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Hashalom is published monthly under the auspices of the Council of KwaZulu-Natal Jewry, the KwaZulu-Natal Zionist Council and the Durban Jewish Club for the benefit of the Jewish community of KwaZulu-Natal. The first issue was published in September 1923.

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EDITORIAL

THE GLOBAL JEWISH FAMILY MOURNS SHIMON PERES

The whole Jewish world bowed its head in sorrow upon hearing that Shimon Peres had died last month, aged 93. ..Read more>>


OUT OF PERSPECTIVE

The Kiddush Grouch

A caveat before reading on: this article will be short on substance, but attempt to be long on humour. ..Read more>>


MISHNA IMPOSSIBLE

King David’s alarm clock

Last month, we learnt of R’Eliezer’s opinion that there were three watches in the night and the Shema could be said until the end of the first watch. Rebbi disagreed that there were three watches in the night – he said there were four, each being th ..Read more>>


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Biker Jen

At Beth Shalom, my life at 81 should have quietened down but “vroom – vroom”, it appears it’s only getting more exciting. ..Read more>>


ISRAEL

Analysis: Conflicting messages from the Peres funeral

Here was an A-list of world leaders who – at a moment’s notice – dropped everything, and flew halfway around the world to attend the funeral of the last of Israel’s founding fathers. ..Read more>>


ISRAEL

Former Archbishop of Canterbury among critics of church’s Israel ‘checkpoint’

Lord George Carey criticised the stunt as ‘demonising and singling out Israel’ in its fight against terrorism ..Read more>>


ISRAEL

UNESCO Director-General criticizes ‘harmful’ drive to erase Jewish ties to Temple Mount

“To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova stated. (Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu responds to UNESCO vote on Temple Mount, Western Wall) ..Read more>>


ISRAEL

Israeli Researchers Use Spinach Leaves To Generate Clean Fuel

Popeye, the famous cartoon character, sang “I’m strong to the finish ’cause I eats me spinach, I’m Popeye the sailor man.” ..Read more>>


ISRAEL

Sukkat Shalom A Tabernacle of Peace A Beit Ha’am Anthology in Memory of Shimon Peres

Concept and development: Department for Diaspora Activities, 2016-5777 Main editor: Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman, Head of the Department for Diaspora Activities Materials collection: Erella Goren, Yaniv Nachmias, Yael Dinur, Rolo Weiner Writing, editing ..Read more>>


JEWISH WORLD

Huge, Inquisition-era Torah scroll found in Portugal

It emerged last week that a Portuguese Torah dating from the time of the Inquisition was discovered by a builder while demolishing a house in the small city of Covilhã. ..Read more>>


BUBKES

The Waiting Game

You may or may not believe in soul mates, but here’s something to think about: even finding the right person at the wrong time may not give you what you’re looking for (or what you need). ..Read more>>


PAST TENSE

HASHOLOM

HASHOLOM November 1941 - Extracts ..Read more>>


JEWISH WORLD

The probable origins of some Durban Jewish names

We tend to think that we have always had surnames but in fact Jews in Europe have only had surnames, as we know them now, since the 18th Century when many of the rulers of countries in Europe realised that the most efficient way to tax their citizens was ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

South African Ex-service League

On 16 September 2016 the South African Jewish Ex-Service League convened a most productive and enjoyable meeting with lunch which took place at the Durban Jewish Centre at which twelve members attended. ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

SAJBD

2016/17 IUA-UCF campaign ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

KwaZulu Natal Zionist Council

CELEBRATING NOSTRA AETATE ..Read more>>


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Durban United Hebrew Congregation

Creating a Fresh Perspective ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Divote

My recent trip to Israel was very successful ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Beth Shalom

Beth Shalom had a wonderful Heritage Day Celebration on the 25th September 2016. The carers all came dressed in their traditional dresses and sang to the residents in the garden. ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Eden College

It could possibly have been the first time that the sound of the shofar rang out strong and bold in the grounds of Mitchell Park where we had our Rosh Chodesh Elul breakfast and shiur. ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Umhlanga Jewish Centre

This month at the UJC, Jared Nel celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. We wish the entire family Mazel tov Mazel tov. ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Umhlanga Jewish Centre

This month at the UJC, Jared Nel celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. We wish the entire family Mazel tov Mazel tov. ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Akiva College

Akiva College were recently invited to participate in the annual Virginia Preparatory School Art Exhibition. This year’s theme was titled “Whimsical." ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Durban Progressive Jewish Congregation

High Holy Days for the DPJC ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Hebrew Order of David

What new challenges does the New Year bring for the Hebrew Order of David ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Talmud Torah

The year is coming to an end and the Talmud Torah team are happy to look back at a very successful year, with the attendance in our Talmud Torah classes increasing and the attendance in our mishna learning increasing. ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Young Israel Centre

After last month’s girls Shabbaton, this month it was the boys turn. We held a boys Shabbaton over the Shabbat of the 9th and 10th of September. ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Union of Jewish Women

ANOTHER PERFECT DAY ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Above Board

World Jewish Congress - Keeping us connected in challenging times ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Cooking with Judy and Linda

Going Bananas ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Social and Personal

October 2016 ..Read more>>


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On our Cover

Traditional Jewish Papercut ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Diary of Events

November 2016 ..Read more>>