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    Rapper Drake’s South African family

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    Multi-award-winning international rapper Drake is not only Jewish, but he has a close South African connection.
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    There goes the Vintage Man!

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    If you happen to be in the Johannesburg suburbs on the weekend and you hear someone shout, “There goes the Vintage Man”, don’t look for an elderly gentleman. Move your gaze to the road to see the man driving a Model T Ford or another of his collection of working vintage cars.
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    University exams begin amidst heightened security

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    SA Union of Jewish Students Western Cape Chairman Jesse Soicher, described the atmosphere at the University of Cape Town (UCT) as “eerie” ahead of exams, which officially started on Wednesday.
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    Pravin Gordhan unpacks Michael Sachs’ resignation

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan insists that this week’s resignation of Michael Sachs, who headed up Treasury’s Budget Office, must be understood in the context of state capture and a final attempt to wrest control from Treasury, before the ANC’s election conference next month.
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    Zimbabwe Jewish community worried, but safe

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    “We are anxious as we don’t know who is in control,” says president of the Harare Hebrew Congregation, Arnold Joffe, on Wednesday as a military takeover occurred in Zimbabwe.
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    Fancy shopping for kosher fare at Woolies?

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    It was hailed as “platz-worthy” by the kosher kids at the Beth Din. Woolworths took the community by surprise when it conducted a survey on social media last month to establish whether the company should expand its supply of kosher foodstuffs.
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    A congregation divided over politics

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    The presence of the SA leader of BDS at Beit Emanuel Synagogue - the largest Progressive congregation in South Africa – has driven a wedge of discontent between some of the shul’s members and its leadership.
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    A man named Michael Sachs

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    When a man by the name of Michael Sachs resigned from the Treasury this week, it was hard not to do a double take. That was partly because his name sounds so Jewish. The other part was because his resignation caused the rand to dive and was said to potentially have ramifications much like the axing of former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
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    The mysterious politics of Lebanon and its impact on Israel

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    The last time I interviewed Saad Hariri, prime minister of Lebanon, his hand was covered in bandages. It was 2006 and his friend, and political ally, Pierre Gemayel, had just been assassinated. Gemayel, from one of Lebanon’s most prominent Christian families, was an outspoken critic of the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah. Hariri had been so angry, he’d punched a wall.
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    Keeping Brandon Ossip’s memory alive

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    When the King David High School Victory Park five-a-side soccer players ran onto the Discovery Soccer Park field for this year’s tournament in October, they did so in the memory of past pupil Brandon Ossip. From this year on, they will do so annually and they will remember Brandon who was just 14 when he was tragically killed in a car accident 20 years ago.
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  • University exams begin amidst heightened security

    SA Union of Jewish Students Western Cape Chairman Jesse Soicher, described the atmosphere at the University of Cape Town (UCT) as “eerie” ahead of exams, which officially started on Wednesday.

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  • How to paint the town in #MeToo colours

    The growing worldwide momentum of the #MeToo movement through which women who were sexually harassed are speaking out after remaining silent for many years, echoes two erstwhile women’s movements of equal passion: the Suffragettes in the late-19th and early-20th centuries demanding women’s right to vote in public elections; and the 1950s feminists campaigning for equal pay for doing comparable jobs as men, and similar issues.

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  • Chief Rabbi pulls out all the stops against abuse

    Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein has taken a zero tolerance approach to all forms of abuse within the Jewish community. He has set up a world class abuse review board to make sure that no case is swept under the carpet or slips through the cracks.

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  • Censorship: A double-edged sword

    The clumsy attempt by the State Security Agency and SA Revenue Service to block distribution of the book by investigative journalist Jacques Pauw, The President's Keepers, is nowhere near the censorship which prevailed during apartheid. But it eerily reminds us of how the slippery slope begins in that direction.

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  • Christian Zionists to counter EFF march on Israeli Embassy

    About 2 500 Christian Zionists will hold a peaceful protest on November 2 to counter the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) march on the Israeli Embassy in Pretoria.

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  • Why murders on SA farms evoke knee-jerk racism

    A farmer murdered while working his land is a shocking scene. Yet many people rejected this week’s countrywide protests, called Black Monday, by farmers against the plague of such killings in South Africa.

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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 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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    Zimbabwe Jewish community worried, but safe

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    “We are anxious as we don’t know who is in control,” says president of the Harare Hebrew Congregation, Arnold Joffe, on Wednesday as a military takeover occurred in Zimbabwe.
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    The mysterious politics of Lebanon and its impact on Israel

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    The last time I interviewed Saad Hariri, prime minister of Lebanon, his hand was covered in bandages. It was 2006 and his friend, and political ally, Pierre Gemayel, had just been assassinated. Gemayel, from one of Lebanon’s most prominent Christian families, was an outspoken critic of the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah. Hariri had been so angry, he’d punched a wall.
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    Make your marriage work forever

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    Marriage is a sacred union of husband and wife. It is called “kidushin”. The word kadosh means holy and also separated and cut off. When a couple marry, they are a unit which has only them and no-one may invade that unit of separateness and holiness.
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    More ammunition for The Shabbos Project

    Nov 09, 2017 Go comment!
    Shabbos stands out from the other days, even as man stands out from all living creatures. Man was blessed and so was Shabbos.
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    Stay focused while navigating the distractions

    Nov 02, 2017 Go comment!
    They call it “dumbwalking” nowadays. When we space out of our bricks and mortar world and into that new digital world order. Watching the display on those small screens on our phones, our minds and attention are captured by these new phenomena.
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    Leaving home - for good

    Oct 26, 2017 Go comment!
    The story is told of an encounter between two famous rabbis of yesteryear - the Vilna Gaon and the Dubner Magid. The Magid, or Preacher of Dubna, once visited Vilna and went to pay a courtesy call on the great sage, Rabbi Elijah of Vilna.
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