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    • RabbiStern

    Never alone!

    Jul 27, 2017 Go comment!
    Towards the end of his life, in the fifth book of the Torah - Deuteronomy - Moshe re-tells the story of the Jewish People’s journey in the desert. He recalls the time when he appointed new leaders, heads of tribes, to assist him in leading the people.
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    • Goldlman

    Priorities and price tags

    Jul 20, 2017 Go comment!
    Is it the money or the man, the cash or the kids? What is most important in our lives? Of course, no one ever admits to putting money ahead of their children, but is it not an all too common phenomenon? Aren’t most parents, even good parents, guilty of making that mistake now and then?
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    • RabbiYossyGoldmanpic1 HOME

    Destiny beckons

    Jul 13, 2017 Go comment!
    How did an unknown youngster suddenly rise to prominence? Pinchas, the hero of this week’s parsha, was previously unheard of. Though, as a grandson of Aaron, he belonged to the “royal family”, he was an unseeded young man, who, with a single act of bravery was catapulted to stardom.
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