Mazeltov to Bernard and Anne Tanner on the birth of a granddaughter and mazeltov to parents Danny and Carla Blumberg.    Condolence on the passing of Abe Maram husband of Rhona Maram, father of Brian, Janine and Lawrence, brother of Morris Maram and Jack Maram.    Mazeltov to Farril and Kelli Rosen on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Hylton and Linda Rosen.    Condolence on the passing of Joyce Levenson mother of Della Lawrence, Steven, David and Lawrence Levinsohn

Newsletter

Make The Connection 25 November 2021

 

27 November 2021 | 23 Kislev 5782

Candle Lighting:      6.15pm
Friday Mincha:        5.45pm
Parsha:                 Vayeishev
Shabbos Mevarachim
Shabbos Mincha:    6.05pm
Havdalah:                7.18pm
Weekday Mincha:    6.15pm

SHABBAT SHALOM AND A FREILIGE CHANUKAH

The Gemara shares that one who is accustomed to light Shabbat and Chanukkah candles, says Rav Biederman, will give rise to children who are Talmidei Chachamim, smart, wise, holy. power kids! So where are all these sagacious little ones. Everyone, and I mean everyone lights Chanukah candles. Again, where are all these holy kinderlach? The answer is that while everybody lights, only a small minority really light properly. The Meiri writes that in order for one to light correctly one needs to love doing the Mitzvah. One must do it with passion and great excitement. with fire (excuse the pun). Then it works and the Gemara’s promise will be fulfilled. With great joy and with great love. To make a big deal about it.

Let’s do it! Let’s do Channukkah this year with extra zeal. Celebrate. Sing, dance, look deeply into the lights. Look out for the miracles then and those we see now if we would only open our eyes.

Good Shabbos and a happy, happy, happy, happy, Chanukkah!

Rabbi David Shaw

PUTTING G-D INTO THE EQUATION By Rabbi Henry Harris

The Chanukkah menorah reminds us that small miracles still happen.

Lighting the Chanukkah menorah reminds us that miracles still happen. I saw the power of this reminder not long ago.

After spending a life-changing year as a student studying in Israel, my wife Tzipora was reluctantly leaving to teach in America. Taking leave of her beloved Jerusalem the day of the flight, she bid farewell to teachers, friends, and the Western Wall only to discover at the end of her stops that her organizer was gone. Filled with tons of contact information and private memos, it was precious property with no digital backup (this was long before smart phones).

She retraced her many steps. Nothing. She had taken taxis but hadn’t kept receipts. She had no idea where she might have left it and her flight was leaving in hours.

A gloomy feeling entered her heart. With no obvious effort left to make, she made her way back to the apartment she’d shared with her roommates to gather her bags.
“God,” she recalls saying, “I’m only leaving Israel because I believe it’s what You want. Send me off with a smile.”

Soon after, she heard the front door open. “Tzipora,” asked her roommate, clutching an organizer, “isn’t this yours?”

My wife’s jaw dropped. “Where did you find that?!”

THREE WAYS TO FIND YOUR INNER LIGHT by Debbie Gutfreund

Chanukkah is a unique time for accessing the sparks of light within and thereby light up the world

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: 
The secret of life is
to know who you are
and where you are going.

HOW TO KEEP OUR JEWISH IDENTITY IN TODAY’S DAY AND AGE? By Rav Netanel Wyler

 

Many have spoken of the difficulty of being the second generation after a revolution. The difficulty of not creating a new, but guarding the achievements of the previous generation. Whilst Avraham was the vanguard, who waged war and created revolutionary theological ideas, Yitzchak’s job was also critical as he reaffirmed and set in stone the achievements of his father.

In our Parasha we find Yosef who is the fourth generation of an already entrenched mesora. The need to complete the revolution has seemingly been completed. As Yosef grows up in search of his own unique contribution and identity – we can identify with the difficulty involved.

