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WOOLWORTHS AND WEDDINGS

I was at my niece’s wedding yesterday when I felt my phone vibrate. It was about an hour before the ceremony was due to begin and I was standing a little removed from where the bride was having her photos

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The Sinai Indaba: Reminding us that we are more than just Zionists

When my eldest son was elected head of the South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) on Wits campus, he had great plans. He wanted to re introduce kosher food to campus, create a Jewish learning centre and programs for

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Apartheid?

It was some time in the late 1970s, a time when South Africa was deeply committed to its apartheid dream that a friend of my parents came from England to visit. Although from Johannesburg we were on holiday in the

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Cinderella and the Mossad

This time they have gone too far. And it’s just not funny anymore. Maybe, it never even was (funny). And whereas the Mossad is no stranger to accusations and conspiracy theory, the latest revelation, if proven, would shock and unnerve

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A Warm Welcome

If this was a family occasion I would begin with a greeting. “It is indeed a pleasure”, I would say, “to welcome Israel and her representatives to the BDS-Bash.” I would add further that this event just hasn’t been the

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A broken tooth

I am always anxious when turning on my phone after the Holidays. This year with Shabbat leading directly into a two day Shavuot I was even more jittery than usual. And this year I had good reason to be because

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Three Days and Dreading…

It’s not to say I am ungrateful. Really I am not. But the thought of spending a three-day-yom tov (that’s 72 hours) with little reprieve does fill me with a feeling of dreaded anticipation. And although this year all observant

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Nzimande and the boy in the scarf

Nzimande is no friend of Israel. He has always hated it and will continue to hate it.   It’s almost a year since a Jewish South African teenager from a Jewish day school took to the stage wearing a poorly

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REFLECTING DLAMINI

It must be more than a little upsetting for Wits VC, Professor Adam Habib to be accused of “caving in” to Zionist Jewish pressure following the removal of Mcebo Dlamini as President of the SRC. Mcebo recently publicly expressed his

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Assuming the brace position

On Thursday afternoon South African Jewry assumed the “Brace position.” Israel had denied Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, a visa to visit “Palestine.” The crash was inevitable and I for one put my head in my hands and waited

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