We are back, energised and refreshed. It was wonderful for Renee and me to be in Israel and while we travelled around here and there, we were based mainly in Yerushalayim Ir Hakodesh, the Holy city of Jerusalem.
This coming week we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim, commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem in the 6-day war in 1967. This Shabbat we celebrate Shabbat Yerushalayim! I am delighted to be hosting Rabbi and Rebbetzin Kaplan. Rabbi Kaplan is the Educational Director of Mizrachi SA and Menahel of Yeshiva College Boys High School. Next week we celebrate Shavuot commemorating the giving of the Torah. Traditionally we bring you the most interesting and thought-provoking speakers and enjoy a scrumptious Shavuot meal and learning programme together. This year we have Jonathan Rosenblum and his wife joining us for Shabbat and Shavuot. He is wise, articulate and a thought-provoking speaker. Please book with www.sandtonshul.co.za.
We are out of sync with the Torah reading in Israel. We are a week behind and will only catch up just before Tisha Be’av. We read Bechukotai this week: “If you will walk in My statutes and keep my commandments … “Says G-d, ‘I will give your rains in their seasons and the earth will yield its produce …You will eat your bread until you are satisfied … I will give you peace in the land and nothing will disturb your rest”. In a nutshell …We want Hashem to listen to us. He wants us to listen to Him.
Rabbi David Shaw