Mazeltov to Darren and Batia Cohen on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Phillip and Roslyn Cohen and Hylton Surat and Vanessa Surat.    Mazeltov to Stanton and Belinda Roux, on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Lester and Carol Chadwick.    Mazeltov to Ross and Ari Tucker on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Stephen and Alicia Tucker and Selwyn and Andy Diamond.    Condolences on the passing of Terry Hepker husband of Lynda Hepker, father of Jedd and Claudia.    Condolences on the passing of Denbeigh Joselowsky wife of Solly Joselwosky, mother of Rhett Davis and Wendy Diamond.
Parashat Vayechi: A Summary

Parashat Vayechi: A Summary

The parsha, Torah portion, opens with Jacob on his deathbed 17 years after arriving in Egypt. Jacob blesses Joseph’s two sons, Menashe and Ephraim (to this day it is a tradition to bless our sons every Shabbat evening with the blessing, “May the Almighty make you like Ephraim and Manasseh” — they grew up in the Diaspora amongst foreign influences and still remained devoted to the Torah. The Shabbat evening blessing for girls is “to be like Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, and Leah”). He then individually blesses each of his sons. The blessings are prophetic and give reproof, where necessary.

A large retinue from Pharaoh’s court accompanies the family to Hebron to bury Jacob in the Ma’arat Hamachpela, the burial cave purchased by Abraham. The Torah portion ends with the death of Joseph and his binding the Israelites to bring his remains with them for burial when they are redeemed from slavery and go to the land of Israel. Thus ends the book of Genesis!

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony