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    • Feldman

    Egalitarian minyanim - a South African perspective

    Jun 29, 2017 1 Comment
    Forty years ago, Jewish Johannesburg was a very different place. The community was largely “Traditional” in observance, which meant that they drove to an Orthodox shul on a Friday night, but picked the bacon bits out of their salad on a Saturday.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Hitler as model: Who is the Public Protector protecting?

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    While Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s aggressive demeanour and politically suspect agenda offends many, care must be taken not to automatically dismiss everything she says because of dislike, or for her apparent embrace of certain views of anti-Semite and Holocaust denier Stephen Goodson.
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    • Jeff

    When the Public Protector punts blatant anti-Semite’s book

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    Few if any groups in history have been the targets of as many conspiracy theories as the Jewish people. With the spread of literacy and the rise in education levels, one might have expected this phenomenon to have declined, particularly in democratic countries committed to the values of liberalism, non-racism and equality.
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    • Jeff

    The SAJBD and the wider society

    Jun 22, 2017 Go comment!
    In the SAJBD’s mission statement, even before any mention of upholding Jewish civil rights, particular stress is put on the Board’s role in building bridges of friendship and understanding between the Jewish community and the wider society.
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    • MichaelSieff

    Whatsappealing and whatsappalling

    Jun 22, 2017 Go comment!
    Sometimes it feels as if social media is taking over the world. And like so many modern innovations, it is both a blessing and a curse.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Sex abuse - the monsters among us

    Jun 22, 2017 Go comment!
    This week’s welcome ruling by high court judge Claire Hartford in the sexual abuse case against Sidney Frankel, which put in place the removal of the "expiration date" of 20 years for laying criminal charges for sexual offences, is a step forward in dealing with the scourge of children and women abuse. Philanthropist Frankel was accused by eight alleged victims of abusing them as children at a Jewish orphanage.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Is Jacob Zuma the new King Kong?

    Jun 15, 2017 Go comment!
    The theatricality of politics in South Africa today rivals a Shakespearean tragedy, with characters so colourful that The Bard himself would have revelled in its richness. Every morning one wakes to the news of something else to boggle the mind.
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    Take students’ spend seriously, urges brand guru

    Jun 15, 2017 Go comment!
    South African students have become far more narcissistic in their approach to brands and expect the brands to work for their money.
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    • Jeff

    Knysna fire relief

    Jun 15, 2017 Go comment!
    Generally speaking, engaging in humanitarian initiatives on behalf of the wider society, is not part of the core mandate of the Board. Within our community, there already exist a range of organisations that work in these areas.
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    • MichaelSieff

    Only death and taxes

    Jun 15, 2017 Go comment!
    It has often been said that death and taxes are the only real certainties in life. While I can’t tell you too much about taxes, I do have something to share on the other topic.
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    • WIZO

    Youth Day: WIZO salutes SA and Israeli youth

    Jun 15, 2017 Go comment!
    Youth Day in South Africa on June 16, is a public holiday dedicated to the courage and sacrifices made by the youths involved in the Soweto Uprising in 1976. It is also a celebration of the hopes and aspirations of all young people.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Fierce journalism takes on the Mafia state

    Jun 08, 2017 Go comment!
    Is escape possible for President Jacob Zuma from the Mafia state he has created with the Guptas in South Africa? If he flees to the Dubai mansion he reportedly owns to evade prosecution for corruption - as some people predict - he will probably be allowed in.
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    • Jeff

    The SAJBD and the SA Human Rights Commission

    Jun 08, 2017 Go comment!
    The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is one of the key “Chapter Nine” organisations established under the Constitution to give practical expression to the implementation of constitutional democracy in South Africa.
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    Confronting the problem of racism

    Jun 02, 2017 1 Comment
    A while ago, I had a heart-breaking meeting with members of the Jewish community in Johannesburg, people of colour who have converted to Judaism and have felt the pain of racist attitudes from some of their fellow congregants.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Art: not a saviour, a mirror for South Africa

    Jun 02, 2017 Go comment!
    In this country’s nightmare under President Jacob Zuma and his mafia-like network who run the place, the political power play is mainly in black arenas with the entire gamut of good, bad, pure and corrupt. Whites - some nine per cent of the 56 million population - try to understand it mostly from the sidelines.
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    • Jeff

    Dealing with school play anti-Semitic aftermath

    Jun 02, 2017 Go comment!
    As reported last week, the Board was working with King David Victory Park in addressing an unfortunate incident of anti-Semitic abuse that took place at an inter-school one-act play competition. Among the allegations made, were that learners from Edenvale High School directed “Heil Hitler” chants and Nazi salutes at their King David counterparts.
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    • BenitaLevin

    Aliyah, the good, the bad and the meshuga

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    The highly-anticipated arrival of President Donald Trump in Jerusalem, is likely to dominate news here in the Middle East and abroad for a while. Much has already been made of the fact that the controversial American businessman is the first sitting US president to visit the Kotel.
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    Six Day War left mixed legacies

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    This week Israel and the Jewish world celebrated Yom Yerushalayim, commemorating 50 years since the recapture of the Old City of Jerusalem from Jordan in the middle of the Six Day War (June 5-10, 1967).
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Arms deals, peace deals: Trump treads holy ground

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    President Donald Trump does not delve much into religion in his speeches in the United States, except to slam adherents of Islam. But during his past week’s jaunt to the Middle East and Europe to holy sites of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, there was much to do with religion that needed attention.
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    • Jeff

    UK terror attack also holds lesson for SA Jews

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    At the time of writing, the UK is reeling from the worst terrorist attack on British soil in more than a decade. The atrocity only drives home the sobering lesson that terrorism recognises no boundaries and can strike at any time and any place.
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