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  • King Bibi here to stay

    “This is an unimaginable achievement,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told exuberant supporters in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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  • BDS-SA’s head honcho faces sexual harassment charges

    The Boycott Divestment Sanctions SA (BDS-SA) movement has been dealt a serious blow following sexual harassment allegations levelled at its director.

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  • Having Sheeran for Shabbos

    A lone man walked onto a darkened stage, his ginger fuzz barely visible in the faded light. A solo minstrel with only a guitar and a loop machine. No flash, no backup singers, no dancers, no backing band, just a triumph of musical genius.

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  • UCT is one vote away from boycotting Israel

    The University of Cape Town (UCT) senate passed a resolution on 15 March saying that it “would not enter into any formal relationships with Israeli academic institutions operating in the occupied Palestinian territories as well as other Israeli academic institutions enabling gross human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories”.

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  • Capetonians living in Christchurch say attack has hit hard

    While the world is still reeling from the horror of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, last Friday, it may seem a little removed for some South Africans.

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  • Bonita Meyersfeld knighted for work on gender-based violence

    “I was emailed a letter that I was going to be made a Knight of the National Order of Merit by France,” says Professor Bonita Meyersfeld about the recognition she has received for her work addressing gender-based violence in South Africa. “It was surreal… It’s one of the most extraordinary things that has ever happened to me.”

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    Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected as voters swing to the right

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    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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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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    Pesach brings post-fire learnings to Morasha community

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    The story goes that in a small town, some shrubbery in the garden caught alight from a discarded cigarette. The rabbi quickly called the fire department, but the fire chief asked incredulously, “Rabbi, let me get this right, there is a burning bush on the shul property, and you want me to put it out?”
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    Pesach – a time to take flight

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    As Pesach approaches, I am drawn to the verse that describes how G-d took us out of Egypt “on the wings of eagles” (Exodus 19:4). Each year, we are told to relive the experience of leaving Egypt, and I imagine being lifted from slavery and oppression “on the wings of eagles”. What better way could there be to express our transition from the earthly bonds that constrain us to the spiritual transcendence that G-d gave us than through the exhilarating, soaring rush of the eagle’s flight.
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    Teach your children well for a better life

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    What creates freedom? A revolution in the streets? Mass protests? Civil war? A change of government? The ousting of the old guard and its replacement by the new? History, more often than not, shows us that the hopes raised by such events are often dashed sooner rather than later.
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    Finding freedom

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    “Free at last, free at last, thank G-d Almighty, we are free at last!” Who said these words? No, it wasn’t Moses. It was American civil-rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King. But it could have been Moses, or for that matter any one of the millions of Jews who were liberated from Egyptian bondage.
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