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    Israel cautions travellers over Pesach

    Mar 29, 2018 1 Comment
    Israelis and Jews are warned to be extra cautious when visiting more than 34 countries over the Pesach holiday – including countries on the African continent. Israel’s Counter-terrorism Bureau put out an online warning this week because of potential terrorist activity.
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    From international rugby ref to single dad

    Mar 29, 2018 1 Comment
    As an international rugby referee, the world was Jonathan Kaplan’s oyster as he flitted from place to place. Then he exchanged his whistle for nappies and night feeds as he welcomed little Kaleb into his life.
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    Israeli doctors perform life-saving spinal surgeries in Ethiopia

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    Israeli doctors performed surgeries to fix severe spinal deformities as part of a week-long medical mission to Ethiopia.
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    Update on the Stan & Pete kashrut saga

    Mar 29, 2018 2 Comments
    There is a hive of activity at the Union of Orthodox Synagogues (UOS) to address the crisis that erupted in the Jewish community in the wake of the Stan & Pete treif chicken saga, following the community’s call to speed up the investigation process.
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    UK Labour MPs face backlash for attending anti-Semitism protest

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    British Labour lawmakers participated in a protest rally on Monday, criticising leader Jeremy Corbyn for failing to deal with alleged anti-Semitism in his party. The Labour MPs who protested have been slammed by party members, some of whom have called for them to be removed from office.
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    Hypocrisy as South African ambassador compares Israel to apartheid

    Mar 29, 2018 1 Comment
    The day after this country celebrated Human Rights Day last week, senior South African diplomat Ambassador Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko stood up at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and said: “There’s no difference between what is happening to the people of Palestine with what was done under apartheid in South Africa.”
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    • TaliAntiSemitisminANC

    Is there a culture of anti-Semitism in the Western Cape ANC?

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    When ANC Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) Sharon Davids stood up in a State of the Province debate some weeks ago and said Premier Helen Zille was “in love with the Jewish mafia” and that Jews were to blame for the Cape’s water crisis, she was following in a tradition of previously anti-Semitic statements made by the ANC in the Western Cape over the past decade.
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    • Rabbi Ari Kievman

    The great matza debate

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    For the past few weeks, Jews have been busy with all their Pesach shopping. I’ve noticed the price tags on the assorted Pesach goods, of local and overseas origin. The economic factor certainly carries weight when deciding what is a Yom Tov “necessity”.
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    Breaking out of bondage

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    For most of us, Pesach is a time for family, time to slow down, clean up and be attuned to our Judaism and to what makes us different. It is also a time to consider where we are at in terms of our freedom and to be grateful for what we have.
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    Is there much love lost between Israel and Egypt today?

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    During this time of year, I am reminded of Pesach 2011, when I was in Cairo covering the Arab Spring. After three decades in power, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak had just resigned and there was a joke going around that the then president of Israel, Shimon Peres, had invited him for Pesach Seder so that together they could celebrate their exodus from Egypt.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Putting family first

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    What is the key to the strength of our South African Jewish community? In life it is impossible to focus on everything. We need clarity of vision. Where should we focus our efforts? Let’s go back to the moment of the birth of our people to find the answers to these questions.
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    • HabonimShaliach

    Having walked through the desert en route to Israel...

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    There is something about being an emissary for Israel that reinforces my profound love for the country.And the distance from family that my work demands makes me long for it even more.
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    • KenyanRefugees5

    Taking up the cause of refugees in Kenya

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    As Jews, we have an entrenched understanding of what it means to be strangers in a foreign land. This hits home specially over Pesach, as we remember our slavery and exodus from Egypt. That’s why giving back, particularly to refugees who’ve had to flee untenable conditions, is an intrinsic call. It’s one Dovi Brom was privileged to answer.
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    Israeli academic unpacks the plotlines of patriotism

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    “I am a Jew; I am an Israeli and I feel an obligation to struggle on for what is happening in my society.”This is the plea of political and social psychologist Daniel Bar-Tal, who spoke recently at the Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre in Johannesburg.
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    • KigaliGenocide

    Kigali’s genocide memorial evokes Jewish links

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    “He who saves a single life, saves the world entire.” This Talmudic maxim is etched on glass panels in English, French and Kinyarwanda at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre (KGM) in Rwanda’s verdant, hilly and spotless capital city.
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    Holocaust survivors and IDF soldiers share their past experiences

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    When a small group of Holocaust survivors and visiting Israeli soldiers came face to face in Johannesburg last week, there were tears of shared pain and hugs of compassion.
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    • HeatherZar

    Championing child health in Africa and the world

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    Professor Heather Zar was recently named a 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for Africa and the Arab States, in acknowledgement of her wide-ranging contributions to child health in Africa and the developing world. UNESCO is the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, whose mandate is to promote peace and collaboration among nations.
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    The mystery and meaning of the four children

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    During the Pesach Seder, when the time comes to read about the four sons, few want to read the role of the simple one, the wicked one or the one who doesn’t know how to ask a question.
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    • TaliVictimsandViolence

    Making sense of violence in the Pesach story

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    The moments of the Seder when we read and repeat the 10 plagues, removing a drop of wine from our cups for each one, is not just to re-iterate that part of the Exodus story. It also sets the scene for the entire Seder, and how we as the Jewish people come to terms with the darker aspects of the Pesach narrative.
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    • rabbi fox

    The #MeToo campaign gives people a voice

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    One of the big media stories of last year was the Me Too movement, which began as an online campaign – #MeToo – initiated by women to highlight the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace and elsewhere. It was prompted by the “surprise” revelation that Hollywood is not the bastion of morality and ethics that the naïve had believed it to be. This, after a series of claims were made to the media by women who’d been abused by despicable people. The media is awash with case after case, allegation following allegation – all of which speak of an endemic societal problem of epic proportions.
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