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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    Happy intersectional Purim

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    One of the questions that haunts the story of Purim and moves silently through the lines of the Megillah is clear and chillingly simple: How could Jews have chosen to remain in Persian Shushan? It was so clearly an environment in which anti-Semitism was so prevalent that a genocide could be planned and almost implemented without comment by broader society.
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    • RabbiKagan

    What it took for Esther to find her courage

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    An attentive listener to the Megillah reading on Purim may notice a transformation in the character of Esther, for whom the story is named. She emerges from her protective palatial cocoon, where her natural beauty won the eyes of the Persian king, to become a powerful and courageous queen.
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    • Jewish-Islam

    History shows many versions of the Purim story

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    Purim is a unique festival during which we celebrate the miraculous deliverance of the Jewish community of Shushan from the designs of the grand vizier of Persia, Haman. Or is it?
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    No more Mr Nice Guy: Mordechai’s intervention in the narrative of Esther

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    There is a beautiful idea in Judaism, that G-d looked into the Torah and created the world. Although it is unlikely that G-d literally peered into a hand-written Torah scroll to create the world, this mystical teaching about the origins of our universe conveys a profound truth. We are not, as some would have us believe, random atoms, hurtling into an abyss of uncertainty.
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    • JewsandBooze

    Jews and alcohol – and the close bond between them

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    Think of a Prohibition era bootlegger and you probably imagine an Italian accent, bespoke suit and Tommy gun. But you would be just as correct to replace that image with a Yiddish accent, long black coat and dangling payot.
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    • PearHamantaschen2

    It's Purim – let’s eat!

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    South Africans enjoy yeast dough Hamantaschen. Well, I definitely prefer them to the biscuit version. Their soft, delicious, bread-like texture makes them mouth-wateringly tempting. With all the wonderful fillings you get these days, it’s no wonder they just get more and more popular. Dulce de leche, jam, mohn (poppy seed), cheese, cinnamon and raisins, cranberries and apples, peanut butter, chocolate and halva, and my latest version; pear, ginger and caramel. Of course, being the butcher’s wife, a savoury Hamantaschen goes down well in our home. So here’s what I’m making to go with my leek and potato soup on Purim.
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    • PURIMSimonApfel

    Seymour Spitz: Our forgotten toothbrush titan

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    You tear through the psychedelic packaging and, in a state of reverence, take it gently by the rubber grip, feeling the control. You marvel at the sleek design, running your thumb over the bristles.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    Ancient words apt for modern times

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    Did you know that the Megillah, which is read every year on the holiday of Purim, is the only book in the entire Tanach – the books of the Torah, the prophets and scripture – in which G-d’s name does not appear even once?
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    • RabbiStern

    From anti-Semitism to aerospace travel

    Mar 07, 2019 Go comment!
    Modern-day miracles are hard to come by. We are different to the way we were in the past. However, from time to time, we get a sneak peek into the miraculous ways of G-d. Take the story of Alex Friedman.
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    • RabbiRyanGoldstein (2)

    Mathematics of the Mishkan

    Feb 28, 2019 Go comment!
    Parshat Vayakhel details the construction of the vessels for the Mishkan, and the building of the Mishkan itself.
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    • RabbiNossel

    Torah stories for grown-ups

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    It boggles the mind. Why is so much Torah-coverage given to the subject of an elaborate tent-structure called the tabernacle? The verses that relate to the tabernacle’s construction seem to go on and on. They fill not one, but four weekly portions.
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    • RabbiAriShishler

    Ain’t it a joy to complain?

    Feb 14, 2019 Go comment!
    Sol visits his old friend, Abe, who has recently acquired a new dog.
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    • RabbiSchell

    Make 2019 a year of reconciliation and celebration

    Feb 07, 2019 Go comment!
    Last year, 2018, was an important year, because of the many historic milestones that were commemorated. The end of World War I, the 80th anniversary of the “so called” Kristallnacht – the night of the broken glass – in 1938, which marked the beginning of the Final Solution of Nazi Germany. And, on a more positive note, there was, of course, Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Is religion still relevant?

    Jan 31, 2019 Go comment!
    Cyberspace, outer space, inner space. Smart cards, smart bombs, stem cells, and cell phones. There is no denying it. We live in a new age. Science fiction has become scientific fact. And the question is: in this new world order, with science and technology changing the way we live, is religion still relevant? Do we still need to subscribe to an ancient and seemingly long-obsolete code of laws when we are so further advanced than our ancestors?
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    • IlanHerrmann

    Emerging from darkness – Yitro’s legacy

    Jan 24, 2019 Go comment!
    In the portion we read this week called Yitro, the most significant historical event of all time takes place: G-d’s revelation at Sinai; the giving of the Torah. The portion is named after Moses’ father-in-law, Yitro.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Sticking to tradition

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    How important is tradition in Judaism? Obviously, very important. There is even a major song in the musical Fiddler on the Roof devoted to tradition!
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    The relevance of Tu B’Shvat for the youth of SA

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    The Mishna in the tractate of Rosh Hashanah teaches us that there are four New Years in the Jewish calendar.
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    • Tomatoes

    I say tomato, you say cherry… It’s Tu B’Shvat

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    The Jewish National Fund of South Africa (JNF) will this coming week give South African Jewish scholars 6 000 packets of tomato seeds from Foods and Trees for Africa to celebrate Tu B’Shvat.
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    • RabbiRyanGoldstein (2)

    Insular or involved: the two ways of being Jewish

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    “And Yehudah approached him [Yosef] ...”
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    • RabbiStern

    Brighter than Chanukah candles

    Dec 06, 2018 1 Comment
    This weekend is one of the busiest on the Jewish calendar. It’s called Shabbos-Rosh Chodesh-Chanukah. On Friday afternoon, we will light two sets of candles, the Chanukah menorah with its six burning candles, followed by the regular Shabbos candles. On Shabbos morning, we will read from three Torahs in shul, compared to the regular Shabbos, when we read from one and sometimes two Torahs.
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