But then abruptly at the tender age of seventeen he is sold by his brothers into slavery and exile in Egypt. We would not be surprised if after a few years, he would have forgotten his identity as he is exposed to a completely different culture and value system. If being a fourth generation was not hard enough, after all the travails of feeling betrayed by his family, the most natural thing would be to become an Egyptian.

Yet we find that Yosef does not forget or retract his identity for even a moment. He states that he is “from the land of the Hebrews” (Breishit 40:15). Neither the hardships, servitude or jail, nor the attempts to seduce him (the wife of Potiphar) nor power (being only second to Pharaoh) weaken his resolve to retain his identity. The question is how Yosef did this? How did he succeed in retaining his identity when all the odds were stacked against him, living in the midst of a foreign and perverse culture? This is not just a theoretical question. Arguably there has never been a time in history with a greater challenge to Jewish identity as the silent millions are being lost to assimilation.

How can we assure that we and our children retain our Jewish identity? What was Yosef’s secret? If we examine the story of Yosef, we find something very unique. When in Egypt, Yosef mentions Hashem almost every time he opens his mouth. When he explains why he cannot sin with the wife of Potifar, he does not justify just based on basic morality, but adds “and Iwill have sinned to G-d” (Breishit 39:9). In jail when interpreting the dreams of the chief baker and wine officer, he proclaims “to G-d are the interpretations” (Breishit 40:8). This recurs again with Pharaoh and his dream, but there Yosef mentions Hashem not once but twice. Both his sons’ names bear the name of G-d. There is no other personality in the entire Tanach that comes close to the frequency in which he mentions G-ds name. This all teaches us how present G-d was in his life. Whereas for many Hashem is not really present in their life and they serve Hashem by rote as the prophet Yeshayahu bemoans “the mitzvot of people are committed by rote” (Yeshayahu 29:13), Yosef constantly lives with G-d.

There is no guarantee that we shall succeed, us or our children, to retain our Jewish identity. There is not trick that will guarantee that we will not lose ourselves in different cultures that surround us. Nevertheless, it seems that from Yosef who was able to retain his identity in such harsh circumstances we can all learn and hopefully succeed. Living with Hashem in our minds constantly and speaking and acknowledging Him was the secret of Yosef.

Shabbat Shalom
On Behalf of The Selwyn and Ros Smith & Family
MANHIGUT TORANIT PROGRAM 

 

TAKE NOTE:

Shul Services

Friday Night Shul Service will be held in the Youth Centre, followed by a Sushi and Biltong Kiddush in the Sukkah area

Shabbos morning, Shul commences at 8.30am in the Main Shul

Chanukah
Sunday 28 November
Starts 5.30pm
Chanukah Lighting at 6.35pm

Bring your white tee or garment to paint and watch it glow ……
Ice Cream Bar – Donuts – Pizza – Fire Show

Sefer Mishlei andTehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 5pm Sunday to Thursday to have a short shiur in The Book of Proverbs 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  David Shaw everyday.

Staff end of year collection!

As the year is drawing to an end, we ask the community to brighten up our staff’s holidays (including the security guards that keep the campus safe 24/7) by dropping off parcels of non-perishable food so we can package up Xmas parcels for them.  We will be distributing the parcels during the 1st week of December. 

We urge you to please take the time to buy a few tins and drop them off at either the guardhouse or at the Shul Office or drop money.  Any queries please call Harelle

Blood Drive

Right now. Near you. Someone needs blood. Not just any blood. A perfect match.
Someone may need your blood!!!
So, Give the Gift of Life and Share in a Family’s Happiness
Please invite all your friends, family and staff to support the blood drive!!!!

