Mazeltov to Darren and Batia Cohen on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Phillip and Roslyn Cohen and Hylton Surat and Vanessa Surat.    Mazeltov to Stanton and Belinda Roux, on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Lester and Carol Chadwick.    Mazeltov to Ross and Ari Tucker on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Stephen and Alicia Tucker and Selwyn and Andy Diamond.    Condolences on the passing of Terry Hepker husband of Lynda Hepker, father of Jedd and Claudia.    Condolences on the passing of Denbeigh Joselowsky wife of Solly Joselwosky, mother of Rhett Davis and Wendy Diamond.

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

The Torah states:

“And I commanded your judges at that time saying, ‘Listen among your brothers.’ “

What does this mean and what lesson for life can we learn from it?

Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin writes that some judges may see themselves as elevated people and the litigants who come to them as wicked. Therefore, the Torah states, “Listen among your brothers.” That is, consider anyone who comes to you as a brother and treat him accordingly.

This concept applies to anyone in a position of authority. It is very easy to treat people as objects. However, our attitude towards others should be, “How would I feel, act and talk if this person were my brother?” This is especially important for anyone who is in a position where people in financial need or emotional pain come to him or her for assistance. The person you are talking with is suffering and often might feel embarrassed that he needs to come to someone for help. Be extremely sensitive to his feelings. If you are able to make him feel that you feel towards him as a close relative, it is a great kindness.

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony