• The visit ‘home’: Do SA émigrés ever wish they’d stayed?

    Anyone who has attended a 40-year high school reunion, knows the uncomfortable feeling when you meet classmates from several decades ago, who immigrated to other countries and have had vastly different lives. After five minutes of warm greetings: “Wow, it’s so nice to see you again! Do you remember when we played Sunday league soccer together?”, an uncomfortable silence falls over the gathering, amidst awkward attempts to joke about the passing of time and how everyone is getting older.

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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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    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 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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    Feeling their way around a Zimbabwe without Mugabe as president

    Nov 23, 2017 Go comment!
    Zimbabwean Jews are “cautiously optimistic” about their future and the future of their country. While they may not have been out on the streets revelling in former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s resignation on Tuesday evening, they definitely “share in the joy of the nation”, says Harare Hebrew Congregation President Arnold Joffe.
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    Russia and Iran - uncomfortable bedfellows in Syria

    Nov 23, 2017 Go comment!
    The future of Syria is anyone’s guess, but increasingly the odds are that Israel’s northern neighbour will evolve into either a Russian- or Iranian-controlled country. That is, with Syrian President Bashar Assad now controlling nearly two-thirds of his country, thanks to Russian and Iranian assistance.
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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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