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.

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Although¬†greatly outnumbered, Avram (before he was renamed Avraham) rescued his captive nephew Lot and all the other people who had been captured with him. When Avraham returned victorious, the Torah states: “Malkitzedek King of Sholaim brought out bread and wine, and he was a priest of God, the most high. And he (Malkitzedek) blessed him (Avram) and said, ‘Blessed be Avram to G-d the Most High, Maker of heaven and earth. And blessed be G-d the Most High Who has delivered your enemies into your hand’ ” (Genesis 14:18-20).

The Talmud (Nedorim 32b) states that Malkitzedek erred by expressing gratitude first to Avraham and then to G-d. We must be grateful to anyone who does us a favour, but at the same time, we must realize that G-d is the ultimate source of all favours.

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony