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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    Pesach brings post-fire learnings to Morasha community

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    The story goes that in a small town, some shrubbery in the garden caught alight from a discarded cigarette. The rabbi quickly called the fire department, but the fire chief asked incredulously, “Rabbi, let me get this right, there is a burning bush on the shul property, and you want me to put it out?”
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    Brimstone bows to BDS, but it’s milk and honey as Clover deal continues

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    An Israeli-led deal is going ahead to buy Clover Industries in spite of the ugly setback caused by intense pressure from the Boycott Divestment Sanctions South Africa (BDS-SA) movement.
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    • Lindiwe

    Sisulu claims Israel is funding Wits University

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    Lindiwe Sisulu, the minister of international relations and cooperation, stated last Friday night that she had recently discovered that the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) was heavily funded by Israel’s government. This, she said, was a fact that must be taken into account when implementing the proposed downgrade of the South African embassy in Israel.
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    • Flags SA Israel

    Minister Sisulu defends downgrade in face of backlash

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    While pro-Palestinian groups have welcomed Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu’s announcement that South Africa has begun downgrading its embassy in Israel, there has also been an outpouring of outrage from around the country and the globe.
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    • cabanac

    Purple Cow founder defends right to engage with alt-right

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    One of the founders of the newly formed Capitalist Party of South Africa (ZACP) has been criticised for engaging and sharing a platform with alternative-right wing extremists in an online live stream.
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    • Around the world

    World News in Brief

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) Pulitzer for Pittsburgh newspaper The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news reporting for its coverage of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre last October.
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    • Paula

    Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected as voters swing to the right

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    As expected, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has named incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the best person to put together the next Israeli government.
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    • Peta low

    South African Jews are not the Israeli government!

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    Pesach is about Freedom. Pesach is about learning not to cower when someone demeans you. Pesach is about getting out of a bad situation, as tough as that may be. Pesach is about standing up for your rights. Pesach is upon us and, as you can see from the myriad articles we have in this newspaper, there are so many things we can learn at this time of year.
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    • Reuben

    Christian community takes on Ramaphosa over downgrade

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    “ANC members who are Christian are intimidated by the political leadership and the Muslim community,” Johannesburg-based Reverend Reuben Chapasuka told the SA Jewish Report this week.
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    • DesaiIlan

    Pro-Palestinian lobby censure BDS-SA director

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    Boycott Divestment Sanctions South Africa (BDS-SA) has been rapped over the knuckles by members of the broad-based Palestine Solidarity Movement for bringing the anti-Israel movement into disrepute.
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    • GreatDebateCT

    Parties slug it out at rowdy Cape Town debate

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    A rowdy 350-strong audience which prevented speakers from being heard properly much of the time was an ironic twist to an event aimed at bolstering democracy.
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    • MadeleineHicklin

    Passionate politician sets her sights on parliament

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    As the niece of African National Congress (ANC) struggle stalwart Denis Goldberg, Madeleine Hicklin saw the very real impact of political activism on a family, and yet she has still chosen it as her purpose in the world.
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    On the couch with Mmusi Maimane

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane and I sat on the couch of the bridal room of Sandton Shul to have a one-on-one exclusive interview for the SA Jewish Report. Being on the couch is like being in therapy, and I wasn’t sure if I would be the therapist or the patient. I was coming in as a sceptic. More than anything, I wanted to ask Maimane, the leader of the opposition in parliament, “Why?”
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    • GreatDebateJHB

    ANC flayed in fiery election debate

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    The African National Congress (ANC) received a political pummelling during an election debate held by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) at the Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre in Johannesburg this week.
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    Jews out in space

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    “We’re Jews out in space, zooming along protecting the Hebrew race.” This was sung by a bunch of tallit-wearing Jews depicted at the end of Mel Brookes’ 1981 comic classic, History of the World Part 1. Flying a magen david (star of david) shaped spacecraft, the Jews dance a hora each time they destroy an enemy spacecraft while singing, “When goyim attack us, we give them a smack and slap them right back in the face.”
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Pesach – a time to take flight

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    As Pesach approaches, I am drawn to the verse that describes how G-d took us out of Egypt “on the wings of eagles” (Exodus 19:4). Each year, we are told to relive the experience of leaving Egypt, and I imagine being lifted from slavery and oppression “on the wings of eagles”. What better way could there be to express our transition from the earthly bonds that constrain us to the spiritual transcendence that G-d gave us than through the exhilarating, soaring rush of the eagle’s flight.
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    • RabbiJohnathanSacks

    Teach your children well for a better life

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    What creates freedom? A revolution in the streets? Mass protests? Civil war? A change of government? The ousting of the old guard and its replacement by the new? History, more often than not, shows us that the hopes raised by such events are often dashed sooner rather than later.
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    • Rabbi Goldman

    Finding freedom

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    “Free at last, free at last, thank G-d Almighty, we are free at last!” Who said these words? No, it wasn’t Moses. It was American civil-rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King. But it could have been Moses, or for that matter any one of the millions of Jews who were liberated from Egyptian bondage.
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    • AdinaRothNew

    A time to redeem the splits in our community

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    We are about to gather with friends, family, and community to celebrate the Jewish festival of freedom. We will sit around our seder tables, grandparents and children, believers and sceptics, and together, we will tell the story of Passover.
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    • RabbiChaikinUSE

    Getting the leaders we deserve

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    I was driving on a quiet country road in the Free State recently on my way to supervise the shechita (slaughter) at one of our abattoirs. My journey was delayed by a flock of sheep crossing my path.
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