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    • RabbiMasinter

    Living in a time of miracles

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    One had to both amused and dismayed at the way world leaders took pot shots at the so-called “leader of the free world” during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit last week. Is this what leadership has come to?
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    • RabbiChaikinUSE

    Winning the war, one candle at a time

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    I will always think of Chanukah as a winter chag. Going back to my years growing up in Europe, the associations with this holiday are always of super-early dusk, sitting cosily inside watching the gentle snowfall, while consuming way too many of my mother’s boiling hot latkes. By now, I have lived in the southern hemisphere longer than elsewhere in the world, but Chanukah and summer are still not synonymous in my mind.
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    Chanukah more than just doughnuts and dreidels

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Chanukah means latkes, doughnuts, and dreidels, right? Not necessarily. People around the world celebrate the chag in all kinds of interesting and unusual ways, honouring all aspects of this festival of light.
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    • ChanukahJTAChildren

    Making Chanukah with children meaningful

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) While Chanukah is traditionally not one of the most central holidays of the Jewish calendar, it can offer many opportunities for fun. Here are some suggestions how you can make this Chanukah memorable while staying true to the essential meaning of the holiday.
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    • AdinaRothNew

    A chance to kindle personal and public possibilities

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,” said Martin Luther King Jr. In the mid-1950s in America with all the horrors of institutionalised racism, it took leadership, courage and spiritual attunement for King to trust that the eventual twists and turns of human forces in the tunnel of time tend towards justice. Yet, if we pause to consider it, King’s bold declaration isn’t dissimilar to the message of Chanukah.
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    Deck the halls with chanukiahs!

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    With its turkey, tinsel, and trees, no Christian holiday seems to fascinate Jews more than Christmas. The promise of pudding and presents captures our imagination. With the commercialisation and proliferation of Christmas growing every year, bearded Santa Claus starts to look more like a rabbi to some, albeit sporting an unconventional red gaberdine.
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    • AidelKazilsky

    Finding the positive in negative space

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Hey, do you know what negative space is? I’ve thrown out this question to people around me this week, and have received some interesting answers. “It’s when you find yourself in a polluted space where things are negative and uncomfortable.” “It’s a place which feels negative, physically – kind of like squishy and uncomfortable.” “It’s a frame of mind, emotionally or mentally, when things just look negative.” Well, who can argue – they are all correct descriptions.
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    • elastic

    Going retro for the holidays

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    The holidays are here and soon parents will face a perennial plight: how to keep their children busy.
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    • HilitMilner

    On holiday, don’t forget to follow your gut

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    It’s holiday time! Whether you are sweltering in the summer heat, gearing up for a white winter, almost en-route to your grand vacation, or visiting the infamous “remain here”, December is here!
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    • Bev1

    The layers and layers of Bev Michel

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Bev Michel is extraordinary. Age forgot to extract its toll on her flawless skin, her striking designer frames, and her immaculate dress sense. Her manicured fingernails show no hint of paint, and her calm exterior masks a burning passion and obsession with art that smoulders within. Michel is an artist possessed.
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    • GordinBookReview

    He Does Not Die a Death of Shame a healing experience

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Jack Hoffman’s He Does Not Die a Death of Shame is a coming-of-age story written by a South African-trained surgeon in his late 70s who’s been living in Scandinavia for close to four decades.
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    • ParshaKievemanShemos

    Light up your holiday with Judaism

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    The end of the year is upon us; and it’s finally time for a break. Relaxation from school lifts, appointments, and traffic. Maybe even some time off work. Whether you are going to Romania or going to “remain here”, I hope you will get some diversion from your daily routine.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    2019 in retrospect

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Modern life moves at a bewilderingly fast pace. No sooner has one come to the end of one project than it is time to embark on the next, leaving little time to reflect on what has been accomplished. The year’s final “Above Board” column is thus always an opportune time to reflect on the highlights of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies’ (SAJBD’s) activities during the previous 12 months.
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    • Geoff

    The State Theatre: bullies in the wings

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Why would a professional who has given a whole career to the arts industry suddenly be deemed racist? On Sunday, I attended a performance by South African-born performance artist Albert Silindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza at Pretoria’s South African State Theatre, accompanied by arts journalist Robyn Sassen.
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    This year was captured by Marelize

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    TS Eliot would have been proud of 2019. He would have sat up straight and taken notice. About the year that was, Eliot could never have written his now famous words, “This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.”
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    • 2b-Letter6

    Knee-jerk rejection of ADL report unhelpful

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    I don’t lightly critique the views of Jewish organisations, especially of those with feet on the ground in their own country. While any survey about attitudes can be challenged, for 50 years, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has used a set of 11 standard survey questions worldwide, across language groups and cultures, with the goal of raising awareness, alerting governments to bigotry, and increasing efforts to fight anti-Semitic attitudes.
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    Sandringham Gardens honours volunteer ‘angels’

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    The Chevrah Kadisha (Chev) honoured Les Markowitz, Jenny Lichtenstein, and Sylvia Lefevre at a special kiddush at Sandringham Gardens Shul recently for the joy they have brought to the residents of Sandringham Gardens.
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    • CommunityWIZOLunch

    WIZO pays tribute to Annette Price

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    WIZO (the Women’s International Zionist Organization) Johannesburg celebrated its culmination lunch on Thursday 28 November at Frangelicas in Johannesburg.
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    • CommunityProgressive

    UAE summit fosters tolerance

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    The United Arab Emirates announced that 2019 would officially be proclaimed the Year of Tolerance to highlight the country’s decision to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs, and its role in encouraging peace and stability in the Middle East.
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    The voice of cricketing reason

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    It is comforting, in these crisis-ridden and disorienting times to hear the clear voice of a cricket optimist. Adam Bacher is one such soul, a man who understands the game like few others.
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