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    • Marc Falconer

    Reflections on matric

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    Anyone over the age of 40 who attends a 21st birthday party and does not share any genetic material with the celebrant, or does not at least distantly remember that young adult in nappies, may have to settle in for a long night. It is not one of those invitations which it is easy to excuse oneself from attending.
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    • GavinRome

    Icon of lefty Zionism is gone

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    Israel’s celebrated author, Amos Oz, was an icon for how one can be both an unapologetic Zionist and a fierce critic of Israel’s nationalistic, right-wing drift.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Board’s election manifesto calls for greater tolerance and civility

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    The next few months will doubtless be dominated by news and discussion about the upcoming national elections scheduled to take place early in May. The South African Jewish Board of Deputies is running a multifaceted pre-election awareness and educational campaign called Make Us Count aimed at involving our community as much as possible in the process.
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    • Geoff

    Incendiary stories that turn the world

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    What is it about a politician’s speech that you remember afterwards? His catchy phrases? His body language? The urgency in his voice? These are often more memorable than the content. Mostly, he or she is a storyteller on a stage.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    In Plett, villa mix-up becomes mewling brawl

    Jan 17, 2019 1 Comment
    As a child, December holidays meant Muizenberg. As an adult, we seemed to spend the time on the Atlantic Seaboard. And then this year, for the first time, we decided to give Plettenberg Bay a bash. Spoiler alert: we loved it, even though it started off a little shaky.
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    • BenjiShulman

    Humus with Hamas: what is the ANC thinking?

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    South Africa woke up last week to yet another delegation of Hamas in the country. South Africa under the African National Congress (ANC) has always been the world’s “rogue democracy”, engaging with all manner of dictators and autocrats. But why the specific interest in the Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist organisation?
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    • Steven Gruzd

    What to watch out for in 2019

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    As the curtain comes down on 2018, what might 2019 bring for South Africa, Israel, and beyond?
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    • HilaryJoffe

    Next year depends on three ‘E’s

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    This year opened on a euphoric note after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa to President of the African National Congress. It raised hopes of a turnaround in South Africa’s economic fortunes.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    A year of activism for community and country

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    This being the final Above Board column for the year, I will, as has become tradition, take the opportunity of reviewing the work of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) during this period. For the country as a whole, there have been many momentous developments, while from the SAJBD’s point of view, it was another exceptionally busy year in which, in spite the occasional set-back, we accomplished a great deal, and recorded many significant successes.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    The lessor-known lesson of Chanukah

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    Chanukah is so last week. Which makes it a lot less topical than I would like. That means that if I choose to use my column to speak about it, then I must consider it to be that important. And I do.
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    • Geoff

    Denialism: what you refuse to know can kill you

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    HIV/AIDS doesn’t make the headlines these days as it once did. It has largely slipped under the radar because medically, the disease is now managed successfully.
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    • Howard  Sackstein

    The American consulate at 1 Leila Khaled Drive

    Dec 06, 2018 1 Comment
    An ANC motion to rename Sandton Drive after the notorious plane hijacker Leila Khaled passed in the Johannesburg City Council with the support of the EFF on 29 November.
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    • BonitaMeyersfeld2 WHITE

    Activism against gender-based violence begins at home

    Dec 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Violence against women and girls is a pandemic. A conservative estimate is that more than 35% percent of women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime. The majority of perpetrators are husbands, intimate partners, or someone the women know.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    A different singing of Hatikvah

    Dec 06, 2018 2 Comments
    On Wednesday morning, we woke up to the devastating news that the Beit Midrash Morasha synagogue had burned down and along with it, seven Torah scrolls were destroyed in the blaze.
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    • Geoff

    The disgrace of a country that lies to its children

    Dec 06, 2018 Go comment!
    The children of South Africa have been betrayed by the education system. And the clamour to enter universities has given them a false sense of a passport to a better life. But it isn’t doing so, given the declining state of our universities, and the abysmal matric system which sent them there.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    For censorship to exist, it’s sufficient for academics to do nothing

    Dec 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Since the early years of this century, regular attempts have been made on university campuses throughout the world to impose a boycott against Israeli academics and academic institutions. In real terms, the boycotters have had little to show for their efforts.
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    • RozanneSack

    We can’t help but care

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    The recent support from the community for the boys who were sexually assaulted at Parktown Boys High School was a game changer, moving activism into the wider South African context.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Reaching out to Ramaphosa

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    When President Cyril Ramaphosa agreed to speak at the conference of the Gauteng Council of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies, we decided to use the occasion as an opportunity to demonstrate our community’s commitment, in the past and today, to helping build South Africa.
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    • Geoff

    The continent you called ‘home’ that you never even knew

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    Think of Rwanda, and what comes to mind is grotesque mass killings and villages filled with the detritus of the Tutsi genocide at the hands of the Hutus.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    South Africa a lightning rod for fair reporting debate

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    It is a remarkable privilege to be writing this week’s column on a bus somewhere between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Today is day three of the Jewish Media Summit, and this morning, we are on our way to visit Tel Aviv to get a sense of the start-up, entrepreneurial culture that has come to define Israel.
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