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The Jewish Report Editorial

    • Vanessa

    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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    • Vanessa

    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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    • Vanessa

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Hebrew dilemma runs deep

    Apr 29, 2015 4 Comments
    Last week, South Africa’s Jewish day schools put considerable effort into their celebrations and commemoration of Israel’s important milestones - Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut. Yet Hebrew, considered by many to be the bedrock of Zionist and Jewish identity, is no longer compulsory, nor a popular subject choice at most of these schools.
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    • Vanessa

    Transcending the anger and injustice

    Apr 22, 2015 Go comment!
    Whether the brutal looting and violence that has accompanied the xenophobic attacks on the streets of Johannesburg and Durban this past week will do anything to improve the economic frustrations of the perpetrators is a worthwhile question.
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    • Vanessa

    Feed our children positive narratives

    Apr 15, 2015 5 Comments
    Teach your children the history of freedom if you want them never to lose it, Lord Jonathan Sacks wrote in a piece published in the London Times at Pesach a few years ago. He said that freedom was won not on the battlefield but in the classroom and the home.
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    Change what you look for to change what you see

    Apr 01, 2015 4 Comments
    Two weeks ago, in a much publicised incident, Jewish teenagers wearing yarmulkes were assaulted by three unidentified men, apparently of Muslim origin, at The Zone in Rosebank. While one of the Jewish students was being hit, another assailant swore at him, saying: “You f***ing Jew” and “Your f***ing people are killing our innocent children”.
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    Reflections on liberation

    Mar 25, 2015 1 Comment
    Pesach, the Jewish festival that celebrates our delivery from slavery in Egypt, is the theme of this week’s issue. Yet freedom is often only the start of the journey - as the Jews left Egypt, their real journey, wandering in the desert and preparing for the Promised Land, began.
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    Israel: a defining feature of diaspora Jewish identity

    Mar 18, 2015 Go comment!
    "The world, in recent weeks, has watched with fascination as Israel’s exciting election process unfolded and, earlier this month, its prime minister stood on a powerful platform - the United States’ Congress floor - to speak on behalf of all the Jewish people about a potential major world threat in the form of Iran," writes editor Vanessa Valkin in her weekly ediorial comment.
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