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    The enemy of my enemy is my friend

    Mar 01, 2018 1 Comment
    As we put our newspaper to bed on Wednesday evening, Jewish people around the world are revelling in and enjoying Purim. They are letting their proverbial hair down and celebrating how we survived the threat of Haman through the wisdom of Mordechai and Queen Esther.
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    • Zhukovka kosher chef

    Stan & Pete’s kosher licence revoked

    Mar 01, 2018 18 Comments
    In a shock move on Erev Purim, the Beth Din of Johannesburg revoked Stan & Pete Caterers’ Beth Din kosher certification with immediate effect after a routine inspection on Wednesday morning revealed an “irregularity”.
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    • TaliDAandJewsinCTSharonDavids2

    ANC MPL uses anti-Semitism to attack the opposition

    Mar 01, 2018 2 Comments
    Sharon Davids, the ANC’s MPL in the Western Cape, made outrageous anti-Semitic remarks in an attempt to besmirch the DA during a debate on Friday in the provincial legislature, following Premier Helen Zille’s State of the Province Address.
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    DA MP Breytenbach is acquitted of all charges

    Mar 01, 2018 1 Comment
    Members of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) hounded DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach for at least four years, with one of them even accusing her of being a Mossad agent – but on Wednesday, she was finally acquitted of all charges.
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    International affairs minister favours cutting ties with Israel

    Mar 01, 2018 1 Comment
    The newly appointed Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, undertook to convey a message which would help to ensure that the “Embassy of Israel packs up and goes to the Dead Sea”.
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    Local terror attack could be a matter of time, experts warn

    Mar 01, 2018 1 Comment
    Experts have warned this week that South Africa has become a solid breeding ground for terrorists, following a spate of recent terror-related arrests – and this, they say, is just the tip of the iceberg.
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    • Thulsietwins

    Thulsie connection to suspects in IS-linked kidnapping

    Mar 01, 2018 1 Comment
    One of the two suspects arrested in connection with the IS-linked abduction of British-South African Rodney Saunders, 73, and his wife Rachel, 64, is linked to the terrorism case of twin brothers Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie.
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    A KosherCoin for your thoughts

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    With the sudden and meteoric rise of Bitcoin and the emergence of the volatile and unpredictable universe of cryptocurrency, Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein has decided to climb onto the initial coin offering (ICO) bandwagon and launch the world’s very first Kosher CryptoCoin.
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    Closing the church in protest has caused much frustration

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    It was a strange sight. For a few days this week, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City – built on the spot where Christians believe Christ was crucified, buried and resurrected – was closed.
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    • NalediaPandor

    Minister Pandor takes a dig at Board of Deputies

    Mar 01, 2018 1 Comment
    Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor used the platform of a memorial service to late human rights activist and struggle veteran AnnMarie Wolpe to rebuke the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD).
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    • HillelNeur1

    In the viper’s nest: Defending Israel at the UN

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    Day after day, Hillel Neuer defends the State of Israel against the forces seeking to demonise, delegitimise and destroy it at the United Nations. He doesn’t view this as a lost cause, but rather, as a calling to stand up for the truth.
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    • DeadlyMedicine

    Deadly Medicine - the ultimate form of discrimination

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    “The absence of discriminating legislation does not mean the absence of discrimination.” So said Professor Jonathan Jansen, a patron of the SA Holocaust and Genocide Foundation (SAHGF), who officially opened the exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race at the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre on Sunday night.
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    • StevenGruzdIraqMinorities

    Does the Holocaust hold lessons for Iraq’s shattered society?

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    “We said ‘never again’ after the Holocaust, but today genocide is still being perpetrated,” said Tali Nates, director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC). “There were genocidal acts, tendencies and warning signs in Iraq… and it is important to increase awareness, to shine a light on what is happening there.”
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    Jacques Pauw cooks up food for thought at WIZO ladies’ day

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    Those attending the annual ladies’ day hosted by the Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO) would be familiar with investigative journalist Jacques Pauw’s hard-hitting news coverage over the years, but many were unaware of his love for cooking and baking.
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    • ParshaRevMatzner

    The half shekel of service delivery

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    Service delivery is a sacred obligation in our religion. You could say that it is illustrated in the mitzvah of giving the yearly half shekel. This obligation devolves on every Jewish family and has been loyally adhered to for well over 3 000 years by rich and poor alike.
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    • PurimRabbiDeren

    A tale of two presidents – lessons in (our) leadership

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    “Thank you for the blessing – it worked!” With his trademark beaming smile our newly inaugurated President Cyril Ramaphosa thanked me outside Parliament following the #SONAReply last week. His gratitude was for the blessing I was privileged to give him just a few days earlier, at the #Mandela100 rally prior to his election.
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    • MarkHawkins

    SA artistic director revels in Israeli dance

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    An invitation to be a scout for Israeli contemporary dance is priceless. More so if you’re the only South African on the guest list. Mark Hawkins, the artistic director of the acclaimed Johannesburg dance company, Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MIDM), enjoyed this privilege late last year.
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    A comedy night to remember

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    It was a night of laughing all the way to raising funds for the Young Adult Division (YAD) of the IUA-UCF. YAD – creating awareness among Jewish adults of the need to support both Israel and the local community – hosted a comedy evening on February 22 in Sandhurst.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    The BDS-knee jerk: Almost a witch-hunt?

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    South Africa’s Jewish leaders have work to do concerning ANC members’ negative perceptions of Israel, exemplified in Parliament last week during a speech by then minister of science and technology Naledi Pandor. Her speech formed part of the debate following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address and was meant to respond to the international co-operation objectives he’d announced. However, Pandor’s comments in this regard had nothing to do with foreign affairs and was instead used as an opportunity to slam Israel. Pandor was confirmed on Monday as minister of higher education in Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle.
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    • RabbiWidmonte1

    Our Purim moment lies in Jewish education

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    I was sitting at breakfast with a friend whose daughter is enrolled at one of our Jewish schools. He related the following story to me: A week or so ago, a Jewish Studies teacher (whose identity is not known to me) was teaching the class about Purim. During the lesson, the teacher turned to the pupils and asked a stunningly honest question: “Be honest with me: am I boring you?” My friend’s daughter, who has no doubt inherited her parents’ authenticity and confidence, replied: “To be honest, you are. We have learned Purim for the past 10 years – there’s nothing new here!”
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