Op-eds

    • MikeAbel

    Anti-Semitic backlash only strengthens resolve to fight prejudice

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The other day, I was asked a shocking question on social media.
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    • RowanPolovin

    Politicisation of Yad Vashem trip insensitive and ignorant

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    It is appalling that Khalid Sayed, the African National Congress (ANC) shadow MEC for education and chairperson of the ANC Youth League in the Western Cape, politicised an educators’ trip of officials from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to Yad Vashem in December 2019.
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    • Marc Falconer

    The times they are a’changing

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    I can’t believe that it’s just my daughters whose favourite emoji – in their WhatsApp correspondence with me in any event – is that pinched little face with the rolling eyes. And there is nothing quite like the phrase “in my day” or “when I was at school” to elicit the virtual roll or an actual real-life version.
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    • RonelKlatzkin

    How to master anxiety about maths

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    X + 2y = 3z. This is the stuff of which nightmares are made. Even 20 years after leaving school, we can still wake up in a sweat from a maths-related dream. Maths anxiety (MA) is a debilitating but learned behaviour. As South African youth commence the new academic year, it’s pertinent for teachers and parents to be at the forefront of addressing this problem that begins at school.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    A day on the river

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The closest I ever got to acquiring sea legs was on a kosher cruise we took as a family some years ago. This is why it was no surprise to me that we weren’t the most proficient when we hired a single engine boat for a day on the Keurbooms River near Plettenberg Bay during the holidays.
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    • Geoff

    Welcome to the whirligig

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The ten seconds that the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force had to decide whether or not to shoot down the Ukrainian passenger plane over his military base last week typifies today’s superheated digital world.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    The SAJBD: always open for business

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The work of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) naturally slows down over the December break, but it never stops altogether. There are always issues that arise that have to be dealt with there and then. These can range from renewed upsurges of violence in the Middle East, incidents of anti-Semitism, and even natural disasters (the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami involved extensive activity on behalf of South Africans caught up in the tragedy).
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    • milton shain

    Much a Jew about the ADL survey

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Global Survey which recently identified South Africa as second only to Poland in the anti-Jewish stakes has been greeted with disbelief by a range of Jewish voices, including the South African Jewish Board of Deputies. For Professor Karen Milner, the vice-chairperson of the board, “many of the findings concerning South Africa are at best highly questionable and sometimes clearly wrong”. In a powerfully worded statement, the board disparaged the ADL’s methodology, essentially accusing it of Eurocentrism, while pointing out that there have been very few anti-Jewish incidents in South Africa – something the board monitors professionally and closely.
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    • DawnNathanJones (3)

    Tunzi the ambassador we didn’t know we needed

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    I was privileged to meet Zozibini Tunzi at the FAIRLADY Women of the Future 2019 Awards, where I was one of the judges. She had just been crowned Miss South Africa. It’s no surprise to me therefore that just four months later, she would meet the world as Miss Universe.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    2019 in retrospect

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Modern life moves at a bewilderingly fast pace. No sooner has one come to the end of one project than it is time to embark on the next, leaving little time to reflect on what has been accomplished. The year’s final “Above Board” column is thus always an opportune time to reflect on the highlights of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies’ (SAJBD’s) activities during the previous 12 months.
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    • Geoff

    The State Theatre: bullies in the wings

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Why would a professional who has given a whole career to the arts industry suddenly be deemed racist? On Sunday, I attended a performance by South African-born performance artist Albert Silindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza at Pretoria’s South African State Theatre, accompanied by arts journalist Robyn Sassen.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    This year was captured by Marelize

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    TS Eliot would have been proud of 2019. He would have sat up straight and taken notice. About the year that was, Eliot could never have written his now famous words, “This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.”
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    • 2a-David Saks stats

    Anti-Semitism survey has glaring contradictions

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Anti-Semitism, apart from being a vile and dangerous phenomenon, is also highly complex. Accordingly, the fight against it requires a multifaceted strategy.
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    • JordanIsraelSATradeAmitLev

    Israeli companies can’t apply ‘cookie-cutter’ approach to SA

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Open a newspaper in Israel on any given day, and you will probably see an article about an Israeli company having just been bought by an international corporate, one that has just been listed on the stock exchange, or a big success story about an Israeli tech company. Many of these stories will be extraordinary, disruptive, and inspiring.
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    • BryanShimmel

    HIV/AIDS treatment about education as well as access

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    It’s nearly four decades since the first cases of HIV were diagnosed in the United States. In the first decade, the virus took down the biggest icons in the world. The deaths of film star Rock Hudson, superstars Freddie Mercury, and Liberace were a chilling signal that this virus didn’t discriminate. Anyone who was infected was doomed to an untimely agonising, lesion-infested demise.
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    • Habo9

    A tale of three trommels

    Dec 05, 2019 2 Comments
    When my two teenage daughters heard I was writing about what kids pack for their annual machaneh (summer camp) at the coast, they objected vehemently to being written about. So we’ll just call them Sylvia* and Bernice*.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    ADL survey not an accurate reflection of SA

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Not only those of us in the field, but even ordinary community members were taken by surprise by the results of a new survey into anti-Semitic attitudes conducted under the auspices of the Anti-Defamation League.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Trommel and strife

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    This weekend, we will be celebrating. All of our camp going children will have left for three weeks, and we intend to enjoy every second of it. I intend kicking off the event by using the word “me” in a conversation with my wife, and I fully expect her to do the same.
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    • Geoff

    Our ‘spoilt brat’ heroes

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Those of us who were adults at universities in the 1970s and 1980s had a socialist bent, and the goal of keeping workers content was deeply felt. It overrode many other things.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Looking back with gratitude and forward with confidence

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    This past Sunday, we celebrated an historic occasion: the extraordinary legacy of Rabbi Moshe Kurtstag, Rabbi Boruch Rapoport, and Rabbi Zadok Suchard. These three names are synonymous with Jewish life in South Africa. They are three pillars of the community, and three dayanim who have devoted a staggering combined 105 years of service between them as the leaders of the Beth Din.
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