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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Assault on freedom of expression doesn’t end with Israel

    Jun 21, 2018 Go comment!
    Jewish South Africa are not the only ones feeling the pressure. South Africans across the rainbow are angry and intolerant, and no one is being spared the wrath of our frustration. Earlier this week, Ferial Haffajee, Editor-at-large of the South Africa Huffington Post, wrote a column about the pressure, intimidation, and death threats she has received as a result of expressing herself.
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    • AdamSachs

    A little Pride goes along way

    Jun 14, 2018 1 Comment
    June is Pride month and every year LGBT+ communities across the world celebrate with massive Pride Marches. Last Friday’s march in Tel Aviv attracted a truly historic 250 000 people. This is especially significant when you consider that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that can be said to be LGBT+ tolerant and hosts such Pride marches.
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    Jewish Youth Day is about the revolutionary spirit

    Jun 14, 2018 Go comment!
    As we mark the anniversary of the June 16 Soweto youth uprising this weekend, it gives us pause to reflect on the ways in which youth in Jewish history have resisted authoritarianism and sparked revolutions.
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    • AlexWolman

    Human kindness helps to kill the suicide epidemic

    Jun 14, 2018 Go comment!
    I am driven to do something about the rising number of suicides.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Finding the positive in an apparently horrible situation

    Jun 14, 2018 Go comment!
    Hear me out. Part of me feels that the anti-Israel vitriol this week might turn out to be positive. This is not because I am trying to find some liquid in a parched and empty glass, but because if hating Israel is a popular cause for every political party in South Africa, then it will probably not be used as a mechanism to lure voters to the polls next year.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Vilification of supporters of Israel threatens SA democracy

    Jun 14, 2018 Go comment!
    Amidst all the negativity, it is uplifting to be reminded how much heartfelt support there is for the Jewish state beyond the confines of our own community. On Sunday, a rousing gathering of more than 700 Christian leaders took place at the Johannesburg City Hall under the auspices of the SA Friends of Israel.
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    • Geoff

    Fiddling with strangers: why do we think we can?

    Jun 14, 2018 Go comment!
    Do you remember a time in this country when people thought it was witty to call a man who seemed effeminate the derogatory term “moffie”? Such pejorative language made homosexual people frightened to be themselves.
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    • rabbi fox

    Does Judaism allow for abortion?

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    The referendum in Ireland to legalise abortion requires reflection through the prism of Torah. The question itself is a very weighty and onerous one that cannot be decided by populist view and societal norms.
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    • Jordan Moshe

    Throwing the book at anti-Semitic literature

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    It’s one thing to find that you relate to a book’s hero, or feel that his praiseworthy features are not unlike your own. It’s another thing altogether when you pick up a novel and find that the character with whom you share certain attributes is plotting a scheme, has committed murder, or is otherwise derided as villainous in some way.
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    • WIZO

    Empowerment brings hope in tough times

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    It’s been a busy few weeks in WIZO, and despite the many tough challenges Israel’s currently experiencing, there’s also been much to celebrate, especially in the sphere of women’s empowerment, one of WIZO’s main focuses.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Labels and epithets: who are you calling ‘loony’?

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    There is a term which mainstream Jews use for Jews on the far left who show up at Israeli-oriented events and protest against Israel with pro-Palestinian supporters, condemning Israel for its “oppression” of the Palestinians. They are called the “loony left”. Do you endorse or take exception to this label? Among them are members of the group JVJP (Jewish Voices for a Just Peace) who have waved vitriolic anti-Israel banners at Israeli Independence Day celebrations and elsewhere.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Israel boycott reveals its true face once again

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    The #Yallayebo Exhibition, described as “A Photographic Dialogue between South Africa and Israel”, had its official opening at FotoZA Gallery in the Rosebank Mall last Thursday. The event was attended by more than 100 art enthusiasts, dignitaries, community leaders, and members of the media.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    The answer to Jewish anxiety? Better leadership

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    We grew up insecure. I recall so clearly the conversations that my parents had when we were children. Their interactions were coded so that we wouldn’t understand what it was they were talking about. But we did understand, and we knew that many of their friends were leaving and that we had chosen to stay.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Public figures taking sides (mostly) against Israel

    May 31, 2018 1 Comment
    The recent events in Israel and on the Gaza border have garnered the attention of South African public figures and personalities.
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    • ZenKrengel2

    Can South Africa still play a role in the Middle East peace process?

    May 31, 2018 Go comment!
    Over the past six months, much of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies’ (SAJBD) time and resources have been devoted to opposing the projected downgrade of the South African embassy in Israel.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Homelessness: It’s never what you think

    May 31, 2018 Go comment!
    What is the personal story of the black beggar in dirty rags who approaches your car window at a traffic light, pointing to his mouth, asking for food? You often hear complaints from residents of Johannesburg’s middle-class neighbourhoods about being bothered by homeless beggars, making them scared to open their windows.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    The xenophobia crisis 10 years on

    May 31, 2018 Go comment!
    A number of events have been organised to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2008 xenophobia attacks, in which scores of foreign nationals were killed, hundreds injured and tens of thousands left homeless and destitute.
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    • BenitaLevin

    Taxi drivers in Israel giving more than a ride

    May 31, 2018 Go comment!
    There are many people the world over who offer unsolicited advice on a range of issues. In the life-coaching world, I often hear people complain about the interfering mother-in-law, the controlling relative or even the millennial colleague who freely offers his/her opinion without it being requested.
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    • Amb-Ngombane

    Implications of recalling South Africa’s ambassador to Israel

    May 24, 2018 Go comment!
    At 19:30 last Monday, the South African government announced the recall of its ambassador to Israel. This was in the wake of the violent clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinians at Israel’s boundary fence with Gaza earlier that day. More than 60 Palestinians were killed and thousands were wounded.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    We’ll stand up for Israel while building community morale

    May 24, 2018 Go comment!
    Much-needed calm has fallen on the Israel-Gaza border, despite Hamas having threatened to continue to fan the flames of violent confrontation well into next month.
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