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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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    NPA head cannot be political acolyte

    Aug 16, 2018 Go comment!
    As Shaun Abrahams was effectively sent out to pasture by the Constitutional Court this week, the bottleneck that had been obstructing the rehabilitation of the country’s criminal justice system was finally released. And with that, the country breathed a collective sigh of relief. The decision has given President Cyril Ramaphosa what he so desperately needs, the ability to appoint a National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) of his own choosing.
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    • STEVEN GRUZD ex SAJBD

    Don’t mention the war? Towards better Jewish-Muslim relations

    Aug 16, 2018 2 Comments
    In the 1975 BBC TV comedy series, Fawlty Towers, hapless hotelier Basil Fawlty (played by John Cleese) whispers to Polly, the maid, “Don’t mention the war!” right before he does just that, upsetting his German guests with outrageous comments, and goose stepping around the dining room.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    No contradiction in being fully Jewish and fully South African

    Aug 16, 2018 Go comment!
    One of the Limmud sessions that attracted the most interest was the one addressing the complex, indeed fraught, question of how Jews (and whites in general) have adapted to the post-apartheid order in South Africa, and how they should relate to and interact with the greater society.
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    • Geoff

    Here comes a curveball for our leaders

    Aug 16, 2018 Go comment!
    Pervasive negativity towards Israel in the ANC and elsewhere has meant that South African Jews have long had a hard time defending it in the public domain.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    The way to a Jewish person’s heart

    Aug 16, 2018 Go comment!
    We spent the past weekend on the idyllic island of Mauritius, where we took part in a family celebration. Thirty of us had gathered from all over the world to enjoy a rare and very precious few days together.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Limmud needs to have the courage of its convictions

    Aug 10, 2018 Go comment!
    The interesting thing about the Limmud-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) debacle of last week was that it achieved what Limmud strives for. It created dialogue, and had the community engaging in debate that challenged and confronted.
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    • Geoff

    White guilt: why calling a spade a spade is scary

    Aug 10, 2018 Go comment!
    “Don’t you dare say I don’t belong here!” That’s what a group of mostly middle-aged Jews who lived through apartheid seemed, privately, to want to say to black lawyer Tembeka Ngcukaitobi at Limmud last Sunday.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    SAJBD gets involved in national human rights issues

    Aug 10, 2018 Go comment!
    Part of the mandate of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) is “to work for the betterment of human relations between Jews and all other peoples of South Africa, based on mutual respect, understanding and goodwill”. To this end, we seek to lead the Jewish community in participating in the affairs of the wider society, and to do its part to ensure that fundamental human rights and freedoms are upheld in our country.
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    Give thanks for our freedom of religion – but don’t take it for granted

    Aug 02, 2018 Go comment!
    I recently received an invitation from United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to attend the first ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held last month.
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    The trouble with Israel’s Jewish nation-state law

    Aug 02, 2018 Go comment!
    In an Army Radio interview this week, Israel’s incoming opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, said she had repeatedly urged government legislators in the run-up to July 19’s passage of Israel’s new Jewish nation-state law to add in a single crucial phrase.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Does Shashi Naidoo suffer from Stockholm Syndrome?

    Aug 02, 2018 1 Comment
    Our story so far: Shashi Naidoo, much loved South African model, posts positive Israel sentiment on social media. The reaction is swift and aggressive, with Naidoo receiving no less than ten death threats by supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) cause, threats of rape, her address is posted on social media, and people start ringing her doorbell at 02:00.
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    • Geoff

    The Likud selfie: drawings that shout louder than words

    Aug 02, 2018 Go comment!
    Who would have thought a shocking picture of a woman being raped by then president Jacob Zuma would appear on the op-ed pages of a major South African newspaper? Not a photograph, but a drawing. What about an image in an Israeli paper showing Israeli leaders as pigs? That’s what political cartoonists like Zapiro – Jonathan Shapiro – and Avi Katz do in South Africa and Israel. They stab at peoples’ most sensitive areas to make a point. They have outraged people for years – and delighted many. And Katz was fired last Tuesday from his position at the Jerusalem Report magazine for his “pigs” cartoon.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Brave journalist sets example for mainstream media

    Aug 02, 2018 Go comment!
    There is a strong perception in the community that the mainstream media has a bias against Israel. It seems journalists either don’t give the country the coverage it deserves, or focus only on the negative. When we consider the intimidation that those who come out in support of Israel face, it is not surprising that many people, including in the media, simply shy away from the topic.
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    • dennis davis

    A critical look at why the Nation-State Law is unwelcome

    Jul 26, 2018 Go comment!
    The introduction of the Basic Law on Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People prompted widespread controversy for good reason.
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    • DanDiker1

    Israel has the right to define and protect its own democracy

    Jul 26, 2018 1 Comment
    Israel’s recent legislation of the Nation-State Law provided another relished opportunity by Israel’s adversaries and enemies to delegitimise the country’s Jewish-majority democracy’s character.
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    • Vijeta Uniyal

    India-Israel tech co-operation: a model for BRICS countries?

    Jul 26, 2018 Go comment!
    The BRICS group of countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are meeting in Johannesburg this week for their annual summit. BRICS is a formidable international geopolitical bloc, representing almost three billion people – which translates to over 40% of the world population – and covering almost 27% of the earth’s surface.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    What grandfather name fits…

    Jul 26, 2018 1 Comment
    I honestly had no idea how challenging it would be to choose a name for our new granddaughter to call us. We are certainly not the first people in the world to have a grandchild and it seemed to me that others slipped into the names with enviable ease. Why this would turn out to be so darn difficult, I genuinely have no idea.
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    The challenges involved in dealing with anti-Semitism

    Jul 26, 2018 Go comment!
    Last week, the Board sent a letter to the Jewish community and also issued a general press statement, reporting that a settlement had been reached in the matter of certain anti-Semitic comments that had been posted on a WhatsApp group on 19 June.
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    • Milton

    Why are our diplomats and ministers repeating the anti-Semitic lie?

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    Political commentators have been justifiably outraged by Julius Malema’s latest salvo against South African Indians. The Economic Freedom Fighters leader has essentialised a group of people and ascribed to them racially prejudicial attitudes.
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