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    How the Rebbe offered hope to an ‘orphan’ generation

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    Taking office so shortly after the end of the Holocaust, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, played a key role as guardian to a generation of traumatised survivors and orphans.
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    Celebrities praise rebbe’s teachings on 25th anniversary of his death

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) Supermodel Naomi Campbell, in a tribute to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, wrote on social media: “An inspirational leader, scholar, and teacher. The rebbe taught that we are all inherently good, and we each have the potential to change the world for the better, one good deed at a time. I have learned so much from his wisdom and teachings, and while I never met him, I’ve visited his resting place in Queens to gain blessing and inspiration. With so much discord and division across our society, the rebbe’s words are more relevant than ever. We so desperately need to take them to heart, and learn from his example to always see the good in others, even those with whom we may disagree.”
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    Limmud strengthens, not dilutes, Jewish identity

    Jul 11, 2019 1 Comment
    A few years ago, then Commonwealth Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks described Limmud as “the jewel in the crown of Anglo-Jewry”. While American research organisation, the Pew Report, has pointed to patterns of decline in Jewish communal participation, Limmud has remained an outlier, growing in numbers. It’s now thriving in more than 80 countries around the world, and attracting thousands of people to its events, including that sought-after millennial demographic.
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    Macedonian gravestones shed light on destroyed community

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) In a country where Nazis killed 98% of its Jewish minority, the survival of five members from the Abravanel family was regarded as something akin to a miracle.
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    Are people selling up in Joburg’s ‘shtel’ for Israel?

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    There is the perception that the number of vacant homes in the predominantly Jewish suburb of Glenhazel is on the rise, and that it is due to people emigrating in numbers.
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    Creating Jewish communities on new frontiers

    Jul 11, 2019 1 Comment
    Some Jews leaving Glenhazel are choosing to live slightly off the beaten track. Areas like Magaliessig, Greenstone, and Fourways are putting themselves on the Jewish map, offering alternatives to Sydenham, Sandringham, and even Glenhazel.
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    • GalLusky

    Providing aid where others fear to tread

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    Gal Lusky, the founder of Israel Flying Aid (IFA), doesn’t ask permission to go and save people. She and her organisation do what needs to be done to save lives.
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    Chief Rabbi ‘doth protest too much’ about Limmud

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    I read the purported justification given by orthodox Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein for the Beth Din’s decision to bar the rabbinate from participating at Limmud with despair and sadness.
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    Limmud brought me back

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    For many years, I had become quite distant, if not alienated, from Jewish life. And then, Limmud happened. I suddenly discovered a diverse, exciting, non-judgemental space that makes everyone feel welcome and valued.
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    From the outside looking in

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    I have the privilege of being an American married into a South African family, and have been impressed by the cohesiveness and kindness manifested by South Africa’s Jewish community. I read the recent article by the chief rabbi relating to the decision to boycott the Limmud conference, and feel compelled to offer some comment.
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    • Letter3

    When it comes to suicide, words can definitely harm us

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    In the wake of the tragic death of Adam Seef, it’s worth keeping in mind the power of words. Although the outpouring of compassion and calls for understanding have opened up important discussions about mental health, gender, and sexual identity, I read references a number of times to Adam having “committed” suicide. This phrase is outdated, and laden with stigma and blame.
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    • Letter2

    Debate ideas rather than sweep dissention under the carpet

    Jul 11, 2019 2 Comments
    In difficult circumstances, you produce a really fine community newspaper. It gives us a rare opportunity to explore diverse views.
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    Chief rabbis’ attitude leads to doubt about orthodox Judaism

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    While South African-born Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis does support Limmud in England, his predecessor, the popular Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, boycotted it.
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    • Around the world

    World News in Brief

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) Farrakhan ‘termite’ tweet removed A 2018 tweet in which Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan compared Jews to termites is no longer available on Twitter.
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    The mystery of the red cow

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    The information age has given us an unprecedented ability to understand ourselves, one another, and the world around us. I’m a person with eclectic interests, and have, in my spare time, learned about film criticism, history, engineering, battery design, photography, psychology, design, philosophy, sociology, and lockpicking (I know, right?) All of this has been done without stepping foot in a lecture, but by watching experts on YouTube, and taking online courses.
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    Nurturing Jewish leadership

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    The recently concluded Nahum Goldmann Fellowship Programme (NGFP), this year held in Israel, once again brought together a broad range of up-and-coming young Jewish leaders from around the world for an intensive period of Jewish learning, discussion, and sharing of experiences and perspectives.
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    Don’t shoot the messenger

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    I hated last week’s SA Jewish Report. I hated the fact that it covered the alleged fraud of a religious Jew. I hated that the lead was about the suicide of Adam Seef, and that the paper gave me the news that Mooz had closed. I hated being reminded of the cost of kosher meat, and the fact that the paper continued to cover the spat between the Beth Din and Limmud.
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    • Geoff

    Pillow talk of the power hungry

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    What would the contents of your dustbin tell a stranger about your life? There has been much talk in South Africa lately about the rubbish of major politicians, and whether it is morally permissible to rummage through it.
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    L’chaim for Bidvest and Selwyn Segal

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    Following the success of the 2019 Bidvest Sports Quiz in April, event organiser Mscsports handed a cheque of R400 000 to the event’s beneficiary, the Selwyn Segal Society, on 4 July.
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    Futsal in the run up to Budapest

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    These are trying times for Ronen Cohen, the convenor of SA Maccabi’s futsal delegation heading to Budapest for the European Maccabi Games at the end of the month.
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