• SA Jewish Report is looking for a journalist

    The SA Jewish Report is looking for a journalist, who is passionate about and hungry for news and who writes both news and features beautifully.

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  • Master stories and their multiple virginities

    Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri wasn’t referring specifically to South Africa when he wrote: “To poison a country, poison its stories… A people are as healthy and confident as the stories they tell themselves.” But he might as well have been, if measured by the toxicity pervading our body politic today.

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  • A community that prays together

    So much has happened in the year since last Rosh Hashanah. Many members of our community have celebrated wonderful simchas. And yet, at the same time, many have suffered much pain, some through the loss of loved ones, others through illness or other challenges.

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  • Sick men hold the doomsday nuclear button

    Sigmund Freud is probably frowning in his grave while world citizens watch despairingly the rising momentum towards nuclear war between the United States and North Korea, driven by politicians holding nuclear buttons he would have had much to say about. Two at least are psychologically dysfunctional.

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  • UCT’s Max Price in a catch-22 situation over boycott

    Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT), Dr Max Price, is facing a monumental ethical dilemma as his campus campaigns - for the second time in three years - for an academic boycott of Israel. If imposed, this would be one of the first major academic institutions in a democratic country to do so.

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  • Statues and heroes: the dangers of erasing too much

    Wits faculty members have been warned to prepare for trouble, as universities brace for protests against university fee hikes for 2018, amidst vehement demands for “decolonisation” in academia and abolition of symbols of the country’s racist past.

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    Bibi defends controversial Kotel decision

    Jun 29, 2017 1 Comment
    Netanyahu says he didn’t betray anyone by effectively cancelling a historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at the Kotel, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, and caving to the interests of his Haredi Orthodox coalition partners.
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    Being schooled in a new school system

    Jun 08, 2017 Go comment!
    “Knowledge is Light” was our school motto when I was a child in Durban. The importance of education was made clear to us from as far back as I can remember. It wasn’t taken for granted. A good education was a privilege.
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    Israel’s ‘Facebook bill’ could hamper free speech

    Mar 09, 2017 1 Comment
    Israel’s Knesset last week passed the first reading of the Criminally Offensive Content from the Internet bill - dubbed the “Facebook bill”.
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    Join the conversations, have your say

    Feb 22, 2017 1 Comment
    JR Online users are having their say, as usual. While the website's peak day saw well over 12,000 users, it can also have as many as 300-plus comments posted on a busy day. Many are on older stories users have serendipitously happened along. Some are friendly greetings and exchanges, but often they descend into Chirp-fests – where users with differing views enjoy a good old argy-bargy on an issue. We list this week’s latest hotspots, and point users to a few of the Chirps posted this week - on well-commented stories long gone by…
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    Israel has true Christian friends in Mozambique

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    Devotion to the cause of the State of Israel flourishes in the most unlikely places, even in societies where the Jewish presence is small to non-existent. Such is the case in Mozambique, where the work of Beth-El Associacao Crista Amigos De Israel - Mozambican Christian Friends of Israel - testifies to how much can be achieved by those inspired by their Christian faith to promote the Israeli cause, despite adverse conditions.
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    Lenk: Jerusalem will always be Israeli capital

    Feb 01, 2017 Go comment!
    Ambassador Lenk appeared on the popular SABC News morning show, Newsroom, yesterday (Tuesday January 31) and discussed Israel's relationship with the US, the controversy over Donald Trump wanting to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city, and the need for the Holy Land’s Palestinian neighbours to reject terror and return to direct peace talks. Watch the full 12-minute interview and hear Ambassador Lenk’s frank and honest responses – and his open and relaxed demeanour.
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    The migrant crisis - another baffling headache for Israel

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    ​Europe’s migrant crisis is far from over. The United Nations is warning that only 10 per cent of those currently on the move from Africa, Asia and the Middle East have reached the continent - eight to 10 million are still on their way. A very small number appear to be genuine refugees, fleeing warzones.
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    A menacing reminder of what led to war in 2006

    Sep 07, 2017 Go comment!
    A young Hezbollah fighter once told me something I’ve never forgotten. “We missed out on being able to fight Israel like our parents and grandparents, but now with the war in Syria, we are learning as much as we can and when the war there is over, we will turn our attention back to Israel - better trained and more experienced,” he said.
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Video of the Day 


Chief Rabbi reiterates his call of a year ago for Jacob Zuma to stand down in this Pesach Video, likening the SA saga of today to our flight from Egypt 3329 years ago. “With that freedom comes a voice” he says. He will be marching in Pretoria on Friday.  


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