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    Christian Zionists to counter EFF march on Israeli Embassy

    Nov 02, 2017 1 Comment
    About 2 500 Christian Zionists will hold a peaceful protest on November 2 to counter the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) march on the Israeli Embassy in Pretoria.
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    • ParshaRabbiBacher

    Stay focused while navigating the distractions

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    They call it “dumbwalking” nowadays. When we space out of our bricks and mortar world and into that new digital world order. Watching the display on those small screens on our phones, our minds and attention are captured by these new phenomena.
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    Mngxitama defends hate speech allegations

    Nov 02, 2017 3 Comments
    Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama has come out guns blazing in defence of hate speech allegations levelled against him in the Equality Court, going as far as accusing the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) of hypocrisy and racism.
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    • Eric1

    Board treasurer steps down amid allegations

    Nov 02, 2017 1 Comment
    The National SA Jewish Board of Deputies’ newly-elected Treasurer, Eric Marx, has stepped down suddenly amidst allegations regarding his conduct during his term as Cape Board Chairman.
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    • MoiraBlackPlague

    ‘Black Death’ is not that deadly

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    South Africa has been declared at risk for plague importation, by the World Health Organisation, one of nine countries in this category, on account of trade and travel between the country and the Indian Ocean island. The first thing Professor Lucille Blumberg points out is that “Black Death”, a term used to describe the plague that has broken out in Madagascar, is a misnomer.Jews have a history with the plague. In the mid-fourteenth century, they were accused of having deliberately poisoned the wells - possibly because they were less affected than others through being isolated in ghettos and due to a general sense of anti-Semitism at that time - and were blamed for the outbreak of the Black Death in Europe which resulted in a third of its population perishing.
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    • Geoff-Rothschild

    Rothschild takes up position on SAA Board

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    When the Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba approached Geoff Rothschild to take up a seat on the new South African Airways Board of Directors, he could not refuse the challenge.
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    • Peta low

    Knowing who is on your side… and who clearly isn’t

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    In our edition last week, we ran a story about Tokyo Sexwale, who was scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the gala dinner at the World Jewish Congress’s gala dinner in Cape Town last week. He was invited to speak to some of the most important leaders in the Jewish world. Yes, I said Jewish world, not Zionist world, because that is the case.
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    • Christian Strache after exit polls

    Is it just a swing to the right or something very sinister for us?

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    This week coalition talks between the Austrian conservative People’s Party and the far-right Freedom Party, began in earnest. The Freedom Party’s first leader was a former SS officer and its current leader was arrested almost three decades ago at a torch-lit march with a group modelling itself on the Hitler Youth.
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    • MarcLubner

    Expanding our ‘we’

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    If we at Afrika Tikkun can have one legacy, it is this: the act of compassionate connection. This is kindness that embraces individual value and difference and that develops potential.
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    • JTAOPEDAbramowitz

    Israel and Africa need each other

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    The Jewish month that began this week, Cheshvan, has traditionally been dubbed “mar", or bitter, because it alone among the months is devoid of any holidays.
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    • DrNeguise

    Dr Neguise – embodiment of Balfour Declaration vision

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    When Dr Avraham Neguise was a little shepherd boy in a rural Ethiopian village, he had no inkling that he would one day become one of Israel’s most prominent politicians and activists for change.
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    What does the EFF’s SRC victory mean for Jewish students at Wits?

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    As the Economic Freedom Fighters readied themselves to march to the Israeli embassy in support of Palestinians on Thursday (November 2) the Jewish students at Wits wonder what kind of impact their new EFF-strong Student Representative Council will have on them.
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    • Toni Krok

    The long journey to MS Positive

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    “I just put one foot in front of the other.” So says Toni Krok, a South African, now living in North London, mother of two daughters aged 13 and 10, who was describing no ordinary ramble or Sunday afternoon walk in the park.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Community has internalised the Shabbos Project

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    It is deeply moving to watch how the Shabbos Project has matured here in South Africa over the last five years. It has become part of the fabric of our community, and touches almost every one of us in a real and meaningful way. I saw this so clearly during Sukkot, when my wife and I hosted the student leaders of the various Jewish day schools in our Sukkah. Three even came from Cape Town to be part of the gathering, which was devoted to brain-storming and galvanising to work together for the Shabbos Project. I was struck by the warmth, energy and enthusiasm of these young grade 11 leaders who love the Shabbos Project and what it does for our community. It made me realise how much the Shabbos Project has entered our hearts and minds.
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    • ShabbosProjectChrisMcArthur

    Shabbos is hard work

    Nov 02, 2017 1 Comment
    The product of a Roman Catholic father and a Jewish mother who, herself, had a Roman Catholic father, I have the privilege and burden of existing in two of the three major Abrahamic traditions.
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    • dylan cohen

    An eternity in an instant

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    As exams approached, and the stresses of being a first year UCT engineering student studying away from home began to catch up with me and I was feeling stressed for time, Shabbos had always been a time to take a step back from the stresses of day-to-day life, and truly reflect on what is important; spending uninterrupted time with family, discussing Torah thoughts around the dinner table, and finding a sense of pure spiritual connection in shul.
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    • ShabbosProjectJoGlanville

    A year later and a real understanding dawns

    Nov 02, 2017 1 Comment
    My first Shabbos Project was last year and the conclusion to a difficult stretch. My partner, Rory, and I had fumbled our way into Cape Town from Johannesburg and were a little shell-shocked by the instant disappearance of the helping hands and compassionate ears we had become so accustomed to. At the risk of alienating some locals… man, Capetonians can be icy.
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    • AstridBroll

    The story behind the Arcadia Jewish Children’s Home

    Nov 02, 2017 2 Comments
    It was a family tragedy that spurred the establishment of the South African Jewish Orphanage - the first such institution in the country - known today as the Arcadia Jewish Children’s Home.
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    • MitzvahSchool4

    Doing mitzvahs by giving so many people a chance

    Nov 02, 2017 Go comment!
    It’s been 31 years since The Mitzvah School was started, as a crisis class providing a year of tuition to matric students from Alexandra township. It was during the heart of the country’s political turmoil and South Africa was immersed in a State of Emergency at the time.
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    • howard feldman

    The cost of being Jewish

    Nov 02, 2017 Go comment!
    As talk show host, listener feedback is critical in order to get a sense of the mood and thinking of the listener. There are days, however, when no matter what fascinating subject I try to discuss, that our listeners seem disinterested and even uncooperative. It is on those days, when all else has failed, and I feel somewhat desperate, that I simply pose the question: “Do observant Jews get value for money when buying kosher chickens?”
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