Condolences on the passing of Michael Jacobs father of Cy Jacobs and Jason Jacobs     Condolences on the passing of Dr Errol Papert brother of Beverley Manning and Lana Nathan.     Condolences on the passing of David Suchard husband of Minette Suchard, father of Dean Suchard, Rowan Suchard and Debbie Zetisky, brother of Rabbi Suchard and Shelley Defries.     Mazeltov to Dina daughter of Rabbi Yossi and Tziporah Orkin on the occasion of her engagement to Yossi Zimbler and mazeltov to the Zimbler family.    Condolences on the passing of Rosalind Sherman mother of Russel Sherman     Condolences on the passing of Esther Blacher mother of Jodiv Davidowitz, Merle Kenner and Gilda Ayers.     Condolences on the passing of Pierre Edery husband of Debbie Edery, father of Chad, Kyle and Chloe Edery, brother of Jack Edery     Condolences on the passing of Esther Blacher mother of Jodiv Davidowitz, Merle Kenner and Gilda Ayers.     Condolences on the passing of Lilie Singer mother of Elaine Fienberg.     Condolences on the passing of Michael Lakofsky brother of Barbara Wachsberger.     Mazeltov to Simon and Candice Kuper on the birth of son and mazeltov to grandparents Norman and Diane Geller.    Mazeltov to Lance and Erin Schapiro on the birth of a son.    Mazeltov to Jonathan and Michal Zinman on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Harold and Aileen Zinman.    Condolences on the passing of Edilene Kantor mother of Beverley Brittany     Condolences to Selwyn Burstein on the loss of his Step-Mother Lorraine Mc Cauley.
Parashat Chukat: A Summary

Parashat Chukat: A Summary

Another week of action, adventure and mystery as the Jewish people wander the desert in their 38th year. First, the laws of the red heifer (Parah Adumah) which was burnt with cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet thread. The ashes were then used in a purification ceremony for those who had come in contact with the dead. Strangely enough, all who were involved in the making of the ashes became ritually impure, but all who were sprinkled with them became ritually pure. It is a lesson that we must do the commandments even if we can’t understand them. G-d decreed the commandments. They are for our benefit. We may not always know why.

Miriam, Moshe’s sister and a prophetess, dies. The portable well which had accompanied the Israelites on her merit, ceased to flow. Once again, the people rebelled against Moshe and Aharon because of the lack of water. The Almighty tells Moshe to speak to the rock for water. Moshe gets angry and hits the rock and water rushes forth. However, the Almighty punishes Moshe and Aharon for not sanctifying Him by forbidding their entry into the land of Israel. (It pays to follow instructions and to withhold anger!)

Aharon dies. His son, Elazar, is appointed the new High Priest. The Canaanite king of Arad attacks the Israelites and later is soundly defeated. Then there is another rebellion over the food and water which is answered by a plague of poisonous snakes. Moshe prays for the people and is instructed by God to put the image of a snake on a high pole. All who saw it would think of God, repent, and live.

The Israelites then annihilate the Amorites and Bashanites who not only would not let us pass peacefully through their lands, but attacked us.

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony