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  • Flying the Nazi flag ‘wasn’t the brightest idea’

    It’s not every day you see a Nazi swastika hoisted on a flag pole above the walls of an ordinary Johannesburg home.

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  • Israeli Ambassador Arthur Lenk heads home

    As Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk heads home after four years, he leaves behind a sense of “relentless optimism” - the cornerstone of his four-year deployment in South Africa.

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  • Terror victims’ dignity: Should bloody pictures go viral?

    What’s in a picture? The violence at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and the terrorist attack in the West Bank settlement of Halamish on Friday, raises questions about how much blood and gore should the general public see through photographs when civilians are killed.

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  • Mired in Guptagate, Pamensky claims innocence

    Johannesburg-based Jewish businessman, Mark Pamensky, is on a mission to clear his tarnished name. He has been shunned and maligned by the community he claims is “so important to him” because of his entanglement with the notorious Gupta family and their dodgy business conduct.

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  • Touching their own history in Lithuania

    In delving into their ancestry, many South African Jews have travelled to Lithuania and not just rediscovered their roots, but actually touched their own personal history on these life-changing journeys.

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  • SA led to the cliff-edge: Whose fault?

    Even with so many South Africans desperate to rescue this country from President Jacob Zuma’s train of destruction, last week’s report of a R2bn amnesty package offered to him from frantic private sources to leave office - including amnesty for 783 corruption charges and other misdemeanours - is wishful thinking.

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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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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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    Never alone!

    Jul 27, 2017 Go comment!
    Towards the end of his life, in the fifth book of the Torah - Deuteronomy - Moshe re-tells the story of the Jewish People’s journey in the desert. He recalls the time when he appointed new leaders, heads of tribes, to assist him in leading the people.
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    Priorities and price tags

    Jul 20, 2017 Go comment!
    Is it the money or the man, the cash or the kids? What is most important in our lives? Of course, no one ever admits to putting money ahead of their children, but is it not an all too common phenomenon? Aren’t most parents, even good parents, guilty of making that mistake now and then?
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    Destiny beckons

    Jul 13, 2017 Go comment!
    How did an unknown youngster suddenly rise to prominence? Pinchas, the hero of this week’s parsha, was previously unheard of. Though, as a grandson of Aaron, he belonged to the “royal family”, he was an unseeded young man, who, with a single act of bravery was catapulted to stardom.
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    If someone wants to do something good - embrace it

    Jul 06, 2017 Go comment!
    The story of Bilam presents a glaring question to us about Hashem’s attitude towards us and the decisions we make.
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