How ironic that the Torah’s exhortation to” live by” the commandments וחי בהם is to be found in the Parasha ואחרי מות meaning “after death”. I went cold when I heard that yet another Shul had been attacked at the end of Pesach. My heart goes out to the victims and their families, especially the family of Mrs. Lori Gilbert Kaye, a woman of deep faith who exemplified kindness and generosity, who was murdered and to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein the Rav of Chabad of Poway, who lost a finger. It is a Shul attended by some ex pat South Africans one of whom spends 3 weeks each year with his family and close friends here with us in Sandton Shul.
My heart was warmed by the outpouring of love and support from Jews all across the globe and by the proud inspiring address of the Rabbi just a day after his ordeal! עם ישראל חי, Am Israel Chai!
We all need to be extra alert during these turbulent times. A huge blessing and thank you to our Sandton CSO crews who are ever vigilant on our behalf!
May Hashem continue to bless us all with peace.
Rabbi David Shaw