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    • sara gon

    Pay attention to BDS’s marketing drives to the church

    Nov 07, 2019 Go comment!
    The Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) has joined the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement.
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    • simon apfel

    Remembering 1995

    Nov 07, 2019 Go comment!
    I remember the 1995 Rugby World Cup final like it was nine years ago. Matt Damon lifting the Webb Ellis Cup while Morgan Freeman smiled on benevolently, and a crowd of computer-generated extras going wild, uniting a nation, and signalling the beginning of Clint Eastwood’s inevitable decline.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Super Springboks show the way forward

    Nov 07, 2019 Go comment!
    One didn’t have to be a rugby fan to be thrilled by the Springboks’ memorable victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. In purely sporting terms, winning rugby’s premier crown for the third time was itself a great achievement, but there was a great deal more to it than that. What we and the world at large saw was an epic display of pride, passion, commitment and, above all, unstinting teamwork on the part of 15 South Africans totally focused on achieving their common goal. And, who could not be deeply moved by how the Springbok emblem, once the reviled symbol of exclusive white supremacy, has become so powerful a uniting force? It’s a timely reminder of how far our country has progressed since those bleak times, even if much work still needs to be done to recapture the spirit of national unity and optimism that characterised the years immediately following the democratic transition.
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    • Geoff

    Are the phoenixes rising?

    Nov 07, 2019 Go comment!
    Can we yet be bold enough to celebrate South Africa? Amidst our thirst for good news after the depressing news of the past decade, green shoots are visible. Not yet on the economic front, which remains dire, as finance minister Tito Mboweni outlined in his mid-term budget, but elsewhere, vigour is gingerly starting to show itself.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    United by rugby

    Nov 07, 2019 Go comment!
    Ever since the security guard at our complex drew his weapon and pointed it at Fred, we haven’t been friends. It’s not to say that he was completely without justification, and not to say that there haven’t been times that I too could have acted aggressively towards him. But I was bothered by the incident nevertheless, primarily because being a Yorkshire Terrier, Fred had no idea what a weapon was. Which meant that it wasn’t a smart thing to do.
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    • JTAPittsburghRabbi1

    In a world of anger, it’s time to calm down

    Oct 31, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) I have been the rabbi of the New Light Congregation in Pittsburgh for nine years. This year, at Kol Nidre services on Yom Kippur, I preached calm.
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    • AdamSchlosberg1

    Proud to be LGBT and Jewish

    Oct 31, 2019 Go comment!
    The biggest city in the rainbow nation was a sea of rainbow flags last weekend for the Joburg Pride parade in Sandton, Gauteng, on 26 October.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    SAJBD conference debates critical issues

    Oct 31, 2019 1 Comment
    Preparations for the South African Jewish Board of Deputies’ (SAJBD’s) biennial national conference, to take place at the Houghton Hotel on 10 November, have entered their final stretch. As suggested by the title of this year’s event, “Unpacking Reality”, the aim is to explore honestly and rigorously various questions relating to the situation in which our country finds itself.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Shabbat and the Rugby World Cup Final

    Oct 31, 2019 Go comment!
    I don’t remember which “breakthrough” agreement it was. But it was important. The Israelis and the Palestinians were finally about to reach an agreement on the White House lawns, and peace was about to come to the Middle East. At last. The only problem was that it was all to be announced on Friday afternoon in Washington, which meant that Shabbat would have already started in Israel (which is where we were that weekend).
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    • Geoff

    Has DA crisis burst white bubble?

    Oct 31, 2019 Go comment!
    As the Democratic Alliance threatens to implode, the sense of security it has given the small white population of South Africans, many Jews among them, gets shakier. In spite of its flaws, its existence represented a political home in a confusing context where they struggle to find another. This isn’t ideological in terms of helping to build a great country to tackle the misery of the masses, but mainly about a personal standard of living and security.
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    • Steven Gruzd

    Trump impeachment proceedings stoke anti-Semitism

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    United States President Donald Trump faces impeachment over pressing a foreign leader to dig up dirt on Trump’s main political opponent. The involvement of prominent Jewish Democrats in these congressional proceedings is stoking anti-Semitic rhetoric by Trump and his supporters as they fight back.
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    • climate change activists

    Youth rings alarm bells about climate crisis

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    The world is in a climate crisis and it’s because of humans. It’s simple, if the earth dies, we die too. This fact should shock us into action, and for many it does.
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    • DrYvetteAltMiller

    Public schools ‘Jew free’ following rampant anti-Semitism

    Oct 10, 2019 1 Comment
    “Jewish cockroach!” “Jewish vermin!” These hate-filled taunts were directed at a five-year-old Jewish boy in Melbourne, Australia, who had just started kindergarten in his local public school.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Small communities association on track

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Earlier this year, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) decided to establish an organisation called the Small Jewish Communities Association (SJCA) to take over the work of the board’s country communities department from the beginning of next year.
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    • Geoff

    Apologies to the dead border on meaningless

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    In the current era, it has become trendy to apologise for almost anything, which makes the person doing it feel good while not necessarily helping the injured party, who might even be long dead.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    How can we repent without coffee?

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    I woke up on Monday morning to the realisation that I’m nothing without caffeine. I have no personality; I can hardly string a sentence together; and I’m certainly not a very nice person. Indeed, if someone were to fall over in front of me, there is more than a good chance that I would be so annoyed that I would have to step over them. Assisting them, injured or not, wouldn’t be an option. Not without caffeine.
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    • Letter3

    Dirco’s hypocrisy knows no bounds

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing, the South African envoy to the United Nations, Clinton Swemmer, cited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement about annexing the Jordan Valley. Surely, he remembers similar statements by Netanyahu prior to the previous elections. Even a diplomat should understand political rhetoric, similar to the promise that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa made before the South African elections of building a million new homes in Alexandra - promises, promises for political expediency.
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    • GinaRoss

    A new paradigm for resolving the Iran conflict

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Encouraging Iran to rejoin the community of nations while simultaneously keeping the world safe is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century.
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    • CharisseZeifert

    The power of one to effect change for the many

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    I found a news article in The Star newspaper last week particularly eye-catching. It related how 21-year-old Antoinette Nthabiseng Thabapelo has initiated a programme, Adopt a Son. Her aim is to change the patriarchal narrative around boys in her community of Bekkersdal, west of Joburg.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    We shouldn’t need to proclaim #ImStaying

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    On 7 September 2019, a new Facebook group sprang into existence. At the time of writing, #ImStaying had 118 000 members, and was growing every hour.
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