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    • Sarit1

    Bobbas for Babies knits countries together

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    When Sarit Keinan came back to South Africa, the country of her birth, as the wife of Israeli Ambassador Lior Keinan, she wanted to do something to bring the two countries closer.
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    • Jon Samson

    Music therapist on shortlist for a Grammy

    Jan 23, 2020 1 Comment
    From being bullied as a child to healing children through music, Jon Samson’s creative journey is deeply personal. Now nominated for Best Children’s Music Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards for his album, Ageless: Songs for the Child Archetype, the South African-born musician and music therapist has come full circle.
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    • Around the world

    World News in Brief

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    French survey shows prevalence of anti-Semitism In a survey about anti-Semitism in France, nearly a quarter of 1 027 Jewish respondents said they had experienced a physical anti-Semitic assault.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    The potential for greatness in everyone

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Apart from reminding me of my high-school education, Malvolio’s lines in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night are also appropriate for our weekly Torah portion.
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    • Letter3

    SAJR’s retraction of front-page report disingenuous

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    South African Jews for a Free Palestine (SAJFP) was pleased to see the SA Jewish Report’s retraction of its front-page report which falsely claimed that the UN (United Nations) found BDS (the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement) to be “fundamentally anti-Semitic”. But after running this report so prominently, the retraction seemed disingenuous, and failed to address some of the bigger issues at play.
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    • 2b-Letter7

    Academically gifted students have just as much right to individual recognition

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Those schools which didn’t publish the number of distinctions lost an opportunity to recognise and congratulate students who achieved exceptional matric results. Students who are gifted academically have just as much right to be recognised as those who are gifted on the sporting field or in any other way. So what next? Are we going to stop recognising students who achieve on the sporting field? Are we going to stop recognising other forms of achievement?
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    • 2b-Letter4

    Articles on 21st century education exciting and relevant

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    I wish to commend you, the various schools, and teachers highlighted in the 17 January edition of the SA Jewish Report for your guidance in bringing the education of pupils into the 21st century. It’s relevant and exciting to be given an in-depth review of the latest teaching methods.
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    • 2b-Letter6

    Hypocrisy of SA tourism sickening

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    The sheer hypocrisy, brazenness, and chutzpah of the South African tourism ministry boggles the mind – “SA tourism ministry slams Israeli travel advisory” (17 January 2020).
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    • Geoff

    SA, where we are free to do the time warp again

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    In spite of many areas that have declined in South Africa since the end of apartheid, a shining achievement is the fact that we have freedom of speech comparable with the best in the Western world. It’s enforced by our Constitution.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Deutschland über Chai

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    I was driving home from a wedding on Sunday night when the strangest song started playing in the car. It was in German, and it turned out that my son had connected his music to the sound system. As I am constantly in search of material for my show, I listened closely, and deemed that it would be a great choice for the 07:00 slot.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Destruction and defiance

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    “Mir zaynen do!”(We are here!) The defiant concluding words of the Partisan Song constitute a ringing declaration by the Jewish people that in spite of the unspeakable crimes of those seeking their destruction, am Yisrael chai (the nation of Israel still lives). They remind us that when remembering those whose lives were so cruelly and unjustly extinguished, we are also testifying that for all the harm they were able to inflict on us, our enemies failed to eradicate the Jewish people altogether. This is why the Partisan Song has become one of the chief anthems of Holocaust survivors and is today sung at Yom Hashoah ceremonies the world over. For the same reason, the title March of the Living was chosen for the programme which brings people to Poland on commemorative and educational visits to Holocaust-related sites.
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    • LukeSport24JanRoyNissany

    Introducing Israel’s first Formula One driver

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Roy Nissany has recently been unveiled as Israel’s first-ever Formula One driver, an announcement that sent ripples of expectation through the country’s community of racing fans and elsewhere.
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    • AustraliaFiresVolunteerNoelKessel

    South Africans in Australia battle flames, pollution, and despair

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Surrounded by walls of flames and with his vehicle alight, volunteer firefighter Noel Kessel said the Shema as he was almost killed in one of Australia’s massive bushfires in Buxton, New South Wales three weeks ago. By some miracle, South African-born Kessel and his fellow firemen were rescued by another fire crew nearby, who waterbombed the encroaching blaze.
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    • Flags SA Israel

    Tourism ministry slams Israeli travel advisory

    Jan 16, 2020 2 Comments
    The South African tourism department has criticised a travel advisory issued recently by the Israel foreign ministry that warns tourists about crime in South Africa.
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    • MichaelLewisandKittySpencer

    Jewish SA-born magnate to marry Princess Diana’s niece

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    It’s not often that a Jewish South African billionaire becomes intimately involved with British Royalty and aristocracy.
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    • AntiSemitism (3)

    Wave of anti-Semitism clouds holiday season

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    While many South Africans recently enjoyed end-of-year holidays in the sun, sea, and sand, Jewish communities in other parts of the world were hit by a spate of anti-Semitic attacks.
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    • MikeAbel

    Anti-Semitic backlash only strengthens resolve to fight prejudice

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The other day, I was asked a shocking question on social media.
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    • Peta low

    Sculpting distinctive, unique individuals

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The matric year is the culmination of our childhood. It’s the finale of 12 years working towards those final exams. It’s the most stressful year of the first quarter of our lives.
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    • Paula

    Which way will the volatile US-Iran wind blow?

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Almost immediately after the United States assassinated Iranian General Qasem Soleimani on Friday, 3 January, the Israeli army went on high alert along the country’s northern and southern borders. The concern was that Iran would respond – which it did five days later – by activating its proxies in the region: Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria; and Hamas in Gaza. Israeli diplomatic missions around the world also braced themselves for a possible revenge attack.
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    • Loyiso1

    Internationally-acclaimed South African star sings Israel’s praises

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    When local singing sensation Loyiso Bala stood on the shores of the Dead Sea in December, a group of star-struck South African fans touring the country surrounded him, making him feel proud and happy.
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