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Condoning opposing views on Gaza war ‘is almost irrational’

I was surprised at the contents and the implications thereof in your editorial of August 22 – 29, entitling “Concerning the chasm among SA Jews”. In my opinion it is truth and reality that are important, not “views”. It behoves a person (including members of the”500″) to do appropriate research into the facts and truth of a situation, before reaching a conclusion and publishing their “views” in the media.

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Allan Huth

It appears that some of the “500” have little knowledge of the facts and followed some misguided logic. Others of them are ideologically opposed to Israel for whatever unfathomable reason and therefore demonise the State.

I can understand Arabs and Muslims swallowing the patently false Palestinian narrative about the (Gaza) war which is fed to them by an often  prejudiced media and an Arab leadership who wans to destroy Israel. But I cannot understand how any Jew can accept this narrative and then give credence to an anti-Israeli slant.

A Jewish newspaper that condones opposing views among the Jewish population on a matter like the war, is almost irrational. “Views” often (as in the case of the “500”) relegate the truth to the waste paper basket and allow anyone to publicise their own, often prejudiced, version of a situation.

My message to the “500” is: Hamas is a terrorist organisation. So says Israel, the US European Union and Egypt. Their charter advocates the destruction of Israel and the killing of Jews. Hamas uses human shields – there is ample evidence of this if you would only do the research.

They have been firing rockets at Israeli civilians for years. They started the war. They perpetuated the war. It’s about time you recognised reality and got the story straight.

 

Green Point Cape Town

 

There’s a huge difference between equating an appeal for an open mind and open debate on an issue to subscribing to a certain viewpoint – such as that of the “500”. Certain contentious issues, as unpalatable or unacceptable as they may be, won’t disappear by simply pretending they aren’t there. Our readership is intelligent and mature enough to make up their own minds. – Editor

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Golden Acres yom tov services a shining light

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I’m sure we speak for scores of Golden Acres residents who attended the recent yom tov services in expressing our deepest appreciation to Rabbi Jonathan Fox and the management of the Chev for the most inspiring services.

Although Fox wasn’t physically present, his designated officials were outstanding. Thanks to Rabbi Gideon Waks, Rabbi/Cantor Hilly Chrysler, and Spencer Schwartz (your shofar blowing was superb) for leading the services so professionally. Rabbi Fox, the venture served as a perfect substitute for a live drosha. Thanks also to our resident kohen, Tony Damelin, for administering the priestly blessings.

A special thanks to Golden Acres residents Selwyn and Helen Meyers for their usual tireless efforts in making this operation a fulfilling success. Also to Denise Rubin and her dedicated staff for arranging seating under trying circumstances, and for all the paperwork involved.

Once again, sincere thanks to all concerned and to our fellow residents. Thanks also to the Chev for the beautiful flowers and delicious chocolates sent to every resident.

– Norman, Brenda, Choni, and Miriam

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Tribute to a man who embodies Judaism at its best

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As the Torah observant manager of a busy food establishment and as a member of the Jewish community, I wish to give thanks and recognition to a pillar of righteousness.

Rabbi Yossi Baumgarten joined the United Orthodox Synagogues (UOS) kashrut department more than 40 years ago, and gave the prime of his life to serve the community.

No factory was too far. No mashgiach question was turned away, even if called at 01:00.

Baumgarten addressed kashrut matters with integrity and honesty, and with a zest and energy that motivated and inspired all those who had the privilege and honour to work with him.

I once had the privilege of going on a trip with Baumgarten. The man is utter Judaism. From the way he treats others, to the way he ties his shoes and walks. His greatness is in his kindness, humility, and truthfulness.

The UOS kashrut department has been internationally recognised for decades as a result of the sterling input of Baumgarten, and this is evident by the many calls and messages he would field throughout the day from people all over the world. Whether it be a call from the Orthodox Union or the OK or Star K certification agencies, or a mashgiach or local housewife, the Jewish local community and the kosher world at large owe Baumgarten a debt of gratitude.

On behalf of the Mashgiach Association, we wish Baumgarten much strength and success in all his future endeavours.

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Deafening silence about Afghanistan, hue and cry about Israel

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Tali Feinberg’s excellent piece in the SA Jewish Report (2 September) titled Africa4Palestine Compares Israel to Nazi Germany, offers sufficient expert academic opinion to totally discredit this narrative that is the backbone of the organisation’s campaign. That crusade together with the continuous use of the apartheid canard has one goal only: the total destruction and delegitimisation of Israel. Both apartheid and Nazi myths carry powerful emotive connotations.

While these falsehoods are somewhat over-played and over-used, Israel’s defensive operations are what elevates the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions organisation’s attack to a crescendo. Just months ago, the world erupted in a show of anger, with hordes filling the streets of capital cities, admonishing only Israel during a conflict with the Hamas terror group.

Contrast that to the recent get together in which Hamas and Islamic Jihad poured congratulations on the Taliban for the takeover of Afghanistan and broke bread together. These Sunni terror groups, including Al-Qaeda, share an ideology of gender violence and misogyny, and support each other in multiple ways. Of course, the Taliban’s unmentionable barbaric treatment of women has been well documented and condemned by most of the world.

Those throngs of protesters voicing thunderous support for Hamas, the blood brothers of the Taliban, now manifest a deafening silence. Where is “the squad” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib? Not forgetting Jewish college students on the left, who all had much to say in their condemnation of the only country in the region able to stand up to terrorism of this kind.

Are those protesters oblivious to the plight of Afghan girls and women?

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