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    • GinaRoss

    A new paradigm for resolving the Iran conflict

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Encouraging Iran to rejoin the community of nations while simultaneously keeping the world safe is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century.
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    • GeoffRamokgadi

    The passing of an honorary Jew

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Just before Geoff Ramokgadi passed away, he told his friend, journalist Suzanne Belling, that he looked forward to seeing “his father, Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris” at the gates of heaven.
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    • South-African-Flag

    Far fewer home invasions

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    While South Africa is regarded as one of the most unsafe places in the world, serious violent crime has gone down in most neighbourhoods where community members live, say security experts.
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    • InterfaithWeekend

    Retreat brings together three Abrahamic faiths

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Open Mosque President Imam Dr Taj Hargey first envisioned holding an interfaith retreat for all three Abrahamic faiths – Jew, Christian and Muslim – four years ago. In spite of its challenges, it’s been so successful, it’s been repeated every year since, and was once again open to members of the Jewish community over the past weekend.
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    • JTARuthBaderGinsburg (3)

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg on mazel and role models

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) It was a blunt statement in the midst of a cordial conversation: “I’m wondering why you’re here.”
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    • BreastCancer2

    One in 40 Ashkenazi Jews susceptible to cancer

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    It’s estimated that one in 40 people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent test positive for the BRCA1 or 2 breast cancer susceptibility genes. Those testing positive for the BRCA1 or 2 mutation risk mostly breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
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    • PerpetratorPast2

    Historical monument helps Germans introspect about genocide

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    The House of the Wannsee Conference is a grand structure with high ceilings, artistic finishes, a lush garden, and a spectacular view of a placid lake. It’s also the place where Nazi officials gathered to draft the final solution to their “Jewish problem”.
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    • lone aoldier

    The loneliness of the lone soldier’s mother

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    “I’m always worried about my boy’s safety. He often he goes into the field, and I can’t contact him for days at a time,” says the South African mother of a “lone soldier” – a diaspora Jew who serves in the army. Her son is serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). His mother does her best not to be anxious as she continues her life in South Africa.
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    • LiatArran

    When it comes to building bridges, Israel Centre’s director is a natural

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    The director of the Israel Centre in South Africa, Dr Liat Arran, is a natural community builder and change maker. She is passionate about bringing together those who would not necessarily be a natural fit. She makes it her business to find common ground between people who see themselves on opposite sides, whether it is for political, cultural, or other reasons.
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    • CharisseZeifert

    The power of one to effect change for the many

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    I found a news article in The Star newspaper last week particularly eye-catching. It related how 21-year-old Antoinette Nthabiseng Thabapelo has initiated a programme, Adopt a Son. Her aim is to change the patriarchal narrative around boys in her community of Bekkersdal, west of Joburg.
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    • WorldWar2

    Eighty years on, what has World War II taught us?

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    World War II started 80 years ago this month. Adolf Hitler’s forces invaded Poland on 1 September 1939, and on 3 September, Britain and France declared war on Germany. The fighting engulfed the planet, and lasted seven years. Millions would die. Old empires and ideas would wither. The ground would be laid for the coming ideological clash of superpowers.
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    • PaulaRH7

    Risking life and limb for pilgrimage to Shechem

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    It’s midnight. The dark hills of Shechem (Nablus), a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank, beckon in the moonlight. Escorted by the Israeli army, our armoured convoy of 10 buses slowly begins its descent into the narrow valley that for 4 000 years has nestled between two mountains.
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    • RabbiJohnathanSacks

    Admitting guilt obliges us to accept responsibility for our sins

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Guilt is out of fashion these days, like sports jackets, courtesy, humility, and handkerchiefs. It has a sepia-tinted Victorian air about it. It belongs, so it seems, to that foreign country, the past. They do things differently there.
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    • Apology1

    The art of a good apology

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    The high holy days are a time of introspection, and for many, it’s a chance to apologise to those we may have offended, hurt, or cut ties with over the past year. But how do you apologise sincerely, genuinely, and make real amends?
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    • WendyHendler

    The soul-searching cry of the shofar

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Every Rosh Hashanah we go back to the point at which G-d decides whether mankind as a whole is worth recreating, and whether we as individuals are worth re-investing in for another year.
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    The day of remembrance

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Rosh Hashanah is almost upon us, we can just about taste the sweetness of the honey-drenched apple slices and the sound of the shofar lingers evocatively in our ears a little longer each day.
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    • Ilan Herrmann

    The phenomenon of Jewish renewal

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    History has been merciless. Nations have risen and fallen. In spite of the seeming invincibility at times of empires which have reached glorious crescendos of power and dominion, convulsions inevitably occurred which shook the world, causing these formidable super-powers to disintegrate or merge into other nations.
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    • ParshaKievemanShemos

    How to pray in a meaningful way

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur attract more Jews to shul than any other time of the year. Unlike other new-year celebrations, ours includes a significant amount of time in shul praying.
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    • RabbiHazdan

    Are we creation’s purpose, or an afterthought to the mosquito?

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    “Today is the birthday of the world.” We say these words repeatedly after hearing the sound of the shofar. It’s a moment of solemn celebration. We sense the excitement of renewal, and its accompanying sense of responsibility. It’s a birthday celebration with the gift of opportunity to ensure that this year, 5780, has an impact on our lives and the lives of those around us.
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    • Homefortheholidays

    Home for the high holy days

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Round challot, apples and honey, and a roast in the oven don’t just mean it’s yom tov, it signals family time.
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