The Jewish Report Editorial

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    We are all in this together

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Just getting food to eat during lockdown has become a massive motion picture. Nothing is simple right now, except perhaps our ride to work – from the bedroom to the study or dining room.
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    Let’s work together, and stay at home

    Mar 26, 2020 Go comment!
    As we step into three weeks of national lockdown, I pray that we all take this seriously and stay home and away from each other.
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    Finding our way together

    Mar 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Right now, there is no such thing as business or life as usual in our community, country, or world. COVID-19 has succeeded in turning our lives as we know them upside down.
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    The importance of laughing at ourselves

    Mar 12, 2020 Go comment!
    I believe we are all feeling stressed and traumatised. We live in a country where there is a high rate of crime, our economy is battling, and we are facing the threat of a coronavirus pandemic.
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    Covid-19 fear and fear-mongering

    Mar 05, 2020 Go comment!
    When our health is challenged, everything else fades into the background. All worries, battles, and differences become secondary when our physical well-being is on the line.
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    The challenge of being inspirational

    Feb 27, 2020 Go comment!
    This week, a former editor of mine, who inspired me to pursue great journalism and to make a difference through the work I do, passed away suddenly. And while Shaun Johnson wasn’t a part of this community, remembering him invoked in me what it means to inspire others. Also, I realised how important it is for us to have people in our lives who inspire us to be better.
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    Reframing our vision

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    Oh boy, people in the community seem to be so miserable! I keep hearing moaning and grumbling about our status quo. Loadshedding! The Economic Freedom Fighters hijacking the State of the Nation Address! President Cyril Ramaphosa not being strong enough! How tough things are financially! How our money goes nowhere! Yes, the list goes on…
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    Hold leadership accountable

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Isn’t it amazing how we have become used to loadshedding. I don’t hear people complaining nearly as much as they did less than a month ago. The problem with getting used to a crisis is that we become complacent and accept the situation until it gets worse or another crisis hits.
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    Holocaust remembrance more poignant than ever

    Jan 30, 2020 Go comment!
    International Holocaust Remembrance Day comes around every 27 January, but this year it seemed so much more intense and horrifying (if that’s possible). It hit home in a way I haven’t experienced before.
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    Keep our children safe, but don’t curtail their freedom

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Sometimes an event that touches the very core of the Jewish community has no real connection to us. This week, most parents in this country – our community included – were horrified that a 13-year-old Grade 8 boy went off on the first day of high-school orientation camp, and didn’t come back. The camp councillors challenged the children to make their own rafts and climb mountains. It all sounded so much like school-orientation camps as we know them, but this boy drowned, and nobody in authority sounded the alarm until a day later.
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    Sculpting distinctive, unique individuals

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The matric year is the culmination of our childhood. It’s the finale of 12 years working towards those final exams. It’s the most stressful year of the first quarter of our lives.
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    Shedding our load before the holiday

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Load shedding is on my mind this week, having had fewer hours of electricity at home than I have had in the gym. The problems arising from this national dilemma abound.
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    Machaneh – so much a part of who we are

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    A close friend of mine believes that once December starts, it is time to take the pressure off and not take anything too seriously. I love the sentiment, and see it as an effort not to get stressed in the last couple of weeks before the holidays begin. It’s about not letting issues – no matter how big – make you feel negative, stressed, or upset.
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    South Africa isn’t an anti-Semitic country

    Nov 28, 2019 1 Comment
    Any whiff of anti-Semitism in this country, and you are likely to read about it in this newspaper. In fact, some have criticised us for our coverage of anti-Semitism on social media, making it look like we have a bigger problem than we really do.
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    The glass is definitely half full

    Nov 14, 2019 Go comment!
    When a friend on Facebook recently told me that I was so lucky to be living in South Africa, I had to stop myself launching into all the reasons she was wrong. Go figure! It was instinctive. Clearly proves that I am a hard and fast South African.
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    United we stand

    Nov 07, 2019 Go comment!
    There was undoubtedly a positive shift in our outlook this week. We went from being in the doldrums over Moody’s taking us to the brink of junk status; the news that unemployment has risen; and there being no light at the end of the economic tunnel, to sheer joy. All this in just 80 minutes!
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    In the steps of Andalucian Jews

    Oct 31, 2019 Go comment!
    Sometimes you need to step outside your environment to appreciate what you have. This was the case for me over the past couple of weeks.
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    We should sweat the small stuff

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Having spent last Sukkot in Israel, I have an abiding image of a man with a long beard on a bicycle with a small sukkah attached to it. He was making his way down a busy one-way road with three or four lanes in Tel Aviv.
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    South African citizens just want peace

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I will pray for peace and harmony. I will especially pray for an end to anti-Semitism.
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    The scourge of social media

    Sep 19, 2019 Go comment!
    I fear for our youth, what with the ugly face of social media. This week, there seems – unwittingly – to be a theme to this newspaper. It’s how social media gives people a licence to say and do the most dreadful things, and get away with it. I don’t believe most people would do or say the same things face to face, but on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, apparently anything goes.
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