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Parshot Festivals

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    The miracle of being in Jerusalem for Yom Yerushalayim

    Jun 02, 2017 Go comment!
    I have just returned from the most extraordinary, exhilarating, breath-taking, inspirational adventure. To be in Israel, and especially Jerusalem, on the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the Reunification of Jerusalem, really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And all 38 of us - on our Sydenham Shul “Jerusalem 50” Israel Tour - were privileged to be part of it all.
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    I don’t accept converts

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    Many years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I still had more hair on my head than on my pillow, I met a Jewish professor in Canberra who proudly told me that he doesn’t accept converts.
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    Taking Tikkun Leil into the modern world

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    As part of the celebration of the giving of the Torah, it has become a practice to stay up all night on Shavuot, learning Torah. The name for this practice is Tikkun Leil Shavuot. It is interesting to consider the different forms this practice can take and what this might say about being Jewish or Jew-ish, in the 21st century.
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    Mother City dances to the tune of Yom Yerushalayim

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    The Six-Day War was won with “miracles of Biblical proportions”, said guest speaker Rabbi Dorron Kline, at Cape Town’s Yom Yerushalayim celebration.
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    Johannesburg warmly embraces Yom Yerushalayim

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    If you weren't able to be in Yerushalayim to celebrate 50 years since the reunification, the next best option was undoubtedly the incredible communal celebrations on the Yeshiva College campus in Johannesburg.
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    Jerusalem is the Jews’ DNA

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    Yom Yerushalayim commemorates the reunification of East and West Jerusalem, which was a result of Israel’s victory in the 1967 Six Day War. After thousands of years, Jews were once again allowed unrestricted access to the many holy sites in Jerusalem, most notably the Western Wall - the Kotel.
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    Jerusalem - G-d’s embassy

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    One of the most contentious debates provoked by President Donald Trump, is the proposal to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israeli leadership from the very top, including the president, the prime minister and the mayor of Jerusalem, have all called for the moving of the embassy to Jerusalem.
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    Five ways to celebrate Shavuot

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    Shavuot is the “Rodney Dangerfield of Jewish holidays”, says Rabbi Shira Stutman of Washington, DC’s Sixth and I synagogue. Meaning: It gets no respect.
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    The truth about Ruth’s marriage to Boaz

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    The Book of Ruth, which is read on Shavuot, is one of the shortest books in the Tanach, but its brevity conceals complexities and the deep spiritual forces that formed the Royal House of David.
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    Reconnecting with those loved and lost

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    “Not long ago I was one of those young people who automatically left shul for the mysterious Yizkor. Now I have joined that exclusive group that has parted with a parent. It’s sobering to be reminded that everyone standing outside still has their parents,” says Chaya S*.
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    Shavuot – a good time to make blintzes

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    If you’ve never made homemade blintzes before, Shavuot is the perfect time to try it. Blintzes can be savoury or sweet, stuffed with fillings as wide ranging as potatoes and mushrooms, stewed fruit or even cooked spinach. But for Shavuot, it’s the curd-to-crepe blintz that’ll be the highlight of your meal.
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    Yerushalayim, Yovelot and yeomen

    May 18, 2017 Go comment!
    The story is told about someone who, during an audience with Baron Rothschild, asked him how much he was worth. The Rothschild wealth to this day remains legendary, so the guest could have, at best, expected an approximate as a reply, if in fact he was going to get one.
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    Lag B’Omer fire overcame the winter cold

    May 18, 2017 Go comment!
    The fire of Lag B’Omer could not be suppressed by the freezing cold, rainy weather over the last weekend in Johannesburg. And although the turnout was less than expected, still over 1 000 people from more than 50 shul communities, braved the elements to show their Jewish unity, resilience and pride at the Concert in the Park last Saturday night.
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    The parade that united the community

    May 18, 2017 Go comment!
    Those passing by James and Ethel Gray Park in Johannesburg last Sunday, were in for a surprise as the Lag B’Omer Jewish Unity Parade, with participants from many Jewish day schools and synagogues, paraded through the street showing their Jewish pride.
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    Return home

    May 11, 2017 1 Comment
    So, Justin Bieber was in Tel Aviv last week and attracted some 50 000 fans to his concert. Go a little further north this weekend, to Miron and you will experience an event anticipating nearly 500 000 participants for the Lag B’Omer celebrations there.
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    SA ambassador on ‘growing warm’ with Israel

    May 11, 2017 1 Comment
    Having grown used to the South African government’s negative attitude towards Israel, it was refreshing to hear Ambassador Themba Rebushe, the acting deputy director general of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation for Asia and the Middle East, describe a growing warmth between South African and Israel.
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    Lenk looks at achievements in SA

    May 11, 2017 Go comment!
    Israel’s exports to South Africa have grown tremendously over the last few years, with more irrigation equipment, more technology and more innovations from the “Startup Nation”, according to Israel’s Ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk at the last Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration he’ll host in South Africa before heading home.
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    Israel is looking very fine at 69!

    May 04, 2017 Go comment!
    The Durban Jewish community celebrated the 69th birthday of the State of Israel on Monday evening in a festive atmosphere and with delicious food. A crowd of about 230 gathered at the Durban Jewish Centre main hall, which was decorated with white draping, blue lighting and with Israeli flags adorning every wall.
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    Yom Ha’atzmaut in the Park

    May 04, 2017 Go comment!
    Around 5 000 Johannesburg Jews descended on Huddle Park in Linksfield at dusk on Monday to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. With an autumn chill in the air, they donned their Jewish jackets – predominantly black puffer jackets - and their party shoes and escorted their children to a safe and fun evening celebrating.
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    Durban’s poignant ceremony to remember some of the fallen

    May 04, 2017 Go comment!
    The KwaZulu-Natal Zionist Council focused its Yom Hazikaron commemoration on the lives of six individuals who lost their lives during Operation Pillar of Defence, fallen soldiers and civilians among them.
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