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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Manners maketh parenting

    Jun 20, 2019 Go comment!
    I am aware that any column I write in which I complain about the behaviour of children at shul will paint me as an old kvetch (persistent complainer). And whereas I might be, I need to disclaim the following:
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    • ivor

    The new anti-Semitism

    Jun 13, 2019 Go comment!
    Like many people, I am deeply distressed and surprised by the growth of anti-Semitism in left-wing circles. Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is typical of a wider phenomenon. Anti-Zionism has given a fig leaf to expressions of hostility to Jews.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Remembering June 16

    Jun 13, 2019 Go comment!
    On 16 June 2006, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) led a Jewish community delegation to Soweto to take part in events commemorating the 30th anniversary of the protests that sparked what would come to be known as the Soweto uprising.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Shavuot inspires this reluctant shul goer

    Jun 13, 2019 Go comment!
    I have never really loved being in shul. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy what the community has to offer, and I don’t appreciate the value of prayer.
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    • Geoff

    How pictures change the story

    Jun 13, 2019 Go comment!
    The heartrending picture of the lifeless body of a young Syrian boy on a Greek beach, one of 12 Syrians who drowned in 2015 attempting to reach the Greek island of Kos, encapsulates the extraordinary risks refugees take to reach the West.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Securing the religious rights of SA Jewry

    Jun 06, 2019 1 Comment
    A vital part of the mandate of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) is to ensure that members of our community can practice their religion without being unfairly disadvantaged. In the main, this work involves resolving problems that arise when university examinations are held on Shabbat or Yom Tov. We work on an ongoing basis with the relevant universities, and sometimes private colleges, to make suitable alternative arrangements for writing when it is not possible for dates to be changed.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Girls are made of sugar and spice

    Jun 06, 2019 Go comment!
    By Sunday night, I had the answer to the question: “Would you consider adopting Abby?” I had messaged two friends. “We will continue to pay the cost of her tuition, and will cover her hair products.” I didn’t want to blindside anyone, especially as I know that keeping her hair in the perfect curl sets us back monthly. It’s a line item in the family budget.
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    • Geoff

    Desperate measures for messy times

    Jun 06, 2019 Go comment!
    Some people find it difficult to agree with United States President Donald Trump on almost anything. However, he was right when he said, with characteristic arrogance, that Israeli election politics is “all messed up”.
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    • JudithAncer

    Child Protection Week: Red Riding Hood and the big bad internet

    May 30, 2019 Go comment!
    Once upon a time, there was a girl called Little Red Riding Hood. Or Lexi. Or Esther. She kissed her mother, who stood at the garden gate, or went shopping, or watched her favourite TV programme.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    L’hitraot to an esteemed colleague

    May 30, 2019 Go comment!
    This week, we bade farewell to one of our most valued colleagues. Shirley Beagle joined the staff of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) in 2002, and soon made herself indispensable to the organisation. She became the administrative backbone of the board, the behind-the-scenes planner and co-ordinator who made things happen, and who consistently went beyond the call of duty to ensure that everything proceeded as planned. For this, she was a deserved recipient of the Eric Samson Mendel Kaplan Award, presented to her at the board’s last national conference in 2017.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    What’s okay to speak about?

    May 30, 2019 Go comment!
    As Jews, we are governed by the strict laws of lashon hara (evil tongue), but are also given clear instructions about when we are not only authorised to – but are in fact obligated to – speak out.
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    • Geoff

    Wear your kippa to the bundestag!

    May 30, 2019 Go comment!
    Blank spaces in a newspaper can speak as loudly as words. In 1985, South African anti-apartheid newspaper, the Weekly Mail, was bombarded one day by the powerful security police acting as state censors, who used red pens to cross out numerous words or lines, and whole pictures and stories to prevent publication. Rather than simply comply, however, the paper printed the issue with heavy black lines crossing whole sections, and censored pictures removed completely, leaving blank spaces.
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    • StevenGruzdWin

    Any impact of Iranian sanctions on SA?

    May 23, 2019 Go comment!
    The Unites States is set to impose sanctions on countries importing oil from Iran from 2 May, phased in over 60 days. South Africa does not import much oil from Iran, so will this have an impact on us?
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Life just isn’t like Hollywood

    May 23, 2019 Go comment!
    Not for the first time, it became clear to me how much Hollywood creates expectations that will seldom be met. It was around 12:00 on Wednesday, when I lay on the bathroom floor unable, and quite frankly unwilling, to get up.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Survey offers invaluable perspective on SA Jewry

    May 23, 2019 Go comment!
    Last week, after a lengthy process of testing and piloting, the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town (UCT) launched its Jewish Community Survey of South Africa.
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    • Geoff

    What are we doing to our children?

    May 23, 2019 Go comment!
    There is so much hatred in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after 70 years, it is impossible to conceive of children not absorbing it. Whatever one’s view is about the politics of the conflict, both sides face the question of what to teach their children. For Israelis: are all Palestinians terrorists? For Palestinians: are all Israelis oppressors? To sane adults, it is obvious neither side can be simply defined. But can a small child withstand the cynicism and expediency of adults?
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    • Wayne Sussman

    Northern suburbs Jews have impact on vote

    May 16, 2019 Go comment!
    Before the elections, I said that I would love to see a heat map showing where major party personalities were campaigning in 2019 compared to 2014.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    How long can you go without your cell phone?

    May 16, 2019 Go comment!
    Last week, I nervously proposed an idea to the family. I suggested that for one hour from when we sat down to dinner, we would all set aside our cell phones. I discussed it with my wife, who obviously endorsed the idea as phones have long been a bug-bear of hers. So much so that she can go for four days without remembering to check her WhatsApp messages and missed calls. It was our teenagers that I was worried about. And in all honesty, I wasn’t sure exactly how I would cope.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Democracy the real winner of 2019 elections

    May 16, 2019 Go comment!
    However one interprets the results, last week’s national and provincial elections undoubtedly ushered in a new era in the history of our democracy, one that hopefully will result in the country getting back on course after what has been a troubled decade.
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    • Geoff

    Did I vote right?

    May 16, 2019 Go comment!
    Amidst the complicated post-election analyses going on in South Africa and Israel, ordinary people are often confused. And, notwithstanding the intellectual analyses, most people actually voted on a “tribal” basis. By this, I mean that when they got into the voting booth, their emotions dominated their intellect – that’s where they placed their cross.
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