Wednesday 23rd April 2014,
Sandton Shul
Announcements
  • Mazeltov to Stan and Ava Smookler on the birth of a granddaughter (parents Sandy and Lauren van der Zanden).
  • Mazeltov to Maish and Glenda Preskow on the occasion of Warren’s engagement to Nicole Ackermann.
  • Mazeltov to Lester and Jennnifer Woolfson on the forthcoming wedding to Natalie daughter of Cherryl Levin.
  • Condolences to Glenda Preskow on the loss of her mother.
  • Mazeltov to Glyn and Glynis Ismay on the birth of a granddaughter in Sidney.
  • Condolences to David Nathan on the loss of his mother.
  • Mazeltov to Gary Bolel and Robin Cohen on the birth of a grandson.
  • Mazeltov to Merrick and Gail Silver on the birth of a granddaughter.
  • Mazeltov to Phillip and Esther Karter on the birth of a granddaughter in Chicago.
  • Condolences to Golde Colley on the loss of her brother in Australia.

Hashem

The Torah is G-d’s word

The Torah is G-d’s word

We say a blessing over fire during the Havdalah ceremony at the conclusion of Shabbat each week. “Blessed are you Hashem our G-d, King of the Universe, who creates the lights of fire.” G-d’s words are compared to fire by the prophet Jeremiah as he says in His name “Is not my word like fire?” [...]

May 15, 2012 admin RABBI David Shaw's Blog 0

Shulgoer

Shulgoer

There was a visiting Rabbi at Sandton this week, known to almost every ”Shulgoer “in South Africa. He is wise and friendly and has a story for every occasion and then some. Well, he was in Shul early and I was there as well and we spoke words of Torah. He asked me what was [...]

May 15, 2012 admin RABBI David Shaw's Blog 0

The struggle between Eisav and Yaakov

The struggle between Eisav and Yaakov

The struggle for supremacy between Eisav and Yaakov has its origins from their very conception. Throughout Rebecca’s pregnancy the twins literally clashed within her womb. She inquires of Hashem through prophecy, and is informed that she was carrying the ancestors of two nations, the Jews and the Romans (Edomites). The boys grow up and develop [...]

May 15, 2012 admin RABBI David Shaw's Blog 0

Untitled

Untitled

After taking his son down from the alter, the angel who in fact stopped Abraham from ultimately sacrificing his son, speaks to our ancestor and says ”Now I know that you fear Hashem”. It has worried me for ages that the angel says now I know. Why does the angel say “I”? Surely he should [...]

May 15, 2012 admin RABBI David Shaw's Blog 0

High Holiday Experience

High Holiday Experience

I hope that your High Holiday Experience was a deeply moving and memorable one. I am still on a high from it and now my Succah is up and decorated, I cannot wait for the holiday of Succot to begin. It occurred to me at the conclusion of the Musaf Amidah on Yom Kippur, just [...]

May 11, 2012 admin RABBI David Shaw's Blog 0