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  • UN report calls BDS ‘fundamentally anti-Semitic’

    The United Nations (UN) has released its first comprehensive report on anti-Semitism, in which for the first time, it stipulates that the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is “fundamentally anti-Semitic”.

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  • Shabbat horror as students held for ransom

    Internationally acclaimed South African cinematographer Lance Gewer was annoyed when his son and two friends didn’t arrive home early for Friday night supper last week. Little did he know that they had been kidnapped and held for ransom.

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  • Young SA women’s close escape from bus inferno

    On an ordinary Tuesday morning last week, Amanda Porter’s daughter Natanya phoned her twice in succession from Israel. Her blood ran cold. “We have a rule that if it’s an emergency, she must call again if I don’t answer the first time. I didn’t understand what she meant by ‘our bus caught fire’, but when she switched the call to video, we both watched as her bus burst into flames. It was surreal.”

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  • A barrage of rockets aimed at the Jewish state

    It has been days of mayhem and panic, with more than 250 rockets fired in Israel since Tuesday morning. This situation has been caused by retaliatory attacks after the planned killing in Gaza of a senior Islamic Jihad commander, who had intended unleashing mass bloodshed in Israel.

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  • Ramaphosa lauds Israel’s entrepreneurship funding

    The African National Congress has taken the approach of disinvestment, disengagement, and downgrading relations with Israel since Cyril Ramaphosa’s election in December 2017, so it came as a surprise when the president himself lauded Israel’s economic and technological innovation at a conference in Johannesburg last week.

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  • Jewish supporters’ cup runneth over

    The closest thing to being in the Yokohama Stadium when the Springboks lifted that Rugby World Cup (RWC) trophy on Saturday is hearing about it from those who were there. South African Jews were well represented, making their way across the world to witness this historic moment.

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    Settlement decision strengthens Israel’s bargaining position

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    Suddenly, it seems as if everyone is an expert in international law. After United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday this week that Washington believes the settlements aren’t inherently illegal, everyone has been weighing in on the matter.
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    Rockets raining down on Israel from Gaza

    Nov 14, 2019 Go comment!
    I woke up at 08:00 on Tuesday to sirens blaring across Tel Aviv. Disconcerted, I looked out of my bedroom window to see the usual morning traffic screeching to an immediate standstill. Buses were pulling over, and frightened passengers were jumping out to lie down on the surface of the emergency lanes. I was still groggy with sleep and it took a few seconds to comprehend what was happening. I stumbled to the second bedroom that doubles up as a bomb shelter (according to Israeli law, all buildings built since the 1990s must have one), closed the heavy door, and waited. A few seconds passed. Then, finally awake, I remembered that I am a journalist and the last place I should be – literally and figuratively – is in the dark about what was happening. I ventured out.
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    Israeli government not the issue, occupation is, says Palestinian PM

    Nov 07, 2019 Go comment!
    I recently sat down with Palestinian Prime Minister Dr Mohammad Shtayyeh in Ramallah to gauge his views on a range of issues including the Israeli elections.
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    Paralysed Israeli politics makes third election increasingly likely

    Oct 31, 2019 Go comment!
    Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Unless something dramatic happens, the political scene in Israel is paralysed, and for the third time in one year, Israelis could be headed for the polls.
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    Israel heading for a third election

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Increasingly, it seems inevitable that Israelis will be heading into a third round of elections. Until now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to concede that he is unable to form a government. But at the same time, he has not allowed any other member of his Likud party to try to do so.
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    Who will be the next to wear the Israeli crown?

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin announced on Wednesday night that he would task incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a government coalition. It came as talks between the sides reached a stalemate.
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Chief Rabbi reiterates his call of a year ago for Jacob Zuma to stand down in this Pesach Video, likening the SA saga of today to our flight from Egypt 3329 years ago. “With that freedom comes a voice” he says. He will be marching in Pretoria on Friday.  

    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Love at second sight

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    Why are so many marriages failures? And why do so many fail so soon after the wedding?
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    Let trust be the message this Shabbat

    Nov 14, 2019 Go comment!
    This parsha continues with what Rashi (in his commentary to Gemara Gittin) calls Megillat Avraham, the Scroll of Abraham. The story of our great patriarch Avraham and matriarch Sarah takes place over 14 chapters in the Torah and certainly merits the title Megillah in its own right. The question, however, is: What is special about Avraham that he suddenly becomes this primary character in the story that Hashem tells us through the Torah?
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    Go and do something you believe in

    Nov 07, 2019 Go comment!
    According to the Torah portion this Shabbat, Lech Lecha, “The Lord said to Abraham, ‘Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.’” (Genesis 12:1) Abraham got up and went.
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    • Rabbi Deren

    The bokke brocha

    Oct 31, 2019 Go comment!
    Is their Castle Lager on tap during the torah reading? Will the rabbi be announcing rugga scores instead of siddur page numbers at shul this week? Well, we’re there for davening, not Damien de Allende, so – also no.
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