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    Even from the pulpit, it’s just not cricket

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    “What would Cyril have said?” is what comes to mind for many people among South African Jewry, following last week’s ball-tampering scandal caused by Australia’s cricket team. They would be referring to South Africa’s late former Chief Rabbi, Cyril Harris.
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    In response to article on Seligson Commission

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    Last week’s issue of SA Jewish Report (SAJR) ran with the story of how the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) Cape Council election, held last August, had been found to be “flawed” by the Seligson Commission, a body set up to investigate alleged irregularities in the way the election was conducted.
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    Freeing needy South Africans from societal and economic constraints

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    Pesach celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and their eventual freedom from slavery.
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    Aliya – the good, the bad and the meshuga

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    What we miss most about SA It’s been just over a year since our family of four made aliya, and this week we returned for a visit to Durban. When people ask what we miss most about South Africa, the answer from all four of us is the same: Family. Being able to celebrate at a simcha is a privilege and a joy for all of us. Children reconnect with their cousins as if it’s been 12 days since they last saw each other, not 12 months. The bonds they share will clearly last a lifetime.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    We need to play our part in supporting a human rights culture in SA

    Mar 22, 2018 Go comment!
    For the third consecutive year, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) marked Human Rights Day by taking a Jewish community delegation to Sharpeville, scene of one of the most notorious atrocities of the apartheid era.
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    Are we a society that throws its children down the toilet?

    Mar 22, 2018 Go comment!
    The horrendous death of five-year-old schoolgirl Lumka Mketwa highlights a stark reality of South African society. Lumka fell into a pit latrine at an Eastern Cape school last week and drowned in human faeces; her body lay there overnight before being found. This is the chasm between the high-quality, first-world bubble in which the South African elite – including middle-class blacks, whites and most Jews – live, compared to the millions of desperately poor, who don’t even have a proper toilet.
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    So over chicken

    Mar 22, 2018 Go comment!
    I just can’t talk about chickens anymore. I really, really can’t. And that’s not only because I am being sued by Jeffery C Shull of Stan & Pete for defamation of his character, but because I am just done with it. I am so over the chicken story, you have no idea.
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    An Ethiopian Israeli’s take on Israel Apartheid Week in SA

    Mar 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) marks a week of hatred against the Jewish people in South Africa It is not necessarily against Israel’s policy, nor even the occupation.
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    • BenitaLevin

    Why is this marathon different from all others?

    Mar 15, 2018 Go comment!
    I’ve had the pleasure of watching many marathons in different parts of the world. To be clear, in most cases I’ve attended as a spectator or “cheerleader”, egging on runners along the route, especially my husband and twin sister.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    The senseless tactic of defacing rather than debating

    Mar 15, 2018 Go comment!
    On Tuesday, accompanied by the SA Jewish Board of Deputies’ national vice-president, Zev Krengel, and national director Wendy Kahn, I had the opportunity of meeting newly appointed ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule for the first time.
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    Messy business of Jews, their roots and land

    Mar 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Johannesburg northern suburbs Jews generally fear going to Hillbrow, believing they’ll be mugged. But anyone attending the Hillbrow Theatre – previously the historic Andre Huguenot Theatre – last weekend to see the dance work Hillbrowfication (part of the Dance Umbrella Festival), would have a different view.
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    Hysterical About Listeriosis

    Mar 08, 2018 Go comment!
    I am convinced that I have caught Listeriosis. I have suffered from flu-like symptoms for days now and I can almost detect a very uncomfortable and queasy feeling in my stomach. If I concentrate.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    The leadership quandary: Trust me, I’ll make your nightmares real

    Mar 08, 2018 Go comment!
    What makes a leader? Morality, humility, wisdom?
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Students’ peace activism deserves our support

    Mar 08, 2018 Go comment!
    In the early weeks of each academic year, Jewish university students are confronted with the annual travesty known as Israel Apartheid Week (IAW). The event, which is replicated at universities the world over, seeks to demonise and delegitimise the State of Israel in the most extravagant possible terms, with the aim of convincing the wider public that it should be shunned, boycotted and eventually driven out of existence altogether.
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    Supporting humanitarian causes in Israel and SA

    Mar 08, 2018 Go comment!
    Shalom Chaverot, February was an exciting month for all South Africans with the election of President Cyril Ramaphosa. We wish him and his Cabinet successful and positive deliberations.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    The BDS-knee jerk: Almost a witch-hunt?

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    South Africa’s Jewish leaders have work to do concerning ANC members’ negative perceptions of Israel, exemplified in Parliament last week during a speech by then minister of science and technology Naledi Pandor. Her speech formed part of the debate following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address and was meant to respond to the international co-operation objectives he’d announced. However, Pandor’s comments in this regard had nothing to do with foreign affairs and was instead used as an opportunity to slam Israel. Pandor was confirmed on Monday as minister of higher education in Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle.
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    Yad Aharon & Michael is proudly independent

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    From its humble beginnings more than 20 years ago, Yad Aharon & Michael has grown into the respected nongovernmental organisation it is today and has remained independent of other such agencies.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Let’s fight the bigotry while keeping the positives in mind

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    The national and Cape councils of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies worked together this week in responding to several scandalous allegations made by Sharon Davids, an ANC MPL in the Western Cape, and the equally unacceptable attempts by ANC provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs to deny, and even justify, them.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    A true democracy in action

    Feb 22, 2018 2 Comments
    We are witnessing history. South Africa, as a young democracy of just more than 20 years, has for the second time in our short democratic history removed a sitting president from office.
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    Sexual abuse and the concept of teshuva

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    A sexual offender is held to account. He or she has molested numerous children in their teaching position. The community shouts “Can’t the offender be allowed to do teshuva?”
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