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  • Breslovs to settle & build new Yeshiva in Zim?

    May 14, 2014 1 Comment
    LATEST: Street party in Glenhazel for Rebbetzen Berland; Followers have rented a warehouse in Bedford View where many of them are now staying; Yaron Yamin has built a house for Berlands in Zim; Yamin told SAJR that work proceeding on new Yeshiva at same site; A Shuvu Banim Rabbi is mistaken for R. Berland; Latest on whereabouts of Rabbi & Rebbetzen Berland; Two Shuvu Banim Breslovs arrested for drug smuggling; and The Rabbi who keeps being mistaken for R. Berland.
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  • All stories related to Breslev Rabbi Berland

    Apr 28, 2014 2 Comments
    With the hullabaloo going on about Rabbi Berland and the Shuvu Banim Breslovs, SAJR Online has had close to 5,000 reads on the matter. To assist users wishing to follow specific aspects of the story or choosing to read back to catch up, SAJR is publishing a single index document.
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  • Didn't know of 4.5m shark lurking

    Apr 23, 2014 Go comment!
    Cape Progressive Rabbi’s Pesach swim with Dolphins during chol ha-moeid could have had a bad ending…
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  • A Pesach message from the Chief Rabbi

    Apr 09, 2014 Go comment!
    "The Gemara describes a foetus in the womb for the purpose of teaching us important ideas about life," says Rabbi Goldstein.
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  • Haredim back on Jerusalem’s streets

    Mar 05, 2014 3 Comments
    Hundreds of thousands of haredim protested in Jerusalem last Sunday over a measure to draft them into the Israeli military.
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  • Sandton Sundaes for Purim

    Mar 05, 2014 Go comment!
    "Purim Sundae" is what Chabad's Goodness & Kindness Centre has in mind for Purim next Sunday
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  • Nothing says “Chev” like Purim does!

    Feb 19, 2014 Go comment!
    Over the past few years Chev volunteers have been very visible in Jewish suburbs on Purim day. In their purple t-shirts and crazy costumes, under purple canopies with giant (yes, purple) Tzedokah boxes, they identified the Mitzvah of Matanot l’Evyonim – giving charity to the poor of your city – with the Chev’s work and made it an accessible and easy Mitzvah for the community to accomplish.
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  • 37-mil unique visitors over past year

    Dec 30, 2013 Go comment!, the Lubavitch website, “aims to bring people together from across the world." And they sure have achieved that! The website is celebrating its 25th birthday this month and has had 37-million unique visitors over the past year. Not bad when one realises that the highest estimates for the total world Jewish population is less than half of that number!
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  • Mirvis decries 'self-Imposed ghetto' at Limmud debut

    Dec 26, 2013 1 Comment
    British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis brought message of openness to Limmud UK this week. Keeping to their principle of not elevating any speaker, organisers didn't introduce him as he took the podium. He said he was moved by acts of voluntarism he had witnessed. “Here at Limmud, you can’t escape the fact that it’s great to be Jewish.” Read what else he had to say...
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  • SA Jewry pay tribute to Mandela at Oxford

    Dec 09, 2013 1 Comment
    "We need to say thank you to Madiba and his generation,” Thabo Mbeki said. “After centuries of conflict, we come together now ... to celebrate his life, ask what legacy he left and have serious reflection on the future... The task of transformation is more difficult than the Struggle.” Mbeki received a standing ovation, as did Chief Rabbi Goldstein who expressed gratitude for the tremendous benefits South Africans, including the Jewish community, enjoyed.
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  • All who knew 'Tata' suffer his absence

    Dec 06, 2013 Go comment!
    "It is with much sadness and regret that we note the passing of President Nelson Mandela at the age of 95" -The South African Union for Progressive Judaism. "May the memories of his life sustain and support everyone through this time of bereavement and in the years that lie ahead. Madiba will remain a presence through the living legacy of his many charities and the philanthropic projects started in his name."
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  • Holiday news & info for SA Jewry

    Dec 04, 2013 Go comment!
    Jewish Report will run as a source of news, info & conversation through the 2013/2014 holiday season. Whilst this is the last print edition of the year (next appears on17 Jan complete with Matric Results Supplement, the new SAJR Online website – – will publish throughout the hols, post new content regularly & publish weekly newsletters. See our guide on how to get essential Jewish travel help & Info.
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  • Judge orders foster care for Lev Tahor kids

    Dec 03, 2013 6 Comments
    Knesset told that Canadian Charedi kids were hit with iron bars & denied food, that Lev Tahor sect achieved compliance by inflicting constant pain & forcing members to wear shoes that were too small. Ex-members also spoke of forced divorce and marriage from the age of 14, involving age gaps such as a 15-year-old boy marrying a 40-year-old woman.
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  • Live blog from the big Glenhazel bash

    Nov 27, 2013 Go comment!
    As with any live blogging, users have to accept that speed is often given preference over accuracy and that typographical errors can and will occur. These will be amended at the end of the post.
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  • Chev sets marathon R500k goal

    Nov 25, 2013 2 Comments
    Free panel discussion facilitated by Benjy Porter, left, & including Bruce Fordyce to be held next Wed. Let’s help Chev beat their target!
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  • Sharon gets her just desserts

    Oct 26, 2013 Go comment!
    It's off to New York Kosherfest Expo for best-selling ‘Butcher’s Wife’ author who joins top-10 kosher cook book authors like Suzi Fishbein & Jamie Geller.
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  • Meet Kalever Rebbe face-to-face

    Oct 01, 2013 1 Comment
    Rav Moshe Taub, breathes new life into forgotten souls, one handshake at a time. He'ill be in a variety of shuls in Joburg 7 to 12 October.
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  • Christianity gone haywire, and going down

    Oct 01, 2013
    Steve Apfel says Tom Holland the historian reckons we’re witnessing the total extinction of Christendom in the M-East & Christian leaders' attitudes & actions in the Holy Land
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