• Cape Board election found to be “flawed”

    An independent panel that the most recent election of the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape Board) was flawed”.

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  • Are we a society that throws its children down the toilet?

    The horrendous death of five-year-old schoolgirl Lumka Mketwa highlights a stark reality of South African society. Lumka fell into a pit latrine at an Eastern Cape school last week and drowned in human faeces; her body lay there overnight before being found. This is the chasm between the high-quality, first-world bubble in which the South African elite – including middle-class blacks, whites and most Jews – live, compared to the millions of desperately poor, who don’t even have a proper toilet.

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  • Beth Din orders recall of Pesach tuna with tampered expiry date

    A major importer of kosher-for-Pesach products was this week forced to withdraw two top-selling products from the shelves after it was discovered that their expiry dates were allegedly fraudulently altered.

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  • Stan & Pete scandal brings on total upgrade of kashrut supervision

    The head of the Beth Din this week said the kosher supervision department was going to be revolutionised. He acknowledged the tacit role the organisation had played in the downfall of one of the country’s foremost kosher caterers.

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  • Messy business of Jews, their roots and land

    Johannesburg northern suburbs Jews generally fear going to Hillbrow, believing they’ll be mugged. But anyone attending the Hillbrow Theatre – previously the historic Andre Huguenot Theatre – last weekend to see the dance work Hillbrowfication (part of the Dance Umbrella Festival), would have a different view.

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  • Behind the stripping of Stan & Pete’s kashrut licence

    The discovery of a batch of unkosher chickens in Stan & Pete’s kitchen last Wednesday has resulted in an urgent overhaul of the current kashrut systems and how the Beth Din moves forward.

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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 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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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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