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The Jewish Report Editorial

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    Machaneh – so much a part of who we are

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    A close friend of mine believes that once December starts, it is time to take the pressure off and not take anything too seriously. I love the sentiment, and see it as an effort not to get stressed in the last couple of weeks before the holidays begin. It’s about not letting issues – no matter how big – make you feel negative, stressed, or upset.
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    South Africa isn’t an anti-Semitic country

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    Any whiff of anti-Semitism in this country, and you are likely to read about it in this newspaper. In fact, some have criticised us for our coverage of anti-Semitism on social media, making it look like we have a bigger problem than we really do.
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    The glass is definitely half full

    Nov 14, 2019 Go comment!
    When a friend on Facebook recently told me that I was so lucky to be living in South Africa, I had to stop myself launching into all the reasons she was wrong. Go figure! It was instinctive. Clearly proves that I am a hard and fast South African.
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    United we stand

    Nov 07, 2019 Go comment!
    There was undoubtedly a positive shift in our outlook this week. We went from being in the doldrums over Moody’s taking us to the brink of junk status; the news that unemployment has risen; and there being no light at the end of the economic tunnel, to sheer joy. All this in just 80 minutes!
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    In the steps of Andalucian Jews

    Oct 31, 2019 Go comment!
    Sometimes you need to step outside your environment to appreciate what you have. This was the case for me over the past couple of weeks.
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    We should sweat the small stuff

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Having spent last Sukkot in Israel, I have an abiding image of a man with a long beard on a bicycle with a small sukkah attached to it. He was making his way down a busy one-way road with three or four lanes in Tel Aviv.
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    South African citizens just want peace

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I will pray for peace and harmony. I will especially pray for an end to anti-Semitism.
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    The scourge of social media

    Sep 19, 2019 Go comment!
    I fear for our youth, what with the ugly face of social media. This week, there seems – unwittingly – to be a theme to this newspaper. It’s how social media gives people a licence to say and do the most dreadful things, and get away with it. I don’t believe most people would do or say the same things face to face, but on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, apparently anything goes.
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    Let’s use our power for change

    Sep 12, 2019 Go comment!
    There is something outrageously inspiring about sitting in a magnificent ballroom at the Absa Jewish Achiever Awards surrounded by about 900 of the best minds in the community. Also, having put together a magazine in which we profile all those who were shortlisted for awards, I know the calibre of those in the room waiting to hear the results.
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    Talk is cheap, action is priceless

    Sep 05, 2019 Go comment!
    This has been a crazy week in South Africa, one in which even the sunniest optimist has been hammered.
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    Making their Marx: heroes who beat the odds

    Aug 29, 2019 Go comment!
    The name Kiki Marx is on so many lips this week. I can’t tell you how many times last Saturday I was told that this woman – a local Johannesburg anaesthetist – was challenging herself to swim the English Channel.
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    Finding the silver lining

    Aug 22, 2019 Go comment!
    This appears to be a week of positivity or rather a time when a few of us “opinionistas” in this newspaper are telling the rest of us that there is reason to see the silver lining around the dark cloud.
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    Stop fighting and start working together

    Aug 15, 2019 Go comment!
    The last thing any of us would want is for the CSO (Community Security Organisation) to be under threat – or so it would seem.
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    Fighting for those rights we don’t have

    Aug 08, 2019 Go comment!
    Had I been born 100 years or so ago, I probably would have been a suffragette because my rights – and those of other women – are integral to who I am. I refuse to be spoken down to or made to feel less than I am because I’m a woman.
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    Being a part of the world Jewish club

    Aug 01, 2019 Go comment!
    When I was in Israel towards the end of last year, and had the chance to ask Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu one question, I left feeling slighted. I asked him what Israel was doing to help the South African Jewish community at the heart of the “new anti-Semitism” (traditional anti-Semitism intertwined with the delegitimisation of Israel) who were feeling the brunt of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. He made light of it, as did the Israeli media.
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    Singing our journey and hopes for SA

    Jul 18, 2019 Go comment!
    “One of the greatest soundtracks of our lives has just ended,” wrote Arthur Goldstuck on Facebook on Tuesday night, just hours after legendary musician Johnny Clegg had died.
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    Shooting from the hip

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    A Johannesburg man told his father-in-law this week that he was ashamed to be a Jew because the SA Jewish Report “named and shamed a Jew to other Jews” to (apparently) sell newspapers. They had this conversation via cell phone voice notes that were distributed to members of the community.
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    Adam’s death is our wake-up call

    Jul 04, 2019 Go comment!
    When the news of Adam Seef’s death started filtering into this community, there was disbelief and shock across the board.
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    Statistics can be used and abused

    Jun 27, 2019 Go comment!
    Statistics can be useful when used properly, or troublesome if misused or abused. In some cases, this misuse can be accidental.
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    We should pull together, not apart

    Jun 20, 2019 Go comment!
    We are a small, tight-knit community with many diverse interests, talents, and strong views. It is this that makes us interesting and helps us to punch well above our weight.
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