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    High death rate reflects an ageing community

    Aug 13, 2020 Go comment!
    The South African Jewish community has had an unprecedented number of COVID-19-related deaths, with a fatality rate higher than that of the United States and the United Kingdom. However, while it appears to be 11 times higher than the reported COVID-19 fatality rate in South Africa, it’s due to the aged nature of our community.
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    Shuls to reopen, but with strict conditions

    Aug 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Shuls, shuttered since 18 March, are to reopen this month in some provinces, but they will have to comply with strict safety protocols, says Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein.
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    CAP marshalls say fighting crime is a calling

    Aug 13, 2020 Go comment!
    When a young woman in the community was sexually assaulted and robbed at gun point in her home two years ago, it was an elite team of volunteer security officers who helped to track down her attackers.
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    Coming to terms with a finale like no other

    Aug 13, 2020 Go comment!
    “This was the year we were going to bring it home,” says talented first-team rugby captain, Joshua Pimstein, of King David High School Linksfield (KDHSL), lamenting the shattered dream of winning the Pirates School Rugby Challenge and the impact of COVID-19 on the matric class of 2020.
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    • Paula

    Finally … Israel forms a government

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    After the longest political deadlock in Israeli history – more than 500 days – the country finally has a new government. With 36 ministers and 16 deputy ministers, it’s the most bloated government to date.
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    Will Israel head to the International Criminal Court?

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    As if the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the crisis in Israeli politics isn’t enough to keep senior policymakers and military officers awake at night, there’s another important debate.
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    • Paula

    An Israeli marriage not made in heaven

    Apr 23, 2020 1 Comment
    In one of the most spectacular U-turns in Israeli political history, the former army chief and leader of the Blue and White party, Benny Gantz, on Monday night signed a coalition agreement with incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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    Playing a politics game that Netanyahu always wins

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    There’s a joke that in Israel, you play politics for 90 minutes and then, in the end, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu always wins. That’s certainly true three elections and 16 months without a government, later.
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    • Paula

    Israel to go on full lockdown

    Mar 26, 2020 Go comment!
    I write this hours before Israel goes into a full lockdown (on midnight, Wednesday 25 March). Still, it hasn’t been easy living under a partial one until now. Restaurants are closed, but you can walk or drive to one for takeaways. Soon that will stop, and only home deliveries will be possible. There’ll be no public transport, although the trains already ceased working days ago.
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    Under lockdown, Israel focuses on creating a government

    Mar 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Israeli coalition talks have begun in earnest. On Monday, Benny Gantz, the leader of the centrist Blue and White Party, was tasked by President Reuven Rivlin to try and form a government after he received the backing of 61 members of Knesset (Parliament).
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    The blessing of today

    Aug 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Exegetical license is a powerful tool in the hands of rabbis. (In simpler English, it’s the right to stray from the literal meaning of scripture in a drosha or essay). It even allows us to alter the punctuation of verses to drive a particular point.
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    • Rabbi Goldman

    Me versus we

    Aug 06, 2020 Go comment!
    Who is more important, the Jew or the Jewish people?
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    Honour your parents even if you aren’t grateful to them

    Jul 30, 2020 Go comment!
    The ten commandments are perhaps the most famous part of the Torah. They appear first in the book of Shemos/Exodus, and they are repeated in this week’s Torah portion as Moses continues to recount the history of the Jewish nation since the Exodus.
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    Why we refuse to forget

    Jul 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Devarim is the parsha associated with Tisha B’Av, the Jewish national day of mourning. This Shabbos, we read the famous Haftarah of Chazon, the vision of Isaiah. And, next Thursday, we will recall the destruction of our holy temple nearly 2 000 years ago.
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