Food, Personal Portfolio

Beyond the bar: Meet the Rat and Parrot Team

For many of Grahamstown’s students and permanent residents alike, The Rat and Parrot is simply one of the towns more successful watering holes. The sheer amount of time spent within the Rat’s walls by many Grahamstown dwellers attests to the pub’s reputation for good food and drink. Yet for most patrons, their appreciation for the institution goes only so far as the glass they receive their drink in and the plate on which their food arrives. Many customers do not give a second thought to the process involved in producing the food they eat, nor the beverages they consume. Join us as we take a journey to meet the kitchen staff of the Rat and Parrot, and see the faces who are responsible for meeting the dietary needs of customers.

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Freelancing, Other, Personal, Personal Portfolio

Religion: Not Just What You Do

As one of the few Jewish students at Rhodes University and one of the even fewer observant Jews, I often get asked many questions regarding my religious identity and choice of faith. No matter how ludicrous the question is, you can bet I have heard it. Through it all, however, I am certain that my relationship with Judaism is a defining part of who I am. Despite recent trends of many Jews increasingly distancing themselves from their identity, I stand proud with my faith and religion.

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Festivals, Milestones, Personal, Uncategorized

Yom Kippur 2.0: Lessons learned.

So Yom Kippur has come and gone. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t the easiest of days. The fast itself wasn’t too bad, although can a 25-hour fast ever be ‘good’ by any standards? The process of reflection and of taking stock of what is going on in my life has been difficult, and the experience of opening oneself up emotionally to the meaning of the day can be draining and hard in general. This being said, this was one of the most meaningful Yom Kippur’s I have experienced to date.

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Freelancing, Other, Personal Portfolio

Skipping meals comes at a price for vac-stay students

This piece is an article that I wrote for Grocott’s Mail, a community newspaper published weekly in Grahamstown and surrounding areas. It looks at the details and struggles surrounding vacation accommodation for Rhodes University students living in res. The topic of vacation accommodation is of particular concern to many Rhodes University and has been widely debated in recent weeks and months. While this piece does not necessarily speak specifically to the topic of my blog, my Jewish upbringing has instilled in me the need to be concerned with the worries of others. This was a major motivating factor in my writing of this article, and in my sharing of it on my blog. 

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Festivals, Personal

Yom Kippur: the Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur, one of the most important days in the Jewish calendar, falls this year on Saturday 30 September. I mentioned in a previous post that on Rosh Hashanah, which takes place just over a week before Yom Kippur, God begins taking account of all our actions in the previous year in order to judge us for the upcoming year. On Yom Kippur, this judgement is completed and sealed. Thus, Yom Kippur – which means ‘Day of Atonement’ – is the day on which we atone for all our negative deeds and appeal to God to look favourably upon us before our fate for the upcoming year is sealed.

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Festivals

Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year

This week, we come face to face with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It is an auspicious time in the Jewish calendar, and is filled with many interesting practices and rituals. Most importantly, it is the time of year when we as Jews take account of where we are in our lives, and I personally have come to love this time of year for the opportunity it forces upon me to reevaluate where I am as a Grahamstonian Jew.

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