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    • SONA1

    SONA ‘big on promises, short on delivery’

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    As the dust settles after last week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), the SA Jewish Report asked influential people what they made of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech, his leadership, and follow through.
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    • UN

    In face of UN ‘blacklist’, is South Africa softening on Middle East?

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    The battlefield over United States President Donald Trump’s peace plan has moved from the African Union to the United Nations (UN). There, while the global body has just fingered firms operating in the West Bank for censure, South Africa appears a little softer on peace in the Middle East.
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    • Peta low

    Reframing our vision

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    Oh boy, people in the community seem to be so miserable! I keep hearing moaning and grumbling about our status quo. Loadshedding! The Economic Freedom Fighters hijacking the State of the Nation Address! President Cyril Ramaphosa not being strong enough! How tough things are financially! How our money goes nowhere! Yes, the list goes on…
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    • Paula

    The real battle behind Israel’s elections

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    I have a confession. I drive on Shabbat. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it’s necessary to state here to explain the following story.
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    • ZvikaOpEd

    Third time, I’ll scream

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    In Hebrew, when you meet someone coincidently for the second time the same day, you point at them and say, “Third time – ice cream”, meaning if you meet them unexpectedly again shortly thereafter, they owe you an ice cream.
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    • ElALL

    Aliyah can’t be made at the drop of a hat

    Feb 20, 2020 1 Comment
    While Israel welcomes South African Jews, making aliyah is a difficult process that requires comprehensive planning and consideration, according to aliyah experts in South Africa.
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    • for sale

    Take care not to be ripped off buying property in Israel

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    Crooked estate agents and crafty property managers are ripping off foreigners buying property in Israel. So, if you’re in the market for Israeli property, make sure you know what you’re supposed to be paying.
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    • TelemedRobot

    Israeli technology on frontline in battle against coronavirus

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    As global efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (now called Covid-19) continue, Israel is devising strategies to bring the disease under control.
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    • jack slier

    Case of wait and see for business on hold from Covid-19

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    South African-born businessman Jack Slier is sitting on shpilkes (in agitation) in his Johannesburg cluster home with his eyes glued to any news of the coronavirus known as Covid-19. He has felt its impact in spite of being in perfect health and nowhere near the Far East.
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    • enjoy the burger

    Food for thought on raising healthy kids

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    “Mommy, do I look fat?” is a dreaded question that many parents are ill-equipped to answer. This week, feeding coach Eliana Cline presented a talk that delved into this dilemma.
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    • mahatma gandhi

    Gandhi’s formative years with SA Jews

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    Mahatma Gandhi’s closest supporters in South Africa were Jews and, if he hadn’t come to this country, he possibly wouldn’t have become the great legend that he was.
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    • delta

    Environmental activist at watershed of change

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    Steve Collins is unequivocal that we are in an environmental crisis. He should know, being an expert in rural development, land reform, and sustainable resources. Collins has worked in the rural-development sector for the past 27 years, focusing on how human rights can be respected and enhanced by development.
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    • Sally

    The swastika saved me, says Holocaust survivor

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    A Jewish teenager saved his own life during the Holocaust by pretending to be a Nazi. This is the story of Solomon “Sally” Perel, now 94, a proud Israeli grandfather, who continues to share his story around the world.
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    • RywkaDiary

    Inside the head of a 14-year-old Holocaust victim

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    24 December 1943 “Oh to write! ... To be able to write, to make pen move on paper! I need to write.
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    • EM3

    On the train to nowhere

    Feb 20, 2020 1 Comment
    Former struggle photographer Eric Miller has seen and recorded a lot in his career, but he has never been moved to make a film – until now.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    SONA silver lining

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    I attended last week’s State of the Nation (SONA) address in Parliament together with the South African Jewish Board of Deputies’ (SAJBD’s) parliamentary liaison, Chaya Singer. Without underplaying the very formidable challenges that still need to be overcome, what we heard was cause for at least cautious optimism. Much of what President Cyril Ramaphosa said remained on the level of hopeful rhetoric rather than substantive action, but I was personally encouraged to learn about the genuine progress that is undeniably being made in certain crucial areas. Admittedly, this has been frustratingly slow, but we need to be realistic about what’s practically achievable, given the considerable constraints that state capture has placed on the ability of government to implement effective change.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    FW debacle a diversion from more important debate

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    The “FW de Klerk conversation” says a lot more about us than it does about him. It speaks to our attraction to the most basic of dialogue, and proves once again how much more comfortable we are with being outraged than we are with dealing with matters of complexity.
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    • Geoff

    Braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies, and hate crimes

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    Many white South Africans probably can’t imagine that they might have been perpetrators of a crime against humanity. It sounds like such a gigantic, malevolent, bloody concept. On the whole, they saw themselves as going about their ordinary lives, growing up, getting an education, raising their families, and mixing with relatives and friends, not necessarily as political activists.
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    • MT3

    From Mzansi to Makoti, the rising star of Micaela Tucker

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    Young King David Victory Park alumnus Micaela Jade Tucker’s star is rising fast while still a hard-working drama student.
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    • Around the world

    World News in Brief

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    Former POW, Gilad Shalit, gets engaged Gilad Shalit, 33, the Israeli soldier who was held prisoner by terrorist group Hamas in Gaza for five years, is engaged.
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