Mazeltov to Evan son of Janice and Brian Sparks, on the occasion of his engagement to Ally daughter of David and Melanie Jacobs    Mazeltov to Leicester and Janine Meltz, on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Robert and Sharon Lapedus.    Mazeltov to Jason son of Harry and Heidi Kaplan, on the occasion of his engagement to Gaby daughter of Warren and Andrea Goldblatt.    Mazeltov to Gary and Ricci Hackner, on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Sam and Karen Hackner and Selwyn and Sharon Krost.    Mazeltov to Jeff and Robyn Girnun, on the birth of a granddaughter in London.    Mazeltov to Shaun and Lisa Mondschein on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Denis and Minette Mondschein.

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