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The Jewish Report Editorial

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    Jewish Cape Town: Faribels and festivities

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    This is a very big year for Cape Town Jewry. The community is celebrating 175 years of existence, beginning in 1841 with the founding of the Cape Town Hebrew Congregation. This actually marks the birth of organised Jewish life in southern Africa too.
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    What do controversial stories say about us?

    May 04, 2016 1 Comment
    The South African Jewish Report has received surprisingly little criticism for some of the more controversial stories we have recently chosen to cover. These include the ongoing saga of the international fugitive and alleged sex offender Rabbi Eliezer Berland who is facing imminent extradition to Israel after evading the law for quite some time.
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    The chorus doesn’t change the song

    Apr 20, 2016 1 Comment
    Last week, the board of the South African Jewish Report debated whether we should join the rising tidal wave of voices in leadership positions, including the ANC’s Gauteng Executive Committee, in calling for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation.
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    The never-ending road to freedom

    Apr 13, 2016 1 Comment
    Exploring the concepts of freedom and Pesach, are already well travelled roads, so our cover this week tries to examine them with novelty and relevance. We hope our readers enjoy and recognise the symbolism of renowned graffiti artist and political commentator Banksy’s black figure who is seen bashing his way through a matzah to the freedom of the Promised Land.
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    Jonathan Kaplan - Interview with the editor

    Apr 06, 2016 3 Comments
    Jonathan Kaplan, former 2010 Achiever Award Winner for Arts, Science Culture and Sports, and world record holder for refereeing the most number of rugby test matches, is expecting a baby boy at the end of May, just a few months before he turns 50. Ordinary enough except that Kaplan, who is not married but in a relationship, is doing this on his own, using both an egg donor and a surrogate.
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    Too poor to play

    Mar 30, 2016 Go comment!
    The local Jewish sports scene has been very busy with Maccabi trials these past few weeks. Teams are being selected for tennis, swimming, netball, futsal, water polo, cricket and more. It is an exciting honour to be chosen to represent South Africa at the 20th World Maccabi Games in Israel in July 2017.
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    Guptas' brief Purim visit

    Mar 23, 2016 3 Comments
    Last week, in our Purim issue, we published - near the front of the newspaper among our more serious news items - a Purim shpiel, historically a comic dramatisation of the Book of Esther, but more recently, also a humorous or satirical, fake newspaper article written during the month of Adar.
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    Pro-Israel camp wins the match

    Mar 16, 2016 1 Comment
    Last week was a good one for the pro-Israel camp in South Africa and it could have been bad. After all it was the now ubiquitous Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) on university campuses across the country.
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    I merely pose the question…

    Mar 09, 2016 3 Comments
    A well-placed foreigner who has lived for the past few years in this community, made a somewhat controversial observation in conversation recently. He said that the South African Jewish community had “access” to government and major decision-makers, but little “influence”. It is a thought provoking comment.
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    Jewish Report is a paper for all streams of Judaism

    Feb 17, 2016 Go comment!
    The Reform movement had a major victory in Israel after the Israeli Cabinet recently made the decision to allocate a part of the Western Wall for Progressive prayer services. Locally, however, the Reform movement has felt side-lined by the South African Jewish Orthodox community.
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    Anti-black, anti-Jew - what to do… what to do?

    Jan 27, 2016 4 Comments
    It all started with a remark posted on Facebook by white Durban real estate agent Penny Sparrow who compared the behaviour of black people on a beach on New Year’s day to “monkeys”. Then Chris Hart, economist at Standard Bank, was fired for his tweet that 25 years after apartheid, “victims are increasing along with a sense of entitlement and hatred towards minorities”.
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    Guidelines from the Jewish handbook

    Jan 20, 2016 1 Comment
    In the last few weeks the media has been filled with stories of South Africa’s educational crises. Universities have been plagued with protests and the 2015 matric results were dismal. Of the 799 306 candidates who wrote, only 166 263 qualified for university entrance and there was a five per cent drop in the National Senior Certificate matric pass rate from last year.
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    Sushi on Muizenberg or partying with the jet set - Cape Town has it all

    Jan 13, 2016 3 Comments
    Cape Town, the beautiful Mother City, is slowly recovering from the weight of the holiday-making crowds as people return home to start the new year. This is nothing new. Cape Town and its surrounds have been a desired summer holiday destination for as long as anyone can remember. What is noticeable is that over the past five to 10 years, it has become a playground for an international jet set: Africa’s own St Tropez.
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    Agents of change

    Dec 02, 2015 Go comment!
    I was privileged to sit on a panel with some fascinating women at the WIZO South Africa 35th Triennial Conference in Cape Town last Sunday. We were asked to consider and relate how, we as women, have been able to affect change and empower others through our work.
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    Does Paris change the way we see ourselves

    Nov 18, 2015 1 Comment
    By the end of last week, a fresh sense of doom about South Africa’s future had set in like a dark, suffocating cloud.
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    A second chance for magic and selflessness

    Nov 11, 2015 2 Comments
    Last week’s parsha, Chayei Sarah (the life of Sara), relates, among other things, that Isaac married Rebecca at the age of 40 after his mother Sarah, who gave birth to him at the miraculous age of 90, had died.
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    Can inspired projects heal the rifts

    Oct 28, 2015 Go comment!
    The news of the last few weeks has been tumultuous. Domestically, a small revolution within the student movement has emerged amid their increasing dissatisfaction with the price of tertiary education. The gathering of more than 10,000 last Friday at the Union Buildings carried a spirit not seen since the 1976 Soweto uprising but this time it seemed to unite students across all races.
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    • Vanessa

    Living in the age of distraction.

    Sep 09, 2015 2 Comments
    Last week Monday, August 31, over a billion people logged onto Facebook in one day - about one seventh of the world’s population. The social media site says it has nearly 1,5 billion users who log on at least once a month. While this is amazing news for its founder Mark Zuckerberg, what does it mean for the rest of us who live in a world of constant tweeting, Instagramming, whatsapping, and even sexting?
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    The pattern in the tapestry.

    Sep 02, 2015 Go comment!
    As we gather the myriad articles required to fill our bumper Rosh Hashanah issue, we at the Jewish Report are reflecting on our year of publishing - where we have erred and where we can improve.
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    • Vanessa

    Divorce and the co-parenting conundrum

    Aug 12, 2015 4 Comments
    An Orthodox British woman residing in Vienna, Austria, lost custody of her two young sons in 2013 with a total of a mere six visits allowed a month and a requirement to pay maintenance. This has come to the attention of international Jewish media recently for the extent of its cruelty.
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