In the Talmud it says:hakol min ha isha, “everything depends on the woman.
Human beings are different toanimals. We can make choices and not act purely on instinct. We can elevate all our physical actions by bringing G-d into the picture and making them holy.
The Torah mentions mikvah most prominently in connection with the Jewish High Priest, the Kohen Gadol, who immersed in its waters five times during the Yom Kippur services when the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem. Today, the most important use of mikvah is by women, who immerse in it as one step in the cycle of reunion and separation between husband and wife known as Taharat Hamishpacha (family purity).This enables us to bring G-d into the bedroom.
No brief description of the practice of family purity, like the one that follows, can suffice to insure its proper practice. And indeed, no brief description of the benefits of family purity can adequately explain its beauty. Only practicing it can truly convey the remarkable nature of it.
Water is the most spiritual of all the physical elements. The opening passages of Genesis (1-2:22) describe the creation of many impressive things including the earth and mankind. And yet, though water is referred to (“The breath of G-d hovered above the face of the waters” [Genesis 1:2]), there is no mention of its creation.
Our sages learn from this that water pre-existed our account of creation, and pre-existed the earth itself.
A mikvah, containing waters untouched by human hands because they either fall as rain directly into the mikvah or were fed into it via an underground spring, is the closest thing we have to a piece of heaven on earth. It gives us the opportunity to reunite with our spiritual source.
There is nothing more holy in this world, nothing more precious to its Creator, than the union of a man and a woman. It is, after all, the fountain of life. What could be more precious than life — other than the source from which life comes?
And it is holy — because the first, pristine creation of a human being was as male and female as a single whole. That is the way we exist in G-d’s mind. And so, none of us can achieve wholeness until we regain that original oneness in both body and soul.
Precious things are kept in sealed boxes. Roses hide behind the thorns. There are clothes you wear to work or play, but there are also treasures in your wardrobe so beautiful, of such value, that they come out only at special times. The union of a man and a woman is so precious that if it is treated casually, without conditions or boundaries, it becomes ugly and even destructive. This all goes to explain why in the Jewish way of life there is a cycle of union and separation between husband and wife.
And why the most important institution of Jewish life, next to the home, is the mikvah that stands at the vortex of that cycle. Because precious things only stay beautiful, when you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Jewish life is marked by the notion of Havdalah — separation and distinction. On Saturday night, as the Shabbat departs and the new week begins, Jews are reminded of the borders that delineate every aspect of life. In many ways mikvah is the threshold separating the unholy from the holy, but it is even more. Simply put, immersion in a mikvah signals a change in status — more correctly, an elevation in status. Its unparalleled function lies in its power of transformation, its ability to affect metamorphosis.
In the beginning there was only water. A miraculous compound, it is the primary source and vivifying factor of all sustenance and, by extension, all life as we know it. But Judaism teaches it is more. For these very same attributes — water as source and sustaining energy — are mirrored in the spiritual. Water has the power to purify: to restore and replenish life to our essential, spiritual selves.
Immersion in the mikvah is described not only in terms of purification, revitalization, and rejuvenation but also — and perhaps primarily — as rebirth.
The single greatest gift granted by G-d to humankind is Teshuvah — the possibility of return-to start anew and wash away the past. Teshuvah allows man to rise above the limitations imposed by time and makes it possible to affect our life retroactively.
In this way, each woman can link herself to an ongoing tradition that has spanned the generations. Through mikvah she brings herself in immediate contact with the source of life, purity, and holiness — with the G-d who surrounds her and is within her always.
The Sandton mikvah looks like a fashionable spa with luxurious bathrooms, showers, fresh towels, slippers, a comfortable robe, soap, shampoo, nail clippers and all the other essentials necessary are provided.
The Mikvah is open Sunday-Thursday after Tefillah time
Saturday Nights we open ONE HOUR AFTER SHABBOS
On a Friday night and Yom Tov it is by appointment ONLY
There is no Men’s Mikvah at Sandton Shul – this is only converted once a year for the men to use before Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. There is a men’s Mikvah at Torah Academy.
Please contact LYNDA ROMAIN for any questions
Cell: 083 266 8149 Home: 011 883 9196 [/tab]
Stan and Pete Function Hall
Stan & Pete
It’s no secret that since 1975, Stan & Pete has been synonymous with the finest and most prestigious Jewish celebrations in South Africa.
