Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 01 May 2022

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This week in Israel

From Commemorating Loss to Celebrating Gain

Over a 48 hour period this week – Wednesday & Thursday – Israel switches from commemorating those fallen in its defence to celebrating the reward of that sacrifice – a free, independent, democratic and defensible state of the Jewish people after 2000 years of persecution and exile The transition from sorrow to joy encapsulates this hazardous journey.  



Articles

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FAREWELL TO RODNEY MAZINTER

A tribute to a South African Zionist who fought for his people through word and deed

By David E. Kaplan

Mensch with a Mission. Rodney Mazinter leaves an inspiring legacy in support of the Jewish people.

In his first published novel, “By A Mighty Hand”,  this writer, poet and contributor to Lay of the Land shows his own “mighty hand” in telling a story. But it is his mighty hand in support of Israel and the Jewish people, that this past Chairman of the South African Zionist Federation (CT branch) will be best remembered.  

FAREWELL TO RODNEY MAZINTER

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TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL

More important than ever to pass the torch of education and remembrance to the next generations

By Rolene Marks

Passing of the Past. With the passing each day of Holocaust survivors, the living testimony of the Shoah is fading fast.

A 2020 survey in the USA revealed that roughly 1 in 10 respondents under 40 did not recall having even heard the word “Holocaust”! Never part of their vocabulary or conversation, soon it will be that it ‘never really happened’ – a figment of Jewish imagination. If the lives of six million Jews could not have been saved, at least theTRUTH of their passing needs to be safe and secure.

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL

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ENDING HOLOCAUST DISTORTION THROUGH EDUCATION

A reflection this Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) on protecting the history of the Holocaust

By Jonathan Feldstein

Playing with the Past. Diluting the uniqueness of the Holocaust are present images of Ukraine trying to equate the suffering.

While not detracting from his heartfelt sympathy with the people of Ukraine, the writer takes strong exception to parallels drawn between Ukraine today and the Holocaust that systematically ‘murdered’ over 6 million Jews. Believing this phenomenon more the product of ignorance than malice, the writer argues that education is the key.

ENDING HOLOCAUST DISTORTION THROUGH EDUCATION

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THE ONGOING TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF A HIGH COURT JUDGE

The unending saga and drama of ‘The Judge vs The Commissioners

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

Oy Veh! A tired looking Judge Unterhalter barraged by Commissioners who seem determined to block his appointment.

The interview process before South Africa’s Judicial Services Commission (JSC) for the post of constitutional judge is ‘EXTRA’ tough going – if you are a Jew! That is what Judge David Unterhalter is discovering appearing before the Commission for the third time. Appearing more like an inquisition than an interview, the writer – a practicing lawyer in South Africa – breaks it all down.

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LOTL Co-founders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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