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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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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    A hopeful new era?

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    After years of economic stagnation, scandal and mounting social unrest, there is a feeling that South Africa is once again poised to go forward. Our democratic institutions – from the courts to the media, civil society, the office of the Public Protector and, ultimately, Parliament itself – have come under severe pressure over the past few years. But they have proved resilient enough to withstand it all and ensure an orderly, constitutional change of leadership.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    South Africa: Send me!

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    Will the new spirit of hope brought to South Africa by President Cyril Ramaphosa inspire any of the South African expats living in London, New York and other cities around the world to consider coming back?
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    • IvorSarakinsky

    Where to now in SA politics?

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    The expression “in the blink of an eye” describes how a situation changes from one moment to the next. In South Africa, a day is a long time in politics. The pace of political developments is so rapid at the moment that what seemed certain yesterday is irrelevant today.
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    • JordanNotlettinggo

    A psychological take on Zuma’s refusal to go

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Former president Jacob Zuma dug in his heels, refusing to give an inch despite the leadership of his party, the ANC, making it clear his time in office was up. So, why did he persist in staying put?
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    • HabonimShaliach

    Have we forgotten our Jewish morality?

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    The stormy debate currently being waged in Israel over the expulsion of the refugees from Sudan and Eritrea to Uganda and Rwanda raises many moral questions.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Jews must play their part in improving the lot of all South Africans

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Last week, the Hate Crimes Working Group (HCWG) presented its report on hate crimes in South Africa over the past five years.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    When to #MeToo

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    “So Graham, the guitar teacher, patted me on the back today. Felt weird,” said my 13-year-old daughter. It was Friday night at the Shabbat dinner table, and we were having a rare evening with just four of us at home.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Filth, filth everywhere: who can you trust?

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    How do corrupt politicians cling to power even after being fingered? In Israel, something that shields Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been accused of corruption time and time again, is Israelis’ perception that he is tough on security, which is crucial in that neighbourhood. Although disliked and mistrusted by many, his security credentials win the day.
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    • Bagraim Michael HOME

    Will Ramaphosa really make a difference?

    Feb 08, 2018 Go comment!
    There is a generally accepted belief that Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as ANC leader, will finally bring some sanity to Parliament and the ruling party, in what’s been deemed as a case of new brooms promising to sweep clean. However,, with the current impasse over who will present SONA, this new broom does not appear to be meeting the public’s expectations.
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    • Jedwabne

    There can be no denying that the Poles were complicit in the Holocaust

    Feb 08, 2018 Go comment!
    Poland’s Senate passed a controversial bill last Thursday that outlaws blaming Poland for any crimes committed during the Holocaust. Poland’s President Andrzej Duda insisted that there was no institutionalised participation by Poland or its people in the Holocaust, but did acknowledge that individual Poles took “wicked” actions against their Jewish neighbours.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Anti-Semitism in South Africa is low, but vigilance is crucial

    Feb 08, 2018 Go comment!
    Since the collapse of the Oslo peace process in September 2000, there has been an alarming rise in anti-Semitism globally, and the upward trend continues. Last year, our counterparts in the UK recorded more than 1 700 anti-Semitic incidents (145 involving violent assault) – the highest annual total on record.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Refugees – home is not where the heart is

    Feb 08, 2018 Go comment!
    When acrimonious debates arise in the Jewish world, such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial intention to deport 38 000 African refugees from Israel back to Africa, voices from tiny Jewish communities such as South Africa seem very muted.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    First official SAJBD-EFF meeting

    Feb 01, 2018 Go comment!
    On Monday, the senior leadership of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) held its first official meeting with the executive committee of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Some may question why such a meeting took place, given how sharply the EFF differs from the mainstream Jewish community on many critical issues, not least the Israeli-Palestinian question. This, however, is to misunderstand the role of the SAJBD. As the elected representative spokesbody of SA Jewry, our mandate is to be the interface between our community and the greater society, particularly in the political sphere. We therefore seek to meet with constituencies from right across the ideological spectrum.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Politics: a feeble bridge over troubled waters?

    Feb 01, 2018 1 Comment
    As Cape Town’s Day Zero approaches, when the taps will be switched off, you hear South African Jews declaring smugly how different things might have turned out if politics had not prevented South Africa from using Israel’s water technology. South Africa and Israel are both arid regions and require innovation to avoid running dry. But punting Israeli technology is a distraction rather than a solution.
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    Israel’s economy is now much stronger than ours

    Jan 25, 2018 2 Comments
    In November, while preparing a slide comparing the size of various global economies for a presentation I was giving, I noticed that Israel was ranked higher than South Africa.
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    • DiddyMymin

    An Inhuman Trade

    Jan 25, 2018 1 Comment
    In Israel today there are 38 000 asylum seekers from East Africa, mainly Sudan and Eritrea. They fled from civil war, genocide, dictatorship and ethnic violence to seek shelter, refuge and protection in Israel.
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