Mazeltov to Lior and Jodi Losinsky on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Harold and Elaine Wolmer.    Condolence on the passing of Zoe Cohen wife of Lee Cohen, mother of Garyn Cohen, Joshua Cohen and Melissa Biden.     Mazeltov to Saul and Sacha Jacobsohn on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Ralph and Tessa Posner and mazeltov to great grandparents Philip and Audrey Posner.    Mazeltov to Shareen Richter on the occasion of her engagement to Adam Davis.    Mazeltov to Avika and Gila Smith on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Ivan and Brenda Segal.
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