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    • Geoff

    Respect my values; I’ll respect yours

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    The story which went viral in Jewish circles last week (reported on page 14) about chaos on an El Al flight to Israel which was delayed due to a snowstorm, would have been funny to an outside observer. It would be like a scene from a British comedy, with black-coated Haredim running up and down aisles shouting, and secular passengers cowering in their seats. But for Jews, it captured the poisonous antagonism among them about religion. The plane, which left New York late, landed in Athens instead of Tel Aviv to avoid desecrating Shabbat.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    People getting nasty in November

    Nov 22, 2018 1 Comment
    Maybe it’s just me, but I am finding people more angry than usual at the moment. I am not sure if it’s the insane and unpleasant heatwave that has hit Johannesburg that is causing this rattiness. Perhaps it’s because it’s November. The year is almost done, schools are winding-down, December holidays are in sight, and people are tired. Really tired and really depleted.
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    • RabbiEmmaGottlieb

    Confront horror by asking ‘why?’

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    In Parashat Vayishlach, we find Jacob fearing for himself and his family as he prepares to confront his brother Esau for the first time since stealing his birthright so many years before.
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    • CommunityORTJet

    ORT Jet shows power of collaboration

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    “The word that encapsulates ORT Jet is ‘hope’”, said Ian Janet, ORT Jet veteran volunteer mentor at the ORT Jet Annual Awards, recently. ORT JET, the enterprise development division of ORT SA, was established to assist, support, uplift, and empower small-to-medium-sized businesses within the South African Jewish community.
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    • CommunitySAUPJMitzvahDay

    Progressive congregations join forces for Mensch Mitzvah Day

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    The Gauteng progressive Jewish community came together last weekend to help the less fortunate of Hillbrow as part of Mensch Mitzvah Day, a global Jewish-led day of social action. They did so under the leadership of Rabbi Sa’ar Shaked (Beit Emanuel), Rabbi Adrian M Schell (Bet David), and Reeva Forman (Temple Israel/SAUPJ Gauteng).
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    • CommunityUJWMitzvahDay

    Kids’ Christmas toys a mighty mitzvah

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    The Union of Jewish Women (UJW) members rolled up their sleeves In the centre court of the Norwood Mall last Sunday to fulfil their Mitzvah Day Wrap-a-Thon mandate.
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    • SaulSport23Nov

    Israel in top three at Futbol World Cup in Cape Town

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    The Futbol Five-a-Side World Cup (F5WC), scheduled to be staged in Shanghai, was moved to South Africa at the last minute. No clear reasons were given, but for the Cape Jewish community, which has recently discovered a love of Futbal, it was a gift.
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    • JackSport23Nov

    Caleb Levitan sets new record in Spain

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    The talented, globe-trotting, chess-playing twins continue to rewrite the South African record books in the Under 8 age group – this time at the World Cadet Chess Championships staged at Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
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    • Rockets, mortars, retaliation, repeat – welcome to the Gaza belt

    Rockets, mortars, retaliation, repeat – welcome to the Gaza belt

    Nov 19, 2018 Go comment!
    Fifteen hours. That’s all it took for Hamas to shoot 460 rockets and mortars at southern Israel.
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    • FreemansNeighboursHouse

    Former deputy Israeli ambassador to SA drawn into Gaza rocket anguish

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    On Monday evening, the skirmish raging between Israel and Hamas became very real for former Deputy Israeli Ambassador to South Africa, Michael Freeman, and his wife, Sigalit. They learned that the home of Sigalit’s mother had been hit by rocket fire, and neither of them was in a position to do anything.
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    • dipuo

    State security minister says no real terror threat in SA

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    South African Minister of State Security Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba makes it clear that while the Jewish community is under no particular threat, the department of state security takes seriously its mandate to protect the country’s citizens.
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    • danni 141118

    Danni Heymann -- from victim to leader

    Nov 15, 2018 1 Comment
    Danni Heymann, the King David Victory Park Grade 12 pupil at the centre of last week’s anti-Semitic WhatsApp voice note, went from being a victim to feeling sympathetic and genuinely fond of the boy who sent her the message.
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    • Ilanit1_b

    Ex-South Africans under fire near Gaza border

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    South African olah, Nava Uner, has lived through two previous Gaza attacks, but this past week was undoubtedly the worst.
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    • Peta low

    The catch-22 situation that is Gaza

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    As I was heading home on Tuesday, I heard on ChaiFM that 460 rockets had been fired from Gaza into Israel since late Sunday. That is an outrageous number. If every one of them hit inhabited areas, thousands of Israelis would have been killed.
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    • Paula

    The toll of the Gaza rockets

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Late on Tuesday, a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect. While at the time of writing the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) had still not confirmed the existence of such a truce, Israeli citizens living in the south of the country were told they could return home and to “normalcy”.
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    • Milton

    Trump, Trumpism, and the danger of words

    Nov 15, 2018 1 Comment
    “The president is not directly responsible for acts of domestic terrorism, but he should be more careful with his language.” That’s the way the Economist headlined its report on the horrific Pittsburgh killings just more than two weeks ago.
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    Herzlia pupils face discipline over Israel protest

    Nov 15, 2018 7 Comments
    As Herzlia Middle School’s prestigious prize-giving evening came to a close, two Grade 9 boys stepped forward from the rest of their grade on the stage and knelt down (known as “taking the knee” as a form of protest) in front of the audience when the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah, was sung. The audience was shocked at what many people believed was a flagrant disregard of the ethos of the school.
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    • AdrianGore (2)

    Adrian Gore - lifetime achiever at 54

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    The founder and Chief Executive of Discovery, Adrian Gore, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards last week.
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    • Julie (2)

    Right to protest enshrined in our constitution

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Taking the knee - or kneeling in protest during the singing of a national anthem - achieved international prominence earlier this month in the United States National Football League. It all started when the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, went down on one knee during the singing of the national anthem in 2016 to protest against racial injustice. Since then, many more players have done so during Super Bowl week to protest against police brutality against minorities.
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    • Flags SA Israel

    Deputy minister ducks and dives over downgrade

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Though Makgabo Mhaule, the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, admitted that the South African government would downgrade the South African embassy in Israel, she downplayed what it meant in a National Assembly plenary session on Wednesday.
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