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The Jewish Report Editorial

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    South African Jews are not the Israeli government!

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    Pesach is about Freedom. Pesach is about learning not to cower when someone demeans you. Pesach is about getting out of a bad situation, as tough as that may be. Pesach is about standing up for your rights. Pesach is upon us and, as you can see from the myriad articles we have in this newspaper, there are so many things we can learn at this time of year.
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    The week that went horribly wrong

    Apr 11, 2019 Go comment!
    Last week came so close to ending on a high note for South African Jewry after Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) almost seemed to pass us by without any distress.
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    Israel Apartheid Week 2019: a damp squib

    Apr 04, 2019 Go comment!
    Every year for more than a decade, universities begin their countdown to Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) when the academic year begins. This week, it is the 15th such dreaded week on campuses around the country.
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    When good men do something, lives are saved

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    As visuals of the horrific conditions in Mozambique following the cyclone flickered on screens around South Africa over the past week or so, I could not help thinking of that saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
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    Similarities finding friendship under fire

    Mar 22, 2019 Go comment!
    The date 15 March has historically been an unlucky day. It all started when Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by his closest allies, who conspired against him. That murder on the Ides of March changed the path of history – and not in a positive way.
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    Human rights are human rights, however you look at them

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    We are winging our way towards Human Rights Day (21 March), the first public holiday of the year, which coincides with Purim. I can’t help but wonder about our concept of human rights and what it means, not least of all, to our government.
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    The countdown to elections in SA and Israel

    Mar 07, 2019 Go comment!
    It is election season in Israel and South Africa, with the Jewish state’s big day coming up on 9 April and ours one month later, on 8 May. Both our nations are counting down to the day that will have a massive impact on the future.
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    Pay back the money!

    Feb 28, 2019 Go comment!
    Waking up last Sunday morning to headlines in the Sunday Times about R139 billion being stolen from Eskom coffers was enough to spoil any weekend breakfast.
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    No place for bullying

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    I can’t bear bullies! I know I am not alone in having a serious aversion to anyone or any group who tries to make themselves feel better by making others feel bad about themselves. I can’t stand people who push others around just because they are not able – for whatever reason – to stand up to them.
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    Cutting off your nose to spite your face

    Feb 14, 2019 Go comment!
    Do you know the expression, “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face?” It is a warning against pursuing revenge in a way that will damage you more than the object of your anger. Well, it seems quite clear that Boycott Divestment Sanctions South Africa (BDS-SA) is determined to do just that.
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    To be brave and bold and stand up for what is right

    Feb 07, 2019 Go comment!
    To be brave and stand up against something you believe is wrong is tough. Going against the grain is never easy. Trying to get people who are set in their ways and beliefs to change them requires huge emotional and spiritual strength.
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    How Jewish is Jewish enough?

    Jan 31, 2019 1 Comment
    What does it mean not to be Jewish enough? Surely, you are either Jewish or you aren’t. And if somebody thinks that another person is not Jewish enough, what exactly does that mean about them?
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    Fight hatred with family values and caring

    Jan 24, 2019 Go comment!
    Three weeks into the year, and that holiday feeling seems to have faded fast. The year’s stresses and tensions are building. School has begun, and universities are gearing up to open their doors.
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    Coming out of the silly season

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    As we do our best to get back into the swing of things and drag our brains back kicking and screaming from our relaxing holidays, it is hard to imagine that it’s back to the grindstone. There is something so luxurious about waking up in the morning without any set plans.
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    Friends where you didn’t know you had any

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    When the world seems like a dark place, there are always pockets of light and love.
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    A Chanukah of tough decisions

    Dec 06, 2018 Go comment!
    What a week for this community! During the week of Chanukah, we have Hamas hobnobbing with the ANC, and Cape Town’s Beit Midrash Morasha shul experiencing a fire that destroyed five Sifrei Torah.
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    What does being at ground zero mean for us?

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    Why is it that we so often don’t see the full reality of the situation we are living in until it is reflected through someone else’s eyes?
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    A small protest that brought out the worst in us

    Nov 22, 2018 3 Comments
    Two Herzlia Grade 9 boys went down on one knee in front of their parents and their school during the Israeli national anthem at their annual prize giving. They were clearly protesting the government of the state of Israel. Those are the facts.
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    The catch-22 situation that is Gaza

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    As I was heading home on Tuesday, I heard on ChaiFM that 460 rockets had been fired from Gaza into Israel since late Sunday. That is an outrageous number. If every one of them hit inhabited areas, thousands of Israelis would have been killed.
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    Facing growing anti-Semitism together

    Nov 08, 2018 Go comment!
    When I received the sinister anti-Semitic voice note that had been sent by a KwaZulu-Natal private school boy to a Jewish girl in Johannesburg, my blood went cold.
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