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And thereby hangs a sorry (matzah) tale

I read with interest in your issue of March 20 how prices of Pesach goods at Norwood Hypermarket went through the roof,



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Chana Morris

This is my story:

In 2004 we visited PE just about the end of Pesach and happened to notice Pick n Pay selling matzah much cheaper than in Durban where we live. When we came back to Durban I visited our Pick n Pay and enquired why our matzah was more expensive than in PE. I was told it was the transport from Johannesburg!

In 2005 I called Norwood Hypermarket. Their price was R15,99; Cape Town R14,99; PE R17,99 and Durban R18,99. This was when I duly sent an e-mail to Raymond Ackerman enquiring why there were such differences in prices. I got a call from the buyer in Westville (KwaZulu-Natal).

After giving him the rundown he said he would get back to me within the hour and true to his word, he did. He said they had not done their homework and the price would be reduced to R15,99. Unfortunately that buyer is no longer in Westville.

2007 – Saw Durban’s price at R11,99.

2009 – We were now introduced to Rakusens which was selling at R17,99 and Mosmarks at R19,99. Both PE and Cape Town were selling it at R19,99 while Norwood was selling it at R16,99.

2010 – Norwood R16,99; Musgrave (Durban) R17,99; while Bedford (Gauteng) had Mosmarks at R21,99.

2011 – saw Oudtshoorn at R18,99 and Westville (KZN) at R29,99.

2012 – Musgrave (Durban) was R17,99.

2013 – Cape Town R27,99; PE R27,99; Musgrave R22,99, then reduced to R17,99.

2015- PE R46,99 (I think they might have given me the incorrect product.) Cape Town (Sea Point) R22,90; and Gardens in Cape Town, R25,99.

Musgrave in Durban, on March 19, charged R22,80, then on March 28 as a “week-end special”, it was R22,00.

This is just the matzah prices, not to mention matzah meal. Both these products are Pesach. If you are happy to pay the fancy prices for all the fancy cakes, chocolates, etc, then so be it. But matzah and matzah meal is another story altogether. 

If we are being ripped off with just this one item, what about all the others?



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  1. Veronica Campbell

    Apr 9, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    ‘I cannot find Mosmarks Matzos in Picknpays Birchleigh, Birchleigh North (gauteng) or Picknpay Strand  (Western Cape) . They have Rasmussen matzos but they are not the same as Mosmarks. Is there perhaps a reason for this ? ‘

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“Clearly you’re a Zionist, going around demanding shit”



I’m so sad that I came across this terrible article (“Professor of propaganda” by Howard Sackstein, SA Jewish Report, 3 June 2021).

First, I’m a Wits-trained doctor, and I admire doctors like Professor Shabir Moosa who are able to step outside their comfort zones and challenge the minds and beliefs of their younger doctors. South Africa needs more doctors that stand up for what’s right. Israel is an apartheid state. Please stop denying it! You’re basically killing Arabs and jailing innocent kids. You have no humanity as a Zionist.

Second, he posted his article on this group, and that made interns feel uncomfortable! Oh please, grow up! It’s a bunch of white men trying to bully us into acting in a way suitable for them. Imagine, a bunch of privileged white men felt uncomfortable for the first time in their life!

Third, screw the author! That he thinks he has any authority to report and demand “action”. Who do you think you are? Clearly, you’re a Zionist. Going around demanding shit. When you deserve nothing.

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Why seek citizenship of murderous Lithuania?



“Most of our ancestors were forced to flee Lithuania in terrible circumstances, and restoring our citizenship will go a long way to address the wrongs of the past.” I find these words by the national vice-president of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies to be shameful and incomprehensible. To claim, as Zev Krengel does, that ex-Lithuanian Jews have an ancestral right to citizenship is an insult to the G-d of Israel. The only country to which any Jew has an ancestral right is the land of Israel.

When the Nazis marched into Lithuania in 1941, the government and people (with a handful of exceptions) didn’t lift a finger as Jews in more than 200 shtetls were humiliated, tortured, and ultimately murdered by Lithuanian collaborators. Which Jew with pure emotions would now wish to seek citizenship of that country, or any European country which willingly aided and abetted Nazi murderers?

The yizkor (remembrance) prayer that Jews recite in synagogues four times a year includes one for martyrs: “May G-d remember the souls of the holy and pure ones who were murdered, gassed, burned, strangled for the sanctification of the name through the hands of the German oppressors and their collaborators. (Yemach s’hmom v’zichron – may their name and memory be obliterated.) No, Mr Krengel, no amount of time will “restore the wrongs of the past”.

The most tragic event in Jewish history – the Holocaust – has taught the Jewish people that it’s forbidden for us to derive any benefit from countries that persecuted our people. (Hilchot Sanhedrin 15:9). How can any Jew with pure emotions associate with these places, much less seek citizenship?

With all due respect to Krengel and all those who seek citizenship of these murderous countries, may I humbly suggest that you rather seek citizenship in your one and only true ancestral homeland – the land of Israel. Seeking citizenship anywhere but Israel, after 2 000 years of bitter exile, is scorning G-d’s most precious gift to His people.

Further, I believe that to fulfil the commandment of “may their name and memory be obliterated”, no Jew should ever set foot in or associate with these countries in any way. It’s with dismay that one sees influential Orthodox groups spending money on resurrecting Judaism in these murderous countries instead of obliterating their names.

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None of us are angels, but condemnation of Israel is truly sick



I’m appalled by prominent members of our government, even one of our own – Ronnie Kasrils – who has the gall to speak out against Israel, Zionism, and the Jews for what happened recently in Gaza, even to the extent of mentioning a Jewish policeman or soldier with his knee on a dead Palestinian child. This isn’t the way Jews behave. We are very conscious of our Judaism and families, and kindness is in our genetic make-up.

The photo I’m referring to was taken years ago, in a completely foreign country, and it incites hate where it doesn’t belong.

Sick people have caused anxiety and fear during the pandemic by publishing pictures of COVID-19-related crimes and other lies on Facebook and WhatsApp, and by publishing old photos and leading us to believe that they are fresh situations.

None of us are angels who never sin. But can anyone truly believe that no action should be taken against 4 000 rockets fired at a country indiscriminately? Does any other army in the world advise the perpetrators that they should evacuate because they don’t want to hurt or kill innocent people when they retaliate?

Well, Israel does.

In conclusion, Israel isn’t fighting Gazans, it’s fighting Hamas. The people who run Gaza are Hamas, not the Palestinians. They made the fatal mistake of allowing Hamas to run their country. It uses them as shields and doesn’t give a damn about their safety or well-being.

So, wake up South Africa, and all who condemn Israel for defending its citizens – you would do the same!

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