The Torah states: “Whoever saves a life, it is as if he saves an entire world” – Tikkun Olam

Date: 28 November 2021
Time: 09h00 to 15h00
Venue:  Manor Medical Centre, 289 Kelvin Drive, Gallo Manor

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain, 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Library Books

If you have borrowed books from the Library, please return them as they are all over due

Security

If you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

If you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 22 November 2021

 

20 November 2021 | 16 Kislev 5782

Candle Lighting:      6.15pm
Friday Mincha:        5.45pm
Parsha:                   Vayishlach
Shabbos Mincha:    6.00pm
Havdalah:                7.12pm
Weekday Mincha:    6.15pm

HANUKKAH (CHANUKAH)

Hanukkah (Chanukah), the Festival of Lights, begins Sunday evening, November 28, 2021. It celebrates the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greek regime of Antiochus. The Greeks attempted to Hellenize the Jews and abolish many Jewish practices and many Jews willingly complied. But a small band of the devout, led by the Matitiyahu the Priest and his son Judah Maccabee, led a successful rebellion against them.

When they recaptured the Temple and relit the Menorah, a vial of pure oil sufficient to burn one day burned for eight days straight – the eight days of Hanukkah.

We light the menorah for the eight days of Hanukkah to commemorate the miracle. A menorah is lit in every household, and also in the synagogue. Special blessings are recited when we light the menorah.

On Hanukkah we spin the dreidel, a four-sided top with a Hebrew letter on each side (sivivon in Hebrew). We play the dreidel game, which has deeper meaning and invites “inspiration from above.”

On Hanukkah, in commemoration of the miracle of the oil, we eat foods cooked with olive oil. Enjoy these fried potato pancake – latke recipes. For the Israeli version of “oily food,” use this how-to guide for great homemade doughnuts, sufganiyot.

THE IDOLATER AND THE TORAH SCHOLAR.  OR BOTH?
By Rav Jonathan Gilbert

What does the Yetzer Haraa (the Evil Inclination) look like? Or, more precisely, what would be the most accurate representation of it. Would it be human or animal? Frightening or charming?

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful!

CONDOLENCES

Condolences to Hedy Davis on the loss of her husband
Condolences to Leon and Alec Davis on the loss of their father

Condolences to Rhona Maram on the loss of her husband and condolences to Brian, Janine and Lawrence on the loss of their father
Condolences to Morris and Jack Maram on the loss of their brother

 

TAKE NOTE:

MAZELTOV!

Births
Mazeltov to Danny and Carla Blumberg on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Bernard and Anne Tanner

Shul Services

Shabbos morning, Shul commences at 8.30am

Sefer Mishlei andTehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 5pm Sunday to Thursday to have a short shiur in The Book of Proverbs 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  David Shaw everyday.

Staff end of year collection!

As the year is drawing to an end, we ask the community to brighten up our staff’s holidays (including the security guards that keep the campus safe 24/7) by dropping off parcels of non-perishable food so we can package up Xmas parcels for them.  We will be distributing the parcels during the 1st week of December. 

We urge you to please take the time to buy a few tins and drop them off at either the guardhouse or at the Shul Office.  Any queries please call Harelle

Blood Drive

Right now. Near you. Someone needs blood. Not just any blood. A perfect match.
Someone may need your blood!!!
So, Give the Gift of Life and Share in a Family’s Happiness
Please invite all your friends, family and staff to support the blood drive!!!!

The Torah states: “Whoever saves a life, it is as if he saves an entire world” – Tikkun Olam

Date: 28 November 2021
Time: 09h00 to 15h00
Venue:  Manor Medical Centre, 289 Kelvin Drive, Gallo Manor

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain, 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Library Books

If you have borrowed books from the Library, please return them as they are all over due

Security

If you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

If you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 29 October 2021

 

30 October 2021 | 24 Cheshvan 5782

Candle Lighting:      6.05pm
Friday Mincha:        5.45pm
Parsha:                   Chayei Sarah
Shabbat Mevarachim
Shabbos Mincha:    6.00pm
Havdalah:                6.56pm
Weekday Mincha:    6.00pm

AVICHAL GOODMAN ON BEHALF OF THE SELWYN AND ROS SMITH & FAMILY

MANHIGUT TORANIT PROGRAM

The Deafening silence of Avraham’s last years

The Torah’s silence is deafening! The last 38 years of Avraham Avinu’s life go unrecorded. Why is it that after the death of Sarah, we hear nothing more of Avraham’s life achievements? In fact, the only thing we do hear is Avraham’s concerted efforts to find a wife for Yitzchak. Why is this the final chapter that concludes an illustrious life of Avraham?

