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    Division of Jerusalem ‘not on the cards’

    Jul 23, 2020 Go comment!
    “To expect to wave a magic wand and the settlements would vanish is totally unrealistic. We saw the national nightmare of uprooting 9 000 people from their homes in Gaza in 2005. Israel isn’t going to give up Jerusalem – it’s just not on the cards. There is no way it will re-divide Jerusalem.”
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    Mandela – not just Mr Nice Guy

    Jul 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Nelson Mandela was much more than a famous statesman and democratic leader. He was a person who cared about individuals, listened attentively, and believed in the inherent goodness of humanity.
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    • MicaelaBrowde

    Teaching while wresting with a T-Rex

    Jul 23, 2020 2 Comments
    I saw a post on Twitter last week that really spoke to me.
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    • ClydeAckerman

    Lockdown creates thirst for new opportunities

    Jul 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Before coronavirus ground the country to a halt, our business, a thriving national mobile bar company, served customers at some of the country’s biggest events.
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    • TARabbiDovid

    Cycalive in final lap of international competition

    Jul 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Torah Academy’s Cycalive, is a finalist in Shalom Corps, an international competition to find the best volunteer projects that bring about social change.
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    Illovo CAN keep Ikageng children going

    Jul 23, 2020 Go comment!
    In honour of Mandela Day this year, the community rallied together to support CAN Ikageng (Illovo) by preparing “meals in a bag” – a bag of nutritious ingredients that can feed four people.
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    • CommunitySAHarvest

    Five-year-old turns birthday into feast for hungry

    Jul 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Nineteen million South Africans go to bed hungry every day in South Africa, an unimaginable statistic, especially as we move into the heart of winter when extreme cold exacerbates the suffering of the food-vulnerable. Yet, from the depths of the gloom, there are many uplifting stories of people making a difference.
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    • DurbanTerror

    Dismissal of Verulam case a setback for fight against terror

    Jul 16, 2020 Go comment!
    In a defining moment that could give the “go ahead” for terrorism in South Africa, the case against 12 men accused of perpetrating terrorist activities in the name of Islamic State (ISIS) was thrown out of the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 13 July.
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    • Page2NalediPandor

    SA embassy in Israel downgrade still in limbo

    Jul 16, 2020 Go comment!
    South Africa’s planned downgrade of its embassy in Israel is still very much in limbo, according to statements made by Naledi Pandor, the minister of international relations and cooperation, at a department of international relations and cooperation portfolio committee meeting on 8 July.
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    • Dr Anavi outside the Helen Joseph Hospital on break

    Doctors fight war on the COVID frontier

    Jul 16, 2020 1 Comment
    On Shabbos two Friday nights ago in the COVID-19 casualty ward of Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, Dr Joel Dave and his wife Dr Nicola Dave – both senior specialists – shared a look which needed no explanation.
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    Jews counter #JewishPrivilege vitriol on Twitter

    Jul 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The Twittersphere exploded on Monday after a flurry of antisemitic tweets was shared on the platform under the hashtag #JewishPrivilege. Since then, hundreds of Jewish users have responded to the assault, turning the hashtag around by exposing the lies, and sharing experiences of antisemitism.
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    • GG2

    Gesher – a lifeline in the storm

    Jul 16, 2020 Go comment!
    More than 60 South African businesses have been given a lifeline and almost 1 000 employees still have their jobs because of loans given by the Gesher Small Business Relief Fund (Gesher) since it launched early in May. A further 60 loans are at various stages of application.
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    • Glenn and the late Nomhle ‘Beauty’ Nxokomba

    Young, healthy and on a ventilator: coming back from COVID-19

    Jul 16, 2020 Go comment!
    “The doctor told us that my brother was the most serious case in the intensive care unit (ICU),” says Justin Sandler, whose sibling, 36-year-old Glenn Sandler, almost lost his life to coronavirus, even though he is young and has no comorbidities.
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    • OrganDonation Rabbi Glicksberg

    Beth Din puts decision to donate organs in our hands

    Jul 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The South African Beth Din is about to change its law concerning organ transplants, making it possible for people to donate organs in a way that satisfies Jewish law.
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    • NM Wolpe

    Encounters with Nelson

    Jul 16, 2020 Go comment!
    11 February 1990. We are sitting in the lounge watching the release of Nelson Mandela from prison on TV after serving 27 years of a life sentence for believing in the ideals of a free, non-racial, non-sexist, just, and democratic South Africa for all.
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    • AdinaBregman

    Nat and Nelson, friends in law

    Jul 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Nat (Bregman’s) yartzheit on the 19th of Tammuz and Nelson Mandela’s birthday are a few days apart. My father passed away in July 2011, a sad day for my family. Reflecting on his memorable achievements, I begin to understand his enormous compassion and generous spirit, which nurtured an enduring friendship.
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    • PaulGoldreich

    David and me

    Jul 16, 2020 Go comment!
    I first met David (aka Nelson Mandela) when my family moved from the Joburg suburb of Parktown to the sprawling farmland of Rivonia. Liliesleaf was the name of the farm, and it was to be used by the banned African National Congress high command as a hideout for its most senior members and ultimately the birth place of uMkhonto we Sizwe, the ANC’s armed wing.
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    • HelenMaiselsTriskByline

    Maisels and his ‘most famous client’

    Jul 16, 2020 Go comment!
    It was to my late father, IA (Isie) Maisels QC, that Mandela turned to when he was released from detention in February 1990. Mandela wanted to reach out to the Jewish community because he was concerned that the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) approaches to the Palestinian Liberation Organisation might have offended the Jewish community.
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    • BenjyPogrundandMandela

    The Mandela I knew

    Jul 16, 2020 Go comment!
    A few days ago, a friend in London reminded me that statues of two South Africans stand in Parliament Square: Nelson Mandela and Jan Christiaan Smuts. The latter was a renowned statesman on the international stage during the first half of the 20th century; at home, as prime minister, he was a racist upholding white rule. As things are going these days, Smuts’ statue might not remain long. But Mandela will endure as a universal statement of freedom and bringing people together.
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    • GidonNovick

    Novick to launch jets of new airline

    Jul 16, 2020 Go comment!
    When maverick entrepreneur Gidon Novick, the creator of kulula.com, left the airline industry in 2011, he had no intention of going back. That’s in spite of aviation being in his blood, having grown up as the son of the late Dave Novick who headed Comair, a leading independent South African aviation company, for 51 years.
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