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    Doron Medalie – Eurovision starmaker

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    When top Israeli musical hitmaker Doron Medalie was a little boy, his South African bobba and zaida were his greatest fans and made a point of being at his performances.
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    Protesters blame SA Zionists for violence in Israel

    May 17, 2018 1 Comment
    “Anyone who supports Zionism or who fraternises with Zionists is a racist and is complicit in illegal activity."
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    South African Jewry under fire

    May 17, 2018 1 Comment
    This week, the South African government called on the Jewish community to condemn Israel and turn its back on the Jewish homeland, following a week of deadly riots at the Gaza border and high drama in the region.
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    Poster calling Maimane a ‘Jew Boy’ slammed

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    A poster calling Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane a “Jew Boy” who “supports the massacre of people of colour” – and who is pictured with “Israeli Mass Murderer, Benjamin Netanyahu” – was circulated on WhatsApp and social media on Wednesday.
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    Urgent appeal to build bomb shelters

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    The Jewish National Fund (JNF) of South Africa is appealing for urgent funds to support its campaign to provide bomb shelters for Israeli residents in the north of Israel.
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    Animosity and extremism at Cape Town Palestinian solidarity march

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    “South Africa should kick out the Israeli ambassador in Pretoria and shut down all trade with Israel. There is no place in South Africa for anyone who condones Israel’s actions. The government should investigate the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD),” shouted Tony Ehrenreich, provincial secretary of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (COSATU) at the anti-Israel protest in Cape Town on Tuesday.
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    Mosque attack could indicate future terrorism in SA

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    “This is a terrorist crime. It is an attack on the sanctity of a place of worship and‚ furthermore‚ it is the indiscriminate killing of innocent people based purely on their religious beliefs. This has all the hallmarks of the Islamic State (ISIS) style of operation in Iraq and Syria.” So said Moulana Aftab Haider‚ the national co-ordinator of the Ahlul Bait Foundation of South Africa, after last Thursday’s deadly attack on a mosque in Ottawa, north of Durban.
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    Don’t force us to turn on Israel!

    May 17, 2018 2 Comments
    I keep wishing this week had been a bad dream rather than reality for the South African Jewish community, and that we would wake up and everything that has been said and done in the wake of the Gaza border killings was erased.
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    Splitscreen: Gaza border violence and US embassy opening

    May 17, 2018 2 Comments
    The disconnect between what was happening inside the new American embassy – as it was being inaugurated on Monday afternoon in Jerusalem – and the scenes playing outside its walls, could not have been greater.
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    Chief Justice preaches hope for South Africa

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    Despite racism, crime and the land issue, there is hope for a better future if South Africans unite and draw inspiration from biblical figures who confronted apparent hopelessness.
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    Creating a generation of givers

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    For the past five years, Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein’s Generation Sinai initiative has brought Jewish parents and children together in classrooms across the country to learn and discuss Torah values relating to living a meaningful, socially conscious life.
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    Shavuot - Always Receiving

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    The year was 1935, and the Spanish government was making elaborate plans to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Rambam’s birth – seemingly a great honour and a proud moment for Jews everywhere.
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    Shavuot Listing

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    A listing of all Shavuot events around the country
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    The stories behind our Sifrei Torah

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    A Sefer Torah is not only about the liturgy on the page; it is often also symbolic of a person, event or history that needed to be remembered. This Shavuot, we look at just some of the many special stories behind the South African Jewish community’s Sifrei Torah.
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    Shavuot customs around the world

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    Of the three “pilgrim festivals” – Pesach, Shavuot and Succot – Shavuot is the only one without any defined rituals attached. As a result, customs have developed and adapted over time, leading to a fascinating array of activities, foods and observances in marking this festival around the globe.
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    The royal wedding

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    A woman famous in her homeland emigrates to marry into a royal family. She will marry into a family that has suffered tragedies and faces an uncertain future. To marry into the family she will need to convert to their religion and will encounter many who despise her and feel she is unworthy of being a royal.
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    Torah – a masterclass in music

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    Being Jewish is not a punishment – it is a gift. But a funny thing happens with this gift.
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    The most difficult commandment?

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    Shavuot is the day on which G-d gave the Torah to the Jewish people. The reading of the great Revelation at Sinai includes, of course, the world-famous Ten Commandments.
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    To be great, be responsible

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    Thankfully, we live in a day and age where there is a groundswell of advocacy for human rights. This is a day and age where social media enables complete strangers to raise their voices and defend the rights of others, as just seen in the tragic passing of baby Alfie Evans last week. (Alfie’s parents lost the battle in a British court to get their 23-month-old son alternative medical attention in Rome while he was on a life-support system. The court ruled the life support be switched off.)
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    Ruth coming home

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    Shavuot is a festival that has something for everyone. There’s delicious cheesecake, all-night Torah learning, baskets of fruit being brought by the children to shul, and of course, my favourite, the reading of Megillat Ruth.
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