Religion

    • TorahScrolls

    The mystery and mayhem of Cape Town’s Czech Torah

    Nov 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Every Torah scroll is a work of sacred artistry created by a sofer (scribe) whose work takes about a year to complete. With all this labour and expense, it’s not destined for a museum or library, but for a community, which is where it really finds its purpose.
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    • RabbiJuliaMargolis1

    Why it shouldn’t be lonely at the top

    Nov 19, 2020 Go comment!
    A while ago, I had the privilege of attending meetings with fellow rabbis. It was a mixture of business and retreat. There was so much to take away from our time together as leaders, some from the business sessions, some from the times of retreat, but a lot from just being around the table over food and relaxation time. Sometimes the best lessons we learn come from conversations had during coffee breaks.
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    • RabbiRyanGoldstein

    Just be more than yourself

    Nov 12, 2020 Go comment!
    Don’t people love saying, “Be true to yourself”, “Don’t forget who you are”, or “You don’t want to see the real me?”
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    • RabbiAriKievman

    Take your baggage with you

    Nov 05, 2020 Go comment!
    Spending much of my time with elderly people as I do comes with the perk of learning invaluable life lessons from those with decades of experience.
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    • Rabbi Goldman

    The Abraham Accord a promising name

    Oct 29, 2020 Go comment!
    Now Sudan has joined the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in reconciling its differences with Israel. The Abraham Accord is growing, and promises even greater things to come soon.
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    • ParshaRabbiRichard

    The ark’s timeless message

    Oct 22, 2020 Go comment!
    The world had become corrupt during Noah’s time. It had reached the point where G-d had to hit the reset button – destroy the world in its entirety, and begin anew with Noah and his family.
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    • RabbiChaikinUSE

    Start at the beginning with strength and purpose

    Oct 15, 2020 Go comment!
    I always feel very emotional saying farewell to the sukkah at the end of the festival. For a week, we have been sheltered in G-d’s embrace, the flimsy walls and permeable roof symbolic of His protection under all circumstances.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Yizkor: the meaning of memory

    Oct 08, 2020 Go comment!
    For those who believe in the terrible finality of death, once someone has left physical life behind, it’s dead and buried and the proverbial nail in the coffin puts the seal of finality on it. Case closed. Gone, and soon forgotten.
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    Love dew, need rain

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    “May my words fall like rain, may my speech flow like dew.”
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    • RabbiJohnathanSacks

    Yom Kippur – how it changes us

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    To those who fully open themselves to it, Yom Kippur is a life-transforming experience. It tells us that G-d, who created the universe in love and forgiveness, reaches out to us in love and forgiveness, asking us to love and forgive others. G-d never asked us not to make mistakes. All He asks is that we acknowledge our mistakes, learn from them, grow through them, and make amends where we can.
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    • Fattoush

    The blessing in the (salad) dressing

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    After Yom Kippur, I crave umami – that cheek sucking feeling that is said to bring about contentment and fullness. Well for me, at least. Although umami is often associated with Asian food, it’s more enigmatic than that. It’s something beyond taste. I achieve my sense of umami through the combination of lemon juice, olive oil, and a touch of garlic and fresh herbs.
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    • Sukkah

    The meaning of life can be found in a sukkah

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    Every Jewish holiday plays an integral part in our lives. Be it Pesach or Shavuot, every chag on the Jewish calendar colours our daily lives in some way and shapes our perspective of current events.
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    • RabbonimSong1

    Rabbis find perfect pitch for Rosh Hashanah

    Sep 17, 2020 1 Comment
    A video by the South African Rabbinical Association of 40 South African rabbonim and chazzanim singing Avinu Malkeinu is being shared around the world as a symbol of hope and harmony ahead of the high holy days, which so many people will celebrate alone or apart from one another this year.
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    • semanim

    Sefardim do Rosh Hashanah with eastern flair

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    If you thought that the Rosh Hashanah experience was universal and uniform, think again. While many Ashkenazi Jews may be used to eating a few traditional New Year foods, Sefardim partake in an uplifting and colourful yom tov experience that goes well beyond apples dipped in honey.
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    • HowardAspan

    Fire and rebirth

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    This will be a high-anxiety Yom Kippur. Even the wave of relief from the shofar blast signalling the end of the fast will be short-lived.
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    • RabbiAriKievman

    Blasting our way out of our tears

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    When you think of Rosh Hashanah, what comes to mind? While there are so many customs, rituals, and traditions associated with this holiday, no doubt the shofar stands out as the featured highlight.
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    Doing Yom Kippur alone

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    I’d like to tell you an idea about Yom Kippur, but to do so I must explain a lesson from my childhood.
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    • IlanaStein

    Jonah’s whale of contemplation

    Sep 17, 2020 1 Comment
    If we didn’t know the book of Jonah so well, (or have vague memories of it on Yom Kippur afternoons – pre-COVID-19, of course), the second chapter would catch us by surprise.
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    • IlanHerrmannUSE

    Understanding our mission

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    Today [Rosh Hashanah] is the birthday of the world. Everything we know came into being on this day except the creator of all things. Why did G-d create the world? He desired a dwelling place in the lower realm. Ours is the lower realm. Why was man created? To be partners in creating the dwelling place for G-d in the lower realm. How do we achieve that? By fulfilling the mitzvot, thereby elevating mankind and the world, and by studying Torah, thereby drawing true wisdom and knowledge into our hearts, minds, and into the lower realm.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Chief Rabbi and Rebbetzin’s lockdown lessons

    Sep 10, 2020 Go comment!
    This year has been like no other, and it was therefore very difficult to write Rosh Hashanah messages like any other year. As Rosh Hashanah 5781 approaches, we (Gina and I) take this opportunity to reflect and share some of our lessons from lockdown with you. It is our hope that as the resilient and magnificent community South African Jewry is, we will all emerge from this stronger, more evolved, and more equipped than ever to approach 5781 with hope and optimism.
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