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    Disunity over BDS plagues SA Progressive Jewry

    Nov 12, 2014 13 Comments
    SAUPJ Gauteng regional Chairman Reeva Forman says she is “deeply concerned about this divisive issue that threatens not only Gauteng Progressive Jewry, but the wider Jewish community of SA”. Progressive Rabbis Shaked of Johannesburg, and Alexander of Cape Town have supported the anti-Zionist group Jewish Voices for Just Peace (JVJP) - who “actively promote BDS” - according to Dan Brotman (pic) – and are “dishonouring the Progressive movement’s respect for diversity (by) using their pulpit to openly affiliate with one political viewpoint on such a divisive issue”. Read full story
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    Shlomo Carlebach yahrtzeit to be honoured

    Oct 28, 2014 3 Comments
    In honour of the 20th yahrtzeit of Shlomo Carlebach, the Sandringham Gardens Shul will hold a special Carlebach Friday night service on 31 October. “Come and daven and help ‘liven’ up Kabelat Shabbat for the ‘young people’ of Sandringham Gardens” says the invitation (their emphases) SEE MAIN STORY. Mincha will be at 18:00 followed by Kabelat Shabbat. The service will be conducted by Shaun Zagenoev and the Drosha by Rabbi Jonathan Fox.
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    A million smiles from Chief Rabbi Goldstein

    Oct 28, 2014 1 Comment
    The Shabbos Project took place in 461 cities in 64 countries and 9 languages around the world last weekend. And, while nobody expected anything but success, “Not even the most optimistic predictions among all of us working on the Project came close to what eventually took place!” says Rabbi Goldstein, who attributes it's success to SA Jewry. Awareness of the Project probably touched at least 25% of world Jewry. Read the full post-event story, with links to all the information and videos….
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    Posting’s closed, website never closes down

    Oct 15, 2014 Go comment!
    As regular users are aware, this is not a frum website – but many of its users are. And, in deference to them, no news is ever posted, comments moderated or blogs posted during Shabbos and chagim. Users are welcome to browse through the over 70 000 content-items we have posted over the past ten months; it just means that we don’t add NEW content over this period.
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    More honest name for ‘macon’

    Sep 22, 2014 Go comment!
    A regular reader and expat now living and working in Seattle sent this to share with fellow SAJR users.
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    How will we be judged? blogger Howard is most read

    Sep 17, 2014 Go comment!
    The top read on SAJR this week has been the blog: “How will we be judged?” by Howard Feldman in the wake of the (likely) end of the saga of Rabbi Berland in Johannesburg.. Hot on its heels in the running for top reads and comments category was everything else we have published on the R. Berland saga – and there sure has been a lot of that.
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    Cops botch R. Berland arrest once again

    Sep 10, 2014 1 Comment
    Reporting in mainstream Israeli newspaper ARUTZ SHEVA on Tuesday, Chaim Lev wrote that the fugitive “head of Shuvu Banim (Breslov) sect Rabbi Eliezer Berland, wanted for sex crimes in Israel, once against manages to evade South African police. The incident was almost a mirror-image of his previous escape – a wedding, a look-alike, and R. Berland slips away. Hundreds of his supporters are pouring in for the holidays.
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    Sweeter side of Breslov – Rebbe Nachman’s message

    Sep 03, 2014 3 Comments
    Rabbi Gavin Michal of Baal Shem Tov Shul in Orange Grove is the sole SA Rabbi who follows the Breslov teachings of Rebbe Nachman. “I recently spoke to my teacher, Rabbi Chaim Kramer who heads the Breslov Research Institute. He is perturbed by the perception that offshoots of the movement may have become somewhat ‘cult-like’,” writes Rabbi Michal (pictured). “Even among my Chassidim, there will be false leaders!” said the Rebbe. Read this fascinating insight into the Breslov school of thought…
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    2014's 'Great Challah Bake' to be much greater

    Aug 20, 2014 3 Comments
    Remember Johannesburg's Great Challah Bake” last year? Well this time around they are looking to make it bigger – so much bigger, in fact, that they have hired the Sandton Convention Centre for the bug bake off. Everyone's invited and it's happening next Thursday. Read more...
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    Great sadness as this ‘grand old lady’ closes shop

