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    Julius Malema says he never meant to hurt the Jewish community

    Sep 06, 2018 3 Comments
    Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), insists it was never his intention to hurt or upset the Jewish community with anti-Semitic conspiracy claims. He was referring to claims he made in a press conference on 23 August that Jews are training right-wing extremists to become snipers to kill blacks over land.
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    CSO warns community to be vigilant about kidnapping

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    The Community Security Organisation (CSO) has warned parents and caregivers to be hyper-vigilant about children’s safety because of an increase in suspicious activity in public places.
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    What is the difference between hearing and listening?

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Why is it that music has such a deep effect on us? Sometimes it seems as though music has a direct line to our souls. It affects our mood and our emotions. It can make us laugh or cry. It can make us get up and dance, and it can make us stop and think. It can soothe us, uplift us, and stir us to the depths of our being.
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    President to address Jewish community

    Sep 06, 2018 1 Comment
    President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the South African Jewish community on the day after Rosh Hashanah.
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    Parents could avoid under-age alcohol abuse by parenting

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    When your child is dropped at home and can’t actually walk to the front door because he is so drunk, should you be worried? Especially when you thought he was going out to the movies with his friends.
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    Beth Din reports back on kashrut investigations

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    In spite of spending almost 700 hours working on the investigation into the Stan & Pete “treif chicken” saga, Bowmans Attorneys still has not completed its investigation.
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    Regulatory body improves oversight of Brit Milot

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    Brit Milot (circumcisions) are at the very core of Judaism, but while it is one of the ultimate mitzvot, no parent would want their baby boy to be hurt. This week, with the release of Regulatory Board of Brit Milah in South Africa’s first report, it is evident this body is doing its job successfully.
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    Take time to reassess and smell the roses

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    As a community, we punch way above our weight. Our contribution to the economy, the country, and its people is quite phenomenal. This was evident on Sunday night at our Absa Jewish Achiever Awards. I was so very proud of our community. We have every reason to be proud. It is not often that we actually take time to consider the good we do as a community and as individuals.
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    The humanitarian cost of throttling funds for refugees

    Sep 06, 2018 1 Comment
    A few years ago, while visiting a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, I asked a 17-year-old boy where he came from. I was taken aback by his reply. Although he’d never set foot out of Lebanon, he told me he came from Haifa. I asked him again, and again he insisted, “my home is in Haifa”. He’d never seen Haifa, nor that home.
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    Israelis and SA Jews need to stop and listen…

    Sep 06, 2018 1 Comment
    In recent times, there has been heated debate over the law of nationality. One can argue about the nature and essence of the law, but I do not want to argue about its social implications and the stormy debate about the results.
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    One year into the Israeli ambassador’s tenure in SA

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    Israeli Ambassador Lior Keinan’s first year in South Africa has been busy – and it doesn’t appear to be letting up any time soon. “Our countries are at a challenging crossroads,” says the ambassador to South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Madagascar.
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    Objective journalist a lone soldier in anti-Israel media war

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    What does it mean to be a journalist? How do you cover news fairly and accurately? Can you do so without bias or in a way that is objective?
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    Taking the poetic route to seeing our way forward

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    There were many odd and terrible moments that emerged from the Jacob Zuma rape trial, but one in particular has always struck me as quintessentially, ludicrously South African. On the final day of the proceedings, when Judge Willem van der Merwe delivered his verdict in that sing-song voice many of us have tattooed on our cortexes, he paraphrased a line from Rudyard Kipling’s poem, If.
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    Hannah’s Rosh Hashanah miracle

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    “That moment when you hear the diagnosis is like being trapped – there’s no going back,” says Julian Katz, recalling the moment he was told his 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, had a life-threatening, inoperable cancerous mass in her skull. “How do you break that news to your own child?” he asks rhetorically.
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    Shofar an almighty alarm clock

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    There are many lovely explanations for why we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, but one of the most powerful is given by Moses Maimonides. For Maimonides, the shofar is G-d’s alarm clock, waking us up from the “slumber” in which we spend many of our days. What did he mean?
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    New year brings new light, new life

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Hey, does anybody here still make new year’s resolutions? Or are we all over that phase? Maybe you do still make resolutions, and yours goes something like mine?
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    Facing our potential as we face our creator

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    People over-estimate themselves.
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    Making our world Hashem’s home

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the month of Tishrei, is the day on which we beseech Hashem to grant us our needs for the year to come.
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    Slave, rebel and humble infinity

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    “… two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor well those passions read … And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains: round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
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    The spiritual story behind a South African shofar-maker

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    How did a Rustenburg pharmacist become the manufacturer of shofarim that have found their way to every corner of the globe? For Marinda du Preez, it started with a visit to Israel over the high holy days, from Rosh Hashanah to Sukkot, in 1998.
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