Op-eds

    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Gang rape: what’s wrong with our boys

    Aug 27, 2020 Go comment!
    It pains me to write this. It pained me to speak about it on my show, and even more so to discuss it with my family. It would be much easier to ignore it completely, and hope to never hear of it again. But some stories need to be discussed and understood whether we like it or not.
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    • BarrySchoub

    Fewer restrictions, but complacency puts us in peril

    Aug 20, 2020 1 Comment
    The announcement by the president of progress to lockdown level 2 from 18 August and the consequent lifting of the great majority of infection-control restrictions has been largely welcomed.
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    • CarronZinmanByline

    Through the eye of the storm

    Aug 20, 2020 1 Comment
    We were preparing for the pandemic to hit us, and had anticipated that in the worst-case scenario, we could have hospital beds in our reception area, and a tent in our parking lot reminiscent of Italy.
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    • HarryJoffe

    Bond between Israel and UAE good for all sides

    Aug 20, 2020 Go comment!
    On Thursday, the news broke that Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had agreed to a full normalisation of relations, the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country in 26 years. The question is, why did it happen now or, to put it another way, how do all sides benefit from this?
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Zooming into perspective

    Aug 20, 2020 1 Comment
    On Sunday, we celebrated the Barmitzvah of the son of a close friend. It took place on Zoom, as has been the 2020 way. Although I initially felt saddened that I couldn’t be at the leining and the party, I was quickly drawn into the energy and simcha, and surprised myself with how much I enjoyed it. I somehow felt part of the function and connected to the family, all through the lens of my Macbook Pro.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Record participation in Gauteng council conference

    Aug 20, 2020 Go comment!
    The first-ever online South African Jewish Board of Deputies regional conference went ahead without any serious hitches on Sunday, 16 August, with speaker Dr Edith Eger drawing attendance well in excess of 14 000 to the second part of the event.
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    • DrDanByline

    We’re not out of the woods, but there are some spring shoots

    Aug 13, 2020 Go comment!
    A palpable sense of anticipation has begun to permeate our homes. This isn’t uncommon for the latter part of August, for the renewal of spring and a new Jewish year awaits us.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    It’s the little things we remember

    Aug 13, 2020 1 Comment
    My son, who was wearing a kippah, walked into the iStore over the weekend and asked the sales assistant for help with his laptop. The perfectly polite technician looked at the machine, quoted the price, and then said he should come back in two days to collect it.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Mr Justice Ralph Zulman, o”h

    Aug 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Over the weekend, we were saddened to learn of the passing of our esteemed friend and colleague, Judge Ralph Zulman.
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    • JTAOpEdCharlottesville

    Three years since Charlottesville, we’re suing the alt-right

    Aug 13, 2020 Go comment!
    (JTA) Three years ago today [12 August], the country watched in horror as neo-Nazis and white supremacists attacked Charlottesville, Virginia.
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    • HowardSackstein

    Killing the Red Prince on Women’s Day

    Aug 06, 2020 8 Comments
    This year, Women’s Day falls on Sunday, and by edict of South African law, the following day will be yet another day where people just don’t go to work. In a world where time has lost its meaning, where days fold into each other like egg-whites, and where we struggle to decipher the day or date or time, Women’s Day this year may well pass unnoticed.
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    • BonitaMeyersfeld2 WHITE

    Women’s Day: no cause to celebrate

    Aug 06, 2020 1 Comment
    In my husband’s family, everything is celebrated: a marginal increase in school grades; a lucrative month in the family business; a friend’s successful sporting accomplishment; even the pet’s birthday. Any of these, and more, trigger the champagne and dinner reservations.
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    • SheriFanaroff

    Now’s not the time to drop your mask

    Aug 06, 2020 Go comment!
    After 134 days of lockdown, the pervasive sense I get from my patients is that they are “over it” and just want to get on with their lives. People have become desensitised to the large numbers of new cases reported so that when we have a day with “only 7 000” new cases and “only 120” deaths reported in our country, it feels like we are doing well.
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    • WIZOColumnPic

    WIZO celebrates women every day

    Aug 06, 2020 Go comment!
    World WIZO (the Women’s International Zionist Organisation) celebrated its official centenary on 11 July 2020. There were greetings and celebratory messages from the 50 WIZO federations around the world, including ours. Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sent personal video messages of congratulation to the organisation and all its federations, acknowledging them for the critical role they play in uplifting Israel, and paying homage to WIZO’s incredible longevity.
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    • DanielleSack

    Starting conversations

    Aug 06, 2020 Go comment!
    I’ve been told I’m quite shy. I talk only when comfortable, amongst loved ones, or in familiar spaces. I’m also passionate. I love learning new things, and often invest time in the things that I love, like music and writing.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Gauteng conference on track and online

    Aug 06, 2020 Go comment!
    On the day when the first coronavirus case in the Jewish community was announced – 11 March 2020 – the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) convened a meeting of the community leadership to understand the issues and plan and co-ordinate our response. Thirty-five leaders from Johannesburg and six from Pretoria, Durban, and Cape Town attended, together with experts in the field of infectious diseases, Professor Barry Schoub and Dr Richard Friedland. Since then, this forum has been convened regularly to determine how to respond to ever-changing circumstances.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    When protest becomes a drama

    Aug 06, 2020 1 Comment
    An article in the New York Post put it into perspective for me. The headline read, “Teachers bring coffins, guillotine while protesting NYC schools reopening plan”. Apparently, they weren’t happy about the opening of schools, and decided that the best way to show their distaste was by accessorising with death paraphernalia. Because nothing says “death” quite like a coffin does.
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    • DanielIsrael2

    Pandemic clears path to e-medicine

    Jul 30, 2020 Go comment!
    A couple of years ago, a telephone call to your GP was a pre-emptive stab at whether you were on the right track with a problem. It was an unscheduled and often inconvenient effort that opened a small window for any meaningful assessment or treatment. The invent of e-medicine technology and the 2020 advent of COVID-19 has fast changed this reality.
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    • RuthBenjamin

    While in lockdown, go for excellence

    Jul 30, 2020 Go comment!
    How will we fill our time? That’s a question designed for boredom!
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Ehrenreich ruling proves power of words

    Jul 30, 2020 Go comment!
    Some items appear to have been on the agenda of the council of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) forever, and one of these has been our case against former Congress of South African Trade Unions Western Cape leader Tony Ehrenreich.
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