What’s more, with each of the thousands of functions we’ve created our specialist menus have evolved. So you’ll find the freshest, most sought after ingredients to create an unprecedented kosher culinary experience, no matter what the function.
That’s because we’re always borrowing from the four corners of the globe to offer the most fashionable, trend setting menus of our times. It’s been this uncompromising yet innovative philosophy that has kept us unquestionably ahead of our competitors.
Forget what you thought a menu should be. If you can think it, we can create it. Whether your function is an elegant sit-down affair a lighter, high-paced snack ensemble, an engagement, barmitzvah, wedding or bris, you have over eight hundred menu combinations to choose from!
Stan & Pete are the official caterers at the Sandton Shul Hall. To make reservations please click on the link below as it will direct you to their website:
With the events that have taken place in the world over the past year, I must be one of the lucky few who still wakes up excited to go to work each morning. I bet you would too if you were greeted by more than 180 smiling faces and affectionate hugs every day.
Not only is it a privilege to be surrounded by beautiful children,but Minnie Bersohn boasts a secretary, staff ad teachers who continuously go the extra mile to ensure that the school maintains the level of excellence to which everyone has become accustomed.
Special mention must also be made of our unique parent body,especially those involved on our Executive Committee and PTA. These busy parents give of their precious time to make sure our school runs with an enviable level of of efficiency.
One need only walk through the school grounds to see the success of the year. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and one cannot help but get lost in the sound of children laughing,singing and engaging in a hub of activities.
Once again I extend a heartfelt thanks to Rabbi Suchard, Rabbi Treger and Rabbi Shaw who ensure a close connection between the Shul and the School.It is indeed a treat to watch young minds engage in activities offering an opportunity to acquire a love of Yiddishkeit and to blossom into true menschen!
Minnie Bersohn Pre Primary School
In May of 1969 Becky Joffe was approached by the executive of Sandton Shul to open a Pre-Primary School in Sandton. This was primarily to encourage membership of the synagogue. The school was opened in January 1970 on the grounds of the Jewish Guild. In 1985 the school moved to its current location situated on the grounds of the BHH Sandton Shul. It was around this time that the Bersohn Family Trust invested in this school and the name was changed to “Minnie Bersohn”.
The school has and continues to be a leading light amongst Jewish Pre-Primary Schools in the Sandton area. Over the years it has been led by illustrious principals Sandy Pamensky and Joan Lurie who have ensured that the school serves the needs of the community by introducing young children to an exceptional Jewish education.
As the requirements of the school grew both financially and in the area of education, discussions were entered into between Sandton Shul and the South African Board of Jewish Education. Commencing January 2007 an agreement was finalised and the day to day running of the school became the responsibility of the SABJE.
With this agreement came a significant investment of funds which has enabled the school to complete a major renovation and upgrade of its grounds. The school now boasts custom made jungle gyms and play equipment erected and installed in such a way as to maximise the playing area and at the same time ensuring a safe and secure environment for the children to learn and play.
Minnie Bersohn prides itself on being a child-centred environment offering a variety of quality leaning experiences for all children. Teachers are well-qualified, many holding post-graduate degrees. All teachers continue to attend conferences and workshops, keeping abreast with the latest world-wide trends in education. The school follows a child-centered curriculum where children learn essential life skills through music and song, movement and ball skills, creative arts and baking and Chalav U’dvash Hebrew lessons. More formal learning also takes place and Literacy, Numeracy, Life Skills and Judaica form the cornerstones of the curriculum. Secular studies are of the highest standard and religious education forms an integral part of each day. Shabbat and Chaggim are always celebrated with great enthusiasm.
This school is divided into three separate sections catering for the different age groups, each boasting its own beautiful playground with jungle gyms and apparatus suitable to that specific age group:
Children commence their schooling career at age 2 in the Play school.
The Junior Unit caters for children who are 3 turning 4.
The children then move down to the Senior Unit which houses the 4-5 year olds and the Grade R groups.
After their years of fun-filled educational experiences, children graduate from Minnie Bersohn equipped with the life skills and confidence necessary to tackle the challenge of Primary School.
The school is currently headed by Mandi Defries who holds a BA(UNISA), H.Dip.Ed(JCE) and B.Ed(Honours)(RAU). Together with a team of exceptional teachers and staff, Minnie Bersohn combines a loving, warm and nurturing learning opportunity in a state of the art environment.