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  • Our right to be critical of government

    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) this week came out strongly in defence of its right to express critical views of the country’s political leadership.

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  • Chief leads prayer for president and country

    Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein said a prayer on behalf of the Jewish community at the swearing in of South Africa’s president and newly elected members of parliament (MPs) on Wednesday.

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  • Sisulu is SA Jewry’s ‘biggest enemy’ in government

    International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is “the single biggest enemy” in government to South African Jewry. So says the national vice-president of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), Zev Krengel, this week.

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  • Slain surfer had Jewish background

    On Election Day, while millions of South Africans went to the polls in the hope of a better South Africa, one man met his death in one of the worst crimes that this country has seen. He was hijacked, shot, and trapped in the back of his own car, which was then set alight.

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  • At the polls

    As South Africa went to the polls on Wednesday, the SA Jewish Report’s roving photographer, Ilan Ossendryver, captured the Jewish vote around Johannesburg.

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  • South Africans take cover in Shabbat of fear

    As about 700 rockets were launched at Israel this past Shabbat, South Africans living in the south of the country raced to find their children, hid in nearby buildings, drove under fire, and stayed in their safe rooms, praying. Four Israelis were killed in the attacks from Hamas in Gaza.

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    Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected as voters swing to the right

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    As expected, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has named incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the best person to put together the next Israeli government.
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    Jews out in space

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    “We’re Jews out in space, zooming along protecting the Hebrew race.” This was sung by a bunch of tallit-wearing Jews depicted at the end of Mel Brookes’ 1981 comic classic, History of the World Part 1. Flying a magen david (star of david) shaped spacecraft, the Jews dance a hora each time they destroy an enemy spacecraft while singing, “When goyim attack us, we give them a smack and slap them right back in the face.”
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    King Bibi here to stay

    Apr 11, 2019 Go comment!
    “This is an unimaginable achievement,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told exuberant supporters in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
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    Israeli election day dishes up some hard choices

    Apr 11, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) Even by Israeli standards, the country’s latest general elections have been exceptionally dirty, rife with personal attacks between candidates, and fake news.
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    Israelis watch the rising star of Gantz

    Feb 07, 2019 Go comment!
    There’s a popular weekly satirical show in Israel called Eretz Nehederet. In a recent episode, an actor playing Benny Gantz, the former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and newcomer to Israeli politics, is asked how he’s feeling.
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    Israel among top five most innovative countries on the globe

    Jan 24, 2019 Go comment!
    Israel – commonly dubbed the “Start-up Nation” – has jumped to fifth place in the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, skipping five places since last year. It is officially the fifth most innovative country in the world, according to Bloomberg, an international business news network that calls itself “the central nerve system of global finance”.
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    Euromania mostly good for Israel

    May 23, 2019 Go comment!
    Israel is recovering from Euromania. The theme “Dare to Dream” permeated last week’s festivities. As one of the show’s announcers remarked, “Israel is a country of people from all over the world who dared to dream and follow that dream to make it come true.”
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    World News in Brief

    May 23, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) Haredi mother wins race A haredi Orthodox mother of five from Jerusalem has won a half-marathon in Latvia.
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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.  

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    Shemitah feeds the doubters in all of us

    May 23, 2019 Go comment!
    The parsha of the week, Behar, tells us that we shouldn’t work the land of Israel in the seventh year (Shemitah) or harvest its produce. The parsha continues that nonetheless, G-d promises us that there will be plenty to eat. If we ask, “What will we eat in the 7th year?” G-d promises us that He will command His blessing for us in the sixth year, and it will yield enough for three years.
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    Why is there no Egged tour to the Garden of Eden?

    May 16, 2019 Go comment!
    I have climbed Mount Sinai. Although the exact location of Mount Sinai is unknown to archaeologists, I was fortunate enough to have toured with the real experts, the Egged bus company, and it knows exactly where it is.
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    Being holy is about being separate

    May 09, 2019 Go comment!
    Every day, twice a day, we emulate the angels on high and say kedusha (a prayer describing G-d’s holiness). We exclaim that Hashem is “kadosh, kadosh, kadosh – holy, holy, holy” – powerful stuff, but what does holiness mean?
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    Moral is normal

    May 02, 2019 Go comment!
    If anyone was bent on convincing us that Torah was old-fashioned, this would be a good Parsha to prove it. Leviticus, Chapter 18, contains the Bible’s Immorality Act. Our moral code, the forbidden relationships, who may marry whom and who may not – all come from this week’s reading.
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