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    Satire - A survivor’s guide to Rosh Hashanah

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    By the time you read this, the end will be upon us. The time has finally come. We all knew that the day would arrive, much as many of us opted to feign ignorance or hoped against all odds that it wouldn’t.
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    • WendyHendler

    Need for zero tolerance for all forms of abuse in community

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    The South African Jewish community has made strides, but it is still a long way from being a community that is safe from abuse.
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    SA Jews have a lot of freedom to celebrate

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    From ancient to modern history, being Jewish has far too frequently become a matter of life and death. Throughout the crusades, pogroms, the Holocaust, and contemporary terrorist attacks, Jews have experienced being shunned, exiled, forced to practise in secret – or, at the very least, encouraged not to stand out.
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    Giant apple-cinnamon-sugar Chelsea bun

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    There’s something about a giant bun filled with mounds of cinnamon that makes me feel happy. I just want to eat more and more. And why not? You’ll also want more and more.
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    • RabbiNossel

    The Arameans are still trying to destroy us!

    Aug 30, 2018 Go comment!
    As the Five Books of Moses come to an end, Moses sets the scene for the grand entrance and settling of the Jewish people into the Promised Land: “When you come to the land that The Lord your G-d is giving you as an inheritance, you shall acquire it and settle it.” (Deuteronomy 26:1).
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    • ParshaKievemanShemos

    Successful marriage is a work in progress

    Aug 23, 2018 Go comment!
    My dear friends Herby and Sandra Rosenberg celebrated their 58th anniversary last week. I asked them for the basis of the success of their enduring and endearing relationship.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Here comes the judge

    Aug 16, 2018 Go comment!
    Don’t be judgmental. Unless, of course, you happen to be a judge. Then it’s your job. This week’s parsha, Shoftim, lists the Biblical command for judges to be appointed in every city and town to maintain a just, ordered, civil society.
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    A shield of armour

    Aug 10, 2018 Go comment!
    At first glance, the calendar looks like a good old “regular Shabbos” (none, of course, are), but Parshat Re’ei tells you it’s not. Re’ei signals that the Day of Judgement is a month away!
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    • RabbiHillelAvidan

    Enjoy your wealth, just remember who is ultimately responsible for it

    Aug 02, 2018 Go comment!
    Parashat Ekev includes a reminder that we are indebted to G-d for all that we have. We are urged to remember that we owe Him gratitude for all of our wealth and possessions, and thanks.
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    • Rabbi Deren

    Can we comfort Sergeant Levy’s mother?

    Jul 26, 2018 Go comment!
    No amount of downed Syrian jets on the northern border of Israel this week are any comfort to the family of Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Sergeant Aviv Levy. He was killed on the southern border last Friday and laid to rest on Am Yisrael’s national day of mourning, Tisha B’Av, on Sunday.
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    • Rabbi Ari Kievman

    It’s up to us to build a better world

    Jul 19, 2018 1 Comment
    I jot down these thoughts, with mixed emotions, returning from an enriching South African Rabbinical Conference in our Holy Land.
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    • RabbiRyanGoldstein

    “Take an accounting of the booty…”

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    In this week’s Parsha, Matot, Hashem commands the Jewish people to avenge the spiritual destruction that was wreaked on the Jewish men with the Midyan idolatrous prostitution ring. This was part of Bilaam’s evil plan to destroy us internally when he failed to curse us.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    When destiny beckons

    Jul 05, 2018 Go comment!
    Pinchas, the hero of this week’s Parsha, was previously unheard of. Though he belonged to the “royal family” as the grandson of Aaron, he was an unseeded young man, who with a single act of bravery, was catapulted to stardom.
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    The connections between the British royals and the Jews

    Jun 28, 2018 Go comment!
    With Prince William’s historic visit to Israel this week, all eyes have been trained on the Jewish capital. It may have taken 70 years, but the first official visit by a member of the British Royal family began in Israel on Monday, when William, the Duke of Cambridge, arrived in Tel Aviv.
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    • ParshaRabbiSackstein

    Make time for reflection in fast-paced modern life

    Jun 28, 2018 Go comment!
    One of the main challenges of living in the technologically advanced society of the 21st century is the pace at which we live our lives. Not only do we have busy daily schedules, but the demands of modern society follow us everywhere. Unless we check ourselves, and consciously set time aside for reflection, we lose the ability to think. We need to reflect on events big and small, and pick up on G-d’s signals.
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    • ilan hermann

    The leader within

    Jun 21, 2018 Go comment!
    Moses, G-d’s trusted servant whose devotion and obedience is supreme, has a single career moment of insanity. An infraction which would be negligible for the average man is defining for Moses. In one instant, his fate is altered and sealed.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman


    Jun 14, 2018 Go comment!
    Some arguments are petty affairs between insecure individuals, while others are classic differences of opinion between people of stature, where each opinion is worthy of consideration.
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    • RabbiLandau

    Despair is the most powerful weapon of evil

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    Parshas Shelach tells the tragic account of the Sin of the Spies.
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    • ParshaVaeiraRabbi Bloch

    Practise the mitzvah of tochacha

    May 31, 2018 Go comment!
    Nobody likes rebuke. There are very few people, if any, who like other people to point out their wrongdoings and expose their shortcomings. Even words like rebuke, admonishment and criticism make one wince in fear and are loaded with negative connotations.
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    • Adrian-M-Schell

    Of blessings given and received

    May 24, 2018 Go comment!
    In the opening section of the book of Numbers, the Israelites get organised for their journey to the Promised Land. Not only must they travel through the wilderness with a group of – according to the Torah – more than two million individuals, but they also need to follow the proper worship rituals for G-d throughout this journey.
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