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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Sinai or sanctuary?

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    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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    Police recommend charging Netanyahu

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    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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    A future SA under Cyril Ramaphosa

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    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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    • MoiraTwoRabbis

    Two rabbis officiate at Mandela centennial rally

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    At the launch of the Mandela centennial celebrations on Sunday afternoon, there were two rabbis standing on the podium among the religious leaders. One was Rabbi Greg Alexander, chairperson of the South African Association of Progressive Rabbis, and the other was Rabbi Asher Deren, chairperson of the Rabbinical Association of the Western Cape.
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    Looking back on a bar mitzvah like no other

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    While some of us reflect on our bar and bat mitzvah celebrations with hazy memories, for Craig Joseph, his special day stands out as a turning point in his life.
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    Proving one’s Lithuanian ancestry means access to an EU passport

    Feb 15, 2018 1 Comment
    Property investor Bernard Seeff wanted a passport that allowed him greater flexibility than his South African one. So began his four-year quest to prove his Lithuanian ancestry, which would give him the right to own the coveted European Union passport.
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    • Peta low

    The politics of news

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    What a fascinating time it has been in the politics of South Africa! While President Jacob Zuma dug in his heels and refused to go, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and the rest of the party’s leadership were running to and fro in various efforts to convince him to bow out amicably.
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    The might of Russia in the Middle East

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    When countries cannot talk to each other, they send messages through actions. This was the case on Saturday.
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    • IvorSarakinsky

    Where to now in SA politics?

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    The expression “in the blink of an eye” describes how a situation changes from one moment to the next. In South Africa, a day is a long time in politics. The pace of political developments is so rapid at the moment that what seemed certain yesterday is irrelevant today.
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    A psychological take on Zuma’s refusal to go

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    Former president Jacob Zuma dug in his heels, refusing to give an inch despite the leadership of his party, the ANC, making it clear his time in office was up. So, why did he persist in staying put?
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    • HabonimShaliach

    Have we forgotten our Jewish morality?

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    The stormy debate currently being waged in Israel over the expulsion of the refugees from Sudan and Eritrea to Uganda and Rwanda raises many moral questions.
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    Former Israeli ambassador to SA shares memories of Madiba

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    “BDS is nothing outside of South Africa,” said Israel’s former ambassador to South Africa, Dr Alon Liel. He was speaking at a recent gathering in Cape Town hosted by the South African Jewish Museum, the Kaplan Centre of the University of Cape Town, and the South African Institute of International Relations.
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    ‘Don’t do a deal with Zuma’

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    Dan Ariely is the closest thing to an academic rock star. He is an internationally renowned behavioural economist, a public speaker and a best-selling author whose books include Predictably Irrational and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty. He is considered by many to be a modern-day guru and an expert in honesty and the human psyche.
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    A journalist who crosses the great divides

    Feb 15, 2018 2 Comments
    Calling Israel an apartheid state is “a gross distortion and untruth [used] simply to discredit Israel”. So says former South African journalist Benjamin Pogrund.
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    • WaterSymposium3

    Seeking solutions to the country’s water crisis

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    The Western Cape is not the only province gripped by drought and running out of water. The rest of the country faces profound water stress too. The real problem is not a lack of ideas, technology or money, but rather one of outdated paradigms, political short-sightedness and policy uncertainty.
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    Hitting the decks at Ultra SA

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    If you are “woke” and “lit”, chances are you spent last weekend at the Ultra South Africa music festival. This event saw 32 000 people crammed into the Nasrec showgrounds in Johannesburg, while 15 000 Ultranauts pulsated in the Cape Town Stadium to the iconic tracks of superstar deejays such as Armin van Buuren, Hardwell and Afrojack. Ultra is the largest electronic dance music (EDM) event on the African continent.
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    Finding love in your twilight years

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    Romance can blossom at the most unexpected times and it is never too late to fall in love. Although Valentine’s Day is not a Jewish holiday, a little romance, especially in our senior years, is always welcome.
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    Bar and bat mitzvah: lavish affair or low-key simcha?

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    “Our whole family were invited to a bat mitzvah, even though we hardly knew the girl. She was in my daughter’s class. It made a Hollywood wedding look cheap,” said a Johannesburg mom. “They brought out a band from overseas and had hundreds of people there. The bat mitzvah girl and her mom were wearing designer clothes and changed at least twice. I could go on, but there was nothing spiritual about it. It was all about being bigger, better, fancier and the event of the year.”
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    • Research Team

    Legal and social solutions to curbing hate crimes

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    A report called The Hate and Bias Crimes Monitoring Form Project has just been officially released at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre. It reveals the dire need for hate crime legislation in South Africa. As a founding member of the Hate Crimes Working Group (HCWG) – a network of civil society organisations which conducted the research – the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) believes that we all have a role to play in limiting hate crimes in the country.
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    Portraying Joburg’s Jewry in all their variety

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    It was while going through the process of his wife’s conversion that photographer Marc Shoul came up with the idea of a photographic documentary of Johannesburg Jews.
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