21Oct 2018

The Bethesda Pools, Continuing the Journey through Jerusalem

A view of a portion of the archeological remains of the Bethesda Pools and Church~ pic from israel-tour-guide.com Good Morning! Today we will be walking from the Garden of Gethsemane down into the Kidron Valley and begin our ascent up to the Old City of Jerusalem through the Lion’s Gate. The wall in front of us […]

03Dec 2017

Beginning of Days

Battle of Megiddo – A Proud 100 Year South Africa-Israel Link By Peter Bailey Rising out of the pastoral Jezreel Valley is a hill containing the remains of a city whose foundations go back several millennia. On a modern map, it is called Tel Megiddo. A “tel” is a geographic feature – a hill rising […]

30Nov 2017

Hamas, Lies and the Mail & Guardian

By Howard Feldman So here is a question: Should the Mail & Guardian be asking any questions about their columnists? Should they be concerned as to whom they provide a platform to and what hate they are allowing being published to follow an agenda? Whatever that might be. And if so, what, if anything should […]

28Nov 2017

Doing The Diplo-Tango

South Africa and Israel’s Tenuous Ties By Rolene Marks Diplomatic relations between Israel and South Africa have always been a bit tenuous.  It is a story of shaky alliances, distrust in parts, and a lot of speculation. It is a relationship that certainly garners its fair share of column inches and discussion. The relationship between […]

27Nov 2017

Sunset to Sunrise

By Dave Bloom: During my recent visit to Harare in April this year, I witnessed the shocking regression in all spheres of life in Zimbabwe, and the government under Robert Mugabe appeared well entrenched and not about to go anywhere. At the venerable age of 93, Mugabe had declared that he was planning to run […]

22Nov 2017

Refusing to ‘Cave’ In

“Good on ya Nick!” No matter the opposing odds and tough terrain, Aussies charge ahead. They did it a 100 years ago in Beersheba in helping to boot the Ottoman Turks out of Palestine and they did it again – this time on a Saturday November night on stage in Tel Aviv Israel – by […]

20Jul 2017

The Ship That Launched A State

The events of the ‘Exodus’ that celebrates its 70th anniversary in July 2017 – and the South African connection The Jerusalem Post reported on July 18, 2017 – seventy years to the day that the unarmed ship was rammed by two British destroyers – that “Of all the illegal immigrant ships carrying Holocaust survivors to […]

25May 2017

What Jerusalem means to me

By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) was celebrated on the 23rd / 24th May. It was the 50th anniversary of the reunification of our beloved city. Here are a few thoughts about what Jerusalem means to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.   

24Apr 2017

The Mutation of Antisemitism

Yom HaShoah – the day in the Jewish calendar set aside for Holocaust remembrance – takes place on 27th Nisan which this year corresponds to the evening of Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th April 2017. But how has antisemitism mutated over time? And why does its return today present a danger not just for Jews, […]

18Apr 2017

Out of Africa – Returning Home

As Jews throughout the world reflect each year on Pesach (Passover) on how their ancestors fled from bondage over 3000 years ago from Egypt, Israelis reflect too on a more recent mass flight to freedom of African Jews to Israel – the Jews from Ethiopia. There is much speculation on the origins of this ancient […]

09Apr 2017

Don’t pass the Buck on Israel

Name-calling Israel an Apartheid state has nothing to do with truth and everything to do with trying to destroy Israel by other means. It’s not working! If the enemies of Israel were parties in a traditional duel and asked “Choose your weapon”, no prize what they would choose. It would be the lie that “Israel is an […]

02Apr 2017

Righting a Wrong

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel is dangerously wrong because beneath the surface it’s an attempt to delegitimize Israel as a prelude to its elimination. No Jew and no humanitarian can stand by and see that happen. “Let me explain why,” says British rabbi, philosopher and scholar of Judaism, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: Rabbi Lord Jonathan […]

30Mar 2017

Days of Rain – Goodbye ‘Madiba’

Throughout the days of Mandela’s passing in December 2013, it rained incessantly. So too in Israel!  During the memorial service at the residence of South Africa’s Ambassador, Sisa Ngombane in Tel Aviv  the heavens opened. It was said in tributes that as rain brings “life, rejuvenation and hope,” so too “has Mandela’s life on earth […]

29Mar 2017

Coming out from the Cold

If you chance to stroll along the stone paths of the wooded Beit Berel Campus outside of Kfar Saba in central Israel, you may be surprised to overhear conversations in Xhosa, Tswana, Zulu or Afrikaans. Participants of every shade of colour from South Africa’s “Rainbow Nation” are currently attending a unique ‘Community Development & Leadership Training’ […]