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    • CovOp2

    Hatzolah heroes on the frontline

    Jul 09, 2020 Go comment!
    It was Hatzolah medical manager and advanced life support (ALS) responder Yudi Singer’s birthday this week. Instead of blowing out birthday candles and spending the day with his wife Jade and their new-born son, Gilad, he was risking his life attending to countless COVID-19-related and other medical emergencies.
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    • Soldiers

    ISIS could inspire ‘lone wolf’ attack in SA

    Jul 09, 2020 Go comment!
    The terror organisation ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has warned South Africa not to go to Mozambique’s aid in response to the vicious attacks its armed fighters have been carrying out against civilians in the north-eastern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado since 2017.
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    • MogoengMogoeng1

    Christians criticise ‘onslaught’ against chief justice

    Jul 09, 2020 Go comment!
    Religious Christian communities across South Africa have declared their unwavering support for Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s right to express his religious convictions.
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  • Hatzolah heroes on the frontline

    It was Hatzolah medical manager and advanced life support (ALS) responder Yudi Singer’s birthday this week. Instead of blowing out birthday candles and spending the day with his wife Jade and their new-born son, Gilad, he was risking his life attending to countless COVID-19-related and other medical emergencies.

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  • Chief justice under fire for speaking out about Israel

    The head of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) believes that South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng may need to recuse himself from the South African Jewish Board of Deputies’ (SAJBD’s) hate-speech case that is before the Constitutional Court.

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  • Community unites in eye of the storm

    In an extraordinary display of unity and co-operation, leaders of all Jewish communal and civic structures came together this week to find ways to prevent further deaths in our community as the pandemic substantially worsens.

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  • Lifting of restrictions makes vigilance personal

    As the government slowly lifts lockdown, health experts have warned that we need to be extra-vigilant in preventing the virus spreading in the community and beyond.

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  • Chev calls for first emergency relief fund in 132 years

    For the first time in its 132-year history, the Chevrah Kadisha is calling for emergency financial support as it battles on all fronts in the “perfect storm” of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Defiant private minyanim happening despite high risks

    Private minyanim are taking place in the homes of South African Jews in spite of Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein’s decision not to open shuls yet and warnings by medical experts about the dangers of Jews gathering to pray during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    • CovOp2

    Hatzolah heroes on the frontline

    Jul 09, 2020 Go comment!
    It was Hatzolah medical manager and advanced life support (ALS) responder Yudi Singer’s birthday this week. Instead of blowing out birthday candles and spending the day with his wife Jade and their new-born son, Gilad, he was risking his life attending to countless COVID-19-related and other medical emergencies.
    Full story
    • Soldiers

    ISIS could inspire ‘lone wolf’ attack in SA

    Jul 09, 2020 Go comment!
    The terror organisation ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has warned South Africa not to go to Mozambique’s aid in response to the vicious attacks its armed fighters have been carrying out against civilians in the north-eastern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado since 2017.
    Full story
    • MogoengMogoeng1

    Christians criticise ‘onslaught’ against chief justice

    Jul 09, 2020 Go comment!
    Religious Christian communities across South Africa have declared their unwavering support for Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s right to express his religious convictions.
    Full story
    • Sasha-LeeOlivier

    The long shadow of gender-based violence

    Jul 09, 2020 Go comment!
    “We like to believe there’s no gender-based violence in our community – that Jewish husbands, wives, parents, and professionals don’t abuse. However, abuse is alive and well in the Jewish community in South Africa and around the world. We aren’t immune.”
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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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    • Paula

    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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    • Paula

    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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    • Paula

    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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    • Ilan Herrmann

    Providence and living consciously

    Jul 09, 2020 Go comment!
    There is a constant interplay between divine providence and freewill in our lives. This is active not passive. It’s not co-incidence or happenstance. It means that there is meaning and purpose to the situations we are placed in, and we can (and should) ask, “Why am I here, and what must I do?” This is a logical response.
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    • RabbiAriKievman

    Two coronas, poles apart

    Jul 02, 2020 Go comment!
    COVID-19 has hit our community hard. Too many have felt its impact, and are suffering. The effects of this pandemic aren’t only physiological, but also emotional, financial, and psychological.
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    • RabbiLandau (2)

    Visiting the sick good for our spiritual health

    Jun 25, 2020 Go comment!
    There is a fundamental mitzvah that is alluded to in this week’s parsha. When Moshe addresses the Jewish people in the stand-off against the rebel faction led by Korach, he says the following, “If these die like the death of all men, and the visiting of all men is visited upon them, then it is not Hashem Who has sent me.” (Numbers 16:29)
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    • RabbiAriShishler

    Humility is our strongest suit

    Jun 18, 2020 Go comment!
    Two centuries ago, Polish noblemen would do anything to avoid giving business to a Jew. Ivan the poretz was willing to make an exception. He needed to have an exquisite suit made for an important personal celebration, and Moshe was the best tailor in the region. As much as it nauseated him, the squire knew he just had to use Moshe.
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