About the Journal

What is it?

The South African Torah Journal (SATJ) is a quarterly, English language, Open Access Torah Journal with a focus on the South African Jewish community.



The Journal consists of articles based on any topic.

Articles are peer reviewed by 1 or 2 secret reviewers possessing the relevant expertise for that article.

Articles have an emphasis on originality/novelty/Chidush/subject expertise shared, as much as possible.


Due dates for article contributions

Chanuka issue due date: RH.

Purim issue due date: Chanuka

Shvuos issue due date: Purim

RH issue due date: RCh Tammuz



The SATJ is housed on a website and is available to read online or printed off the website. Past issues will be accessible in an online archive. No subscription fees or access fees will be charged (Open Access). The SATJ will do very limited if any printing or distribution.



Mainly South African Rabbis, Rebbetzins or capable laymen. Articles from overseas and of those who are niftar will also be considered. Contributions to be invited or submitted voluntarily.





Harbotsas (Dissemination of) Torah; showcasing local SA Torah Talent; inspiring local Torah Talent to present beyond the 5min average drosha; a place for Chidush – novelty; a place for intellectual stimulation; something to read over Shabbos/YT with local flavour.



Average SA Jew; the intellectual SA Jew; The ohev (lover of) Torah


Editor & Publisher

Rabbi Paysach (Juan-Paul) Burke is the editor and publisher of SATJ.

He has a great love of Torah which he developed after spending several years studying in Yeshivas, namely Yeshivah Gedolah of Johannesburg, under Rabbi A. C. Goldfein zt’l and at Yeshiva LeRabbonus Pretoria, where he received semicha from Rabbi C. Finkelstein Shlit’a. He has also completed a BA (English/Linguistics) at UNISA and a PGDipLIS (Post graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies) at UCT. He has done much freelance work as a copy editor, plain language editor, proof-reader, article writer, bibliographer, indexer, translation assistant, librarian, archivist and historical researcher. He worked for UCT Libraries at their Jewish Studies branch library housed in the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and so is familiar with academic standards and research. He sees the dissemination of Torah Wisdom as an important religious duty and so to have a hand in preparing a Torah text for publication that others can benefit from is extremely satisfying for him.



Sponsorship and donations are the main income towards website costs and editor/publisher duties.

There are no payments to contributors and reviewers.