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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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    Centre stage

    Sep 10, 2014 Go comment!
    Overheard at a barmitzvah: “A Jewish boy becomes an adult when he realises he has more chance of owning the team than playing on it.”
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    Delving Deeper: the month of Elul

    Sep 03, 2014 1 Comment
    A different take from Rabbi Shmuel Bloch who, with his family, lived through the entire seven weeks of Operation “Protective Edge”
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    Time and timing

    Sep 03, 2014 Go comment!
    The most valuable gift is to have time, full, long years.Time and timing is important. First, two anecdotes.
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    Do we really have a kosher meat crisis?

    Aug 27, 2014 Go comment!
    UOS Executive Director Darren Sevitz says: “There is no shortage of meat. There is an abundance of sensationalist journalism designed to create panic for no good reason.” Ian Lurie of Nussbaums, arguably the largest kosher butchery in SA, says: “We are experiencing a shortage in supply of beef and lamb.” Dr Shaun Morris, a specialist feedlot expert, veterinarian and long-standing shareholder of one of the larger kosher butcheries in Johannesburg, told JR Wednesday: “I concur with Ian Lurie that there is a shortage.”
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    Our direction must be set by Torah compass

    Aug 27, 2014 1 Comment
    This week’s Torah reading begins with the commandment to appoint judges in all communities. This points to one of the fundamental thrusts of Judaism, namely that a person be continually prepared to subject himself and his conduct to the review of an outside, objective authority.
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    Master your time

    Aug 20, 2014 Go comment!
    When a person experiences a serious illness and miraculously recovers, or survives a car accident, the words of the Machazor reverberate through his or her mind: “On Rosh Hashanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur it will be sealed… who will live, and who will die… but teshuvah (repentance), tefillah (prayer) and tzedakah (charity) can avert a harsh decree.”
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    Can we win?

    Aug 13, 2014 Go comment!
    We stand collectively at another juncture in Jewish history. In an echo of times long gone, we wonder openly - can we win this?
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    ‘Your money or your life?’

    Aug 06, 2014 Go comment!
    Judaism’s most famous prayer comes from this week’s parsha. “Shma Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad. Hear O Israel, Hashem is our G-d, Hashem is One.”
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    How to criticise

    Jul 30, 2014 Go comment!
    Some time ago I attended a Dale Carnegie leadership course. The very first principle taught is Carnegie’s famous rule “Don’t criticise, condemn, or complain”. Where oftentimes in relationships it is necessary to discuss uncomfortable issues, the manner in which it is communicated is key to its being received
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    As a Jews, where are you headed?

    Jul 23, 2014 Go comment!
    ParshatMasei begins with a chronicle of the journeys of the Jewish people from the land of Egypt. The questions presents itself immediately - 42 journeys away from Egypt? Not so! Perhaps they needed to make camp a few times before they had left the borders and dominion of Egypt, but all subsequent journeys were towards Israel!
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    The vows of women

    Jul 16, 2014 Go comment!
    How powerful is language! The beginning of our parsha is taken up with the importance of oaths. The care that we need to take with the obligations that we vow. What should startle the modern reader is the difference in status between a man and woman’s vow.
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    The meaning of life

    Jul 09, 2014 Go comment!
    A wise man was once asked in front of a large audience: “What is the meaning of life?” Seeing that the asker was really quite serious, he proceeded to share a story that would enlighten all who took the time to hear his answer.
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  • Manna: Miraculous but miserable

    Jun 24, 2014 Go comment!
    Jewish people are not always good campers. We may be the “Red Sea Pedestrians”, but walking long distances prompts many of us to shudder.
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  • What we can learn from the one per cent!

    Jun 17, 2014 Go comment!
    The Occupy Wall Street movement of September 2011, made popular reference to “The one per cent” as the multitudes cried out “we are the 99 per cent”. This week’s parsha teaches us a message for the man in-between: “We are the nine per cent”!
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  • Hashem provides for our every needs

    Jun 11, 2014 Go comment!
    Parshat Shelach Lecha relates the story of the 12 spies going to investigate the Promised Land, when 10 out of the 12 come back with negative reports, reporting that the land is filled with giants and fortresses, a land which devours its inhabitants.
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  • Generation Sinai celebrated at Torah Academy

    May 30, 2014 Go comment!
    The Chief Rabbi’s unity project has gone global again & was celebrated in 5 languages today
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  • Nazirites and Nunneries

    May 28, 2014 Go comment!
    The mightiest man in the Bible was, of course, Samson. He took on the most savage of beasts and levelled a stadium with his bare hands. In the end, Samson was undone by Delilah who cut his hair.
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  • What's so oo-la-la?

    May 21, 2014 Go comment!
    A new book and a new beginning. But where’s the bang? No doubt you were hoping, just as I was, for an impactful, exciting, mind-blowing, paradigm-shifting, life-changing, desert-blooming start to the Book of Bamidbar, also known as Numbers. For my purposes even just enough inspiration to write an article would have sufficed...
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  • Parsha Bechukotai

    May 12, 2014 Go comment!
    “"In My laws" is the literal translation from Hebrew. If you are to walk in My path, promises G-d, a blessing is to come: Rain in season, land yielding, fruit making trees and many other attributes of prosperity.
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