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    A reminder that life is priceless

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    The Torah tells us that preservation of human life takes preference over everything, and confirms that one may break Shabbat to save a life. If something so holy as Shabbat can be compromised for a human life, surely this applies to all humans in all situations?
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    Remember and celebrate the power of youth

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    Youth Day is a junction on the calendar. Unlike the usual hustle and bustle of daily life, 16 June is a day meant for slowing down and looking both ways – to the past and future – before crossing.
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    With opportunity comes responsibility

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    In South Africa, Youth Day commemorates the Soweto uprising: a protest that screamed for change, and was for the greater good. We all recall the iconic photograph of Hector Pieterson that was a cry for help globally.
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    Education – the answer to making real changes

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    When Youth Day comes around, we have an obligation to look for an opportunity to create change.
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    • HannahFarber

    Making our voices heard

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    When Nelson Mandela started his journey in politics, he began with the youth. Mandela along with Anton Lembede, Walter Sisulu, and Oliver Tambo established the African National Congress Youth League. The league’s aim was to inspire the youth to take a stand against segregation. In the past, present, and future, the youth have been and always will be the most active group in society.
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    The angel behind the network

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    When Glynne Wolman started The Angel Network in 2015, she never imagined that it would one day play a vital role in helping others during a global pandemic. Yet today, the organisation is on the frontlines of the humanitarian crisis that has worsened under lockdown in South Africa.
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    • MarilynBassin

    Bassin, Boikanyo, and being her brother’s keeper

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    For Marilyn Bassin, giving is a way of life. A physiotherapist by training, she has worked with indigent children for nearly 30 years.
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    The superhero who staves off starvation

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    “I wonder what Madiba is thinking about what is happening to all his children this year,” was the thought foremost on Helen Fraser’s mind when she spoke to the SA Jewish Report amidst her endless efforts to ensure that children in underprivileged communities don’t go to bed hungry.
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    Virus unsettles the world and religious practice

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    “We are slowly but surely entering into a new world order, one which will challenge us in many ways and give us many opportunities,” says Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo, the dean of the David Cardozo Academy and the Bet Midrash of Avraham Avinu in Jerusalem. “We had better seize these opportunities with both hands. This is especially true for Jewish law.”
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    How to keep love alive when we can’t leave

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    COVID-19 has taken a toll on many interpersonal relationships, and while some are flourishing, others are falling apart.
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    Miraculous recoveries at Highlands House

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    If an old-aged home is hit with COVID-19, the expectation is that most residents won’t recover and the virus will spread like wildfire. But Highlands House Home for the Jewish Aged in Cape Town has turned that belief upside down with all 14 residents who contracted coronavirus making a full recovery over the past few weeks.
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    • CommunityORT2Connect

    ORT SA drive to connect the unconnected

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    ORT South Africa is urging the public to donate devices no longer being used to help bridge the digital divide for students.
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    Bethlehem honoured for ‘remarkable’ leadership

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    “I want to pay tribute to the thoughtful and visionary leaders with whom I have been fortunate to work these past four years,” said Marlene Bethlehem, the outgoing president of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (MFJC), at the Zoom meeting of its board of trustees on 8 June.
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    Israeli embassy supports Afrika Tikkun

    Jun 11, 2020 Go comment!
    The Israeli Embassy in South Africa has lent its hand to Afrika Tikkun, an agency of the Solidarity Fund, so it can up its support for communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    Opening shuls in two weeks way too early, expert warns

    Jun 04, 2020 Go comment!
    Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein announced on Tuesday, 2 June, that he would wait another two weeks before deciding whether to reopen shuls in South Africa. However, medical expert Professor Barry Schoub, says that “to countenance opening shuls at this stage of the epidemic in South Africa is unequivocally highly dangerous and a life-threatening risk to the community at large”.
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    Board lays criminal charge against antisemitic Instagrammer

    Jun 04, 2020 5 Comments
    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has laid criminal charges against Simone Abigail Kriel for posting antisemitic and inflammatory messages on her Instagram profile on 16 May 2020.
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    Stamping out police brutality

    Jun 04, 2020 Go comment!
    Against the backdrop of the civil unrest that followed the brutal killing of George Floyd at the hands of a policeman in the United States, South Africans are recognising an increase in violence by our own law enforcement agencies. There are alleged to have been 10 deaths at their hands since the start of lockdown, and many people have complained about the security force’s excessive actions and abuse of power during the lockdown. A few communal leaders have added their voice to this outcry:
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    • InMozambique

    ISIS-linked rebels in Mozambique a threat to SA security

    Jun 04, 2020 1 Comment
    The fast-growing Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-linked rebel insurgency in Mozambique – coupled with a porous border with our northern neighbour – is extremely disturbing, say local experts who fear the worst.
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    Third-time lucky for Cape couple stuck in New Zealand

    Jun 04, 2020 2 Comments
    A holiday trip to New Zealand turned into a three-month-long difficult but adventurous wait for Cape Town couple Wilfred and Marie Gruzd after their flight home was cancelled just before South Africa and New Zealand went into lockdown.
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    An endless road home from Argentina

    Jun 04, 2020 Go comment!
    Tyron Brivik couldn’t wait to head to Argentina for a holiday and reunion with his Mexican girlfriend. But what started out as a dream come true turned into a three-month nightmare as he battled to get home after South Africa went into lockdown. He finally landed at OR Tambo International Airport on Thursday, 28 May.
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