Op-eds

    • Nicolas

    Palestinian child’s death unites Jerusalem community

    Jan 30, 2020 Go comment!
    (JTA) On Friday, in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, eight-year-old Qais Abd Abu Ramileh drowned in a pit filled by last week’s torrential rains. Reading the news after Shabbat, I was saddened to hear about Ramileh’s death.
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    • RonaldLauder

    Dwindling Holocaust survivors leave it up to us to speak out against hate

    Jan 30, 2020 Go comment!
    (JTA) It’s a fact well-documented and well worth repeating: within 25 years, it’s likely that no survivors of the Holocaust will be alive.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Dynamic SAUJS helps Jewish students find their feet

    Jan 30, 2020 Go comment!
    This week, the university academic year commenced with the traditional orientation week, in which first-time students in particular were exposed to the rich and diverse range of extra-curricular activities offered by the various on-campus societies.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Another Sunday in South Africa

    Jan 30, 2020 Go comment!
    On Sunday, my son was scammed at an ATM. He was going to fill up his car, and I asked him, while at the garage, to draw some cash for me. Within minutes, he was surrounded and bamboozled, the card had been stolen, and a significant amount of funds removed from the account. Once again, we had become victims of crime.
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    • Geoff

    Slavish protocol that can kill

    Jan 30, 2020 Go comment!
    In this country, we have become so obsessed with political correctness and the power of political factions that we face serious danger. One such area is healthcare. The coronavirus sweeping China isn’t just something unpleasant happening on the other side of the world. We are connected through global travel, so whatever happens in one place affects everyone.
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    • GrantGochin

    Lithuania’s Holocaust memory – “reliable” or “unreliable”?

    Jan 23, 2020 1 Comment
    Many South African Jews are descended from an immigration wave from Lithuania in the 1920s. Our grandparents seldom explained the context; here it is.
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    • Geoff

    SA, where we are free to do the time warp again

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    In spite of many areas that have declined in South Africa since the end of apartheid, a shining achievement is the fact that we have freedom of speech comparable with the best in the Western world. It’s enforced by our Constitution.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Deutschland über Chai

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    I was driving home from a wedding on Sunday night when the strangest song started playing in the car. It was in German, and it turned out that my son had connected his music to the sound system. As I am constantly in search of material for my show, I listened closely, and deemed that it would be a great choice for the 07:00 slot.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Destruction and defiance

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    “Mir zaynen do!”(We are here!) The defiant concluding words of the Partisan Song constitute a ringing declaration by the Jewish people that in spite of the unspeakable crimes of those seeking their destruction, am Yisrael chai (the nation of Israel still lives). They remind us that when remembering those whose lives were so cruelly and unjustly extinguished, we are also testifying that for all the harm they were able to inflict on us, our enemies failed to eradicate the Jewish people altogether. This is why the Partisan Song has become one of the chief anthems of Holocaust survivors and is today sung at Yom Hashoah ceremonies the world over. For the same reason, the title March of the Living was chosen for the programme which brings people to Poland on commemorative and educational visits to Holocaust-related sites.
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    • MikeAbel

    Anti-Semitic backlash only strengthens resolve to fight prejudice

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The other day, I was asked a shocking question on social media.
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    • RowanPolovin

    Politicisation of Yad Vashem trip insensitive and ignorant

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    It is appalling that Khalid Sayed, the African National Congress (ANC) shadow MEC for education and chairperson of the ANC Youth League in the Western Cape, politicised an educators’ trip of officials from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to Yad Vashem in December 2019.
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    • Marc Falconer

    The times they are a’changing

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    I can’t believe that it’s just my daughters whose favourite emoji – in their WhatsApp correspondence with me in any event – is that pinched little face with the rolling eyes. And there is nothing quite like the phrase “in my day” or “when I was at school” to elicit the virtual roll or an actual real-life version.
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    • RonelKlatzkin

    How to master anxiety about maths

    Jan 16, 2020 1 Comment
    X + 2y = 3z. This is the stuff of which nightmares are made. Even 20 years after leaving school, we can still wake up in a sweat from a maths-related dream. Maths anxiety (MA) is a debilitating but learned behaviour. As South African youth commence the new academic year, it’s pertinent for teachers and parents to be at the forefront of addressing this problem that begins at school.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    A day on the river

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The closest I ever got to acquiring sea legs was on a kosher cruise we took as a family some years ago. This is why it was no surprise to me that we weren’t the most proficient when we hired a single engine boat for a day on the Keurbooms River near Plettenberg Bay during the holidays.
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    • Geoff

    Welcome to the whirligig

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The ten seconds that the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force had to decide whether or not to shoot down the Ukrainian passenger plane over his military base last week typifies today’s superheated digital world.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    The SAJBD: always open for business

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The work of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) naturally slows down over the December break, but it never stops altogether. There are always issues that arise that have to be dealt with there and then. These can range from renewed upsurges of violence in the Middle East, incidents of anti-Semitism, and even natural disasters (the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami involved extensive activity on behalf of South Africans caught up in the tragedy).
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    • milton shain

    Much a Jew about the ADL survey

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Global Survey which recently identified South Africa as second only to Poland in the anti-Jewish stakes has been greeted with disbelief by a range of Jewish voices, including the South African Jewish Board of Deputies. For Professor Karen Milner, the vice-chairperson of the board, “many of the findings concerning South Africa are at best highly questionable and sometimes clearly wrong”. In a powerfully worded statement, the board disparaged the ADL’s methodology, essentially accusing it of Eurocentrism, while pointing out that there have been very few anti-Jewish incidents in South Africa – something the board monitors professionally and closely.
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    • DawnNathanJones (3)

    Tunzi the ambassador we didn’t know we needed

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    I was privileged to meet Zozibini Tunzi at the FAIRLADY Women of the Future 2019 Awards, where I was one of the judges. She had just been crowned Miss South Africa. It’s no surprise to me therefore that just four months later, she would meet the world as Miss Universe.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    2019 in retrospect

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Modern life moves at a bewilderingly fast pace. No sooner has one come to the end of one project than it is time to embark on the next, leaving little time to reflect on what has been accomplished. The year’s final “Above Board” column is thus always an opportune time to reflect on the highlights of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies’ (SAJBD’s) activities during the previous 12 months.
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    • Geoff

    The State Theatre: bullies in the wings

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Why would a professional who has given a whole career to the arts industry suddenly be deemed racist? On Sunday, I attended a performance by South African-born performance artist Albert Silindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza at Pretoria’s South African State Theatre, accompanied by arts journalist Robyn Sassen.
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