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    • GavinRome

    McCarthyist intolerance still a bad idea

    Aug 23, 2018 Go comment!
    In 1947, during the McCarthy era of anti-communist hysteria and early Cold War paranoia, the so-called Hollywood Ten were subpoenaed to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee to testify about their political beliefs. They were an intrepid band of independent-minded screenwriters and movie directors brought in as alleged communist sympathisers.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at SAJBD conference

    Aug 23, 2018 Go comment!
    We were delighted to learn last week that President Cyril Ramaphosa has agreed to speak at the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD’s) upcoming biennial Gauteng Council conference. It will be the first occasion that Ramaphosa will address the Jewish community since becoming President earlier this year.
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    • Geoff

    The tightrope of being Jewish ‘enough’ in this world

    Aug 23, 2018 Go comment!
    Warnings of alarming schisms threatening the Jewish people’s future have come in the past two months from two international Jewish heavyweights: Ronald Lauder, right-wing billionaire, Donald Trump supporter, and President of the World Jewish Congress; and Naomi Chazan, left-wing professor of politics at the Hebrew University, and former Speaker of the Knesset. Their views also challenge South African Jewry.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Let’s move away from being Elul Jews

    Aug 23, 2018 Go comment!
    I was at the gym in Melrose Arch, talking to a friend on my cellphone while ordering a (double) espresso. With one hand, I picked up the cup, squeezed the phone between my ear and my shoulder, bent down to pick up my gym bag, and started to walk towards the exit. Just as I got to the turnstile, I realised that I hadn’t paid for the (double) espresso, so I turned around and walked back in order to do so.
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