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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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    At Succot, Israeli farmers enjoy fruits of their faith

    Oct 16, 2016 Go comment!
    At this time of year, Succot (known as Chag Ha-Asif or the Festival of Ingathering), Avichai Koch is reminded just how tied his profession is to Jewish law and tradition.
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    Parshat Haazinu - Less oy! More joy!

    Oct 13, 2016 Go comment!
    Our sages have taught that mastering this parsha can cultivate blessings for longevity and financial success.
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    ‘Good Shabbos Rabbi’ on prestigious top 50 list

    Oct 12, 2016 Go comment!
    The influential Jerusalem Post has just published its pick of the “50 Most Influential Jews” during 5776 - and South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein. made the list. J-Post refers to Goldstein as “The Good Shabbos Rabbi”. How influential does this make Rabbi Goldstein in the eyes of what is often called the most international of Israeli newspapers? Very. He came in 21st, ahead of the likes of Natan Sharansky (24th) and President Reuven Rivlin (29th).
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    Roasted carrots with tahini, mint and pistachios

    Oct 10, 2016 Go comment!
    If you love tahini, you will love this recipe. There is a sweet and savoury component: The carrots get sweet from roasting, while the tahini adds a nutty richness.
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    Mouth-watering date honey cake

    Oct 05, 2016 Go comment!
    Until recently I always made Aunt Belle’s version. But then I discovered date honey. It changed everything.
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    US leaders welcome 5777 in own styles

    Oct 04, 2016 Go comment!
    As has become expected of him, President Obama issued his last Rosh Hashanah greeting to the nation and the world in a video message SEE STORY. Hillary Clinton, pictured, said: “All Americans should question whether we’re doing all that we can to work on ‘tikkun olam’ - repairing the world.” And Donald Trump did what Donald Trump does... he sat behind his desk, and tweeted! Read what they all had to say - Trumps in under 140 characters, of course!
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    'Look back with pride, forward with hope'

    Oct 04, 2016 Go comment!
    Israeli leaders offer Rosh greetings to world Jewry. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a message released Sunday as both a letter and a YouTube video (SEE VIDEO) called the Jewish New Year “a time for celebration, a time for reflection.”
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    Rock your way into Rosh Hashanah

    Sep 30, 2016 Go comment!
    All the lyrics from this (who famously make the best chagim videos) did this one in 2011 and it has had almost four million views. Rosh Hashanah Rock Anthem is a parody of Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO.
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