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    Jewish women not second class citizens

    May 25, 2016 Go comment!
    Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis calls himself “very fortunate” to have grown up in South Africa and to have been part of the English Orthodox model where one did not have to be “frum” to attend an Orthodox shul. “Everybody’s welcome, all are equal and part of our communities - we leave it up to G-d to judge individuals.
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    Mother City in celebratory mood this year

    May 25, 2016 Go comment!
    Since the beginning of 2016, a number of events, including a symphony concert and public lectures, have been held in Cape Town as part of a year-long programme marking the 175th anniversary of Jewish communal life in the city.
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    It’s not over till the lady sings - says Stern

    May 25, 2016 6 Comments
    How did I get to be in the situation of being one of three complainants against my own Jewish community? Ninety per cent of South African Jews probably think that muzzling women is looney, but 90 per cent also feel that we Jews shouldn’t wash our dirty linen in public. I agree. So if I agree, why am I, a shomer shabbat Orthodox-ish Jew, litigating?
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    Date set for ‘women singing’ in Equality Court

    May 05, 2016 1 Comment
    The Equality Court action being brought against the Cape Board of Deputies by two Cape Orthodox Jews and subsequently joined by an interfaith Progressive-affiliated group, SACRED, has not had an impact on today’s Yom Hashoah proceedings at the at Pinelands Cemetery in the city. But JR Online has established that court dates have been set down and we publish the legal copies of the arguments of the respective parties today.
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    Looking through heaven’s eyes

    May 04, 2016 1 Comment
    The Babylonians plundered it, Roman General Titus stabbed it and invader Pompey reportedly prostrated in awe when entering it.
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    Women singing: Religious vs Constitutional rights

    May 03, 2016 1 Comment
    JR users posted hundreds of comments last month. The hot-button topic of the day is the banter of divergent opinion on the issue of the Cape Town SAJBD being sued in the Equality Court over women not being allowed to sing at secular events – the halachic doctrine of ‘Kol Isha’ - which has itself seen almost 50 comments totalling in excess of 12 000 words being posted. As things stand, it seems that if neither side backs down, religious rights vs constitutional rights are set to be tested for the first time.
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    Remember those who refused to be mere victims

    May 03, 2016 Go comment!
    For Yom Hashoah 2016, the international theme chosen by Yad Vashem is remembering those victims of the Holocaust who resisted being brutalised by the horrific circumstances in which they were placed, but instead strove to maintain and preserve their essential humanity.
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    Proposal unacceptable, says Cape Board

    Apr 30, 2016 4 Comments
    The Cape Council of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies has emphatically denied having reached any compromise with the three claimants who are taking the Cape Board to the Equality Court over the constitutionality of not allowing women to sing at Jewish secular events.
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    Berland opts for ‘Sun City’ jail

    Apr 26, 2016 2 Comments
    Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s attorney, Themba Langa, on Tuesday closed his case at the rabbi’s bail hearing in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court with an impassioned plea that the rabbi be given bail, especially as it is Passover. He said the rabbi was a man of elevated spirituality and probity and “in the normal course of events” would have returned to Israel to deal with the allegations of sexual assault made against him by followers. READ ALL ABOUT THE COURTROOM DRAMA...
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    Berland spent Pesach in 'Sun City' prison

    Apr 26, 2016 1 Comment
    Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s bail hearing is scheduled to continue this morning [Tuesday, April 26] in the Randburg Magistrate’s court, on the northwest side of Johannesburg. But, given what took place at the hearing last week, especially on Thursday and Friday, there is no guarantee that the hearing will reach an end.
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    'Teach your children the truth' writes Choni

    Apr 25, 2016 6 Comments
    With all the mixed messages from our spiritual and lay leaders regarding the importance and applications of Pesach in the Diaspora - writes Choni Davidowitz, pictured - and how we, as Jews, should be thankful that we can celebrate Passover in a free society, we should be reminded of the true meaning of the Pesach seder.
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    Balagan extraordinaire, bail hearing continues

    Apr 22, 2016 5 Comments
    Johannesburg - Court 13 of the Magistrate's court in Randburg, was yesterday [THURSDAY] the site of a tableau probably never witnessed in a South African court before.
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    • Kol Isha HOME

    Compromise on women singing looks likely

    Apr 21, 2016 5 Comments
    After the Cape Council of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies earlier this week rejected a compromise offer made by three claimants who are taking the Cape Board to the Equality Court over the constitutionality of not allowing women to sing at Jewish secular events, the Board has now agreed to hold a colloquium comprising all interested parties within the next two months.
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    Rivlin sells his Chometz in run-up to Pesach

    Apr 21, 2016 Go comment!
    In the run up to Pesach, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin carried out the deeply symbolic and religious ritual of selling of leavened goods ahead of Pesach on Sunday. He is pictured with the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Shlomo Amar.
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    Berland court proceedings end in a fracas

    Apr 20, 2016 2 Comments
    LATEST: According to the registrar of Mr Justice Andre Louw in the Pretoria High Court, Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s attorney Themba Langa personally went to Pretoria to remove his urgent application from the roll. He then rushed back to the Randburg Magistrate’s Court where the rabbi's bail case continued until 16:00 and resumed on Thursday morning.
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    An unusual invitation to experiencing liberty

    Apr 20, 2016 Go comment!
    One of the better known, but on reflection, more unusual statements that we make at the Seder must be the opening paragraph of the Maggid section. In it we declare “Ha Lachma Anya - This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt.” We then proceed to extend an invitation: “Let all who are hungry come and eat it.”
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    Halacha vs Constitution destined for Equality Court

    Apr 20, 2016 5 Comments
    The Cape Council of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies this week rejected a compromise offer made by the three claimants who are taking the Council to the Equality Court of the Western Cape High Court, arguing that it is unconstitutional to not allow women to sing at Jewish secular events. It now seems, the question of whether religious law trumps constitutional law, will probably be decided in the next few weeks by the Equality Court. Read the story - see the video.
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    Dramatic first court appearance for Berland

    Apr 18, 2016 3 Comments
    Having him in custody and keeping him there are two different things as Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the man who has evaded Authorities worldwide seven times over the past 18 months, has a second stab at getting awarded bail by a Randburg magistrate. Last Thursday Berland was allowed the dignity of not having to join the general prison population and the freedom to practice his spiritual beliefs from a private cell at the Randburg police station, where he has also been given permission to confer with his own doctors.
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    Court action: Margolis acted alone says SAUPJ

    Apr 15, 2016 5 Comments
    Alvin Kushner (pictured), national chairman of the South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ), clearly distanced his organisation from the Equality Court action in Cape Town against the SA Jewish Board of Deputies. While one of the SAUPJ rabbis has joined the action, he said, it had been instituted in her own name. Kushner acknowledged that the SAUPJ do “share the frustration felt by women who are prohibited from singing,” he said they were not part of the action against the Board.
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    Six Pesach lessons to convey to your children

    Apr 14, 2016 Go comment!
    Tonight I want to tell you a story. It's a story that began in a narrow, dark land where we knew our names but forgot who we were. It's a story of how we lost our way and fell until we reached a place where we could no longer speak. A place where we couldn't stay where we were, but didn't yet know how to leave.
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