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The Jewish Report Editorial

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    Shooting from the hip

    Jul 11, 2019 Go comment!
    A Johannesburg man told his father-in-law this week that he was ashamed to be a Jew because the SA Jewish Report “named and shamed a Jew to other Jews” to (apparently) sell newspapers. They had this conversation via cell phone voice notes that were distributed to members of the community.
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    Adam’s death is our wake-up call

    Jul 04, 2019 Go comment!
    When the news of Adam Seef’s death started filtering into this community, there was disbelief and shock across the board.
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    Statistics can be used and abused

    Jun 27, 2019 Go comment!
    Statistics can be useful when used properly, or troublesome if misused or abused. In some cases, this misuse can be accidental.
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    We should pull together, not apart

    Jun 20, 2019 Go comment!
    We are a small, tight-knit community with many diverse interests, talents, and strong views. It is this that makes us interesting and helps us to punch well above our weight.
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    Discovering the seam of Soweto

    Jun 13, 2019 Go comment!
    When we set out to find out if there was a Jewish connection to Soweto, we knew we would find something interesting. Isn’t that always the case?
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    A flag by any other name…

    Jun 06, 2019 Go comment!
    As BDS (the Boycott Divestment, Sanctions movement) was preparing for its protest outside the Johannesburg City Council last Friday to demand that Sandton Drive be renamed Leila Khaled Drive, we wondered if this was just another protest. We have seen many of them, and often these protests are simply drawing attention to the anti-Israel organisation. Frequently we choose not to give them fuel.
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    The true meaning of ‘sitting on shpilkes’

    May 30, 2019 Go comment!
    Will he capitulate, or find a way to an agreement, or won’t he? When is he going to announce who he will choose for his cabinet? These were just some of the frustrating questions that rattled me and our editorial staff throughout Wednesday. As you may or may not know, the SA Jewish Report is published late on Wednesday.
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    Inspiring teachers create successful adults

    May 23, 2019 Go comment!
    While the reaction to our story on the minister of international relations and cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, on last week’s front page might seem like the obvious thing to write about, I think we have said enough for now (see page 1).
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    Take-home truths from a hectic period

    May 16, 2019 Go comment!
    It’s a relief to catch our breath after a hectic few weeks. We completed the elections, both in Israel and South Africa, had Pesach, Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha’atzmaut, and Yom HaShoah.
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    Are Israeli lives not important to the world?

    May 09, 2019 Go comment!
    This week in South Africa, you could be excused for thinking nothing was happening other than our elections. Most news items have been about local politics or related topics.
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    Use your vote wisely, but VOTE

    May 02, 2019 Go comment!
    This coming Wednesday is election day, and the run up to this momentous day is confusing and frustrating for many of us. Just who do we vote for, and what impact will our vote have on our future in South Africa?
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    South African Jews are not the Israeli government!

    Apr 18, 2019 1 Comment
    Pesach is about Freedom. Pesach is about learning not to cower when someone demeans you. Pesach is about getting out of a bad situation, as tough as that may be. Pesach is about standing up for your rights. Pesach is upon us and, as you can see from the myriad articles we have in this newspaper, there are so many things we can learn at this time of year.
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    The week that went horribly wrong

    Apr 11, 2019 Go comment!
    Last week came so close to ending on a high note for South African Jewry after Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) almost seemed to pass us by without any distress.
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    Israel Apartheid Week 2019: a damp squib

    Apr 04, 2019 Go comment!
    Every year for more than a decade, universities begin their countdown to Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) when the academic year begins. This week, it is the 15th such dreaded week on campuses around the country.
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    When good men do something, lives are saved

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    As visuals of the horrific conditions in Mozambique following the cyclone flickered on screens around South Africa over the past week or so, I could not help thinking of that saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
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    Similarities finding friendship under fire

    Mar 22, 2019 Go comment!
    The date 15 March has historically been an unlucky day. It all started when Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by his closest allies, who conspired against him. That murder on the Ides of March changed the path of history – and not in a positive way.
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    Human rights are human rights, however you look at them

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    We are winging our way towards Human Rights Day (21 March), the first public holiday of the year, which coincides with Purim. I can’t help but wonder about our concept of human rights and what it means, not least of all, to our government.
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    The countdown to elections in SA and Israel

    Mar 07, 2019 Go comment!
    It is election season in Israel and South Africa, with the Jewish state’s big day coming up on 9 April and ours one month later, on 8 May. Both our nations are counting down to the day that will have a massive impact on the future.
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    Pay back the money!

    Feb 28, 2019 Go comment!
    Waking up last Sunday morning to headlines in the Sunday Times about R139 billion being stolen from Eskom coffers was enough to spoil any weekend breakfast.
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    No place for bullying

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    I can’t bear bullies! I know I am not alone in having a serious aversion to anyone or any group who tries to make themselves feel better by making others feel bad about themselves. I can’t stand people who push others around just because they are not able – for whatever reason – to stand up to them.
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