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 tells the Cohanim to bless the Jewish people.  The blessing begins with:

“May the Lord bless you and keep you.” (Numbers 6:24)

Why are the Jewish people blessed in the singular?

Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sassov explains that this is to teach us that the greatest blessing is that of unity.  When we feel as if we are one unit, with togetherness, then we are truly blessed — and we feel that blessing.

It is easy to focus on the differences among people and to consider yourself as separate from others.  Truly no two people are exactly alike.  However, there are many common factors among people.  By focusing on the fact that every human being is created in the image of the Almighty, you will have greater identification with others and this will lead to greater unity.

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony