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    • HabonimShaliach

    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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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    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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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    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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    • WIZO

    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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    • 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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