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The Jewish Report Editorial

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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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    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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    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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    Jerusalem’s secret revolution

    Mar 11, 2015 5 Comments
    Visiting South Africa last week as a guest of the 48th Annual Zionist Federation Conference, Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat approached the trip as he might have a roadshow when he was once a high flying venture capitalist.
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    Counting and recording ourselves

    Mar 04, 2015 1 Comment
    "I am frequently asked the question, how many Jews live in South Africa. I have also been told with a surprising certainty by a non-Jew that there must be at least a million living here," writes SAJR Editor Vanessa Valkin in her leader this week. "They were shocked when I told them our community had a mere 60 000. At the time, in the late ‘90s, that seemed to be an accepted figure. People assumed there were 120 000 in the heyday and that the figure had halved." REad on...
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    Jewish philanthropy: keep it young, hip & sexy

    Feb 25, 2015 2 Comments
    This week I attended the Chabad Miracle Drive, which is one of the biggest fundraisers on the South African Jewish calendar. Its success is less the cause (although a worthy one) and more the driving force behind it: the indefatigable Rabbi David Masinter. SA Jewish Report editor Vanessa Valkin, gives her take on the state of Jewish philanthopy in South Africa - and concludes with two important lessons on the subject. READ WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY...
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    Countering the Israeli apartheid metaphor in SA

    Feb 19, 2015 5 Comments
    When former Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim in 2012 instituted a de facto ban on South African government ministers visiting Israel, it epitomised the souring of a once very close relationship between the two states. T
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    Living in dark times

    Feb 11, 2015 3 Comments
    South Africa’s current energy crisis looms large over all of us. As I write this editorial, I have been interrupted by Stage II load shedding twice, and Jewish Report’s staff are plagued by the anxiety of not having the paper print ready before threatened power cuts. These are a miniscule tear in the giant crack of chaos this electricity crisis is causing and we have no idea how long it will continue.
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    Advocating greater CT & JHB connectedness

    Jan 28, 2015 6 Comments
    When I was asked on ChaiFM last week what in my experience were the differences between the Cape Town and the Johannesburg Jewish communities now that I am living in Cape Town but spending part of the week working in Johannesburg, I touched upon a few of the obvious ones.
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    Many versions of Islam’s religious authority

    Jan 21, 2015 Go comment!
    Two Sundays ago more than 1,5 million people and 44 heads of state marched in the streets of Paris to express their support and commitment in the fight against terrorism. And last Sunday Israeli security forces arrested seven Arab citizens accused of plotting terror attacks in Israel and of planning to join the Salafist jihadi group Islamic State in Syria.
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    What is rightwing and what is leftwing?

    Jan 14, 2015 14 Comments
    It is with some trepidation but a great deal of excitement that I begin as the new editor of the Jewish Report. Taking the wheel from Geoff Sifrin who so ably steered this vessel since its inception 16 years ago, is an honour and a responsibility.
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    We are Charlie Hedbo - Jewish Report Online

    Jan 08, 2015 11 Comments
    The citizens of the free world have stood up and said: “I Am Charlie” – the global media, some with a modicum of embarrassment have stood as one and said “We are Charlie”. The editorial board of the Washington Post suggested that some publishers had disgraced themselves in recent years to avoid being targeted. The Daily Beast said “cowardly media must grow a civic backbone”; the M&G quotes Zapiro as saying the Charlie Hebdo attack is the “Worst we've seen in recent times” and Time says “#JeSuisCharlie became a declaration of solidarity.”
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    Failure of power - a new blog by Howard Feldman

    Dec 20, 2014 Go comment!
    Howard Feldman, SA Jewish Report’s non-executive chairman, has proven himself an accomplished scribe and media personality over the past six months: – publishing a series of incredibly well-read blogs, publishing a book and spending many hours hosting shows on ChaiFM. Read his latest blog: “Failure of Power” – another dozen he has posted on Jewish Report Online and his “It takes a Village to Raise a Child” which became the most-read blog ever on SAJR Online. Check out this teaser - and read it all!
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    Looking back and looking forward

    Dec 08, 2014 Go comment!
    In my final editorial, at the end of 2014, some reflection on the last 16 years, since the founding of the paper, is called for.
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    Can there be something new under the sun?

    Dec 03, 2014 Go comment!
    The close of another year. As we end 2014, what is different in the headlines from what was going on at the end of previous years? Like the year 1998 when the Jewish Report was established. In the 16 years since the paper started we have produced some 750 issues, and if one scrolls through them, many of the headlines ring the same as those of today.
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    Palestinians and groceries at Woolworths

    Nov 26, 2014 1 Comment
    Would a Palestinian visiting or living in South Africa buy groceries from Woolworths? With all the fuss made recently by BDS about the need for a total boycott of Israeli products in South Africa, and the targeting of Woolworths as a company which sells such products, one would assume Palestinians themselves would favour such a boycott - that BDS is a reflection of their views.
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    The triumph of Dean Furman

    Nov 19, 2014 2 Comments
    “Mir klib’n nachas!” would be an appropriate Yiddish expression of South African Jews’ pride at seeing 26-year-old Dean Furman captain the South African national soccer team Bafana Bafana last weekend in its game against Sudan in Durban, which they won 2-1. “Kol hakavod!” would do it in Hebrew.
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