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    • Geoff

    Fiddling with strangers: why do we think we can?

    Jun 14, 2018 Go comment!
    Do you remember a time in this country when people thought it was witty to call a man who seemed effeminate the derogatory term “moffie”? Such pejorative language made homosexual people frightened to be themselves.
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    • rabbi fox

    Does Judaism allow for abortion?

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    The referendum in Ireland to legalise abortion requires reflection through the prism of Torah. The question itself is a very weighty and onerous one that cannot be decided by populist view and societal norms.
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    • Jordan Moshe

    Throwing the book at anti-Semitic literature

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    It’s one thing to find that you relate to a book’s hero, or feel that his praiseworthy features are not unlike your own. It’s another thing altogether when you pick up a novel and find that the character with whom you share certain attributes is plotting a scheme, has committed murder, or is otherwise derided as villainous in some way.
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    • WIZO

    Empowerment brings hope in tough times

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    It’s been a busy few weeks in WIZO, and despite the many tough challenges Israel’s currently experiencing, there’s also been much to celebrate, especially in the sphere of women’s empowerment, one of WIZO’s main focuses.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Labels and epithets: who are you calling ‘loony’?

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    There is a term which mainstream Jews use for Jews on the far left who show up at Israeli-oriented events and protest against Israel with pro-Palestinian supporters, condemning Israel for its “oppression” of the Palestinians. They are called the “loony left”. Do you endorse or take exception to this label? Among them are members of the group JVJP (Jewish Voices for a Just Peace) who have waved vitriolic anti-Israel banners at Israeli Independence Day celebrations and elsewhere.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Israel boycott reveals its true face once again

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    The #Yallayebo Exhibition, described as “A Photographic Dialogue between South Africa and Israel”, had its official opening at FotoZA Gallery in the Rosebank Mall last Thursday. The event was attended by more than 100 art enthusiasts, dignitaries, community leaders, and members of the media.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    The answer to Jewish anxiety? Better leadership

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    We grew up insecure. I recall so clearly the conversations that my parents had when we were children. Their interactions were coded so that we wouldn’t understand what it was they were talking about. But we did understand, and we knew that many of their friends were leaving and that we had chosen to stay.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Public figures taking sides (mostly) against Israel

    May 31, 2018 1 Comment
    The recent events in Israel and on the Gaza border have garnered the attention of South African public figures and personalities.
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    • ZenKrengel2

    Can South Africa still play a role in the Middle East peace process?

    May 31, 2018 Go comment!
    Over the past six months, much of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies’ (SAJBD) time and resources have been devoted to opposing the projected downgrade of the South African embassy in Israel.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Homelessness: It’s never what you think

    May 31, 2018 Go comment!
    What is the personal story of the black beggar in dirty rags who approaches your car window at a traffic light, pointing to his mouth, asking for food? You often hear complaints from residents of Johannesburg’s middle-class neighbourhoods about being bothered by homeless beggars, making them scared to open their windows.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    The xenophobia crisis 10 years on

    May 31, 2018 Go comment!
    A number of events have been organised to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2008 xenophobia attacks, in which scores of foreign nationals were killed, hundreds injured and tens of thousands left homeless and destitute.
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    • BenitaLevin

    Taxi drivers in Israel giving more than a ride

    May 31, 2018 Go comment!
    There are many people the world over who offer unsolicited advice on a range of issues. In the life-coaching world, I often hear people complain about the interfering mother-in-law, the controlling relative or even the millennial colleague who freely offers his/her opinion without it being requested.
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    • Amb-Ngombane

    Implications of recalling South Africa’s ambassador to Israel

    May 24, 2018 Go comment!
    At 19:30 last Monday, the South African government announced the recall of its ambassador to Israel. This was in the wake of the violent clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinians at Israel’s boundary fence with Gaza earlier that day. More than 60 Palestinians were killed and thousands were wounded.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    We’ll stand up for Israel while building community morale

    May 24, 2018 Go comment!
    Much-needed calm has fallen on the Israel-Gaza border, despite Hamas having threatened to continue to fan the flames of violent confrontation well into next month.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Ways of seeing: you, me and them

    May 24, 2018 Go comment!
    Sam Nzima died on May 12, two days before last week’s killings along the Israel-Gaza border. He was the South African photojournalist for The World newspaper who took the picture during the 1976 Soweto riots of the bloody schoolchild, Hector Pieterson, being carried in the arms of a frantic young boy after being shot by apartheid police.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Defending the indefensible

    May 24, 2018 1 Comment
    When I mentioned on social media that it has not been an easy week to be supportive of Israel in South Africa, the response that I received was: “Shame, it must be so tough on you defending the indefensible.”
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    • BenitaLevin

    Through the eyes of a trendy tourist – a shopaholic’s guide

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    In just over a year since we made aliya, I’ve been amazed at the number of family and friends who have visited this part of the world. Some have come on planned holidays, others for simchas and celebrations. A few have come out of curiosity – to see for themselves what this fascinating cultural and religious centre of Judaism, Islam and Christianity is all about.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    With provocation against Israel so high, SA Jews need to be vigilant

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    The eruption of further deadly violence along the Gaza border earlier this week was a sobering reminder that Israel’s existence is something that many of its neighbours cannot bring themselves to accept, to the point of being prepared to throw away their own, and even their children’s lives in suicidal acts of provocation.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Is there any solid ground in this quicksand of rage?

    May 17, 2018 Go comment!
    South African Jews can be forgiven for being confused about Israel and South Africa, both of which concern them immensely. The abiding feeling is a conflict of loyalties.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Kanye West: Black people’s Natalie Portman

    May 10, 2018 Go comment!
    Kanye West, the African-American rap artist, seems to have placed his well-pedicured feet right in it. “Slavery,” he suggested last week, sounded “like a choice” to him. And then he doubled down and said something about having achieved economic freedom. And intimated that others should do the same.
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