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Lockdown Pesach 2020...

What made this year's Seder night different from all other Seder nights? Charisse Zeifert describes how....

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Heads or Tails for South African Jewry?...

The theological roots of antisemitism go back to the early centuries of Christianity itself, and persist even to this day. An Anglican priest consider...

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The Statute...

Just because your own eyes aren't deceiving you doesn't mean that the other person is wrong: A metaphor for understanding other points of view. ...

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The effects of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic on t...

58% of Jewish deaths in South Africa in 1918 occurred during the period of the Spanish Flu pandemic. The authors cast new light on this tragic and s...

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Chagall and the Murdered Poets...

"Despite living and working in freedom, Chagall felt himself ... a hostage": How the 20th Century's greatest Jewish artist was unable to escape the sh...

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'Reality' by Clark Zlotchew...

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BACK THEN...

A re-imagining of old Doornfontein, bustling heartland of Jewish Johannesburg during the early decades of Jewish settlement....

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OUR JOHANNESBURG...

Jews have been part of the fabric of Johannesburg from the very beginning. Veteran journalist Lionel Slier reflects on the current state of the commun...

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A BRIEF JOURNEY THROUGH GREEK JEWISH HISTORY...

Two great ancient civilizations, Jewish and Greek, influenced and impacted upon one another, and collectively altered the course of world history. Ber...

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CAPE TOWN JEWRY AND THE 1918 FLU PANDEMIC...

The Covid-19 crisis invites comparisons with an even deadlier pandemic, the 1918 Spanish Flu. A survivor describes the Flu's impact on Jews in Cape To...

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THE BUBONIC PLAGUE AND THE JEWS IN CAPE TOWN, 1901...

Gwynne Schrire reflects on a previous epidemic that struck Cape Town in 1901 and how minority groups, including Jews, were scapegoated because of it....

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THE 2004 TSUNAMI AND SOUTH AFRICAN JEWRY...

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was one of greatest natural catastrophes in recorded history. David Saks reflects on how SA Jewry reacted to the tragedy...

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FEODORA CLOUTS: “THE GRAND OLD LADY OF CAPE TOWN J...

Feodora Clouts played an outsized role in Jewish communal life in 20th Century Cape Town. She was further influential in women being given due recogni...

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SYDNEY CLOUTS – SOUTH AFRICAN JEWISH POET...

One of South Africa's most accomplished poets, Sydney Clouts remains surprisingly little known outside academic circles. A new, intimate appraisal hel...

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THE TRANSVAAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB - NURSERY OF JEWISH ...

The Transvaal Automobile Club long dominated South African Squash, largely through its many Jewish players. Steven Katzew describes this golden age fo...

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HERBER HOUSE: "A HOSTEL FOR JEWISH CHILDREN" (Part...

The "Cane Mutiny", a "Feral Culture", rawfers and shluppers and liedjies on the school bus - All this and more in this final part of the author's hist...

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DID THE SAJBD SIT ON THE FENCE UNDER APARTHEID?...

Did the SA Jewish Board of Deputies shirk the challenge of opposing Apartheid or was its policy of neutrality during most of that era justified in vie...

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A WUNDERKIND IN WONDERLAND...

Denis Goldberg was thirty years old when he stood in the dock alongside Nelson Mandela and others during the famous 'Rivonia Trial'. Renowned journali...

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SA JEWRY UNDER APARTHEID – A VERY OLD DEBATE REVIS...

The Jewish community's political behaviour during the apartheid years has long been the subject of vociferous debate. 25 years after South Africa's tr...

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Obituary: Isaac Reznik...

Isaac Reznik (1936-2019), dubbed South African Jewry's 'Living Encyclopaedia' left a lasting mark in multiple areas of Jewish communal life. David Sak...

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Fiction...

'My Friend Joey' by Clark Zlotchew...

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Mementos of the Anglo-Boer War...

Part of the legacy of the Anglo-Boer War are the innumerable artefacts made by Boer POWs in captivity. Gwynne Schrire looks at the Jewish background o...

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New Poetry...

Contributors: Ben Krengel, Rodney Mazinter ...

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Uprooted and uncompensated: the mistreatment of ‘R...

Acclaimed historian Richard Mendelsohn relates how immigrant Jewish storekeepers were also victims of the British 'scorched earth' tactics during the ...

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'A Hostel for Jewish Children' (Part II)...

From 1943 to 1966, Herber House provided boarding facilities for Jewish children, mainly from the country areas, attending schools in Johannesburg. Th...

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Dickens, Fagin and Me: A Tale of Two Countries...

Combined with a memoir of growing up in apartheid South Africa before moving to the UK, Harold Behr reflects on the antisemitic legacy of one of Dicke...

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Fiction...

Someone on the Ceiling (by Charlotte Cohen) ...

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I am John Dillinger (A Memoir)...

Bernard Levinson recalls a Chicago boyhood when for many, mobsters like John Dillinger were cult heroes. ...

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THE ROLE OF SWISS BANKS DURING THE HOLOCAUST ...

In January 1997, as chairman of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies, I was sent to London to take part in one of the most important meetings of the post-H...

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ISRAEL’S WOMEN WAGE PEACE SHOW THE WAY...

Coinciding with South Africa’s Women’s Month, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies recently hosted a delegation from the Israeli peace movement ‘Women Wage...

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THE BIRZAI/BIRZH MEMORIAL PROJECT, LITHUANIA...

On 16 June 2019, a new memorial for the victims of the massacre that took place near Birzai, Lithuania, was unveiled. Located in the Astravas Grove in...

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HERBER HOUSE: “A HOSTEL FOR JEWISH CHILDREN” (Part...

“The ten fateful years between 1939 and 1948 changed the Jewish people and the course of Jewish history (M E Katz)” It was during this disruptive, d...

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QUIRKS AND CURIOSITIES...

Welcome to the first Jewish Affairs ‘Quirks and Curiosities’ feature! It is envisaged that this will be a regular item looking at some of the more unu...

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NEW POETRY...

Contributors: Peter Austin (‘In the Auschwitz Infirmary’) and Charlotte Cohen (‘Smartphone’). ...

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JEWISH BITTEREINDES OF THE ANGLO-BOER WAR...

The Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902, the 120th anniversary of which falls on 11 October this year, was the last and by far the greatest of the many confli...

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