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    • JanineLazarus

    The PR client no-one wants to talk about

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    Let’s call it like it is for once, shall we? No tiresome beating around the bush.
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    • Pitts7

    To feel safe, Jews need a government that says and does the right thing

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    On Saturday morning, a friend was in from Israel, and I took him to one of the many synagogues in my neighbourhood. He was surprised by the police car parked out front, the bollards protecting the main entrance, the congregants with walkie-talkies keeping an eye on the door.
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    Sderot: a city of rockets, bomb shelters, and rock music

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    Israel may be a country under constant threat, but Sderot – a city on the Gaza border – is under constant attack.
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    • BernieFanaroff2

    Astronomy expert wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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    Dr Bernie Fanaroff is a South African Jewish achiever extraordinaire, but too few people know why. He is an award-winning radio astronomer, and a quiet, humble man who has never sought the limelight, preferring to put other people first. However, he is the man at the helm of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope and the world’s largest public science data project.
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    • Pitts3

    Defy anti-Semitism, #ShowUpForShabbat

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    The South African Jewish community emerged from the Shabbos Project weekend to shock and horror at the news of what had happened to fellow Jews at a shul in Pittsburgh.
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    • Pitts10

    How the Pittsburgh shooting unfolded

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    Here’s how last Saturday’s tragedy happened. (This account has been reconstructed from JTA, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The New York Times, and the Today Show. Some of the times are approximate.)
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    • wo3-denmark-synagogue

    Denmark’s Jews caught in a net of conformity

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    Observant Danish Jews are concerned about their future in the Nordic country because, aside from an increase in anti-Semitic incidents, the country is proposing and introducing intolerant policies.
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    Habonim SA bringing Gaza-border youth to machaneh

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    Fourteen Israeli children – who live in a conflict zone on the Gaza border – will be coming to South Africa to attend Habonim camp in Hermanus at the end of the year.
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    • Pitts8

    Pittsburgh tries to see the future through the darkness

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    The day after the killings, a man who brings Jewish boys into the covenant and escorts the Jewish dead to their final resting place finally got to fulfil the mitzvah of shmira, keeping watch over the bodies.
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    • Rabbi Deren

    Pittsburgh’s Jewry needs us more than ever

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    In 1943, my great grandfather, Rabbi Sholom Posner, was sent by the Lubavitcher Rebbe to Pittsburgh to secure the foundations of the fledgling yeshiva school.
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    • ShabbosProjectRahla

    Desperately seeking Shabbos

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    There are a lot of things in this world that make no sense to me.
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    • Howard  Sackstein

    Shabbos in the suburbs

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    There is a bus stop with my name on it somewhere in Katherine Street, Sandton. On the side of the shelter, it implores, “Howard Sackstein Stop Doing Start Being.” Several people called me asking if they were hallucinating while driving through rush-hour traffic. I assured them that semi-legalised weed was probably the cause.
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    • ShabbosProjectMarion

    The Chronicles of a Bad Jew

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    I’m just going to come out and say it: I’m a bad Jew. A very bad Jew. A colleague who is the daughter of a priest made this observation last week. When someone of a different faith – albeit one who works in a predominantly Jewish office and is familiar with the particular neuroses and psychoses of the Jewish way – is able to recognise your shortcomings in the religion and culture of your birth, you know they are a speaker of truth.
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    • ShabbosProjectUnusual4

    Shabbos where you least expect it

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    Tayo Ayodele is a lone Jew living in Abuja, Nigeria, who kept Shabbat with the rest of the Jewish world on the Shabbos Project last week.
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    • challah-bake-5Ilan

    Just ‘being’ on Shabbos requires some ‘doing’ beforehand

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    Rather than entering a state of passivity, I found that “keeping” Shabbos involves constructing the conditions in which the world comes to you differently.
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    • ShabbosProjectMichal

    In search of equilibrium

    Nov 01, 2018 1 Comment
    This past weekend, I did something that scared me. And, to my surprise, I was acutely reminded of past moments filled with love and sacredness. It seems Shabbat truly does speak to our higher selves. In fact, Shabbat is actually what drew me towards Judaism in the first place. And as an outsider encountering the Jewish day of rest for the first time as a young adult, I simply couldn’t remain indifferent. Shabbat demanded my attention.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Attack on Pittsburgh shul is attack on Jews everywhere

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    Last Shabbat, the United States Jewish community suffered its worst-ever anti-Semitic attack, when a lone gunman invaded a synagogue in Pittsburgh, and fatally shot 11 worshippers. The perpetrator, Robert Bowers, is a far-right white supremacist who blames Jews for the influx of refugees into the country. The cyber-sphere is awash with like-minded individuals who regularly post material accusing Jews of seeking to bring about the demise of the white race by promoting miscegenation, multiculturalism, and unrestricted immigration. What made Bower different was that he eventually took it upon himself to do something about it.
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    • Geoff

    Beware the danger at the gate

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    South Africans may see something of their own history in Robert Bowers, the killer of 11 Pittsburgh Jews in their synagogue on Saturday. He shouted that he “can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered”. For him, Jews are outsiders coming to take over his beloved America.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Moral courage isn’t easy, but it’s right

    Nov 01, 2018 1 Comment
    I am a member of a gym that offers its patrons fruit and vegetables at no charge. The idea is that after a workout (or before), they will be able to snack on an apple, banana, or carrot. It’s a great idea, and encourages healthy eating.
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    • 2b-Letter7

    The hypocrisy of Dirco

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    With more revelations emerging about the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by agents of Saudi Arabia, the South African government has vacillated and delayed issuing any reliable comment. Nor has it followed those countries who have not only sharply criticised the Saudis, but suspended arms sales to that country.
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