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    Salmon: A health food or a toxin?

    Jul 08, 2015 1 Comment
    It’s widely believed that salmon is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It’s high in essential oils (especially omega-3 fatty acids), important minerals and vitamins and is an excellent source of protein.
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    Muslims need to say ‘not in my name’

    Jul 08, 2015 5 Comments
    The success BDS has had in South Africa and elsewhere in making the phrase “apartheid Israel” familiar and acceptable, underlines the importance of what things are called - particularly in the social media age, where a name or acronym can go viral in seconds and affect the perceptions of millions.
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    1 in 5 CT Jewish families are Progressive

    Jul 07, 2015 Go comment!
    Alvin Kushner, national chair of the SA Union for Progressive Judaism takes exception to a statement in the SAJR that the “once-vibrant Reform/Progressive stream has shrunk dramatically and has little influence today.” Not so, he says: “The Progressive movement in SA is still vibrant with 10 very active Synagogues,” is showing positive growth in some areas, in Cape Town one in five Jewish families are Progressive and the Progressive community has far more than proportionate representation on the Board & Fed committees, he says.
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    Family first

    Jul 01, 2015 Go comment!
    I had a new experience last week which is not, in itself, unusual. The scope of the Chev’s work is such that I often encounter novel situations and unprecedented challenges. Although I am frequently involved in case conferencing when challenging situations arise, it was the first time that I attended an “intake session”.
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    Pragmatism may bring peace to Mideast

    Jun 10, 2015 6 Comments
    One reason we achieved a settlement in South Africa was that religion was not an obstacle. Face-to-face dialogue between wise leaders acting rationally on behalf of their people, produced a pragmatic compromise each side could live with. Mandela and FW de Klerk did it for us. Why can’t Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas do it in the Middle East?
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    Braving a winter’s night for a good cause

    Jun 10, 2015 5 Comments
    Jewish CEOs are among the many top executives who have volunteered to sleep out under the stars on a freezing winter night next Thursday, June 18, to bring hope and a home to South Africa’s most vulnerable children.
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    Bev’s picks the best Zionist reads this week

    Jun 02, 2015 Go comment!
    Bev Goldman serves up her Top-11 reads from Zionist writers and titles around the world. Whatever your views of Zionism, Bev always makes sure she has something for everyone.
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    Prof Friedman denounces 'I Love Hitler'

    May 25, 2015 9 Comments
    “If I had lived in Hitler's Germany, I would have been sent to a death camp simply because I am Jewish,” posted Friedman on Facebook. A strong supporter of the Palestinian cause, Friedman refused to remain silent on this issue: “We are also entering very dangerous territory,” he wrote, saying that he is “thinking here of the claim that Wits's Vice-Chancellor bowed to "Jewish money power". Language like that cost millions of lives in Europe - anyone who uses it is a racist, not a friend of racial transformation,” posted Prof Friedman.
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    Three Days and Dreading…

    May 20, 2015 1 Comment
    It’s not to say I am ungrateful. Really I am not. But the thought of spending a three-day-yom tov (that’s 72 hours) with little reprieve does fill me with a feeling of dreaded anticipation. And although this year all observant Jews in the Diaspora will suffer the same fate (the less honest will tell you how much they enjoy it), one has to spare an additional moment’s thought for South Africans celebrating a 3-day Shavuot.
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    Troubled times need tough-guy leaders

    May 20, 2015 1 Comment
    A politician who is too much of a poet, not enough of a killer, will not win the hearts of the people in troubled times. Which is why Yaakov Herzog, head of the Zionist Union, lost the recent Israeli elections to Benjamin Netanyahu.
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    Obama's mistrust of Bibi personal & cynical

    May 13, 2015 Go comment!
    Obama administration officials have long contended that the friction between the US president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not personal and that American support for Israel remains as robust as ever - and arguably even more robust by some metrics.
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    Wits “Hitler” debacle well managed by Habib

    May 06, 2015 2 Comments
    So far so good for Professor Adam Habib, vice-Chancellor and principal of Wits for his handling of the SRC president and the first of three charges laid against him. The second charge relates to a complaint raised by the non-ANC-aligned Project W group in March, accusing the SRC president of never calling any meetings and raising suspicions of irregular use of funds to promote pro-Palestinian causes.
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    Three Rastas walk into a bar

    Apr 09, 2015 2 Comments
    Three Rastafarians walk into a bar. One orders a cappuccino, and the other two regular coffees. It sounds like the beginning of a poor joke complete with an ending that one senses is to be distinctly un-funny. And indeed it is.
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    Whose story about Israel will you believe?

    Mar 11, 2015 3 Comments
    What is Israel’s real story behind the surface of pro- and anti-propaganda? The SAZF Conference last weekend tried to give an answer. BDS-SA gives another.
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    Rhodes, Van Riebeeck and the Poo Protest

    Mar 11, 2015 4 Comments
    I was sixteen when a friend of the same age called to tell me what had just happened. He had, without permission, stolen his mother’s car for his Saturday night joy ride. He had also managed to procure alcohol and as a result, had somewhat carelessly driven the car through the garden wall and landed it in the swimming pool (shallow end).
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    Much Ado About Nothing, SA's WikiLeaks

    Feb 25, 2015 Go comment!
    Howard Feldman opines: "It has taken a while, but finally, earlier this week, South Africans awoke to the announcement that we had our very own Wikileaks scandal, at last!" Feldman is one of the most popularly-read writers on SA Jewish Report Online. He has a cutting wit and is very easy to read, and hard to put down.
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    Could South Africa go the French route?

    Feb 19, 2015 8 Comments
    One effect of the cringe-worthy circus Parliament became last week during President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, was to revive the whinge-sessions many whites - Jews and others - frequently indulge in. “How terrible it is here! The crime, corruption, Eskom switching off the lights, potholes in the roads which never get fixed, Nkandla...”
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    “Selebi betrayed our democracy” -Chief Rabbi

    Feb 04, 2015 6 Comments
    "Selebi betrayed our democracy & doesn’t deserve acclaim," says Chief Rabbi. The honour the ANC is according him in death is a moral disgrace. Selebi betrayed the trust of the South African people. He was appointed as the National Commissioner of Police to protect millions of decent, law abiding citizens from the horrors of crime. Instead of fulfilling his mandate he joined the criminals, and was sentenced to 15 years in jail for taking bribes from organized crime boss Glen Agliotti.
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    Bev's back - with a vengeance

    Jan 21, 2015 1 Comment
    Check them here or follow the link to Bev's main blog with her précis on each of the articles which will allow you to choose what you want to download and print for your Shabbos reading leisure
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    Jews are the Canary in the Coal Mine

    Jan 21, 2015 19 Comments
    “If France is not safe for Jews, then the very future of Europe – and indeed the civilized world - is in real danger,” writes the Chief Rabbi. “History has demonstrated that Jews are the proverbial canary in a coal mine. Just as canaries in a mine die before humans are aware of toxic gases ... and in dying warn of impending disaster, so is the state of Jews in their societies the test for the safety of the environment there. If the Jews in a particular society are, like the canaries, singing and thriving then all is well,” wrote Rabbi Goldstein in the Jerusalem Post.
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