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    Nine things you didn’t know about Chanukah

    Dec 07, 2016 Go comment!
    Chanukah, which starts at sundown on December 24, is among the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays in the United States. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing new to learn about this eight-day festival.
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    Jacob’s noble in-tents

    Nov 30, 2016 Go comment!
    The Torah introduces us to our forefather Jacob as a “yoshaiv ohalim” - one who sits in tents. What on earth is a tents-sitter? And why is this specific quality singled out in the Torah to introduce us to and perhaps even epitomise Jacob?
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    Kol Isha dispute is settled in Johannesburg

    Nov 30, 2016 6 Comments
    The threat by some Orthodox and other South African Jews and interfaith groups to take the SA Jewish Board of Deputies’ Gauteng Council to the Equality Court over kol isha, the halachic ban on women singing in front of men, has been amicably resolved for Yom Hashoah in Johannesburg, as was the case earlier this year in Cape Town.
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    R. Hazdan keynote speaker at Chabad-Lubavitch event

    Nov 30, 2016 Go comment!
    Some 5 600 emissaries (shluchim) from Chabad-Lubavitch from all over the world gathered at the Pier 8 warehouse in Brooklyn, New York this week for the opening of their four-day annual international conference and banquet, 75 years after the arrival of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, from Europe.
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    Why Jews are better off without Xmas trees

    Nov 29, 2016 1 Comment
    This has to be one of the funniest stand-up pieces ever – and it was done in aid of Stand with Us! Even the Chief Rabbi will laugh himself silly at this take by Elon Gold called “Why The Jews Are Better Off Without Xmas Trees” – Gold takes a look at what the halacha of Christmas Trees may look like if they were part of our culture. This is a seriously funny little clip which has been doing the rounds since Monday. Watch it or you will wish you had!
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    South Dakota to get a permanent rabbi

    Nov 28, 2016 2 Comments
    South Dakota, with its minuscule Jewish community scattered throughout an expansive area, has had the dubious distinction of being the only state in the US with no rabbi
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    Taking time out

    Nov 23, 2016 Go comment!
    In this week’s Torah portion of Chayei Sara, we read about the mission Avraham gave his servant, Eliezer, to find a wife for Yitzchak (Isaac).
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    No trial for Berland who'll serve little time

    Nov 23, 2016 1 Comment
    Rabbi Eliezer Berland (79), who spent time in South Africa on the run from Israeli authorities during two stints, before finally being arrested by the Hawks and extradited to Israel, was finally sentenced for three sexual assault offences in a plea bargain deal in an Israeli court on Monday. He will probably only serve five more months of his 18 month sentence - Read why... See the video
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    Earliest known Jewish text in New World

    Nov 20, 2016 Go comment!
    This tiny book is on display for the first time at a fascinating new exhibition on the Jews who fled Europe after the Inquisition. It was penned by Spanish-born Jew, Luis de Carvajal the Younger. He fled Spain in the 1500s but the Inquisition followed him to the colonies. It was this memoir that led to his conviction - and that of another 120 Jews he was pressured to denounce - that led to their all being burned at the stake.
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    Rabbinical apology advances inclusivity

    Nov 16, 2016 1 Comment
    Just before Yom Kippur, seven senior modern Orthodox religious leaders apologised to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. This act of repentance sought to address and counter the abusive and insulting attitudes that many rabbis in the Orthodox community have actively promoted against LGBTI persons.
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    Pretoria celebrates its ‘best-ever’ Shabbos Project

    Nov 16, 2016 1 Comment
    This year’s Shabbos Project in Pretoria was the best yet; a view widely uttered at shul on the Shabbat morning following the Friday night Shabbos Project dinner, and not by the hosts, but by those who were hosted.
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    Annual global Shabbos Project just grows and grows...

    Nov 16, 2016 Go comment!
    Following one of the most bitter, divisive and exhausting presidential races in the history of the United States, the Jewish world took a well-deserved collective deep breath this past Shabbat with the 2016 global Shabbos Project. Now in its third year – it outdid its predecessors on all fronts, attracting record numbers of participants.
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    Shabbos Project 2016: Best one yet?

    Nov 16, 2016 Go comment!
    Now in its fourth year in South Africa, and third year internationally, The Shabbos Project shows no signs of slowing down. This year, communities across South Africa interpreted the Chief Rabbi’s call to keep one complete Shabbat together in increasingly unique and unexpected ways.
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    Shabbos message from the Chief: Keep walking

    Nov 10, 2016 Go comment!
    “Lech lecha” - go on a journey. The Jewish adventure started with these two words. Avraham was called upon by G-d to boldly go forward into the unknown. And so began the journey of Jewish destiny.
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    Your guide to the Shabbos Project

    Nov 10, 2016 Go comment!
    Challah bakes, Havdalah concerts, special meals, parties, picnics, but most of all, togetherness, are the themes of the Shabbos Project in South Africa.
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    SA Progressives ‘appalled’ by attack at Kotel

    Nov 10, 2016 3 Comments
    The traditional Rosh Chodesh protest for egalitarian worship at the holiest Jewish site, the Western Wall (Kotel), saw Torah scrolls being taken to the women’s section last Wednesday morning, where they were met with pushing and shoving by charedi Orthodox worshippers. The women furthermore faced the indignation of a barrage of cries branding them “Nazis”, “goyim” and “whores”.
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    SA in ‘titanic fight between good and evil’

    Nov 02, 2016 2 Comments
    “The greatness of our nation is that our people are great. We are a nation of heroes, of people with good and decent moral fibre who will not tolerate our country being plundered!” So said Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein in Pretoria this morning.“This is a struggle for accountability and justice,” Goldstein told the crowd (which included prominent Jewish CEOs like Adrian Gore, Stephen Koseff and Michael Katz). “This struggle is about sovereignty. The power of the people always triumphs in the end.”
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    Ties survive well-planned 'stealth' attack

    Oct 31, 2016 Go comment!
    The SAJR free weekly newsletter (in newsletter format) has all of last week's top news. To subscribe to get the newsletter send by email to you, every week, simply add your email address in the green "Subscription Panel" on any page of this website. We regret the formay doesn't translate as well as we would like it to.
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    Unesco vote goes south for Jews, Christians

    Oct 19, 2016 2 Comments
    Unesco’s executive board on Tuesday approved a resolution that denies the deep historic Jewish and Christian connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.
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    Mexico fires envoy, but changes its vote

    Oct 19, 2016 4 Comments
    His country fired him from his post, but heard what their Jewish Unesco Ambassador Andrés Roemer said. He was released from his duties after protesting his country’s support for a resolution which denied Jewish ties to Temple Mount on Monday, but Mexico changed its vote with an apology to its Jewish community on Tuesday and for the first time since 2010, opposed a proposal by the Palestinian-Arab bloc in Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
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