Mazeltov to Clive and Vanessa Sher on the birth of a daughter in London and mazeltov to grandparents Paul and Charlotte Sher and Herbert and Rhona Ullman    Mazeltov to Rabbi Evan and Cara Widmonte on the birth of a daughter born in Melbourne and mazeltov to grandparents Sam and Bev Leon.    Mazeltov to Daniel and Sara Zinman on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Harold and Aileen Zinman.    Mazeltov to Mervyn and Lynette Miller on the birth of a grandson and mazeltov to parents Craig and Robin Schraibman.    Condolences on the passing of Mervyn Wolf husband of Lynn Wolf     Mazeltov to Craig and Kirsty Blend on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Jeff and Sharon Blend.    Mazeltov to Jayce Zidel and Nikki Lee Silverman on the occasion of their engagement and mazeltov to Zidel and Silverman families.    Eran and Dena Michaeli on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Chezi and Belinda Michaeli.    Mazeltov to Steven son of Cynthia and the Late Cedric Liptz on the occasion of his engagement to Orli daughter of Barry and Cookie Isaacs.
Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

The Torah states: “And in the heart of each person who had a wise heart I have given wisdom” (Exodus 31:6).

Why does the Torah make having a wise heart a prerequisite for the Almighty granting wisdom?

Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz, former Rosh Hayeshiva of the Mir Yeshiva, teaches that from here we see that a person needs wisdom to merit acquiring wisdom. What is this wisdom? It is the heartfelt desire for more wisdom!

We can have a picture of what this desire is from the desire of Haman (in the Purim story) for honour. He was second to the king in power and the entire population of 127 countries bowed to him. Nevertheless, when Mordechai refused to bow down to him, he said that all his honour was as nothing since he was missing one person’s honour. So, too, a person who has a deep love of wisdom feels a strong lack for any wisdom he is missing. When you have this love for wisdom, the Almighty will give you greater wisdom!

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony