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    • JocelynRome

    Limmud bounces back from tech challenges

    May 21, 2020 1 Comment
    When South Africa went into lockdown on 27 March, like many South Africans, the Limmud leadership from around the country met on Zoom to discuss how to contribute. We decided to do what we do best by bringing Jewish connection, community, and culture to as many people as possible.
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    • RaphiBlatt

    A miracle as Raphi goes home

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    On 8 May, three-year-old Raphi Blatt was allowed to go home after undergoing neurosurgery for skull and brain injuries after a freak accident on 19 April.
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    • RabbiChaikinUSE

    A wedding to remember

    May 21, 2020 1 Comment
    We have all seen recent pictures of brides and grooms marking their special day around the world, but there is something eerily absent in these celebrations: the crowd.
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    G-d is one – and so are we

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    Unlike most other holidays, Shavuot doesn’t have many ceremonial rituals. Paramount to the traditional celebration in better times was convening in shul to hear the ten commandments, often followed by a deluxe dairy feast.
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    • AdinaRothNew

    The gift of Ruth: cleaving to social intimacy

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    It feels strange to be approaching Shavuot having had very little meaningful contact with people outside my immediate family since before Pesach.
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    • RabbiGreg

    Why a crisis needs a woman in charge

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    I recently read an article in the Guardian asking, “Are female leaders more successful at managing the coronavirus crisis?” (25 April 2020). The writer looked at the results of countries like New Zealand, Germany, Finland, and Denmark, all governed by female leaders, up against the less exemplary record of some of their male peers – no names named, but I know who you are probably thinking of. Not just in their COVID-19 statistics, but in the way that the messaging has been broadcast – strong and clear, but compassionate, empathetic, and inspirational at the same time, creating a sense of trust in the leadership.
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    • IlanaStein

    Omer – a dual counting

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    All our Jewish holidays enumerated in the Torah have a dual foundation: a historical foundation and an agricultural one. This should not surprise us. We often forget in our very urban times that from the people’s entry into the land of Israel (in about 1400 BCE) until the exile after the destruction of the Second Temple, we were an agricultural people, living off the land.
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    • DulceDeLecheCheesecake

    Pizza pizzaz with delectable dulce de leche cheesecake

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    With Shavuot just around the corner, these two specially-created Sharon Glass recipes are sure to be winners with your family. Indulge in a little bit of decadence with the dulce de leche cheesecake (it’s just sublime)! It’s dairy time, so while the pizza dough will take you just minutes to make, you can use any topping and vamp the pizzas up a bit. Change the shape, and see how interesting you can make them. Have fun!
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    • CheeseBlintzeswithOrangeConfit

    Blintzes in a blitz

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    CHEESE BLINTZES WITH ORANGE CONFIT (or without it’s just as delicious)
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    The most difficult commandment?

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    Revelations bring revolutions. And the greatest revelation in history brought about what is arguably the most far-reaching of all social revolutions. The revelation at Sinai – witnessed not by one lone prophet or a prophet and his close disciples, but by the entire nation of Israel, millions of men, women, and children – changed the world forever. That day was Shavuot, when we heard the voice of G-d thundering down the ten commandments, G-d gave the Torah to the Jewish people, and we became His ambassadors to the world at large. Virtually every civilisation defers to the ten commandments as the basic universal principles of morality and ethics.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Proud to meet the challenge

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    The core mandate of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) is to safeguard the rights and promote the welfare of South African Jewry, but there are times where, as the community’s representative body, we involve ourselves in matters of wider national concern.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Zooming in on the real heroes

    May 21, 2020 2 Comments
    I have always liked the naughty kids. It might be that I was never one of the good or conventional ones, but they somehow seem more interesting to me. It helps that I’m not a teacher, and don’t have to deal with the consequences of their behaviour. Or that I don’t need to find a way to discipline them on a Zoom call.
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    • DanielleSack

    When times are bad, friends are even more important

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    At 23:47 on a Thursday night I logged onto Zoom. My best friend of 15 years, who I had just hung up with on a FaceTime call, did the same. In 30 seconds, we were allowed entry into an 18th birthday countdown call for a friend of ours from another school.
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    • Community60thAnniversary

    A sparkling 60th wedding anniversary

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    Sandra and Toby Behr celebrated their Diamond 60th wedding anniversary on 15 May.
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    • jwbs

    Bringing warmth to the elderly

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    Many elderly and indigent in our community rely on the Jewish Women’s Benevolent Society’s (JWBS’s) clothing depot for their needs, particularly in winter, but with closure over lockdown, they haven’t been assisted for some time.
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    • Ella Barnett KDL

    My Family Story has virtual awards ceremony

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    Ella Barnett from King David Primary School Linksfield and Rachel Meltzer from Torah Academy Girls High School were selected as winners of the My Family Story International Competition in Memory of Manuel Hirsh Grosskopf.
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    • Feeding

    SAJBD launches R9-million fund for food aid countrywide

    May 14, 2020 2 Comments
    When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an extension of the national lockdown, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) realised it had to come up with a strategy to help.
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    • ParshaRabbiRichard

    Be respectful – it’s a mitzvah

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    The portion of Bechukotai contains the warnings of the tragedies that may befall the Jewish people if they stray from the ways of the Torah. The section begins with the words, “Im bechukotai timasu (If you consider my laws loathsome).
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    • AsthmaticWoman

    Great grandmother makes miracle recovery

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    “There were days when the doctors didn’t think she would make it. They would come in some mornings and ask if my mother was still alive. They told me this after she recovered. It’s a miracle.”
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    • HH valentines

    Highlands House ramps up testing after 12 residents test positive

    May 14, 2020 1 Comment
    “Getting the diagnosis that I was positive for COVID-19 was an indescribable shock,” says Highlands House resident David Myers (77). “It’s a feeling that will stay with me forever. Knowing that I’m in such a high-risk category, it felt like a death sentence.”
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