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    DIRCO – cream on top of the Clover deal

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    “There is no economic ban on Israel whatsoever,” International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister Lindiwe Sisulu told a packed media briefing on Tuesday.
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    Middle East peace prospects waning, says UN envoy

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    The South African government believes that “peace in Palestine remains elusive”. This is according to a statement put out late on Wednesday night by UN Ambassador Jerry Matjila, the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations.
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    Leaders object to axing of country communities rabbi

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    In November last year, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) announced that it was bringing Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft’s tenure as country communities’ rabbi to an end and shutting down its country communities department at the end of 2019.
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    • HaafizahBhamjee

    Why Israel and apartheid can never be the same thing

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    We have all heard the term before, and either flinched, cringed, or nodded our heads. The words “apartheid Israel” have become a term so often used in the discourse around Israeli-Palestinian conflict that we have somewhat lost our ability to think critically about its use.
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    Mboweni rings the changes with ‘aloesterity’

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni presented a bitter-sweet budget to Parliament on Wednesday that will have an impact on every one of us, not least in increased fuel levies.
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    No place for bullying

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    I can’t bear bullies! I know I am not alone in having a serious aversion to anyone or any group who tries to make themselves feel better by making others feel bad about themselves. I can’t stand people who push others around just because they are not able – for whatever reason – to stand up to them.
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    • Paula

    How to show that terror doesn’t pay

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    How to fight terrorism while at the same time not encourage it is a challenge Israel continues to grapple with. Last Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that he was enacting the so-called “terrorist salaries law” for the first time. It allows Jerusalem to deduct from the monthly taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) those monies it claims go towards terrorism.
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    • JudithAncer

    When the lights go out, and you can’t look on the bright side

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    The first night our power went, we made the best of the experience. My family gathered around the braai, my husband prodded the meat, I sipped a glass of wine, and we reminisced by firelight. We went to bed early, and I woke up refreshed the next morning.
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    Sydenham rings the changes with removal of shul choir

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    When Johannesburg Jewry got wind that the Sydenham Shul choir was not going to be singing for the foreseeable future, most were astonished. The choir had been a huge pull factor for this shul, as choirs have been for many other large congregations over the years.
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    Ramaphosa mentions Middle East in SONA

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    The Middle East conflict made a backseat appearance at this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) debate, while more pressing topics of a local nature took centre stage during hours of robust discourse.
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    • AubreyKatzef

    The Israeli elections and the politics of the individual

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    In just eight weeks, Israeli voters head for the polls. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will be seeking re-election for the fifth time. However this election will be like no other election in the history of the state. The Labour Party, once the major political party and still a dominant player right up to the last election, is predicted to be on the brink of a meltdown. In the last election, it won 24 seats in the Knesset, but now polls predict only five to eight seats.
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    • LanaMarks

    From Palm Springs to Pretoria – on your Marks

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    The White House has re-nominated controversial businesswoman and socialite, Lana Marks, as the next ambassador to South Africa.
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    Another fight over Holocaust memory threatens ties between Israel and Poland

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) It was meant to be a diplomatic triumph for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: a much-touted diplomatic summit in Jerusalem on Monday with four central European states.
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    How to be upstanding – and save tax

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    Judaism places a moral and ethical obligation on its people to give tzedakah (charity) regularly. The root of the Hebrew word is tzadek meaning a righteous person. Tzedakah is much more than a spontaneous act of goodwill or generosity, and the sages tell us that this mandatory act is to be performed even by those of limited financial means. It is also spiritually uplifting, and is considered to be one of the three main activities which we believe can have a positive influence on a potentially unfavourable heavenly decree.
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    Meyer declares his confidence in Ramaphosa

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    President Cyril Ramaphosa offers great hope for South Africa both in his commitment to the constitution as well as his modern outlook. So says Roelf Meyer, a politician who worked with Ramaphosa during the negotiations to end apartheid.
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    Can trauma be passed down through the generations?

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    When paediatrician Tammy Bottner gave birth to her son, she was relaxed about what lay ahead. After all, she looked after babies every day. But what she didn’t expect was to have vivid flashbacks of terror and a feeling that the Nazis were hunting her, even though those events were half a century ago. She spent the first days with her newborn wondering where she would hide her baby if they came for her.
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    Murmurations of magic at Cape art fair

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    Johannesburg-based Jake Michael Singer was among some of the world’s most exciting artists who exhibited in the special SOLO section of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019.
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    Coffee: a most Jewish drink

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    Whether procured from Starbucks, Jozi Blue, or Seattle, coffee is a non-negotiable start to the morning for many of us.
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    Rabbinical association elects new executive

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    The South African Rabbinical Association, the official body representing South African rabbis across the country, held a significant general meeting towards the end of 2018 to discuss weighty matters affecting the community.
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    Growing ties in Africa

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    South African Jewish Board of Deputies National Director Wendy Kahn last week accompanied a delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations (COP) on a visit to Kenya and Uganda. Among others, the delegation met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. Wendy also gave a presentation on the South African situation to the COP.
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