Op-eds

    • Howard Feldman 2018

    This year was captured by Marelize

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    TS Eliot would have been proud of 2019. He would have sat up straight and taken notice. About the year that was, Eliot could never have written his now famous words, “This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.”
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    • 2a-David Saks stats

    Anti-Semitism survey has glaring contradictions

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Anti-Semitism, apart from being a vile and dangerous phenomenon, is also highly complex. Accordingly, the fight against it requires a multifaceted strategy.
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    • JordanIsraelSATradeAmitLev

    Israeli companies can’t apply ‘cookie-cutter’ approach to SA

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Open a newspaper in Israel on any given day, and you will probably see an article about an Israeli company having just been bought by an international corporate, one that has just been listed on the stock exchange, or a big success story about an Israeli tech company. Many of these stories will be extraordinary, disruptive, and inspiring.
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    • BryanShimmel

    HIV/AIDS treatment about education as well as access

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    It’s nearly four decades since the first cases of HIV were diagnosed in the United States. In the first decade, the virus took down the biggest icons in the world. The deaths of film star Rock Hudson, superstars Freddie Mercury, and Liberace were a chilling signal that this virus didn’t discriminate. Anyone who was infected was doomed to an untimely agonising, lesion-infested demise.
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    • Habo9

    A tale of three trommels

    Dec 05, 2019 2 Comments
    When my two teenage daughters heard I was writing about what kids pack for their annual machaneh (summer camp) at the coast, they objected vehemently to being written about. So we’ll just call them Sylvia* and Bernice*.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    ADL survey not an accurate reflection of SA

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Not only those of us in the field, but even ordinary community members were taken by surprise by the results of a new survey into anti-Semitic attitudes conducted under the auspices of the Anti-Defamation League.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Trommel and strife

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    This weekend, we will be celebrating. All of our camp going children will have left for three weeks, and we intend to enjoy every second of it. I intend kicking off the event by using the word “me” in a conversation with my wife, and I fully expect her to do the same.
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    • Geoff

    Our ‘spoilt brat’ heroes

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Those of us who were adults at universities in the 1970s and 1980s had a socialist bent, and the goal of keeping workers content was deeply felt. It overrode many other things.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Looking back with gratitude and forward with confidence

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    This past Sunday, we celebrated an historic occasion: the extraordinary legacy of Rabbi Moshe Kurtstag, Rabbi Boruch Rapoport, and Rabbi Zadok Suchard. These three names are synonymous with Jewish life in South Africa. They are three pillars of the community, and three dayanim who have devoted a staggering combined 105 years of service between them as the leaders of the Beth Din.
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    • Steven Gruzd

    Zuma’s downfall holds lessons for King Bibi

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    Israel crashed into unchartered waters last Thursday when Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced the indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. In three separate corruption cases, Netanyahu is accused of accepting luxury gifts from rich friends and granting favours to telecoms and media tycoons in return for positive news coverage.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    End of the line for UCT Israel boycott

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    The door was finally closed last week on long-running efforts by anti-Israel pressure groups to get the University of Cape Town to impose a boycott on its Israeli counterparts. In March this year, the UCT senate went so far as to pass a resolution to boycott Israeli universities deemed to be “enabling” rights violations. However, the UCT council determined that a more consultative process along with an assessment of the impact of the resolution on the institution’s sustainability was needed, and referred the matter back to senate. At its meeting on Friday, the senate again considered the boycott question, and this time resoundingly rejected it, with more than two-thirds of members voting to rescind the March resolution.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Merry Christmas and happy Boney M

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    One of my favourite anecdotes was recounted to me by an American friend who lives in Israel. She was talking about her ultra-Orthodox grandmother who had lived in New York most of her life. As her “ommi” aged, she began to struggle with the weather, particularly the winter which resulted in her being apartment bound. As a solution, the family convinced her to retire, along with many of her friends, to Miami, Florida.
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    • Geoff

    Stains that can’t be removed

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    Legacy is important to anyone. What will you be remembered for? Too many heroes of the struggle against apartheid who gave their all for it and were admired, became corrupt and immoral when the struggle was over. Former President Jacob Zuma, who was head of intelligence of the African National Congress (ANC), went on to become the epitome of corrupt government, leading to the country being robbed of billions of rands. The shine he and his ilk had during Nelson Mandela’s days is long gone.
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    • Peta low

    Stepping off the treadmill for Shabbos

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    In the run-up to the Shabbos Project last week, I heard numerous people say it was passé and had had its time. Some even said the chief rabbi, who created the Shabbos Project seven years ago, needs to come up with a new innovation.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Pretoria Council turns ‘three-score-and-ten’

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    The recent South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) national conference marked the fiftieth such biennial gathering of Jewish community leadership since the establishment of a united, nationally-based board in 1912. At its annual general meeting on Sunday, the SAJBD Pretoria Council likewise celebrated a significant milestone: its 70th anniversary as a distinct regional council of the board. Prior to that, Pretoria had been considered part of the greater Johannesburg region.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Criticism is one thing, insult is another

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    I gave a talk to the Claremont community in Cape Town over Shabbat on how to embrace criticism. As someone who is no stranger to being on the receiving end, I’m often forced to deliberate whether or not to take the message on board.
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    • Geoff

    Words can be poisonous weapons

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    What is a “location”? To most people, it’s a place. But in South Africa, it was once an area inhabited by mainly desperately poor black people. When many South Africans used that word, it suggested a dirty, unsafe area, where poor people cooked pap outdoors.
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    Visitors praise Neve WIZO

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    The Johannesburg treasurer of the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO), Maxine Laffer, last month spent time in Israel visiting Neve WIZO, one of WIZO South Africa’s projects. She was accompanied by Steven Swart, the South African member of parliament for the African Christian Democratic Party, his wife Louise, and their daughter, Siobhan.
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    • EdenPlein

    We cannot forget Yitzhak Rabin

    Nov 14, 2019 1 Comment
    Yitzhak Rabin was an Israeli military hero and political leader, who served two terms as prime minister. He was assassinated while in office on 4 November 1995 in Tel Aviv.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Half full or half empty? Conference considers state of our nation

    Nov 14, 2019 Go comment!
    Telling people to “face reality” generally means saying they should recognise where there are problems instead of burying their heads in the sand. In a different context, though, it can mean precisely the opposite, namely that we should beware of becoming so fixated on the negatives that we fail to take into account where things are going right. Reality, after all, is by definition all-encompassing – it refers just as much to strengths as it does to weaknesses.
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