    Aug 20, 2014 Go comment!
    It was with a great sense of tribute to the late Devorah Nates and the leadership and membership of the Federation of Synagogues Women’s Guilds of SA, but also with great sorrow that a meeting was held for the organisation’s dissolution last Tuesday in Orchards, Johannesburg.
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    Rabbi Herring: ‘Tefillin and mezuzah issues’

    Aug 20, 2014 1 Comment
    The Johannesburg Beth Din has followed up a communiqué it issued on May 27, regarding sifrei Torah, tefillin and mezuzoth (STAM) sold by Rabbi Hylton Herring, confirming that Rabbi Herring had agreed to cease trading in STAM.
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    See Breslov R. Berland speak live on TV tonight

    Jul 28, 2014 Go comment!
    Breslov Rabbi Eliezer Barland, head of the Shubu Banim Yeshiva in Israel and presently in South Africa, will address tens, or even hundreds of thousands of Israelis in a satellite broadcast which will be aired wherever there is a satellite connection of Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef’s classes tonight. For followers and SAJR users in South Africa and around the world, it is also expected to be aired live on the internet. Read more…
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    Open letter to G-d: The murder of our sons

    Jul 09, 2014 4 Comments
    Rabbi Dr Nathan Lopes Cardozo writes an Open Letter to G-d “In memory of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaer, and Naftali Fraenkel”. He questions how G-d can have allowed this to happen. The esteemed scholar asks many questions of G-d and answers most of them himself. Read this fascinating piece, find out more about Rabbi Cardozo and how to contact him directly…
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    All TA schools honour 20th yahrtzeit of Rebbe

    Jul 07, 2014 3 Comments
    TA Girls’ High students visited TA Nursery school last week to teach them about the honour of Gimmel Tammuz
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  • Freezing followers forced to sleep in park

    Jun 18, 2014 3 Comments
    Around 100 of R. Berland’s followers evicted from their digs on weekend & as many as 100 men, women, children & babies slept in a park on Sunday & Monday night. Terence Ossin of Fairmount, who witnessed this event, asks some burning questions that are on everyone’s minds: “Where to now?” ALSO SEE Links to: Where is Berland? Who is the Breslov Rebbe? Who is R. Berland? All the latest updates & info from Israel & SA. Stay in touch with this most fascinating story…
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  • Ask the Rabbi Q&A

    Jun 17, 2014 Go comment!
    The SA Jewish Report and SAJR Online offer an “Ask the Rabbi/Rebbetzen” service for our readers and users - and this landing page is designed to lead users to all previous posts on the website. Readers and users who ask questions remain anonymous. They are passed on to the Jewish Report's eminent panel of Rabbis and Rebbetzens and questions can be based on anything one needs to know about religious things Jewish.
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  • Chief: Indaba IV impact is wider than before

    Jun 13, 2014 1 Comment
    Impacting much wider sector of the community than ever before Chief Rabbi told SAJR Online in an exclusive interview yesterday.
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  • Who is Reb Nachman Breslover from Uman?

    Jun 02, 2014 1 Comment
    Nachman of Breslov (also known as Reb Nachman of Bratslav & Reb Nachman Breslover from Uman, lived a short life - from 1772 to 1810. Who is he? How did he come to found the Breslov Chasidic movement? What was his philosophy and how did it differ from Chasidim of his time? Read about his published works as well as those he self-destroyed. This is a great read.
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  • Who is Rabbi Eliezer Berland?

    Jun 02, 2014 3 Comments
    From his birth in 1937 to Rosh Yeshiva Shuvu Banim, he's guided tens of thousands of Jews from secular backgrounds to the Torah path.
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  • Paradigm Shift is Transformational

    May 14, 2014 3 Comments
    Chabad’s JLI division is embarking on an incredible series of teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Read all about them. Distilled into six succinct lessons, this empowering course offers a revolutionary outlook on life, culled from the wisdom of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, each is a stand-alone lesson and each offers three time-slots and venues weekly. Now, how's that for convenience...
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