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.
We Are Brothers by Rabbi Paysach Krohn

We Are Brothers by Rabbi Paysach Krohn

On one occasion, my brother flagged down a taxi in Israel and hopped inside. After situating himself, he extended a greeting to the driver, who was clearly irreligious. Following a few brief introductory remarks, my brother remarked to the cabbie, “You know, we are brothers.” The driver turned aside to my brother, clearly a look of disagreement and confusion on his face. “We are not brothers!” he responded. “You are religious, and I am not religious.” But that argument hardly held any water with my brother.

“I had a teacher,” explained my brother, “and he taught that we are all brothers, regardless of whether we are religious or not.” “And who was this teacher?” curiously inquired the cabbie. “Adolf Hitler,” he replied.

The taxi driver nearly lost control of the car. He did not believe what he had just heard, and was certainly caught off guard by the remark.

“You’re one in a million!” he said to my brother. “No, two in a million,” corrected my brother, “because we are brothers.”

This is how we ought to view our unity as Jews around the world. Religious or irreligious, we are brothers. No matter our background, religious level, customs or geographical location, we are inextricably bound to each other. The many millions of us there are around the world comprise one large family, and we ought to feel that truth throughout our body and soul and allow it to resonate within. Because yes, as we have been taught and we have learned, we are brothers.

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony