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  • The mystery and mayhem of Cape Town’s Czech Torah

    Nov 19, 2020
    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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  • Chief Rabbi and Rebbetzin’s lockdown lessons

    Sep 10, 2020
    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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  • Why a crisis needs a woman in charge

    May 21, 2020
    I recently read an article in the Guardian asking, “Are female leaders more successful at managing the coronavirus crisis?” (25 April 2020). The writer looked at the results of countries like New Zealand, Germany, Finland, and Denmark, all governed by female leaders, up against the less exemplary record of some of their male peers – no names named, but I know who you are probably thinking of. Not just in their COVID-19 statistics, but in the way that the messaging has been broadcast – strong and clear, but compassionate, empathetic, and inspirational at the same time, creating a sense of trust in the leadership.
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  • A Pesach for residents only

    Apr 02, 2020
    Being kept apart from your children and grandchildren might seem like punishment rather than a way to protect an elderly person. While most of the elderly at Jewish old age homes and assisted living facilities understand the Chevrah Kadisha’s introduction of stringent restrictions that prevent visits from family and friends, it isn’t easy.
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  • The connections between the British royals and the Jews

    Jun 28, 2018
    With Prince William’s historic visit to Israel this week, all eyes have been trained on the Jewish capital. It may have taken 70 years, but the first official visit by a member of the British Royal family began in Israel on Monday, when William, the Duke of Cambridge, arrived in Tel Aviv.
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  • Pesach tips and recipes from expert chefs

    Mar 29, 2018
    Three local culinary experts share their Pesach tips on being organised and relaxed by the time the Seder arrives. They also share their favourite Pesach recipe.
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  • Is a sweet year always good?

    Sep 07, 2017
    The well-known Rosh Hashanah greeting “Wishing you a good sweet year”, suggests a happy and joyful year ahead, as symbolised by the apple and honey. However, taking this literally, do “sweet” and “good” necessarily go together?
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  • Chief Rabbi changes prayer for the country

    Apr 28, 2017
    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein has changed the Prayer for the Republic of South Africa - a prayer rabbis say every Saturday morning in shul.
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  • German diplomat reminds not to stop teaching the Holocaust

    Apr 28, 2017
    The Charge D’Affaires of the German Embassy, Klaus Streicher, brought a strong message to the Yom Hashoah commemoration in Pretoria of ensuring the Holocaust is not forgotten, and always taught to the new generations so it can never happen again.
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  • Perpetuating the legacy of her grandpa

    Apr 28, 2017
    Nine-year-old Israel Gurwicz was one of many children sardined into the cattle truck of a train bound for death, but somehow managed to squeeze through a tiny opening and jump out of the moving vehicle. He survived to tell his story 65 years later to his granddaughter, Courtneigh Cloud Bernstein, who turned it into a theatrical docu-drama.
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  • The ‘compromise’ Shoah ceremony

    Apr 28, 2017
    Rabbi Julia Margolis, chairman of the South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity (SACRED) described this year’s Yom Hashoah as “on the one hand, disappointing, but on the other”, she added, “I’m not without hope”.
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  • Durban’s focus on the youth

    Apr 28, 2017
    The Durban Jewish community focused on the youth at their Yom Hashoah commemoration last Sunday evening.
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  • Krausz bears witness at West Park Cemetery

    Apr 28, 2017
    The horror of what happens when one kind of people dehumanise another, was a thread running through the second half of the Yom Hashoah ceremony at West Park Cemetery on Sunday.
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  • This will open your eyes to Torah Law

    Feb 07, 2017
    When honoured with an invitation to deliver the prestigious annual Hildesheimer Lecture at the Law School of Humboldt University in Berlin last month, Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein based his address on his doctoral thesis which looks at human rights from the perspective of Jewish law. For the purpose of the lecture, the chief rabbi updated his thesis for the world we live in now! READ the abridged layman’s version of this complex thesis which has been approved by the chief rabbi.
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  • Johannesburg to join 8 m in lighting up the world

    Dec 21, 2016
    Chabad House invites the entire Jewish community to celebrate the traditional eight days of lighting of the candles and entertainment at Sandton Chabad’s Goodness & Kindness Centre.
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  • Perth looking for chief rabbi in SA too

    Dec 19, 2016
    An exciting senior appointment in a “dynamic and varied role” awaits a rabbi ready to pack for Perth! But don't dilly-dally, applications close next month!
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  • Why Jews are better off without Xmas trees

    Nov 29, 2016
    This has to be one of the funniest stand-up pieces ever – and it was done in aid of Stand with Us! Even the Chief Rabbi will laugh himself silly at this take by Elon Gold called “Why The Jews Are Better Off Without Xmas Trees” – Gold takes a look at what the halacha of Christmas Trees may look like if they were part of our culture. This is a seriously funny little clip which has been doing the rounds since Monday. Watch it or you will wish you had!
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  • Rabbinical apology advances inclusivity

    Nov 16, 2016
    Just before Yom Kippur, seven senior modern Orthodox religious leaders apologised to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. This act of repentance sought to address and counter the abusive and insulting attitudes that many rabbis in the Orthodox community have actively promoted against LGBTI persons.
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  • Survivor is world's oldest, celebrates barmitzvah

    Sep 15, 2016
    The world's oldest man, 113-year-old Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal who lives in Israel, missed his barmitzvah due to the World War - WWI that is! His father was in the Russian army and his mother had died three years earlier. He was born in 1903, in the town of Zarnow, Poland. His two children died in a Polish ghetto, while he himself was deported to Auschwitz, where his wife died.
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  • Religious leaders pledge support to Pravin Gordhan

    Sep 14, 2016
    So, a rabbi, a priest and an imam walk into the Treasury… Last week Wednesday, four executive members of the National Religious Leaders Council (NRLC), including Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, met with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at his office in Pretoria.
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