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    Loaded under lockdown

    Apr 07, 2020 Go comment!
    While we are all holed up in our homes, our intrepid photographer, Ilan Ossendryver, is out capturing what we are missing. In the following images, we see:
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    ‘Zoombombing’ takes on an anti-Semitic twist

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    When internationally respected Rabbi Moshe Taragin delivered an online shiur on Monday evening, he was taken aback when it was beset by a torrent of swearing, vile comments, and anti-Semitic rhetoric.
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    This Pesach, let’s dig deep

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    This is going to be a Pesach like none other. As we follow the stipulations laid out so resolutely by our state president – observing them not just as law-abiding citizens, but as Jews for whom the protection and preservation of human life is one of the highest Torah values – we will confront something we’ve never confronted before.
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    • Paula

    Playing a politics game that Netanyahu always wins

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    There’s a joke that in Israel, you play politics for 90 minutes and then, in the end, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu always wins. That’s certainly true three elections and 16 months without a government, later.
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    • Paula

    Israel to go on full lockdown

    Mar 26, 2020 Go comment!
    I write this hours before Israel goes into a full lockdown (on midnight, Wednesday 25 March). Still, it hasn’t been easy living under a partial one until now. Restaurants are closed, but you can walk or drive to one for takeaways. Soon that will stop, and only home deliveries will be possible. There’ll be no public transport, although the trains already ceased working days ago.
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    Under lockdown, Israel focuses on creating a government

    Mar 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Israeli coalition talks have begun in earnest. On Monday, Benny Gantz, the leader of the centrist Blue and White Party, was tasked by President Reuven Rivlin to try and form a government after he received the backing of 61 members of Knesset (Parliament).
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    • Paula

    Israel’s travel ban causes panic and confusion

    Mar 12, 2020 Go comment!
    A friend contacted me this week to ask if reports that Israel was isolating itself from the rest of the world because of the coronavirus were fake. They aren’t. Jerusalem has announced a 14-day home quarantine for all travellers arriving from abroad, and non-Israeli citizens have to show they have a place to self-quarantine before they’ll be allowed into the country. It doesn’t matter where you are travelling from – South Africa included – you need to go into isolation for two weeks. This means staying in your bedroom, or moving around your apartment with a mask on, but not going outside under any circumstances. You could get a seven-year prison sentence if you disobey this order.
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    Netanyahu waves wand, but election stalemate still in place

    Mar 05, 2020 Go comment!
    Israel has two options, either incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is able to form a coalition government, or the country heads to an unprecedented fourth election.
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    • Paula

    Third Israeli election in a year – one big yawn

    Feb 27, 2020 Go comment!
    Israel has never held two successive elections, let alone three. And with most people in Israel believing next Monday’s ballot won’t break the deadlock, the country seems headed to a fourth election. Maybe I can just re-publish this column again next week? And then again in a few weeks’ time?
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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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    Sage words from the Baal Shem Tov

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    If you would ask me, “Rabbi, what’s your favourite story ever?”, it would be the following little tale which I hope will resonate with you too, especially in the unusual times we find ourselves in.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    This Pesach, let’s dig deep

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    This is going to be a Pesach like none other. As we follow the stipulations laid out so resolutely by our state president – observing them not just as law-abiding citizens, but as Jews for whom the protection and preservation of human life is one of the highest Torah values – we will confront something we’ve never confronted before.
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    • RabbiRGoldstein

    Passover is no pushover

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Pesach is a very interesting and stressful time of the Jewish year. There are so many fresh mitzvot (commandments) that have to be performed, so much food that has to be cooked and eaten (which is never really such a problem), and many guests to entertain.
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    • RabbiChaikinUSE

    Closing doors, opening hearts and minds

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    “As for you, you shall not leave the entrance of the house.” (Exodus 14, 22)
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