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    • Letter3

    Why must everyone be forced to do maths?

    Jan 30, 2020 Go comment!
    May I make some remarks in response to Ronel Klatzkin’s How to master anxiety about maths in the 17 January edition of the SA Jewish Report? I have been a maths teacher/town planner in my time. Like Klatzkin, my school experience of maths was abysmal. My favourite subjects were English, Latin, and History. Our maths master was an arrogant bully, and we had an aversion to one another. Fortunately for me, in my matric year (1955), I had a master who showed me that I could prove riders!
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    • 2b-Letter4

    Jews should address the enemy within

    Jan 30, 2020 Go comment!
    It seems as though the whole English-speaking world is reeling from worldwide anti-Israel (or should I say anti-Semitic) behaviour. For a Jew, we should know better.
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    Bacher on the plight of SA cricket

    Jan 30, 2020 Go comment!
    Only minutes before I spoke to Adam Bacher on Monday afternoon, Rassie van der Dussen lost his wicket for 98 against England in the fourth Test at the Wanderers, a score that would have made him the first Protea player to score a hundred in the series.
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    • JTAFriedmanDiego

    Schwartzman family saga dwarfs achievements on court

    Jan 30, 2020 Go comment!
    (JTA) Jewish Argentine tennis star Diego Schwartzman is rolling at the Australian Open. After beating Serbian Dušan Lajović in straight sets on Friday, he has made it into the round of 16 for the second time in his career. He has yet to drop a set in the entire tournament.
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    • Typewriter

    Hitler’s typewriter released from SA bank vault

    Jan 23, 2020 1 Comment
    A heavy wooden crate was delivered and pried open in Forest Town last Friday morning. As the lid came away, all eyes in the room fixed on the object which sat nestled inside: a jet-black typewriter, its complex machinery gleaming as it was lifted out and placed atop a wooden bench.
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    • PKB1

    Teenager’s tragic death hits home

    Jan 23, 2020 1 Comment
    The U14A King David Linksfield cricket team elected to wear black arm bands at its first high school cricket match this year – against Parktown Boys’ High School. The boys chose to do so in memory of a boy the same age as them who drowned at a school orientation camp last week.
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    • StuartWolf

    The South African at the cutting edge of x-ray vision

    Jan 23, 2020 1 Comment
    A Johannesburg-born businessman living in Israel is part of a duo that has produced an augmented reality device which allows surgeons to see a patient’s anatomy through skin and tissue as if they have x-ray vision. While it may sound like science fiction, it’s definitely science fact.
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    • MordechaiPerlovJulianPokroy

    From Gulag to Gauteng: Celebrating the life of Stalin survivor

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    “Stalin tried to kill me, he didn’t succeed; Hitler tried to kill me, he didn’t succeed; the Arabs tried to kill me, they didn’t succeed. But it looks like the cheese blintzes may succeed.”
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    • Peta low

    Keep our children safe, but don’t curtail their freedom

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Sometimes an event that touches the very core of the Jewish community has no real connection to us. This week, most parents in this country – our community included – were horrified that a 13-year-old Grade 8 boy went off on the first day of high-school orientation camp, and didn’t come back. The camp councillors challenged the children to make their own rafts and climb mountains. It all sounded so much like school-orientation camps as we know them, but this boy drowned, and nobody in authority sounded the alarm until a day later.
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    • Paula

    Holocaust remembrance becoming a political football

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Israel hosted on Thursday its third-largest ever gathering of international leaders after the funerals of former leaders Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. More than 45 world leaders and senior diplomats, including 26 presidents, four kings (from Spain, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg) and four prime ministers were in town to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
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    • GrantGochin

    Lithuania’s Holocaust memory – “reliable” or “unreliable”?

    Jan 23, 2020 1 Comment
    Many South African Jews are descended from an immigration wave from Lithuania in the 1920s. Our grandparents seldom explained the context; here it is.
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    • VillaHeimann1

    The demolished villa that lives on

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Josef Bergmann was just six years old on the night, in 1938, that the Nazis raided the home of the Heimann family. The family of six lived in the same German town as Bergmann, their differing fate marked only by the fact that they were Jewish, and he wasn’t.
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    • GruzdIsrali

    Futuristic Israeli companies ‘an ideal investment opportunity’

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Israel presents unprecedented opportunities for South Africans for investment in innovative high-tech companies destined to change the world. So says Shelly Hod Moyal, the founding partner and co-chief executive of iAngels, a female-led venture-capital firm based in Tel Aviv focusing on futuristic Israeli technologies.
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    • Siyum1

    Celebrating a seven-year learning triumph

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    More than 1 200 people gathered in a cavernous marquee at the Wanderers in Illovo last Wednesday evening, but this time to celebrate a victory in Torah learning, not sport.
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    • Siyum2

    Three men and a page of Talmud a day

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    What do businessman Shaun Matisonn, lawyer Hugh Raichlin, and Shaun Zagnoev, the chairperson of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, have in common?
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    • Siyum3

    The world’s largest, longest book club

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    If you’re looking to join the world’s largest book club, you’re in luck. Membership is free, requires no paperwork, and anyone can sign up. Take note: you’ll be reading not one book but an entire series, and you must read at least a page a day. What’s more, you will be committing to seven and a half years of this. To become a member, simply get your hands on a copy of one of the greatest page-turners in history: the Talmud.
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    • DoronGavronsky

    Why you don’t have to go to university to be successful

    Jan 23, 2020 1 Comment
    Starting a roaming chef business. Becoming a teenage entrepreneur. Doing makeup on film sets. These young adults might not have university degrees, but they’re successfully charting their own course.
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    • KaylaBorowitz

    Beyond the bubble: how students fare at university

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Culture shock. That’s what many matriculants from Jewish schools experience when they enter the demographically-diverse world of university. Do they embrace the opportunities this offers or simply stick with their “Jew crew”?
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    • EthiopianChurch1

    Biblical celebration in old Berea Shul

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    The Ethiopian church on Tudhope Avenue in Berea, located on the premises of the former Berea Shul in Johannesburg, last weekend celebrated the Ethiopian Timket (baptism) festival which honours the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.
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    • LanceMaron1

    Performing doctor specialises in art of the voice

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    There are few doctors who understand the rigors of singing and how to save and protect the voice quite like Johannesburg ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr Lance Maron.
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