Condolences on the passing of Reb Chaim Yitzchak Spivack, father of our esteemed Rebbetzin Rochel Suchard.    Condolences on the passing of Dennis Basserabie husband of Roz Basserabie, father of Sharnee Treger and Kaili Croock.     Mazeltov to Russel and Megan Zetzer on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Hilton and Jennifer Zetzer.    Condolences on the passing of Joan Richter mother of Trevor Richter.     Mazeltov to Allan and Lorraine Lunz on the birth of a granddaughter born in London and mazeltov to parents Carly and Ben Newton.    Mazeltov to Craig and Olga Dogon on the birh of a son.    Mazeltov to Shirley Hatzkilson on, the birth of a grandson and mazeltov to parents Terence and Taryn Hatzkilson.

Parashat Devarim: A Summary

Parashat Devarim: A Summary

This week we begin the last of the Five Books of Moses, Devarim (“Words”). In English, it is called Deuteronomy (from the Greek meaning “Second Law” – from deuteros “second” + nomos “law” – perhaps because Moses repeats many of the laws of the Torah to prepare the Jewish people for entering and living in the Land of Israel). The Book is the oration of Moses before he died. Moses reviews the history of the 40 years of wandering the desert, reviews the laws of the Torah and gives rebuke so that the Jewish people will learn from their mistakes. Giving reproof right before one dies is often the most effective time to offer advice and correction; people are more inclined to pay attention and to take it to heart.

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony