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    Golden Globes 2020: the Jewish nominees

    Dec 13, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) The 2019 Golden Globe nominees were announced on Monday morning, and the film Marriage Story, written and directed by Noah Baumbach, leads the pack with several nominations. Here are the Jews and Jewish productions that were nominated:
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    Some light despite load shedding gloom

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    South Africa was plunged into darkness this week, literally and figuratively, as Eskom announced unprecedented stage 6 load shedding in an attempt to keep the lights on.
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    Turok dedicated life to welfare of all South Africans

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Veteran African National Congress (ANC) politician, economist, intellectual, and activist, Professor Benjamin (Ben) Turok, passed away in Cape Town on Monday 9 December at the age of 92. His passing marked the end of an epic life story that started in Ukraine and Latvia, and concluded with a legacy that is deeply Jewish and quintessentially South African.
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  • Some light despite load shedding gloom

    South Africa was plunged into darkness this week, literally and figuratively, as Eskom announced unprecedented stage 6 load shedding in an attempt to keep the lights on.

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  • Appeal Court ruling could make hate speech more difficult to prove

    A ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last week declaring the definition of hate speech unconstitutional will have far reaching consequences for our community.

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  • Disbelief over anti-Semitism watchdog’s SA findings

    A respected international survey claiming a huge spike in anti-Semitic attitudes in South Africa has prompted shock and disbelief by experts in the local community who warn that the findings should be viewed with extreme caution.

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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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    What impact would a Corbyn win have on Israel?

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    The British Labour Party’s recently released election manifesto promises that should its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, win this week, it would immediately suspend the sale of arms to Israel that are “used in violation of the human rights of Palestinian civilians”. It also promises to immediately recognise a Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution in which a secure Israel would exist alongside a secure and viable Palestine.
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    Is the curtain finally coming down on Netanyahu’s reign?

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    For the first time ever, Israel is being led by a prime minister under indictment. Fighting the biggest political battle of his life, Benjamin Netanyahu is holding onto his position as if his life depends on it. To some extent it does. Should he be admired – or not – for refusing to step down?
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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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    Bringing Chanukah home

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Where is the centre of Jewish life? Is it the shul or Jewish school? Or the Jewish home? The teachings of a great Jewish hero can guide us. He lived during the events that led up to the miracles of Chanukah, and his teachings connect to the festival.
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    True beauty not in the eye of the beholder

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    If Judaism disapproves of physical beauty, how can the Torah praise the beauty of countless women throughout Jewish history? How can we reconcile an appreciation of natural beauty with a culture that emphasises modesty and shuns externality?
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    Donut worry, these doughnuts will sweeten your chag

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    No matter what dieting trend you follow, the fact is that even Professor Tim Noakes might agree that doughnuts are – and always will be – the exception. Few can resist the doughy goodness of this classic treat, and with Chanukah around the corner, no excuse is needed to indulge.
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    Living in a time of miracles

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    One had to both amused and dismayed at the way world leaders took pot shots at the so-called “leader of the free world” during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit last week. Is this what leadership has come to?
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