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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    Be inspired and then just do it

    Jan 21, 2015 Go comment!
    Is it really possible to change? Rabbi Shmuel Bloch explores this question in his latest Delving Deeper column on Parshas Bo. “Is it really possible to be travelling down one path in life and then, realising that this is path is the proverbial “road to nowhere”, use one’s free choice and change completely?” asks Rabbi Shmuel Bloch.
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    We can all learn a lesson from Levi

    Jan 14, 2015 Go comment!
    This past week the world rallied in unprecedented proportions in a display of international support for the people of France and condemnation and defiance of those who seek to sow death and destruction all in the so-called name of god (small letters and no dash - for such a god is certainly not holy).
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    How Pharaoh acted towards Moses

    Jan 14, 2015 Go comment!
    DELVING DEEPER - Rabbi Noah Weinberg in his book “What the angel taught you” tells the following story. There was once a man who had taken a severe financial loss. After years of building a small fortune, he made an investment that turned sour and he lost it all. Desperate, he is driving along a highway and passes a racetrack.
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    Parsha Vayyechi - moulding your own destiny

    Dec 29, 2014 2 Comments
    Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple writes: “On his death bed Jacob wants to reveal the future to his children – "Gather and let me tell you what will befall you at the end of days" - but God prevents this from happening (Rashi on Gen. 49:1).”
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    The power of prayer is so great

    Dec 23, 2014 Go comment!
    In KOTZ BLOG 9, Rabbi Michal recounts how the Kotzker Rebbe was once asked by one of his foremost students: “I often feel uninspired during prayer. Is there something that I can focus on to uplift myself when I pray?”
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    Overheard at President's Chanukah parties

    Dec 21, 2014 3 Comments
    (i) The Senate is sending a rabbi to a Buddhist nation to tell them not to persecute its Muslim minority; (ii) Obama was heard to mutter he felt Jewish “in my soul”.
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    Think about the oil your latke was fried in

    Dec 16, 2014 1 Comment
    One of the most remarkable aspects of Chanukah is that its story is so well known. Ask anybody for a brief overview and you can be sure to receive an accurate answer concerning the events that took place between the Maccabees and the Syrian-Greeks.
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    When Eisav comes as ‘a well-meaning brother’

    Dec 03, 2014 Go comment!
    The dreaded reunion of Yaakov and Eisav after more than two decades of separation is not just the story of two estranged brothers attempting to reconcile a divide; it’s not just Yaakov’s anxiety about his personal safety and the safety of his own family. Rather, the dramatic build-up towards this cataclysmic moment is immensely compelling even today. It is the clash of two world views, and the lessons are as relevant now as ever.
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    Connect to Hashem with faith and prayer

    Nov 26, 2014 1 Comment
    This week’s Parsha Vayeitzei discusses, our Third Patriarch Jacob, having to leave the Holy Land of Israel, and go into galut exile. There he will encounter all kinds of challenges and difficulties. Yet it is there in exile, that he marries and has 11 of his 12 sons who will be the forebears of the tribes of Israel
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    A rebel or an archaeologist

    Nov 20, 2014 1 Comment
    In his Delving Deeper on Parshas Toldos this week, Rabbi Shmuel Bloch, pictured, asks: “Are you a rebel or are you an archaeologist?”
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    Let’s be grateful for our blessings

    Nov 19, 2014 1 Comment
    This week's Torah portion, Toldot - "Generations" - chronicles the history of our Patriarch Isaac and the generations that he and his wife Rebecca created through the birth of their twin sons Jacob and Esau.
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    Living a truly good life

    Nov 12, 2014 Go comment!
    A good life. It is something we all want and intrinsically desire. As parents we do everything and anything to ensure that our children lead a good life.
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    Nation of faith

    Nov 05, 2014 Go comment!
    The way I define the essence of the Jewish people is simply “A nation of faith”.
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    The Shabbos Project, opportunity awaits us

    Oct 24, 2014 2 Comments
    In his latest “Delving Deeper” piece, Rabbi Bloch discusses the power and impact of The Shabbos Project
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    WIZO women bring global light to Shabbos Project

    Oct 22, 2014 Go comment!
    The Women’s International Zionist Organisation has already started #SpreadingLight as this Brazilian participant, pictured, can attest to. Read about the impact WIZO SA has had on the Shabbos Project and see the pictures from around SA and the world.
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    Support, survive, secure

    Oct 22, 2014 Go comment!
    The event of the great deluge that convulsed the world in the story of Noah is replete with powerful messages that are core to life. It is a story of one man’s defiance against a corrupt world; a longsuffering G-d who patiently awaits a reversal of man’s conduct. Noah is ascribed the title of righteousness and is rewarded with a salvation for his devotion.
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    Delving deeper – Yom Kippur

    Oct 01, 2014 Go comment!
    “On Rosh Hashanah we planned and mapped out our future. On Yom Kippur we take practical steps to make sure that we get there,” explains Rabbi Shmuel Bloch in his engaging style. This is a great read for the whole family. Print it out and read it at the erev-Yom Kippur table…
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    Of towers and tabernacles

    Oct 01, 2014 Go comment!
    Many years ago, when downtown Johannesburg was still home to Jewish shopkeepers and office dwellers, in my capacity as director of Chabad House, I would always organise the Central City succah. The little booth stood at the foot of the Carlton Centre, at the time Africa’s biggest office and shopping complex.
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    Rabbi Bloch shares his thoughts on Rosh Hashanah

    Sep 22, 2014 Go comment!
    HEBREW IS AN EXTRAORDINARY LANGUAGE: In another of his fascinating DELVING DEEPER thoughts, Rabbi Shmuel Bloch gives us a different take on religious and secular events around us. “We cannot begin to fathom the significance and beauty of being Jewish. It is our ‘Yiddishe Neshoma’,” writes Rabbi Bloch, “our exceptional and amazing soul that powers our existence and allows us to develop our eternal and intimate relationship with Hashem.” Read this fascinating piece…
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    Chief Rabbi’s Rosh Hashanah message - 5775

    Sep 17, 2014 4 Comments
    It was a decision that changed everything, yet had to be made on the spur of the moment and its consequences are still felt being almost 2 000 years later. The Roman Empire had invaded the Land of Israel and surrounded Jerusalem.
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