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    • TaliPesachwithCorona

    Meaning helps mitigate lonely seders

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    How do we deal with the unprecedented reality of a seder under lockdown on a practical and emotional level?
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    • KimNovickFamilyonZoom

    Pesach so far from home

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    We hear from South Africans living overseas about how they envisage Pesach in the time of COVID-19
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    • RabbiGregNew

    COVID-19 and the song at the sea

    Apr 02, 2020 1 Comment
    Last night, one of the parents of a recent Batmitzvah sent me a beautiful and inspiring audio clip of her singing. He described it as her “contribution to lockdown”. It moved me deeply, and gave me the inspiration for this dvar Torah (talk on a topic related to the Torah).
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    • DoviGoldstein

    Kosher for Pesach goods still available to all

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    My father-in-law recently told me a story about when he was serving in the Israeli Defense Forces on erev (the night of) Pesach in the Sinai Desert. After his 21-day stint at the army’s forward position, he was waiting to leave the base and go home for Pesach.
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    Menu of creative options makes this night truly different

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Whether it’s turning to TikTok tutorials, “Zooming” in with Bobba and Zaida, sourcing a home-made haggadah hack, or preparing a platter of pantry-based bites, this year’s Pesach-in-a-time-of-corona, is certainly destined to be different.
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    A Pesach for residents only

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Being kept apart from your children and grandchildren might seem like punishment rather than a way to protect an elderly person. While most of the elderly at Jewish old age homes and assisted living facilities understand the Chevrah Kadisha’s introduction of stringent restrictions that prevent visits from family and friends, it isn’t easy.
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    • RabbiAriShishler

    This is a watershed Pesach, welcome it

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Asher comes home from work. Late. Again. Sarah is annoyed. He’s always late. She has to manage the children on her own. She has to ensure that there is a meal prepared. She works too, actually, but that never seems to be a factor. She would vent her frustrations, but Asher has already collapsed in a pile, having barely eaten a thing. He certainly hasn’t connected with his family. This is how it is every day. No respite.
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    • TaliSlavery

    How slavery persists today

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    While the story of the Jewish people as slaves in Egypt is an ancient one, slavery persists in our modern world. In fact, there are millions of slaves across the globe today, more than ever before in human history.
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    • StevenGruzd10Plagues

    How to overcome today’s 10 plagues

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Every year, we recall the 10 plagues that Hashem sent to punish Pharaoh for refusing to release the children of Israel from slavery. The Egyptians endured blood, frogs, lice, wild beasts, cattle disease, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and the death of the first born.
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    • DanielleSack

    Finding (a different sort of) freedom

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Pesach is arguably one of my favourite holidays. After an often hectic first term of school, the holidays allow me to recover.
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    • QuinoaTabboulehSalad

    Sustenance after the seder

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    With the seders and all the hype that goes with it behind me comes the realisation that I must produce meals for the remaining days. More so this year as the chances of going out or being asked out are non-existent.
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    • EstherSurdutRecipes

    The miracle of Pesach lasagne

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Thirty seders after her first book, Pesach, was published, Cape Town artist and author Esther Surdut’s book has been reprinted (the fifth edition), with 450 recipes that conjure up comforting holiday memories but have ingredients easily obtainable at your local supermarket – perfect for lockdown!
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    • IlanHerrmann (2)

    Who is the ultimate winner of coronavirus?

    Mar 26, 2020 Go comment!
    Coronavirus has three winners: the makers of sanitiser and masks, pharmaceutical companies, and the third isn’t so clear.
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    Moving forward when time stands still

    Mar 19, 2020 1 Comment
    Usually during this time of the year, my wife and I are deeply engaged in getting ready for our annual Pesach retreat. We refer to it as the “PPPPPP” (Post-Purim Pre-Pesach Preparation-Period), but now the last two words seem to have become something like “pandemic plague”.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Picking up the pieces

    Mar 12, 2020 Go comment!
    “It’s too late. I’m too far gone.” How many times have we heard those words? Or, worse still, said them?
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    • RabbiAriShishler

    How to tackle terror

    Mar 05, 2020 Go comment!
    Israel is a world leader in counter terrorism, because, sadly, the country has had so much experience. Jews were the earliest victims of terror, experiencing it as much as 3 300 years ago, not long after we had escaped Egyptian oppression. We’ll read about that incident at shul this week, as we do annually on the Shabbos before Purim. This special Torah portion, Zachor, offers valuable insight into the nature and psychology of terror, and how to fight it.
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    • RabbiChaikinUSE

    Finding safety in others’ lights

    Mar 05, 2020 Go comment!
    The Sandton Gautrain station on a Sunday night is a fairly eerie place. There are few commuters, and signs all around to remind patrons to safeguard their valuables.
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    Reading the Megillah from beginning to end

    Mar 05, 2020 Go comment!
    The Talmud states that “one who reads the Megillah backwards did not fulfil the mitzvah [commandment]”.
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    • TaliPurim

    The world’s weird and wacky Purim customs

    Mar 05, 2020 Go comment!
    If you thought Purim was just about hamentashen, dress-up, mishloach manot (gifts of food and drink), and noisemakers, you would be wrong. All around the world, Purim customs vary from the interesting to the extraordinary.
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    • WomensMegillah

    Women’s Megillah reading plants green shoots

    Mar 05, 2020 Go comment!
    While we’re all accustomed to hearing our local rabbi recount the story of Esther in lilting Hebrew, did you know it can be read in any language, and women are free to read the Megillah aloud?
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