Condolences on the the passing of Hazel Aremband mother of Gary Aremband, mother-in-law of Debbie Aremband    Condolences on the passing of Sarah Joseph mother of Michael Joseph, Jonathan Joseph and Ian Joseph.    Condolences on the passing of Charlie Goralsky father of Trevor Goralsky, Milton Goralsky, and brother of Louis Goralksy and Jack Goralsky     Condolences on the passing of Hazel Aremband mother of Gary Aremband, mother-in-law of Debbie Aremband     Condolences on passing of Lionel Levinsohn husband of Joyce Levinsohn, father of Della Lawrence and Steven Levinsohn, David and Lawrence Levinsohn     Condolences on the passing of Dennis Jacobs husband of Molly Jacobs, father of Gavin Jacobs, Wyona Efune, Harene Sueltz and Elana Jacobs.     Mazeltov to Lisa daughter of Paul and Fiona Minsker on the occasion of her engagement to Ryan son of Jos and the late Jonny Miller.    Condolences on the passing of Robin Zidels father in Toronto


Make The Connection 15 January 2021

16 January 2021 | 3 Shevat 5781

Candle Lighting:     6.15pm
Parsha:                   Vaeira
Kabbalat Shabbat:  6pm
Havdalah:               7.39pm
Zoom Havdalah:     8.30pm


It has been such a frenetic week. So many of our nearest and dearest, never mind the broader community have been affected by COVID. Some seriously and some, thank G d less so. One thing we need to get us through this all is a level head. To be logical and simply to follow the guidelines that the experts have suggested. To be sensible! Simply, to use one’s kop!

In the Gemara, Sanhedrin 67B, Rabbi Akiva points out to us that the Torah, when referring to the Plague of frogs says ותעל הצפרדע ותכס את ארץ מצרים, and the Frog ascended and covered the land of Egypt (Shemot 8:2).

It refers to a single frog which when struck split into two and continued to multiply and multiply every time it was hit, until there were so many frogs, they literally filled every house, every room, every bed, even their ovens and kneading bowls.

The Brisker Rav asks: Why, when they saw that with each attempt to kill the frogs they simply multiplied over and over and over with each strike. Why did they continue to hit these miraculous creatures? Hitting them just exacerbated to problem serving to increase their numbers exponentially, it was so logical.

His answer is brilliant and oh so true. When one is angry, when one is grumpy and upset, logic simply stops being logical. Even the most obvious truism becomes properly impossible to perceive. Facts are no longer evident. Evidence before our very eyes alludes us.

We have every reason to be annoyed, even livid and cranky with what is happening, however if we allow ourselves to adopt that mindset we are doomed as we will not be in a position to act rationally, wisely and with logic.

Be calm. Be positive. Be safe. Stay well.

G d bless.

Rabbi David Shaw



Joyce Levinsohn on the loss of her husband and condolences to Della Lawrence, David, Steven and Lawrence Levinsohn on the loss of their father

Gary Aremband on the loss of his mother

Michael, Jonathan and Ian Joseph on the loss of their mother

Trevor and Milton Goralsky on the loss of their father and Louis and Jack Goralsky on the loss of their brother.

May Hashem comfort the families amongst all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Stolen Hearts

Marvin and Shirley Applebaum were childhood sweethearts who had married and settled down in the same neighborhood where they grew up. They were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and decided to walk down the street to their old school. There, they hold hands as they find the old desk they ‘d shared and where he had carved “I love you, Shirley.”

On their way back home, a bag of money falls out of an armored car and lands practically at their feet. Shirley quickly picks it up and decides to take it home until they decide what to do with it. There, she counts the money, and it’s fifty thousand dollars.

Marvin says, “We’ve got to give it back.”

Shirley says, “Finders keepers” and puts the money back in the bag and hides it up in their attic.

The next day, two FBI men are going door-to-door in the neighborhood looking for the money and show up at their home. They say, “Pardon me, but did either of you find or know about some money that fell out of an armored car yesterday?”

Shirley says, “No.”

Marvin quickly interjects, “She’s lying!! She hid it up in the attic.”

Shirley says, “Don’t believe him, he’s getting senile.”

However, the agents sit Marvin down and begin to question him. “Sir, please tell us the story from the beginning.”

Marvin says, “Well, when Shirley and I were walking home from school yesterday…”

The FBI agents immediately look at each other and say, “Let’s get out of here!!”


When you have nothing left but God, then you become aware that God is enough!


Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah

Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Alter and Daniel Tucker

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 6pm

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Havdallah on Saturday @ 8.30pm
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
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Blood Drive

On Sunday morning there is a blood drive at Manor Medical Centre from 9am to 3pm. Please make every effort to go and donate blood, your blood will save a life.


We meet daily on Zoom at 5pm Sunday to Thursday to have a short shiur in Pirkei Avot and Tehillim for those who are in need of a Refuah Shelaima.  Please join Rabbi Shaw on Zoom.  The link is sent out by Rabbi Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah

Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. contact Lynda Romain 24 hours in advance on 083266849 to make an appointment.
All protocolas are adhered to.

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Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.


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Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
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