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    'Teach your children the truth' writes Choni

    Apr 25, 2016 6 Comments
    With all the mixed messages from our spiritual and lay leaders regarding the importance and applications of Pesach in the Diaspora - writes Choni Davidowitz, pictured - and how we, as Jews, should be thankful that we can celebrate Passover in a free society, we should be reminded of the true meaning of the Pesach seder.
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    Rabbi Grossman back to assist Rabbi Berland

    Apr 25, 2016 Go comment!
    Migdal HaEmek Chief Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Grossman is back in South Africa for the second time in a month to try and secure the release of Breslov Rabbi, Eliezer Berland, who heads the Shuvu Banim Chasidic sect, with its headquarters in Jerusalem and is presently held in prison in Johannesburg awaiting extradition to Israel to face sex charges there.
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    Balagan extraordinaire, bail hearing continues

    Apr 22, 2016 5 Comments
    Johannesburg - Court 13 of the Magistrate's court in Randburg, was yesterday [THURSDAY] the site of a tableau probably never witnessed in a South African court before.
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    Invitation to join Israel at a unique event

    Apr 21, 2016 1 Comment
    Israel is building the first-ever official memorial to the fallen outside of the country - to be opened at the embassy compound in Pretoria. “We encourage all members of the Jewish community to attend this very significant event,” Deputy Ambassador Michael Freeman told Jewish Report today from Israel, where he is on leave..
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    Rivlin sells his Chometz in run-up to Pesach

    Apr 21, 2016 Go comment!
    In the run up to Pesach, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin carried out the deeply symbolic and religious ritual of selling of leavened goods ahead of Pesach on Sunday. He is pictured with the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Shlomo Amar.
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    Berland court proceedings end in a fracas

    Apr 20, 2016 2 Comments
    LATEST: According to the registrar of Mr Justice Andre Louw in the Pretoria High Court, Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s attorney Themba Langa personally went to Pretoria to remove his urgent application from the roll. He then rushed back to the Randburg Magistrate’s Court where the rabbi's bail case continued until 16:00 and resumed on Thursday morning.
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    Talk of giving back the Golan is a thing of the past

    Apr 20, 2016 1 Comment
    During the five-plus years of Syria’s civil war, Israel has striven to stay neutral - supporting neither the government of President Bashar al-Assad nor the rebels, and certainly not the Islamic State. But on one issue, senior Israeli politicians have gladly taken sides: Israel keeping the Golan Heights.
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    Not commonly known, but ‘shatnez’ is a biblical commandment

    Apr 20, 2016 4 Comments
    A lot of people might never have heard of shatnez, but it is a significant biblical commandment which is gaining attention in South Africa.
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    Berland accuses Israel, SA of ‘illegal rendition’

    Apr 20, 2016 2 Comments
    Updated: BREAKING NEWS:Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who heads the Shuvu Banim International Breslov Chassidic sect headquartered at his Jerusalem yeshiva, was expected to continue his application for bail in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday afternoon. Follow this breaking story as the events play out in both Pretoria and Randburg courts.
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    Berland to fight an uphill battle for bail

    Apr 20, 2016 1 Comment
    BREAKING NEWS: In a dramatic pre-emptive strike in the Pretoria High Court this morning, Berland is claiming he was wrongfully arrested, Israel plans an illegal rendition and that his activities are actually based in Palestine! He is asking the High Court to rule that his arrest was illegal and that it should be overturned. Watch this space.
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    South Africa loses one of its truly great men

    Apr 18, 2016 1 Comment
    Everyone at the SA Jewish Report mourns with the community the loss of one of its most illustrious directors – Bertie Lubner. What is expected to be a huge funeral will take place on Wednesday at 2pm.
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    Dramatic first court appearance for Berland

