Op-eds

    • WendyHendler

    Malka Leifer’s evasion of justice – an indictment of us all

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    The ugly Malka Leifer saga began 12 years ago, when three sisters, Dassi Erlich, Ellie Sapper, and Nicole Meyer, came forward in 2008 and reported to the Adass Israel school in Melbourne that they had been sexually assaulted by the principal, Malka Leifer, over a period of seven years, from 2003 to 2008 while they were teenagers.
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    • RonenAyres

    Less boss is more in the new world order

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    I’m a recovering control freak. Growing up as a Gen X-er, my parents and my parents’ parents made sure we cut our teeth on three very simple truths: 1. hard work; 2. more hard work; and 3. leadership. The latter only happened if you worked hard though. Very hard. Like until-you-retired-due-to-exhaustion. That kind of hard.
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    • WIZOCOLUMN25

    WIZO celebrates achievements and new beginnings

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    Rosh Hashanah has brought new beginnings for all of us and the hope that the special connections and support of family, friends, and community, will continue when the threat of COVID-19 is a distant memory.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Reflections on returning to shul

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    The rhythms of Jewish life largely revolve around the synagogue. It’s where community members regularly come together for prayer, study, and to celebrate festival and life-cycle events.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Lessons from commodity trading

    Sep 25, 2020 Go comment!
    One of the most important lessons that I learned as a commodity trader was that we aren’t nearly as smart as we think we are. Fifteen years in the business taught me that whereas we might know on an intellectual level that low prices will rise and high prices will fall, somehow that information doesn’t translate into behaviour because knowledge on an intellectual level isn’t the same as living and feeling it.
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    • MosheRaab

    Khaled’s invitation to speak at publicly sparks disgust

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    (JTA) As my calendar announced the approach of September, I began to relive an event that took place exactly 50 years ago. On 6 September 1970, my mother, my four siblings, and I were on a plane that was hijacked by terrorists.
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    • HarryJoffe

    Treaty between Israel and UAE leaves others in the dust

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    How warm are relations between Israel, Egypt, and Jordan? A few articles on the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies’ (BESA’s) website analyse these treaties.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Prof Schoub in national demand

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    This week, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that a Ministerial Advisory Committee has been created to focus on coronavirus vaccine development.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Be patient with SA media

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    By Wednesday morning, South African media had failed to acknowledge the historic signing of a peace agreement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. Instead, in the international sections, there were headlines like “Trump accuses Biden of taking performance enhancing substance.”
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    • DoctorsOpEdDaveningwithmasks

    Going back to shuls in safety

    Sep 10, 2020 Go comment!
    The reopening of shuls has been met with comments ranging from “delighted to be going back at last!” to “are you sure it is really safe to go back now?”
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    • DanielleSack

    Elul goggles give us 2020 vision

    Sep 10, 2020 Go comment!
    It’s official – I’m finished my second set of prelims. I can now focus on preparing for arguably the most important exams of my life – finals. It’s no coincidence that this preparation begins in the month of Elul.
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    • YadAharonColumn 2

    K’siva ve Chassima Tova!

    Sep 10, 2020 Go comment!
    In preparation for this year’s Rosh Hashanah Appeal, the clarity with which I saw “Yad Hashem” (the Hand of Hashem) was indescribably awesome and humbling!
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Reframe our experience

    Sep 10, 2020 1 Comment
    Remember the time when we left Egypt because G-d saved us with all those plagues? Back then we weren’t much of a nation, but after leaving in the middle of the night and getting to the Red Sea, it started to look pretty bad for our people.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    UAE represented at historic WJC forum

    Sep 10, 2020 Go comment!
    South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) National Director Wendy Kahn participated in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) National Community Directors’ Forum last Thursday, giving thanks to guest speaker Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.
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    • GrantGochin

    Lithuania doubles down on Holocaust revisionism

    Sep 03, 2020 Go comment!
    On 18 August 2020, the Lithuanian Supreme Court issued a final ruling denying the review of the merits of a complaint alleging that the Lithuanian government agency known as the Genocide Center deliberately revised Holocaust history.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Changing of guard at Cape Council conference

    Sep 03, 2020 Go comment!
    In my National Chairman’s message delivered at last month’s South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) Gauteng Council conference, I applauded the outgoing council for providing the firm, forward-looking, responsible leadership that these testing times so urgently call for.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Will Rosh Hashanah never end

    Sep 03, 2020 2 Comments
    There is a part of me that feels that we should cancel Rosh Hashanah this year. Or at least postpone it for the time being. We wouldn’t do this due to lack of interest or of faith (G-d forbid), but because in many ways, the past few months have forced us to do everything that Rosh Hashanah could ever have hoped to.
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    • YadAharonColumn 2

    Giving with the hand and the heart

    Sep 03, 2020 Go comment!
    “You do the most vital work for the community, and we are all so grateful. You are literally out there saving lives, lifting up families, giving people hope, strength, and dignity. You, together with your amazing team at Yad Aharon & Michael, are doing Hashem’s work in the world, every day.” – Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein.
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    • GabiByline

    Stand up for the women felled by femicide

    Aug 27, 2020 Go comment!
    On 24 August 2019, a 19-year-old female student at the University of Cape Town named Uyinene Mrwetyana was brutally raped and murdered by a male employee at a post office when she went to pick up a parcel.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Gauteng Council gets going with new executive

    Aug 27, 2020 Go comment!
    At the first post-conference Gauteng Council meeting on 24 August, Professor Karen Milner was elected chairperson, and Harold Jacobs and Dani Mofsovitz vice-chairpersons. I congratulate them on being entrusted with these important leadership positions, and look forward to working with them in their upcoming two-year term of office. All three have been an intrinsic part of the Board’s core work.
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