Parshot Festivals

    • Ilan1 (003)

    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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    • 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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    • ChiefRabbi

    Shavuot - Always Receiving

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    The year was 1935, and the Spanish government was making elaborate plans to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Rambam’s birth – seemingly a great honour and a proud moment for Jews everywhere.
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    • Shavuot

    Shavuot Listing

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    A listing of all Shavuot events around the country
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    • Torah2

    The stories behind our Sifrei Torah

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    A Sefer Torah is not only about the liturgy on the page; it is often also symbolic of a person, event or history that needed to be remembered. This Shavuot, we look at just some of the many special stories behind the South African Jewish community’s Sifrei Torah.
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    Shavuot customs around the world

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    Of the three “pilgrim festivals” – Pesach, Shavuot and Succot – Shavuot is the only one without any defined rituals attached. As a result, customs have developed and adapted over time, leading to a fascinating array of activities, foods and observances in marking this festival around the globe.
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    • StevenKrawitzHead (2)

    The royal wedding

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    A woman famous in her homeland emigrates to marry into a royal family. She will marry into a family that has suffered tragedies and faces an uncertain future. To marry into the family she will need to convert to their religion and will encounter many who despise her and feel she is unworthy of being a royal.
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    • RabbiGreg

    Torah – a masterclass in music

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    Being Jewish is not a punishment – it is a gift. But a funny thing happens with this gift.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    The most difficult commandment?

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    Shavuot is the day on which G-d gave the Torah to the Jewish people. The reading of the great Revelation at Sinai includes, of course, the world-famous Ten Commandments.
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    • RabbiRickySeeff

    To be great, be responsible

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    Thankfully, we live in a day and age where there is a groundswell of advocacy for human rights. This is a day and age where social media enables complete strangers to raise their voices and defend the rights of others, as just seen in the tragic passing of baby Alfie Evans last week. (Alfie’s parents lost the battle in a British court to get their 23-month-old son alternative medical attention in Rome while he was on a life-support system. The court ruled the life support be switched off.)
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