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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

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    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

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    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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    • Letter1

    Prejudice of Orthodoxy is dividing South African Jews

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    I refer to the outstanding article in last week’s paper which asks who will follow in the steps of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.
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    • 2b-Letter4

    Shabbos Project overdone

    Nov 01, 2018 1 Comment
    It was interesting to receive news from the chief rabbi about the Shabbos Projects in Weldon, Tel Aviv, Florence, Darmstadt, San Luis, Spring Valley, Prague, and hundreds of other cities and towns.
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    • 2b-Letter6

    Seeking Roodepoort shul memories

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    I am compiling a history of the Roodepoort Florida Hebrew Congregation, which hopefully will become a book. I would like to hear from anyone who has – or has had – a connection to the old shul, and the now sadly diminished Jewish community living there now.
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    • Letter3

    Don’t let the victimised become the victimisers

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    The attacker of the Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend told the policeman who arrested him that he wanted to kill Jews because he believed that, “They’re committing genocide [against] my people.”
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    • CommunitySAUJS (2)

    SAUJS sweeps leadership awards

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    The South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) won best student society at the annual Leadership Awards Ceremony at the University of the Witwatersrand last Tuesday.
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    • CommunityDillerTeens

    Diller Teen leaders share stories of growth

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    Graduates of the 2018 Diller Teen Fellows programme shared stories of personal growth and learning with their proud parents and King David leadership at Beyachad in Johannesburg last Thursday.
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    • CommunityReunion

    Esrechowitz family reunites after 50 years

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    The grandchildren of Solomon and Janie Esrechowitz held a reunion in Johannesburg on Sunday 21 October after 50 years apart. There were 11 Esrechowitz children, resulting in 26 grandchildren.
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    • CommunityWIZOGardenDay (2)

    WIZO Garden Day draws the crowds

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    The much anticipated Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO’s) Etgar branch’s Annual Garden Day is always one of WIZO’s most successful events, and this year did not disappoint.
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    • Abu Dhabi 2018

    Hatikva completes victory for Israeli team in Gulf

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    Former South African Steven Cohen felt pride as he watched his daughter, Gili, compete in the International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi last weekend. Then, when Hatikva was played twice, making history for Israel, his pride quadrupled.
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    • BDSSRCWits

    Incoming Wits student leaders aligned with BDS

    Oct 25, 2018 Go comment!
    The ANC-allied Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) that won 13 of 15 seats on the University of the Witwatersrand’s Student Representative Council (SRC), are unquestionably aligned with the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
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    • empty shelves

    Zimbabwe in chaos, but community stands strong

    Oct 25, 2018 1 Comment
    “Zimbabwe is experiencing fuel and food shortages. There is a critical lack of basic medication, and my family in Harare have experienced days and days without electricity or water. The crisis is growing to 2008 levels, as goods prices increase, and shop shelves remain empty,” says activist Alana Baranov, who monitors democracy and human rights in the country.
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