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    • NalediaPandor

    Pandor drops bombshell about Israel

    Feb 22, 2018 2 Comments
    Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, tipped to become the ANC’s new deputy president, stood up in Parliament on Tuesday and announced: “The majority party has agreed that government must cut diplomatic ties with Israel.”
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    • TaliRamaphosa

    Winning friends and pushing fitness

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    “It was about being in the right place at the right time,” says Lynne Hirsch, one of the runners pictured in a photo, which has gone viral on social media, with then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on the Sea Point promenade, the dawn after Jacob Zuma finally resigned from the presidency.
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    • JordanWater

    Cape Board's appeal: Keep us in the loop when sending water

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    While the Cape Town Jewish community is extremely grateful to its Johannesburg counterparts for sending water, they ask that they be included in plans to co-ordinate where it’s distributed.
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    So motivated and positive, despite horrific attack

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    There has been an outpouring of support in the wake of the brutal attack on 61-year-old Charles Back, who was assaulted on his Fairview Wine and Cheese farm in Paarl, in the Western Cape, on the night of February 13. During the attack he was beaten with a crowbar and left for dead in his home.
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    SA expat community reeling after Florida shooting

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    While the rest of South Africa was celebrating the resignation of former president Jacob Zuma late last Wednesday night, Stacie Hasson in Cape Town was devastated to hear about the mass shooting at her alma mater in Parkland, Florida.
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    • Peta low

    It’s all about exemplary leadership

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    In a week, it feels as if the whole country has changed and, for the most part, we are all still pretty euphoric. I personally get a kick out of hearing people refer to “President Ramaphosa”. It is exciting having a leader who understands leadership, appears to truly care about this country and its people, and can see a clear way forward.
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    • paula_slier

    Can Netanyahu become the longest-serving Israeli leader?

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    The next Israeli parliamentary elections must be held by November 5 2019. If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can remain in office until then, he will be Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, overtaking the state’s founder David Ben-Gurion. The question is: Can he?
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    • ChiefRabbi

    A true democracy in action

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    We are witnessing history. South Africa, as a young democracy of just more than 20 years, has for the second time in our short democratic history removed a sitting president from office.
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    Sexual abuse and the concept of teshuva

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    A sexual offender is held to account. He or she has molested numerous children in their teaching position. The community shouts “Can’t the offender be allowed to do teshuva?”
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    How do you feel about our new president?

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    With President Cyril Ramaphosa now in the hot seat, there is a sense of the dawning of a new and positive era in the country. The SA Jewish report canvassed members of the community in various provinces to see what they were feeling about our new leader and what they expected from him.
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  • Pandor drops bombshell about Israel

    Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, tipped to become the ANC’s new deputy president, stood up in Parliament on Tuesday and announced: “The majority party has agreed that government must cut diplomatic ties with Israel.”

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  • South Africa: Send me!

    Will the new spirit of hope brought to South Africa by President Cyril Ramaphosa inspire any of the South African expats living in London, New York and other cities around the world to consider coming back?

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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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    • NalediaPandor

    Pandor drops bombshell about Israel

    Feb 22, 2018 2 Comments
    Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, tipped to become the ANC’s new deputy president, stood up in Parliament on Tuesday and announced: “The majority party has agreed that government must cut diplomatic ties with Israel.”
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    • TaliRamaphosa

    Winning friends and pushing fitness

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    “It was about being in the right place at the right time,” says Lynne Hirsch, one of the runners pictured in a photo, which has gone viral on social media, with then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on the Sea Point promenade, the dawn after Jacob Zuma finally resigned from the presidency.
    Full story
    • JordanWater

    Cape Board's appeal: Keep us in the loop when sending water

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    While the Cape Town Jewish community is extremely grateful to its Johannesburg counterparts for sending water, they ask that they be included in plans to co-ordinate where it’s distributed.
    Full story
    • CharlesBack2

    So motivated and positive, despite horrific attack

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    There has been an outpouring of support in the wake of the brutal attack on 61-year-old Charles Back, who was assaulted on his Fairview Wine and Cheese farm in Paarl, in the Western Cape, on the night of February 13. During the attack he was beaten with a crowbar and left for dead in his home.
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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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    • BenitaLevin

    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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    • paula_slier

    Can Netanyahu become the longest-serving Israeli leader?

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    The next Israeli parliamentary elections must be held by November 5 2019. If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can remain in office until then, he will be Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, overtaking the state’s founder David Ben-Gurion. The question is: Can he?
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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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    • RabbiStern

    Heaven and earth – two worlds or one?

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    On the second day of creation, G-d separated heaven and earth. This was something so uncharacteristic of Him, because in His world the focus is on unity and harmony rather than on separation and division. In fact, it is for this reason that the Torah does not mention the words “and it was good” on the second day of creation, although it was mentioned regarding all the other days – because when there is division, it is not good.
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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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    • RabbiGreg

    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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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    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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