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    Local kosher chicken prices: much to crow about

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    While South African Jews are convinced that our kosher chicken is so much more expensive than non-kosher birds in other Diaspora communities, the opposite is actually true.
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    Medical symbol - from the Greeks or G-d?

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    Ever wondered what the medical emblem of the snake wrapped around a stick means? No doubt you're familiar with it - it's used around the world and it's in the centre of the Magen David of the emblem of our very own Hatzolah. But what does it mean?
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    A union made in Zion

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    This couple - whose engagement was announced on Sunday - may have many shared interests – one of them being a deep love of Israel and the Jewish people.
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    Public Protector’s cohort Steven Goodson, is not just anti-Jewish

    Jun 29, 2017 4 Comments
    South Africa’s Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane this week denied punting notorious Holocaust denier Stephen Goodson’s book on the history of banking, in which he blames Jews for all the ills in the banking world.
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    Netanyahu alienates Progressive Jews over the Kotel

    Jun 29, 2017 2 Comments
    The South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ) and the South African Association of Progressive Rabbis (SAAPR) have “condemned the decision by the Government of Israel to suspend the implementation of its own decision to establish a dignified space for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall”.
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    Egalitarian minyanim - a South African perspective

    Jun 29, 2017 1 Comment
    Forty years ago, Jewish Johannesburg was a very different place. The community was largely “Traditional” in observance, which meant that they drove to an Orthodox shul on a Friday night, but picked the bacon bits out of their salad on a Saturday.
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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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    Finding unity in our diversity

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    This week the media in Israel has been filled with every angle on how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reneged on, or suspended his agreement to create a special egalitarian prayer area at the Kotel, where Jews can pray in the way that befits their tradition.
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    Israel is becoming energy independent

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    There is a joke that asks why didn’t Moses go right to the oil fields instead of left to the olive groves. The answer is that being a man, he refused to ask for directions. This could explain why some 60 per cent of the world’s oil reserves are found in the Middle East, but none of them exist in Israel.
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    The man who turned Judaism outward

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    With this week being the yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, we pay our respects by running this personal tribute to him by RABBI LORD JONATHAN SACKS, THE FORMER CHIEF RABBI OF THE UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION OF THE COMMONWEALTH, which was penned in 1994.
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    The secret of Chabad revealed

    Jun 29, 2017 2 Comments
    From the outside the Chabad community - described by many as the world’s most successful and influential Jewish movement - may seem unusual and shrouded in secrecy. Rabbi David Eliezrie, American author of The Secret of Chabad, flew into Johannesburg this week to mark the Rebbe’s yarzheit and provided some insights into the movement.
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    Fifty years of opposition

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    Fifty-fever, marking the anniversary since the 1967 war, has swept the Israelis both left and right. The latter is dreaming up even more creative ways to celebrate Israel’s triumph, while the left is grasping for ways to remind a largely-apathetic public about the ills of occupation.
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    Ivor Chipkin on the betrayal of a promise

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    The institutions of the South African state have been captured in a “silent coup” by a corrupt, powerful elite. As a result, a “shadow state” has emerged which is threatening the country’s constitutional framework. These are the views of Professor Ivor Chipkin, of Wits University’s Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI).
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    Two buildings, three opinions: A dialogue between Jerusalem’s buildings

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    The Talmud states that 10 measures of beauty came down to the world and nine of them were given to Jerusalem and one to the rest of the world.
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    Baying for parking blood in Glenhazel

    Jun 29, 2017 1 Comment
    When Alvino and Johnny Salgado bought a house opposite their Freshfellas business in the heart of Glenhazel in Johannesburg, they had no idea the brouhaha it was going to cause.
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    From a Piglet to a Rat in the National Children’s Theatre

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    It wasn’t long ago, he was just a piglet, but now Bradley Nowikow has grown into Mr Rat. This may sound confusing, but Bradley is an actor at the Children’s Theatre and recently played Piglet in Winnie the Poo and is set to play Mr Rat in the upcoming musical, The Adventures of Mr Toad.
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    Hitler as model: Who is the Public Protector protecting?

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    While Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s aggressive demeanour and politically suspect agenda offends many, care must be taken not to automatically dismiss everything she says because of dislike, or for her apparent embrace of certain views of anti-Semite and Holocaust denier Stephen Goodson.
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    When the Public Protector punts blatant anti-Semite’s book

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    Few if any groups in history have been the targets of as many conspiracy theories as the Jewish people. With the spread of literacy and the rise in education levels, one might have expected this phenomenon to have declined, particularly in democratic countries committed to the values of liberalism, non-racism and equality.
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    What to do with kids during the holiday

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    The July holidays are here, bringing with it the big question: What can we do with the kids over this break? Here are some fun ideas.
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    Luxury escape from the city

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    When you live with the stresses and pressures of Johannesburg life, getting away is such a wonderful nice-to-have. And if you can afford to do it, it is often a situation of just how fast can you get there.
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