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    • KaplanMigration

    South African Jews are on the move

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Migration, whether within South Africa or beyond, is on the rise among South African Jewry. Whether they’re relocating to Cape Town or Tel Aviv, South African Jews are looking for a life that better suits them.
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    • KaplanCrime

    Crime stats are low – but that’s not how we see it

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    The commonly held belief in the Jewish community that we are under siege from crime isn’t a reflection of reality, according to the newly-released Jewish Community Survey of South Africa (JCSSA). The truth, according to the research, is that only 5.3% of community members have been the victim of violent crime in the past five years.
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    • MarcWainerwithhiswifeLesley

    Farewell to intuitive property dealmaker, Marc Wainer

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    “To me, he was just dad, pops, or much as he never warmed to it, my ‘old man’. The world will never be quite the same again.”
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    • JosephDavidMatzner

    Holocaust survivors relive a very different lockdown

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Moments before Pesach started, a freak electrical fault plunged Holocaust survivor Joseph David Matzner, 84, and his wife into darkness for the duration of Yom Tov and Shabbos, which took him back to the time he was a child in hiding in France.
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    Yom Hashoah hits home with virtual broadcast

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    “Going out to work outside camp one morning, we saw trucks lined up on the railway line. Little faces peeped out. We felt completely helpless. We knew what would happen in a few minutes time when they would be chased out to the gas chambers.”
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    • HolocaustMovie

    From Poland with love – the untold story of a Holocaust heroine

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    She’s a diminutive and elegant 84-year-old, the proud mother of two sons and a gathering of grandchildren, a feisty, fierce patriot of Poland, and an admiring Zionist, an energetic explorer, and a sharp-thinking intellectual.
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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    Words which unite, words which divide

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    The Torah teaches us that “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Mishlei 18:21), and much has been written and spoken – rightly so – about the negativity of lashon hara (negative speech). Every year, when the Parshiot Tazria and M’tzorah come around, we revisit the terrible tzara’at (plague) which visited people who had been so corrupted by lashon hara.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Virtual Yom Hashoah, real community spirit

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    At the time of writing, we are preparing to join community members throughout the country in commemorating Yom Hashoah. Among the things that make this year’s ceremony truly unique is the sad reality that for the first time ever, it’s not possible for the community to come together in shared spaces around the country. Instead, we must all make do with marking this important day in front of our computer screens in our own homes.
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    • Geoff

    Spare me a few rand?

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    There’s a cell phone-made video circulating the radio waves of a man in a car spraying sanitiser on the cupped hands of a beggar instead of filling them with coins. A future satirist might find this fitting material, but on the streets in the era of COVID-19, it’s no joke.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Selfishness is so last year

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    In many ways, the story of COVID-19 is a story of relevance and perspective. Ask many of us about our hierarchy of needs in January 2020, and I suspect that some of the priorities listed might not appear on a list crafted at the end of April 2020.
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    • MaskStory

    Can’t wish someone face to face? Donate a mask!

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    When Joanne Hooghuis couldn’t be with her daughter, Siobhan Wilson, on her birthday, she did the next best thing, she donated masks to underprivileged communities.
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    • CommunityHelenRichfield

    100 years young

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Helen Richfield, the wife of the late Leslie Richfield
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    ORT Jet helps small businesses in distress

    Apr 23, 2020 1 Comment
    ORT Jet is offering to help Jewish businesses in distress navigate the process of applying for government and private-sector assistance. Volunteers who have the skills to navigate the process of applying for benefits have offered their assistance.
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    • NewSportPic

    A sporting life during lockdown

    Apr 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Jewish sportsmen are coping with the demands of the COVID-19 lockdown in broadly similar ways, although each brings to the pandemic an adaptation of their own.
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    • Camera2

    Loaded under lockdown

    Apr 07, 2020 Go comment!
    While we are all holed up in our homes, our intrepid photographer, Ilan Ossendryver, is out capturing what we are missing. In the following images, we see:
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    • RabbiAvtzon

    Sage words from the Baal Shem Tov

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    If you would ask me, “Rabbi, what’s your favourite story ever?”, it would be the following little tale which I hope will resonate with you too, especially in the unusual times we find ourselves in.
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    • HackedShiurim1

    ‘Zoombombing’ takes on an anti-Semitic twist

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    When internationally respected Rabbi Moshe Taragin delivered an online shiur on Monday evening, he was taken aback when it was beset by a torrent of swearing, vile comments, and anti-Semitic rhetoric.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    This Pesach, let’s dig deep

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    This is going to be a Pesach like none other. As we follow the stipulations laid out so resolutely by our state president – observing them not just as law-abiding citizens, but as Jews for whom the protection and preservation of human life is one of the highest Torah values – we will confront something we’ve never confronted before.
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    Our heroes on the frontlines

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    As most of us stay within the safety of our homes during lockdown, others are stepping out into the unknown to fight an invisible enemy for all of us.
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    • Bris

    New temporary rituals and restrictions

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    If Jewish life is centred on family and community, how will our rituals continue under lockdown? While the practicalities are constantly evolving, this is how the following mitzvot (commandments) can still be practised.
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