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Golden Acres yom tov services a shining light

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I’m sure we speak for scores of Golden Acres residents who attended the recent yom tov services in expressing our deepest appreciation to Rabbi Jonathan Fox and the management of the Chev for the most inspiring services.

Although Fox wasn’t physically present, his designated officials were outstanding. Thanks to Rabbi Gideon Waks, Rabbi/Cantor Hilly Chrysler, and Spencer Schwartz (your shofar blowing was superb) for leading the services so professionally. Rabbi Fox, the venture served as a perfect substitute for a live drosha. Thanks also to our resident kohen, Tony Damelin, for administering the priestly blessings.

A special thanks to Golden Acres residents Selwyn and Helen Meyers for their usual tireless efforts in making this operation a fulfilling success. Also to Denise Rubin and her dedicated staff for arranging seating under trying circumstances, and for all the paperwork involved.

Once again, sincere thanks to all concerned and to our fellow residents. Thanks also to the Chev for the beautiful flowers and delicious chocolates sent to every resident.

– Norman, Brenda, Choni, and Miriam

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Shabbat Project exceeds all expectations

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My dear friend Rabbi Goldstein,

When I first heard of the Shabbat Project in South Africa, I recall thinking how inspiring an idea it is, but I am sceptical that it will catch on outside the communities which we, already accustomed to observing Shabbat.

Eight years later, it is clear that your brilliant initiative has been embraced by a huge, growing audience which eagerly awaits the Shabbat Project and enthusiastically welcomes the annual opportunity to keep it together.

The beauty of Shabbat is in its transformative nature. On Shabbat we step out of our professions, our day to day stresses, our screens and our errands. Once the candles are lit, a light shines on our family, our home, our traditions. We are fortunate to pause and regroup, and then begin anew.

Doing this as a community is powerful. Doing this as a nation is awe-inspiring and touches our collective souls.

I applaud the Shabbat Project for providing the platform and the tools for anyone, regardless of geography or affiliation, to experience Shabbat on their own terms, along with Klal Yisrael (all of Israel).

Sincerely,

Isaac Herzog

President of the state of Israel

This is a copy of a letter received by the chief rabbi this week.

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Help me trace a missing friend

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I’m looking for a friend, Peter Joffe, a former employee (retired in 2019) of Jozi Housing. We used to be in regular contact, meeting at least once a month. Joffe lives in Sandringham. My last contact with him was on 14 August 2021, on WhatsApp. He’s on Facebook, but unfortunately, I’m not. Joffe was distributing food to the poor in the Sandringham area. I’m worried as I can’t get hold of him. Please can you assist me to trace him!

(barbara.schuble@gmail.com)

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Deafening silence about Afghanistan, hue and cry about Israel

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Tali Feinberg’s excellent piece in the SA Jewish Report (2 September) titled Africa4Palestine Compares Israel to Nazi Germany, offers sufficient expert academic opinion to totally discredit this narrative that is the backbone of the organisation’s campaign. That crusade together with the continuous use of the apartheid canard has one goal only: the total destruction and delegitimisation of Israel. Both apartheid and Nazi myths carry powerful emotive connotations.

While these falsehoods are somewhat over-played and over-used, Israel’s defensive operations are what elevates the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions organisation’s attack to a crescendo. Just months ago, the world erupted in a show of anger, with hordes filling the streets of capital cities, admonishing only Israel during a conflict with the Hamas terror group.

Contrast that to the recent get together in which Hamas and Islamic Jihad poured congratulations on the Taliban for the takeover of Afghanistan and broke bread together. These Sunni terror groups, including Al-Qaeda, share an ideology of gender violence and misogyny, and support each other in multiple ways. Of course, the Taliban’s unmentionable barbaric treatment of women has been well documented and condemned by most of the world.

Those throngs of protesters voicing thunderous support for Hamas, the blood brothers of the Taliban, now manifest a deafening silence. Where is “the squad” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib? Not forgetting Jewish college students on the left, who all had much to say in their condemnation of the only country in the region able to stand up to terrorism of this kind.

Are those protesters oblivious to the plight of Afghan girls and women?

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