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Isha Bekia

Chief Rabbi: Put the UN on trial

The United Nations and its institutions have a credibility they do not deserve, and have become a threat to freedom and democracy in the world. Israel’s case before the UN’s International Court of Justice, brought by South Africa, should be used to expose this fact...

Spirit of Israel

Watch: I am so moved… The spirited soldiers of Israel are an inspiration. Shabbat Shalom!  

Yom Haatzmaut – Israel needs no approval

We need to stop seeking approval for Israel from others, including the media and the SA government. Let’s be confident in our Zionism, without apology. Chief Rabbi Goldstein You can view the talk I gave at last night’s Yom Haatzmaut celebrations here:...

Yom Hazikaron: Call evil by its name

For the sake of peace, all civilised people must recognise evil and condemn it unconditionally. That was the takeaway from a conversation with Rabbi Leo Dee on my recent visit to his family shiva house in Efrat last week – and it was the message of my Yom Hazikaron...

The first Yom Haatzmaut

  It’s the 14th May 1948. A Friday night. Jewish soldiers are on the battlefield fighting for the establishment of a Jewish state, the realisation of a dream millennia in the making. And then – a remarkable scene erupts...

Why Yom HaZikaron matters

  Yom HaZikaron raises an uncomfortable question: how does our remembering Israel’s fallen heroes make any difference to them?  

Faith and heroism amid the horror

    Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein address at the 2022 Yom HaShoah ceremony in Cape Town. An inspiring story of faith and heroism amid the darkness and horror of the Holocaust – presented by South Africa’s Chief...