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For South African Jews the Gaza War is not Over

The ceasefire was already in place last week when we flew to Israel from Johannesburg. It was a short 4 day trip, with just enough time to attend the wedding we were traveling for, see some family and friends, have

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Johannesburg Voted the World’s Most Unfriendly City

In a recent survey conducted by CN Traveler, Johannesburg was rated the world’s most unfriendly city. It is said to be more unfriendly than Paris, with all those French speaking people, and Moscow where no one speaks at all. I

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Australian Wisdom – an Oxymoron

On Monday night we attended a beautiful wedding in Hadera, North of Tel Aviv. We arrived from South Africa Sunday morning, spent a glorious day in Jerusalem and then drove up to Hadera Monday, stopping past Raanana en route. I

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An Open Letter to the South African Muslim Community

I am a Jew. I was born and was educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. I went to Wits University and was on elected to first non-racial Law Student Council of Wits Law School where we fought against racism of any

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The Whole Child Leaving Home Thing

South Africans are both blessed and cursed. We are fortunate in many ways that culturally it’s not a “right-of-passage” for us to have to go to university away from home. And many don’t. They choose to stay with their family,

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Not With a Bang But a Whimper

And suddenly we have a ceasefire. The sirens have fallen silent, the air is still and life resumes. Bewildered and perplexed, unnerved and untrusting, hopeful and skeptical we have to wonder what just happened. As people emerge slowly and tentatively

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The New Maranos

  We have become the New Maranos. Like our counterparts in Spain in the 1400s, Diaspora Jews are finding themselves in an invidious position. Constantly called upon to swear allegiance to our place of domicile, the country that houses our

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Mugabe Speaks Out – finally

What a relief the BDS and other critics of Israel must be feeling right now. What a fantastic victory they have won. Robert Mugabe has publicly weighed in with his support for sanctions against Israel. It’s true. At a recent

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A World Gone Mad

Is it that time in the circle of our history again? It seems just yesterday that some of us, the fortunate ones, emerged broken and scarred from the rubble of a still smoldering Europe. When we struggled to recover from

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Bring Back Ugly Babies!

I was feeling slightly nostalgic earlier today. I was remembering a time, back in May 2014, when Facebook was filled with ugly children and overweight parents building sandcastles on polluted beaches. A time when we could brag about holidays that

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