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    Thuli investigates Jhb's Ramallah donations

    Jun 01, 2016 3 Comments
    Johannesburg’s gift to Ramallah is under scrutiny of the Public Protector. Advocate Anton Alberts, a Member of Parliament for the Vryheidsfront (Freedom Front) Plus (VF) party, has laid a formal complaint with the Public Protector regarding the process and affordability of the City of Johannesburg’s donation of a bronze statue of Nelson Mandela to the West Bank city of Ramallah.
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    A week in the life of Israel's busy first couple

    May 10, 2016 Go comment!
    Anyone who thought Israeli President and First Lady Reuven and Nechama Rivlin are purely ceremonial Heads of State, should think again. The president occupies one of the hardest-working offices in Jerusalem – and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He likes to see and be seen, and makes sure that he gets around as much as he can. Consider a week in the life of the President…
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    36 hours will start sombre - and end joyously

    May 04, 2016 1 Comment
    It is the season once again where Jewish communal life will be dominated by the festivities around the modern-day festivals, commemorations and remembrances over the next two weeks. And, this year, the SA Zionist Federation (Fed) has seriously upped its game - bringing Johannesburgers the biggest and best communal FUN FESTIVAL EVER - for everyone. They've catered for kids, disabled, frum and secular - this looks set to be the biggest gathering of SA Jewry and Israelis living in SA, ever! Be there...
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    Mystery arrival of tzadik to 'aid' Berland

    May 04, 2016 3 Comments
    Last week Thursday, after a fraught and sometimes bizarre hearing, “Rabbi-on-the run” Eliezer Berland, wanted for sex crimes in Israel, was denied bail in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. Migdal HaEmek Chief Rabbi HaRav Yitzchok Dovid Grossman left Israel on Sunday night and arrived in South Africa on Monday to try and assist Rabbi Berland in getting bail. According to Israeli news site, Yeshiva World, “Rav Grossman will try to calm the situation between the local community and Rabbi Berland, which some report has contributed to the court refusing him bail.”
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    Join Israel at a unique event next week

    May 03, 2016 1 Comment
    Everyone's invited (just remember to RSVP) - SA Jewry are all invited to attend a once-in-a lifetime- event for Zionism: Israel is building the first-ever official memorial to the fallen outside of the country – right here in South Africa.The magnificent memorial is in honour of the 87 South Africans who emigrated to Israel and later fell defending that country. The event will be a who's who of South African communal leadership, families of the fallen and everyday SA Jewry and Israelis living in SA...
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    Remember those who refused to be mere victims

    May 03, 2016 Go comment!
    For Yom Hashoah 2016, the international theme chosen by Yad Vashem is remembering those victims of the Holocaust who resisted being brutalised by the horrific circumstances in which they were placed, but instead strove to maintain and preserve their essential humanity.
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    Berland’s hearing ends as it started, dramatically

    Apr 30, 2016 2 Comments
    Randburg magistrate denied Rabbi Eliezer Berland (pictured, left, for JR Online by Ilan Ossendryver) bail after his “brazen” escape from Holland while on bail there. His lawyer Harold Knopp presented legal precedents for internationally wanted criminals sticking to their bail conditions, including that of gangster Shai Musli, in an effort to convince the court to grant bail. Prosecutor, Adv. Nerisha Naidoo, expressed dismay at Knopp’s connecting Berland and Musli. SA “does not have to bend over backwards for a fugitive from justice,” she said. FOLLOW THE DAILY DRAMA...
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    Rabbi Berland denied bail, faces extradition

    Apr 28, 2016 1 Comment
    Bail for Rabbi Eliezer Berland was denied and he will sit in prison until his extradition is heard Further details will be posted after Shabbat ends.
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    Wearing our blue and white

    Apr 28, 2016 Go comment!
    "I love this time of the year in Israel," writes Rolene Marks in her latest blog post today. "The country is transformed into a blue and white celebration as the roads are lined and national buildings festooned with Israeli flags." This is all in preparation, she explains, for the upcoming National Holidays.
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    Live from all-night vigil for Rav Berland

    Apr 28, 2016 34 Comments
    LIVE broadcast directly from the all-night prayer rally for Rav Berland's release from incarceration in SA.All Wednesday night, the colourful Israeli supporters of Berland held a “Mass Prayer Rally” at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Chevron for their spiritual head. They laid on buses from all over Israel. As things are going in the Randburg courtroom, pundits are predicting that bail will not be granted by Regional Magistrate Pravina Raghunandan Thursday. Read “MASS PRAYERS TO TRY AND DEFEAT THE ODDS” posted this afternoon and feel the energy of this live video...
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    Mass prayers to try and defeat the odds

    Apr 27, 2016 Go comment!
    On Wednesday night, the colourful Israeli supporters of Rabbi Eliezer Berland were holding a “Mass Prayer Rally” at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Chevron in Israel for the speedy release of their spiritual head. They laid on buses from all over Israel for the event. As things are going in the Randburg courtroom, the media and legal fraternity seem to believe that it is increasingly unlikely that bail will granted by Regional Magistrate Pravina Raghunandan on Thursday.
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    Berland opts for ‘Sun City’ jail

    Apr 26, 2016 2 Comments
    Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s attorney, Themba Langa, on Tuesday closed his case at the rabbi’s bail hearing in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court with an impassioned plea that the rabbi be given bail, especially as it is Passover. He said the rabbi was a man of elevated spirituality and probity and “in the normal course of events” would have returned to Israel to deal with the allegations of sexual assault made against him by followers. READ ALL ABOUT THE COURTROOM DRAMA...
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    Berland spent Pesach in 'Sun City' prison

    Apr 26, 2016 1 Comment
    Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s bail hearing is scheduled to continue this morning [Tuesday, April 26] in the Randburg Magistrate’s court, on the northwest side of Johannesburg. But, given what took place at the hearing last week, especially on Thursday and Friday, there is no guarantee that the hearing will reach an end.
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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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