• Will recyclers lose their income with the new rubbish law?

    Huddling together in the dark, a group of men sit on a traffic island waiting for the dawn. With hoods drawn closely to their faces against the winter cold, they sit surrounded by refuse and try to keep warm.

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  • Bomb scares terrorise Durban

    A series of bomb threats across Durban over the past week has left its population – including a small and ageing Jewish community – living in fear. Several explosive devices have been found in public spaces, and while no one has yet claimed responsibility for the string of scares, Jevon Greenblatt, director of the Community Security Organisation (CSO), says these incidents show a “deeply concerning shift towards radicalism”, no matter what the reason behind them.

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  • The mystery of Kenneth Saffer’s JNF certificate is solved

    When Steve and Irene House arrived at the home of Rabbi Adam Saffer, the questions which had plagued them for almost a decade could finally be answered. A name on a certificate which had hung in their dining room for 10 years was going to be given a face, a personality and a home.

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  • The ruthless killing of a man who loved Israel passionately

    The Chairman of Likud SA, Sergio Kowensky, was shot dead in broad daylight outside his factory in Benrose, Johannesburg, this week.

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  • The lone South African Jew saving lives at the World Cup

    While a South African sports team is nowhere near the World Cup in Russia, we do have one esteemed representative on the field. His name is Professor Efraim Kramer and he is FIFA’s Tournament Medical Officer. A Shabbos-keeping, kippa-wearing, self-confessed adrenalin junkie, Kramer lives in Glenhazel when he’s not gracing the world’s best stadia.

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  • Taking a kosher scandal and turning it into a gift

    The head of South Africa’s Kosher Department is on a mission to turn the devastating Stan & Pete “treif chicken” scandal into a G-d-send.

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Video of the Day 


Chief Rabbi reiterates his call of a year ago for Jacob Zuma to stand down in this Pesach Video, likening the SA saga of today to our flight from Egypt 3329 years ago. “With that freedom comes a voice” he says. He will be marching in Pretoria on Friday.  

    • Rabbi Ari Kievman

    It’s up to us to build a better world

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    I jot down these thoughts, with mixed emotions, returning from an enriching South African Rabbinical Conference in our Holy Land.
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    • RabbiRyanGoldstein

    “Take an accounting of the booty…”

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    In this week’s Parsha, Matot, Hashem commands the Jewish people to avenge the spiritual destruction that was wreaked on the Jewish men with the Midyan idolatrous prostitution ring. This was part of Bilaam’s evil plan to destroy us internally when he failed to curse us.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    When destiny beckons

    Jul 05, 2018 Go comment!
    Pinchas, the hero of this week’s Parsha, was previously unheard of. Though he belonged to the “royal family” as the grandson of Aaron, he was an unseeded young man, who with a single act of bravery, was catapulted to stardom.
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    • charles

    The connections between the British royals and the Jews

    Jun 28, 2018 Go comment!
    With Prince William’s historic visit to Israel this week, all eyes have been trained on the Jewish capital. It may have taken 70 years, but the first official visit by a member of the British Royal family began in Israel on Monday, when William, the Duke of Cambridge, arrived in Tel Aviv.
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