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    Experts say plot to assassinate US ambassador is ‘plausible’

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    United States ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, may have to alter her Rosh Hashanah plans and lie low as the community prepares to usher in the New Year. This, as revelations of an alleged Iran-backed plot to assassinate her on home soil reverberated here and across the diplomatic world this week.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Chief rabbis take on COVID-19

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    “We have never had greater technological control of the human condition, and yet at the same time, one tiny little virus has brought humanity to a standstill. It’s dramatic.” So says Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.
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    • Zoom2

    Trolls add insult to injury on SAJR webinar

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    As people were giving heartbreaking accounts of life after tragedy at the SA Jewish Report webinar last Thursday, 10 September, the live stream on YouTube was attacked by internet trolls. Nonsensical phrases, anti-Israel blasts, cruel taunts, and antisemitic outbursts flooded the comment section.
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    • MosheRaab

    Khaled’s invitation to speak at publicly sparks disgust

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    (JTA) As my calendar announced the approach of September, I began to relive an event that took place exactly 50 years ago. On 6 September 1970, my mother, my four siblings, and I were on a plane that was hijacked by terrorists.
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    • Seef

    Moving forward from the unimaginable

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    When 19-year-old Johannesburg medical student Adam Seef took his own life on a trip to Israel in June 2019, it rattled the community to its core. Since then, many have attempted to find their way back from that dark day.
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    • BarrySchoub

    Schoub heads government advisory team on COVID-19 vaccine

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    The South African Jewish community’s own Professor Barry Schoub has been selected to chair the most recently created Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on COVID-19.
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    • Bahrain

    SA silent on historic Israel-Bahrain agreement

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    The Kingdom of Bahrain has joined the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in recognising the state of Israel, an agreement formalised with the historic signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House on Tuesday, 15 September.
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    • JTAWhiteHouse

    White House ceremony celebrates new era for Israel, UAE, and Bahrain

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    (JTA) Benjamin Netanyahu has complained for years about Arab leaders telling their people one thing in Arabic, and diplomats saying another to Western audiences in English.
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    • Peta low

    Making real change for 5781

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    As we step into 5781 in the Hebrew calendar, we witness what appears to be genuine change in the Middle East and an about-turn in attitudes towards Israel. The timing is uncanny, or so it would seem.
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    • HarryJoffe

    Treaty between Israel and UAE leaves others in the dust

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    How warm are relations between Israel, Egypt, and Jordan? A few articles on the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies’ (BESA’s) website analyse these treaties.
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    • VictorGordon

    Getting to know Bizos: a play in two acts

    Sep 17, 2020 3 Comments
    It was a hot December afternoon in 2017 when I entered a driveway on 13th Avenue, Parkhurst, the home of Advocate George Bizos. Finally, I would meet this icon as arranged by his son, Damon, an eminent Johannesburg surgeon who now approached me from the veranda of his father’s rustic-looking home which, I was to learn, George had built with his own two hands about 50 years earlier.
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    • RonaldHarwood2

    Sir Ronald Harwood makes his final exit

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    Sir Ronald Harwood (formerly Ronald “Ronnie” Horwitz) passed away in London last week at the age of 85, after a lifetime as a leading writer, playwright, screenwriter, and actor.
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    • iron dome

    Iron Dome: from ‘mission impossible’ to saving lives

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    The Iron Dome missile defence system is a part of Israeli life, especially in the south of the country, where it has shot down thousands of rockets terrorising Israeli civilians. However, few know the story of how this Israeli invention came to be, and how it was long seen as a mission impossible.
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    • RabbonimSong1

    Rabbis find perfect pitch for Rosh Hashanah

    Sep 17, 2020 1 Comment
    A video by the South African Rabbinical Association of 40 South African rabbonim and chazzanim singing Avinu Malkeinu is being shared around the world as a symbol of hope and harmony ahead of the high holy days, which so many people will celebrate alone or apart from one another this year.
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    • semanim

    Sefardim do Rosh Hashanah with eastern flair

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    If you thought that the Rosh Hashanah experience was universal and uniform, think again. While many Ashkenazi Jews may be used to eating a few traditional New Year foods, Sefardim partake in an uplifting and colourful yom tov experience that goes well beyond apples dipped in honey.
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    • HowardAspan

    Fire and rebirth

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    This will be a high-anxiety Yom Kippur. Even the wave of relief from the shofar blast signalling the end of the fast will be short-lived.
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    • RabbiAriKievman

    Blasting our way out of our tears

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    When you think of Rosh Hashanah, what comes to mind? While there are so many customs, rituals, and traditions associated with this holiday, no doubt the shofar stands out as the featured highlight.
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    Doing Yom Kippur alone

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    I’d like to tell you an idea about Yom Kippur, but to do so I must explain a lesson from my childhood.
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    • IlanaStein

    Jonah’s whale of contemplation

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    If we didn’t know the book of Jonah so well, (or have vague memories of it on Yom Kippur afternoons – pre-COVID-19, of course), the second chapter would catch us by surprise.
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    • IlanHerrmannUSE

    Understanding our mission

    Sep 17, 2020 Go comment!
    Today [Rosh Hashanah] is the birthday of the world. Everything we know came into being on this day except the creator of all things. Why did G-d create the world? He desired a dwelling place in the lower realm. Ours is the lower realm. Why was man created? To be partners in creating the dwelling place for G-d in the lower realm. How do we achieve that? By fulfilling the mitzvot, thereby elevating mankind and the world, and by studying Torah, thereby drawing true wisdom and knowledge into our hearts, minds, and into the lower realm.
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