    Apr 18, 2016 3 Comments
    Having him in custody and keeping him there are two different things as Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the man who has evaded Authorities worldwide seven times over the past 18 months, has a second stab at getting awarded bail by a Randburg magistrate. Last Thursday Berland was allowed the dignity of not having to join the general prison population and the freedom to practice his spiritual beliefs from a private cell at the Randburg police station, where he has also been given permission to confer with his own doctors.
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    Rabbi Eliezer Berland under arrest in hospital

    Apr 13, 2016 Go comment!
    The 78-year-old rabbi Eliezer Berland, who was arrested by the Hawks and Interpol in Sunninghill north of Johannesburg last week Thursday, is being held in an undisclosed Pretoria hospital under heavy police guard after having complained that he was not feeling well. He is scheduled to appear in the Randburg Magistrates Court this Thursday in connection with an Interpol warrant for his extradition to Israel to answer to sexual charges there.
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    Hawks’ official notice ticks more Berland boxes

    Apr 08, 2016 1 Comment
    “Wanted Israeli fugitive nabbed,” reads the subject line of an official notice just released by the Hawks’ senior spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi. And Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s Israeli lawyer tells Dutch Daily NRC’s editor today that they will bring five witnesses to challenge the validity of arrest. But Israeli lawyer thought Rav was arrested while in hospital which the Hawks dispute. Read what they all have to say…
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    Hawks nab 'elusive Pimpernel' Rabbi Berland

    Apr 08, 2016 Go comment!
    The elite priority crime division of the SA Police, The Hawks, have confirmed that they arrested the 78-year-old Rabbi Eliezer Berland in Sunninghill in northern Johannesburg on Thursday. The Hawks refused to say where he was arrested or how they had found the elusive rav-on-the-run - but he will remain in custody and appear in court next Thursday. Jewish Report Online was first with the news yesterday. It had quickly been taken up by most Jewish and Israeli daily media today.
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    Reports strongly suggest Rabbi Berland nabbed

    Apr 07, 2016 4 Comments
    UPDATED - RABBI IN HOSPITAL? HAWKS' STATEMENT IMMINENT! Unsubstantiated reports poured in on Thursday that the elusive Rabbi Eliezer Berland was arrested by police. At this time there were no SAPS or Hawks spokesmen on duty, but credible sources confirmed news that Rabbi Berland was arrested this morning and was being held in a cell at a police station.
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    Anonymous’ ‘Hack Israel Day’ could hit world

    Apr 07, 2016 1 Comment
    Israel was expecting to be hit by a massive cyber offensive today. But unlike other attacks (APTs, criminal campaigns, etc.) to hit the nation, this one has been announced in advance. It’s Anonymous’ fourth annual OPIsrael attack, which has been taking place on April 7 every year since 2013. All of the Holy Land’ security agencies have been bracing themselves for the potential cyberattacks today (Thursday). Tomorrow will tell…
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    Shlichim seminar looks at greater relevancy

    Apr 06, 2016 Go comment!
    The Jewish Agency’s shlichim in South Africa recently attended a three-day seminar in Cape Town under the auspices of the Agency and Israel Centre. The organisers said in a media release that the focus was on how the shlichim’s work can be more relevant to the Jewish community
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    All the top reads on JR-Online last week

    Apr 04, 2016 Go comment!
    For all the top news from last week on Jewish Report Online - as highlighted in last week's newsletter that goes out to all subscribers. It is a free service and includes an e-Paper. It goes out 52 weeks a year - subscribe in the green sign-up box on the right hand side of any page of the website.
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    Berland says he’ll hand himself in Monday

    Mar 31, 2016 2 Comments
    Is the end of three years of running in sight for the elusive Rabbi Eliezer Berland? He has ditched three attempts by The Hawks to arrest him in the past two years, having been present initially at all three places. He dramatically escaped from SA to Holland after the second attempt to apprehend him and later disappeared from the Netherlands when a court ordered his extradition to Israel to answer to several “sex-pest” allegations. Now (back in SA) he says he’ll surrender on Monday.
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