Tuesday 28th April 2015,
Sandton Shul
Announcements
  • Mazeltov to Melissa Oschry daughter of Ellen and the late Julian Oschry on the occasion of her engagement to Steven son of Michael and Sarah Morris from Cape Town.
  • Condolences to Rabbi David Shaw on the loss of his mother – Prayers throughout the week – Shacharit at 6.15am and Mincha at 5.15pm
  • Mazeltov to Lewis Hasson son of Sheila and the late Ray Hasson on the occasion of his engagement to Kerry daughter of Marc and Lesley Wainer.
  • Mazeltov to Daniel and Sara Zinman on the birth of a son and to Harold and Aileen Zinman on the birth of a grandson.
  • Mazeltov to Victor and Delia Fuchs on the engagement of their daughter Kira to Daniel Kangisser son of Dian and Clive Kangisser.
  • Mazeltov to Bev and Dennis Cohen and to Helene and Brian Miller on the birth of a granddaughter and Mazeltov to Gregg and Ronli Cohen on the birth of a daughter.
  • Mazeltov to Jeff and Charmaine Lipshitz on the birth of a grandson and mazeltov to parents Justin and Sarah Lipshitz.
  • Condolences to Kim Prissman on the loss of her mother.
  • Condolences to John and Yvette Rosen on the loss of their son Brian. Funeral and Prayers to be confirmed.
  • Mazeltov to David and Maxine Mincer on the occasion of Candy’s engagement to Aaron son of Ira and Sandra Bornstein from Colorado.

Thoughts 2012.11.01

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Thoughts 2012.11.01

A little different from my usual weekly musings on Torah topics, something on the weekly Parasha, a little gentle rebuke or not so gentle a rebuke, this week, I would like to share with you an idea that I came across in the writings of Rabbi Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain. You know by now that I appreciate “signs” from heaven, so when I saw the same idea in 3 places I reckon it was my cue to sit down and share this with those of you who have not seen it yet.

What would you pay for the single most significant ingredient to ensure success for your children and loved ones? If you are normal I would guess a lot. Well don’t worry because this advice is absolutely free. And I believe it will resonate well in all of those who will hear it.

Allow me to quote verbatim “What makes some children succeed while others fail? More generally, what drives some people to great achievement while others languish, their dreams unfulfilled? That is the question that intrigued American writer Paul Tough. His answer is contained in his book How Children Succeed, published last month.

Tough discovered that what makes the difference is not intelligence, skill or native ability. It isn’t cognitive at all. The difference, he argues, lies in character, in traits such as discipline, persistence, self-control, zest, gratitude, optimism, curiosity, courage and conscientiousness. One dimension, though, matters more than all the others. He calls it grit: the ability to keep going despite repeated failures and setbacks.

People with grit grow. People without it are either defeated by life’s challenges or – more likely – become risk-averse. They play it safe”. So the one essential ingredient is GRIT. It encapsulates determination, strength of character, to just keep going till you are have done exactly what you set out to do.

Avraham Avinu was 75 when he set out on his mission. He is tested with 10 of the most difficult trails and not even one of them, nor all 10 combined could cause him to veer off his chosen path. Imagine what kind of a world we would now have sans the influence of Avraham and his descendants to this day! If we want it, it is in our spiritual genes to access whenever we want.

Says Chief Rabbi Sacks “The greatest source of grit I know, the force that allows us to overcome every failure, every setback, every defeat, and keep going and growing, is faith in God’s faith in us.” Could not have said it better myself.

G-d Bless!
Rabbi David Shaw

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