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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Sinai or sanctuary?

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    And in the beginning G-d was homeless, and so He asked His People to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G-d instructed Moses “to tell the people They shall make for Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them”.
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    Police recommend charging Netanyahu

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Israeli police this week recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted for a series of corruption charges, including bribery, fraud and breach of trust. They believed they had collected enough evidence to bring the cases to trial.
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    A future SA under Cyril Ramaphosa

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa is the man destined to lead us into the future. This ANC stalwart will be sworn in as national president today (Thursday).
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    Two rabbis officiate at Mandela centennial rally

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    At the launch of the Mandela centennial celebrations on Sunday afternoon, there were two rabbis standing on the podium among the religious leaders. One was Rabbi Greg Alexander, chairperson of the South African Association of Progressive Rabbis, and the other was Rabbi Asher Deren, chairperson of the Rabbinical Association of the Western Cape.
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    Looking back on a bar mitzvah like no other

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    While some of us reflect on our bar and bat mitzvah celebrations with hazy memories, for Craig Joseph, his special day stands out as a turning point in his life.
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    Proving one’s Lithuanian ancestry means access to an EU passport

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Property investor Bernard Seeff wanted a passport that allowed him greater flexibility than his South African one. So began his four-year quest to prove his Lithuanian ancestry, which would give him the right to own the coveted European Union passport.
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    The politics of news

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    What a fascinating time it has been in the politics of South Africa! While President Jacob Zuma dug in his heels and refused to go, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and the rest of the party’s leadership were running to and fro in various efforts to convince him to bow out amicably.
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    The might of Russia in the Middle East

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    When countries cannot talk to each other, they send messages through actions. This was the case on Saturday.
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    Where to now in SA politics?

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    The expression “in the blink of an eye” describes how a situation changes from one moment to the next. In South Africa, a day is a long time in politics. The pace of political developments is so rapid at the moment that what seemed certain yesterday is irrelevant today.
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    A psychological take on Zuma’s refusal to go

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Former president Jacob Zuma dug in his heels, refusing to give an inch despite the leadership of his party, the ANC, making it clear his time in office was up. So, why did he persist in staying put?
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  • A future SA under Cyril Ramaphosa

    ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa is the man destined to lead us into the future. This ANC stalwart will be sworn in as national president today (Thursday).

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  • Filth, filth everywhere: who can you trust?

    How do corrupt politicians cling to power even after being fingered? In Israel, something that shields Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been accused of corruption time and time again, is Israelis’ perception that he is tough on security, which is crucial in that neighbourhood. Although disliked and mistrusted by many, his security credentials win the day.

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  • End of an era for banking leaders

    “One of Stephen and Bernard’s great contributions to South Africa’s business landscape was their chutzpah,” said Business Day editor Tim Cohen about Investec CEO Stephen Koseff and managing director Bernard Kantor, who announced this week that they were stepping down after 40 years at the helm.

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  • Harsh realities of Israel-Palestine situation debated

    “The two-state solution… is the only viable solution; it is the only game in town.” – Benjamin Pogrund “We do not have two states in that area… We will not have two states. There is no Palestinian state: there is only a Palestinian Bantustan.” – Na’eem Jeenah “My personal diagnosis is that the two-state [solution] has died, or is on the brink, to the grave… What we should discuss from now on is: What does one state mean?” – Alon Liel

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  • Refugees – home is not where the heart is

    When acrimonious debates arise in the Jewish world, such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial intention to deport 38 000 African refugees from Israel back to Africa, voices from tiny Jewish communities such as South Africa seem very muted.

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  • Israel can help Cape Town

    While it may be too late to save Cape Town from Day Zero (the day the taps are turned off), Israel could boost South Africa’s water security now and into the future should our government choose to invest in it.

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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

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    “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 2 Comments
    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 1 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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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Sinai or sanctuary?

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    And in the beginning G-d was homeless, and so He asked His People to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G-d instructed Moses “to tell the people They shall make for Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them”.
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    The difference between seeing and perceiving

    Feb 08, 2018 Go comment!
    What does G-d look like? If you ask most people this, they would be hard-pressed to give you an answer, while kids would probably draw a sunbeam or an old man on a cloud. Our Torah portion describes Moses and Aaron and 70 elders of Israel going up Mount Sinai, “and they saw the G-d of Israel” (Exodus 24). What did they see? The rabbinic commentators were puzzled because we are told later that you cannot see G-d and live (Exodus 33). How was it possible for this group of leaders to see G-d and live?
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    Teach your children well

    Feb 01, 2018 Go comment!
    While most in-law jokes target the mother-in-law, in this week’s portion, it is the father-in-law – specifically Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses – who interferes to tell Moses how to run his business.
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    It’s raining in Cape Town!

    Jan 25, 2018 Go comment!
    Yes, that’s the impression you’ll get from your Capetonian friend’s Facebook timeline every time there’s the slightest drizzle – when, in reality, it doesn’t make the slightest difference to the dam level. But just like we save every drop, we need to say thank you for every drop, no matter how small.
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