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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Don’t break the chain that is Pesach

    Apr 18, 2019 1 Comment
    As a child, I loved Pesach. I loved changing over to the weird, outdated crockery and mismatched cutlery. I loved my new clothes that signalled the start of winter, that were too hot to wear in April, but worth enduring in any event. That is, just because it was Pesach. And I loved my new shoes that would blister my feet, but I knew would improve by the end of the festival.
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    • Geoff

    Is your democracy more flawed than mine?

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    In spite of the doom and gloom which characterises South Africans’ mood these days following the catastrophe of former President Jacob Zuma’s tenure, South Africa’s democracy is still relatively healthy, although with shortcomings.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    How IAW travesty became ‘Israel Awareness Week’

    Apr 11, 2019 Go comment!
    Jewish students are at the coalface of defending Israel, particularly during the infamous Israel Apartheid Week (IAW).
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Appreciate each step towards the ballot box

    Apr 11, 2019 Go comment!
    It’s Tuesday, 9 April 2019, and as I write this, Israelis are casting their vote. They have from 07:00 this morning until 22:00 this evening to do so. Already, my social media feeds are flooded with photos of families celebrating the right to choose the future direction of the country.
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    ‘Star and Crescent’ sheds light on ancient co-existence

    Apr 11, 2019 Go comment!
    From the early 600s CE, Jews and Muslims have co-existed, at times peacefully and at other times contentiously. Historical perspective is important to understand what we have in common and what sets us apart. It helps us to minimise conflict and forge closer ties.
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    • Geoff

    Cry the beloved SA Jewry

    Apr 11, 2019 Go comment!
    The African National Congress (ANC)-led government does not kowtow to Jewish interests nearly as much as South African governments once did, particularly in relation to Israel.
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    • Milton

    UCT’s lack of principle

    Apr 04, 2019 Go comment!
    In much the same way as University of Cape Town (UCT) academics took Karl Marx seriously in the 1970s and 1980s, so they have now heeded the advice of the less famous Marx. “These are my principles and if you don’t like them… well, I have others,” said Groucho.
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    • AubreyKatzef

    Just one week before the elections, and nothing is foolproof

    Apr 04, 2019 Go comment!
    By this time next week, Israel’s election will be over, but the winner at this point is not 100% certain. Though the polls are now more or less consistent, their accuracy is not foolproof.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Setback for UCT boycotters

    Apr 04, 2019 Go comment!
    On Saturday last week, the council of the University of Cape Town (UCT) declined to adopt a senate resolution that the university imposes an academic boycott against its Israeli counterparts. Instead, the matter was referred back to the senate, since it was felt that “a number of issues required clarification, including a full assessment of the sustainability impact of the resolution, and a more consultative process was necessary before the matter could be considered any further”.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Charidy’s missteps start with misspelling

    Apr 04, 2019 Go comment!
    Remember when we poured ice water over our own heads, and claimed that we did so in the name of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)? If that wasn’t bad enough, we then nominated others to do the same, publicly. There was an implied message that if we didn’t participate, we simply didn’t care about Joost van der Westhuizen, who was an ALS sufferer.
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    • Geoff

    Who really is the son of the soil?

    Apr 04, 2019 Go comment!
    An alien from Mars landing in Johannesburg would see many smiling posters from political parties fixed to street poles, and think that everyone is so polite, in spite of the tough battle going on for peoples’ votes in the upcoming election.
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    • AdinaRothNew

    Megillat Esther and Batmitzvah: encouraging female leadership

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    One of the more challenging aspects of modern Jewish communal life is how to engage teens in their Judaism post Barmitzvah and Batmitzvah.
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    • AubreyKatzef

    Israeli parties take care not to say anything stupid

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    In 1981, Prime Minister Menachem Begin was standing for re-election. He had come to power in a surprise victory in 1977 over the Labour Party, but this time the polls were showing that he was going to lose to that party.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    UCT’s proposed Israel boycott a moral outrage

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    In the early years of this century, attempted boycotts of Israeli universities and academics emerged as a new weapon against the Jewish state. At the institutional level, the campaign has made minimal gains, with all universities resisting pressure to accede to boycotters’ demands. It has, however, led to instances of Israeli academics being blackballed, excluded, and effectively banned in various forums, as well as provoking numerous ugly confrontations on university campuses the world over, including in South Africa.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    UCT: a Jew unfriendly university

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    The academic boycott of Israel by the University of Cape Town (UCT) is closer than it has ever been. The boycott has been approved by students and the senate, and now it will go to the university council on 30 March for a final vote.
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    • Geoff

    We, the dispossessed

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    There was a reminder of apartheid’s madness on 11 February. Five hundred former residents and families of District Six in Cape Town – proclaimed a “whites only” area in 1966 and demolished according to the Group Areas Act – gathered at the Castle of Good Hope for a memorial.
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    • DavidBilchitz

    Creating a different future for Israelis and Palestinians

    Mar 22, 2019 Go comment!
    As elections approach in Israel, many who care deeply for its future hope for positive change in the status quo. Sadly, in South Africa, the current discussion on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) is caught in a disturbing polarity.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    #MakeUsCount set to deliver great debates

    Mar 22, 2019 Go comment!
    Last week, two further events were held under the auspices of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) as part of our #MakeUsCount election awareness campaign. On Tuesday, together with national director Wendy Kahn, I joined the SAJBD KZN council in honouring Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and former ANC treasurer Zweli Mkhize for his many years of support for the board and the Jewish community. It was indicative of this warm friendship that Mkhize attended despite the recent passing of his brother.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Don’t immigrate in the dark

    Mar 22, 2019 Go comment!
    There are few experiences that encourage immigration quite like load shedding does. The dark is depressing, frustrating, infuriating and disempowering, all at once. It forces us to assess whether it is worth staying here, and whether we truly believe that things will get better.
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    • Geoff

    Youth as leaders

    Mar 22, 2019 Go comment!
    When a teenager smashed an egg over the head of Australian Senator Fraser Anning last week, it was a potent act of protest which will rightly be spoken about, and probably imitated, for many years to come.
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