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The Jewish Report Editorial

    • Vanessa

    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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    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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    • JNF - Tu B'shvat

    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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    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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    Our need to succeed

    Aug 05, 2015 Go comment!
    In just over two weeks, the Jewish Report will celebrate along with the rest of this community, the 2015 Absa Jewish Achiever Awards, which honours all the incredible contributions Jewish citizens have made in the fields of business, arts, law, philanthropy, innovation, education, job creation, sports - and more.
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    A community newspaper in the face of scandal

    Jul 29, 2015 3 Comments
    I have been at the helm of the Jewish Report for a mere seven months and have already faced the dilemma that editors of many community publications face - the arrival of a few potentially scandalous or explosive issues and the dilemma of how to or even whether to cover them
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    Jewish mothers and the work dilemma

    Jul 22, 2015 Go comment!
    In the United States, an analysis of government data by the Pew Research Centre, has shown that today, about 70 per cent of women who have children under the age of 18, work outside the home.
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    • Vanessa

    Are we all on same page on Mid-East question?

    Jul 15, 2015 1 Comment
    There is a generally held perception among South African Jewry that the current South African government is strongly critical of Israel and that many of its leadership see Israel as a tyrannical, or Nazi-like regime.
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    • JNF - Tu B'shvat

    Our choreography for dealing with adversity

    Jul 08, 2015 2 Comments
    Some of the recent news about anti-Semitism from the United Kingdom is not easy to digest. Figures released last Friday by London’s Metropolitan Police show that anti-Semitic crimes rose last year by 138 per cent, from 208 incidents in 2013 to 495 in 2014
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    • JNF - Tu B'shvat

    No one owns the truth

    Jul 01, 2015 1 Comment
    The fathers of postmodernism offered the idea that there is not one objective “truth” but rather narratives that we “construct” as our versions of reality based on our backgrounds, agendas and a host of other factors.
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    Learning lessons from the Sidney Frankel story

    Jun 24, 2015 Go comment!
    The South African Jewish community is confronting what looks like the first case of a high profile businessman - once revered by many - heading down an inescapable path to being charged for sexual abuse.
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    • Vanessa

    The good news and the bad news

    Jun 19, 2015 1 Comment
    The media constantly faces dilemmas on what to focus on. Here in South Africa, government corruption and controversies like President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, power outages and the inadequacies of Eskom, easily fill the pages of the dailies and Sunday papers..
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    World finally wakes up to the fight against BDS

    Jun 10, 2015 1 Comment
    World Jewish leaders seem to be in the midst of intense preparation for battle. This enemy they are gearing up to fight - the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement - although not new, is suddenly being taken a lot more seriously.
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    Deconstructing the ritual

    Jun 03, 2015 2 Comments
    The planning of our children’s coming of age party - their bar- or batmitzvah - is an event of profound importance. We have all either been through - or will go through - what has become for many a costly, stress-inducing process.
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    • Vanessa

    Buses, bloodshed and apartheid

    May 27, 2015 3 Comments
    Last Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a proposed plan from his new defence ministry that would have forced Palestinian day labourers returning home from jobs inside Israel, to take separate buses from Jewish settlers who live in the territories after crossing back into the West Bank.
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    • JNF - Tu B'shvat

    A woman’s right to choose

    May 20, 2015 1 Comment
    Last week the United States House of Representatives passed a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy because it is assumed that is the point when a foetus begins to feel pain.
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    • Vanessa

    To speak or not to speak

    May 13, 2015 Go comment!
    Two high profile figures have got themselves into hot water recently for publicly praising controversial leaders for their smarts.
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    • Vanessa

    Differ on strategies, but not on goals

    May 06, 2015 3 Comments
    For the first time in our history, South African Jewish communal organisations have publicly criticised the Israeli government for denying South Africa’s Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande a visa to visit the Palestinian territories.
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