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    Working with distinction: why As still matter

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Every year, the number of students walking away with five or six As (if not a full house of distinctions) seems to grow. In the past, however, matriculants who emerged with two or three were considered talented.
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    How to master anxiety about maths

    Jan 16, 2020 1 Comment
    X + 2y = 3z. This is the stuff of which nightmares are made. Even 20 years after leaving school, we can still wake up in a sweat from a maths-related dream. Maths anxiety (MA) is a debilitating but learned behaviour. As South African youth commence the new academic year, it’s pertinent for teachers and parents to be at the forefront of addressing this problem that begins at school.
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    • MatricTwins

    Double trouble and twice the fun

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Matric can be a lonely journey, but not if you are a twin. For most in Grade 12, the time outside of school is often spent alone with reams of notes and heaps of past exam papers for company.
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    • Raichlin and Shayna Sunday performing in Fame

    From introversion to the spotlight

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Alon Raichlin went from introversion to finding his place in the spotlight in matric in four incredible years.
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    • Joshua Allan

    Hip hopping over obstacles

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Joshua Allan cares little for conventional sports. This 18-year-old dynamo has found his flair in hip-hop dancing, an unorthodox choice which he says is much more than a pastime.
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    • Kimmelman playing Mengele alongside India Milne

    Fun and A-grades

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Matthew Kimmelman doesn’t follow anyone’s script in life because he writes his own.
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    • Noah Apteker

    Bridging the gap

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    To most of us, the game of bridge is an archaic pastime played by the elderly. To 18-year-old Noah Apteker, however, it’s not only an addictive thrill, but the key to success in matric.
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    • SaulJoseph

    The fighting spirit of Yeshiva College’s head boy

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    It’s not often that the head boy of Yeshiva College gets his black belt in karate just before writing matric, but Saul Joseph is no ordinary head boy. With a cool head and passionate energy, he accomplished this level of excellence in his chosen sport before achieving seven distinctions in his final exams.
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    Pupils’ excellence begins with teachers

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    What does it take to help a talented child to get a distinction in matric? And what support is needed to get a struggling pupil to cross that finish line?
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Who Am I?

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Do you remember your first epiphany in life? Moses had his at the burning bush.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    A day on the river

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The closest I ever got to acquiring sea legs was on a kosher cruise we took as a family some years ago. This is why it was no surprise to me that we weren’t the most proficient when we hired a single engine boat for a day on the Keurbooms River near Plettenberg Bay during the holidays.
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    • Geoff

    Welcome to the whirligig

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The ten seconds that the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force had to decide whether or not to shoot down the Ukrainian passenger plane over his military base last week typifies today’s superheated digital world.
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    • Hylton Herring

    Rabbi who inspired SA Jews in word and deed

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Rabbi Yekutiel Tzvi Shalpid passed away on 11 December 2019 in Johannesburg after devoting 45 years of his life to the South African Jewish community.
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    Levitan twins keep climbing the chess ladder

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Chess-playing twins, Caleb and Judah Levitan (9), have both had busy starts to the year. A couple of days ago, the two boys represented Johannesburg Metro in the South African Junior Chess Championships on the East Rand, where Johannesburg Metro claimed the team prize in the under-10 category, with Caleb (on board one) and Judah (on board two) also winning individual prizes for best performance on their respective boards.
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    The SAJBD: always open for business

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The work of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) naturally slows down over the December break, but it never stops altogether. There are always issues that arise that have to be dealt with there and then. These can range from renewed upsurges of violence in the Middle East, incidents of anti-Semitism, and even natural disasters (the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami involved extensive activity on behalf of South Africans caught up in the tragedy).
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    Mordechai Perlov’s story: from despair to the big screen

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Since escaping from the hell of the Soviet regime, Lithuanian-born Mordechai Perlov has committed his life to sharing his story with others and exposing the evils of the Russian state. His narrative has been shared with numerous audiences, both in person and in publication.
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    • JTAYiddishWriter

    Poetry literally saved the life of a famed Yiddish writer

    Jan 08, 2020 Go comment!
    (JTA) When Yiddish poet Avraham Sutzkever said that poetry saved his life, he meant it more literally than many of his listeners realised.
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    • JTASuicide

    Israeli lone-soldier suicides ‘a worrying trend’

    Jan 07, 2020 Go comment!
    (JTA) After Alex Sasaki died of a drug overdose in late March, Tzvika Graiver of the KeepOlim activist group posted on Facebook that the American-born soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had died “from a lack of mental support in the army”.
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    • JTATrump

    Jews agree on almost everything - except Trump

    Jan 06, 2020 Go comment!
    (JTA) Three recent surveys of American, Israeli, and French Jews commissioned by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) revealed that there is more that unites the diaspora and Israeli Jewish communities than divides them.
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    • JTASoccerBarmies

    When soccer and Barmitzvah dreams collide

    Jan 03, 2020 Go comment!
    (JTA) You might think being a Jewish soccer mom is no different to being, say, a Christian soccer mom or a Buddhist soccer mom. In some ways you’d be right. ​
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