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    • DeathRate1

    COVID-19 deaths in decline, but community still on alert

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    The Jewish community in Johannesburg has experienced a dramatic drop in COVID-19 deaths since the surge in July. “So far in September, we have only had two COVID-19 deaths in Johannesburg, and we are seeing no excess deaths compared to the past five years,” says Chevrah Kadisha (The Chev) Chief Executive Saul Tomson.
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    • VoxPop1

    Solo or in shul, plans afoot to keep spirits up on Yom Kippur

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    “Yom Kippur is certainly going to be markedly different this year. I haven’t booked to go to shul, so I’ll be spending the time quietly at home. I don’t know how I’m going to make it uplifting. Usually I find the Kol Nidreh with the choir very uplifting, but now? Who knows?”
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    • RikkiandRyanKotzen2

    Grief for passing of ‘earth angel’ who worked to save lives

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    She lived with pain for years, but this didn’t stop much-loved infant swimming instructor Rikki Kotzen, 31, from dedicating her adult life to saving lives and being everyone’s “earth angel”.
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    • RBG2

    The artist, the ConCourt judge, and RBG

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    The last time retired Constitutional Court Judge Albie Sachs saw his dear friend, United States (US) Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg was when he delivered a unique lace collar created by acclaimed South African artist Kim Lieberman at the end of 2018.
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    • GustiBraverman1

    COVID-19 could decimate communities, warns WZO official

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    As Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman ends her decade-long term as head of department of diaspora affairs at the World Zionist Organization (WZO) in October, she is more determined than ever that Jews across the religious and political spectrum are respected and represented in their communities and in Israel, and that they have a strong connection to the Jewish state.
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    • AvinuMalkeinuBoy_BibiandChoniG

    Avinu Malkeinu singing sensation has SA roots

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    A six-year-old boy singing an English and Hebrew version of Avinu Malkeinu with passion and gusto has gone viral around the world. This story, however, begins in Durban and Cape Town, where his mother, Nina Shapiro, grew up and raised her adopted sons before emigrating to Perth, Australia.
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    • Peta low

    Appreciating every day as a gift

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    As we head toward Yom Kippur – effectively our annual judgement day – how many of us contemplate what this means for us?
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    • WendyHendler

    Malka Leifer’s evasion of justice – an indictment of us all

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    The ugly Malka Leifer saga began 12 years ago, when three sisters, Dassi Erlich, Ellie Sapper, and Nicole Meyer, came forward in 2008 and reported to the Adass Israel school in Melbourne that they had been sexually assaulted by the principal, Malka Leifer, over a period of seven years, from 2003 to 2008 while they were teenagers.
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    • CC3

    Preamble to the Constitution “the mezuzah of the country”

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    Successful businessman and philanthropist Robbie Brozin had never read the awe-inspiring preamble to the Constitution when he was invited to become a trustee of Constitution Hill five years ago.
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    • Page7TrumpBiden

    US presidential debate in Samson Pavilion

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    The presence of South African steel tycoon Eric Samson and his wife Sheila will be strongly felt during the first United States presidential debate between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and United States President Donald Trump next week.
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    We are one – a photographic portrait

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    When the world was sent into lockdown because of COVID-19, our religious gatherings were brought to an abrupt halt. Synagogues, mosques, churches, and temples, the broadcasters of fervent prayer and meditation, had their inner sanctuaries silenced. An eerie silence.
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    • RonenAyres

    Less boss is more in the new world order

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    I’m a recovering control freak. Growing up as a Gen X-er, my parents and my parents’ parents made sure we cut our teeth on three very simple truths: 1. hard work; 2. more hard work; and 3. leadership. The latter only happened if you worked hard though. Very hard. Like until-you-retired-due-to-exhaustion. That kind of hard.
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    • MarkOppenheimerBook

    Did the government do the right thing?

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    South Africans have endured a tough time under the lockdown imposed by the government in March, from extended alcohol bans to crippling job losses. While the country is still reeling, many of us question whether the government did the right thing. Were the draconian measures justified? What has it achieved?
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    Mandy Wiener exposes the truth around whistleblowers

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    Renowned investigative journalist and talk-show host Mandy Wiener has written a book about the experience of whistleblowers in South Africa in the hope that it might change the law. We ask her some questions.
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    • Anton Harber

    Anton Harber on the record about pitfalls of SA journalism

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    Anton Harber, one of the most respected media minds in South Africa, has released his latest book, So, For The Record, a book said to be the most important examination of the fourth estate since apartheid. We got further details.
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    • GoGetters amended

    Getting tough on gett abusers

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    Getting a divorce is tough enough, but having your spouse refuse you a gett (Jewish divorce) can be torturous. This is where Go Getters – the South African Gett Network has stepped in to help.
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    • divorce new 2

    If you’re considering divorce, don’t do it now

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    As families are forced into lockdown together, the fault lines in relationships become clearer, which has increased divorce in some countries by as much as 30%. In South Africa, a number of local lawyers report the same phenomenon.
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    Love dew, need rain

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    “May my words fall like rain, may my speech flow like dew.”
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    • RabbiJohnathanSacks

    Yom Kippur – how it changes us

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    To those who fully open themselves to it, Yom Kippur is a life-transforming experience. It tells us that G-d, who created the universe in love and forgiveness, reaches out to us in love and forgiveness, asking us to love and forgive others. G-d never asked us not to make mistakes. All He asks is that we acknowledge our mistakes, learn from them, grow through them, and make amends where we can.
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    • Fattoush

    The blessing in the (salad) dressing

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    After Yom Kippur, I crave umami – that cheek sucking feeling that is said to bring about contentment and fullness. Well for me, at least. Although umami is often associated with Asian food, it’s more enigmatic than that. It’s something beyond taste. I achieve my sense of umami through the combination of lemon juice, olive oil, and a touch of garlic and fresh herbs.
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