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    • Geoff

    Apologies to the dead border on meaningless

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    In the current era, it has become trendy to apologise for almost anything, which makes the person doing it feel good while not necessarily helping the injured party, who might even be long dead.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    How can we repent without coffee?

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    I woke up on Monday morning to the realisation that I’m nothing without caffeine. I have no personality; I can hardly string a sentence together; and I’m certainly not a very nice person. Indeed, if someone were to fall over in front of me, there is more than a good chance that I would be so annoyed that I would have to step over them. Assisting them, injured or not, wouldn’t be an option. Not without caffeine.
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    • JewishBoers2

    Remembering the ‘Boerejode’ 120 years later

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    There is a classic photograph of a group of Boer prisoners in Bermuda, one of the British colonies where about 30 000 Boer prisoners of war (POWs) were eventually interned. Among those pictured is a certain Aaron Pincus, a Free Stater from Winburg, who before his capture had served (as did his brother Myer, also captured) under legendary General Christiaan de Wet. It’s easy to identify him – he’s the little chap standing at the end of a line of typically tall, strapping Afrikaners.
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    Articles help to support rape survivors

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Thank you for the article on rape in South Africa in 2019, “Rape victim has long road to recovery - but we can help”, SA Jewish Report, 20 September.
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    • Letter3

    Dirco’s hypocrisy knows no bounds

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing, the South African envoy to the United Nations, Clinton Swemmer, cited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement about annexing the Jordan Valley. Surely, he remembers similar statements by Netanyahu prior to the previous elections. Even a diplomat should understand political rhetoric, similar to the promise that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa made before the South African elections of building a million new homes in Alexandra - promises, promises for political expediency.
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    • Around the world

    World News in Brief

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Ancient metropolis discovered under highway Archaeological excavations in northern Israel in preparation for a highway interchange to the new city of Harish have uncovered a 5 000-year-old city that was home to as many as 6 000 residents.
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    • RabbiLandau

    Kol Nidrei prayer about power of words

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    According to our sages, Yom Kippur is a day with a unique power to remove from us the stain of transgression. It’s Hashem’s gift to us, and He urges us to use the opportunity that it affords us.
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    • CommunityChallahBake

    Challah bake in memory of Hayley Fraser

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Eighty family and friends got together to bake challahs at Waverley Shul on 25 September to commemorate the sudden death of Hayley Fraser seven years ago on erev Yom Tov (the night before Yom Tov). More than 40 challahs were baked in the shul’s ovens. They were donated to Jewish food fund Yad Aharon & Michael.
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    • Greenside5

    Giant communal artwork for Greenside shul sukkah

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Members of Greenside shul came together on 6 October to create the shul’s annual giant sukkah mural, measuring 5m wide by 3.3m high. This is the third year that the community has painted a colourful canvas work of art depicting a scene from Tanach.
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    • LinksfieldMikvah1

    Linksfield shul gets modern, meaningful mikvah

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    More than 150 women gathered on 6 October for the opening of a state-of-the-art, four-bathroom mikvah at Linksfield Shul on the King David Linksfield (KDL) campus in Johannesburg.
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    Run fast, fly high - gymnast Luca Lazarus wows the judges

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    At first sight, Luca Lazarus doesn’t strike you as a talented gymnast. Shy and modest, the only thing that gives it away is the fact that she stands on one leg while talking, and delicately balances on a lever-arch file while concentrating.
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    • LukeSport1 (2)

    South Africans kicking up a storm in English football

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    When former hedge fund manager Clive Nates was considerably younger, he used to catch the bus to and from school with a couple of friends. Conversation often revolved around English football - his mates supported Liverpool and Manchester United, respectively - and, finding himself team-less, Nates was socially obliged to join in and choose a team.
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    ANC politician unrepentant after Jewish property smear

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Lebogang Maile has insulted the Jewish community by accusing Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba of “giving buildings to Jews”, but he refuses to apologise, saying he did nothing wrong.
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    • EthnicCleansing

    SA envoy to UN accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    South Africa’s envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this week accused Israel of using Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned annexation of the West Bank as an excuse to ethnically cleanse the region.
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    • ZambianAmbassador

    Zambian politician accuses president of smuggling

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    A Zambian politician has accused the country’s president, Edgar Lungu, of smuggling money and drugs on a return trip from a state visit to Israel in 2017. However, Israel’s ambassador to the country, Gershon Kedar, said that he “vigorously and officially denies such malicious and false allegations”. The ambassador is also the Israeli envoy to Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
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    • AntiSemitism1

    Writer to be prosecuted or anti-Semitic rant

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Attorney Ian Levitt confirmed this week that Matome Letsoalo is to be prosecuted for a string of vicious anti-Semitic comments he posted on Twitter more than a year ago.
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    Israeli-led consortium gets nod to buy Clover

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    The Competition Tribunal has given the go-ahead for a bid by an Israeli-led consortium to buy South Africa’s biggest dairy company, Clover.
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    • Peta low

    South African citizens just want peace

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I will pray for peace and harmony. I will especially pray for an end to anti-Semitism.
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    • Paula

    Who will be the next to wear the Israeli crown?

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin announced on Wednesday night that he would task incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a government coalition. It came as talks between the sides reached a stalemate.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Kindness changes everything

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Amidst the smouldering ruins of Jerusalem, a conversation takes place between two great Jewish leaders of the time. Their words reverberate through history, and have a life-changing message for us as we approach Rosh Hashanah 5780, almost 2 000 years later.
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