Avraham Avinu, was such a critical figure in recognizing Hashem and influencing the annals of history. Yet he understood that he didn’t do it alone. His life achievement was a partnership with his soulmate Sarah…”And the souls that they made in Haran”.
Avraham understood that now was the time for Yitzchak to take the stage, but just as Avraham’s own legacy was built with his soul mate Sarah, Yitzchak would need the correct soulmate to make his indelible mark on history! Avraham’s final charge about finding a wife is really giving insight into the secret of how to continue impacting history! We can’t do it alone!

Yet although it is clear why Avraham took great efforts to find a special bride, some of his actions seem illogical at first glance. Avraham makes his servant, Eliezer take an oath not to take a bride from the daughters of Canaan, but rather go to his relatives in Haran. Why? 

Don Yitzhak Abarbanel elaborates on the question. If Avraham was afraid of the negative influence of the daughters of Canaan on Yitzchak, what advantage was there by taking a bride from the daughters of Haran? After all, the people of Haran, and the family of Avraham among them, were also idolaters!

Many of the great commentators dealt with this question and gave different answers. 
Although the daughters of Haran were also idolaters, the Midrash Hagadol explains that Avraham wanted to do a chessed with his family. Rabbi Hirsch explains that it would be easier to disconnect her from her idolatry if her family was not in the immediate vicinity. Both the Midrash Hagadol and Rabbi Hirsch answer this question by highlighting external differences between the girls of Canaan and Haran.

The Ran argues that there is indeed an intrinsic difference between the daughters of Canaan and the daughters of Haran, in the matter of the virtues of the soul. middot. He claims that the people of Canaan were among the most corrupt people who lived on earth: ” The daughters of Canaan were imprinted with evil qualities, which the Avot chose to stay away from them and cling to one who is not imprinted with these evil qualities”

Avraham was not so afraid of idol worship. One can influence and change that situation by persuasion, education and personal example. But bad qualities, the corruption of the soul, is a more entrenched problem and difficult to uproot.

This essential difference, which the Ran claims exists in the daughters of Canaan, is based on sources in the Torah that describe the corruption of the Canaanites. Two weeks ago, we read God’s curse “Cursed Canaan”. The Ibn Ezra explains that Canaan was a partner in his father Cham’s deeds, and so he was given this curse.

Moreover, when the Torah forbids us to have incest, it explains that these are extremely despicable deeds, not to be committed, unlike the Canaanites who do these deeds.-“And as for the land of Canaan which I bring you, what ye shall not do.”

Rashi explains that this verse teaches us that the people of Canaan were the most corrupt nation on earth. From this moral corruption Avraham tries to save his son Yitzchak.

By recording Avraham’s final actions as his search for a bride for Yitzchak, the Torah is highlighting how a very private and intimate relationship of a couple and their home, is so critical in impacting history. And the basis and bedrock of this relationship is middot tovot!

Shabbat Shalom

TO ALL THOSE WHO DOUBT YOU, INCLUDING YOURSELF by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

You don’t have to listen to that voice that weighs you down, holds you back, or causes you to give up on your dreams.

With seven gold medals, including three at the recent Tokyo Olympics, swimmer Penny Oleksiak is Canada’s most decorated Olympian. But not everyone always believed in her. Following her recent success, she tweeted,

“I want to thank that teacher in high school who told me to stop swimming to focus on school (because) swimming wouldn’t get me anywhere. This is what dreams are made of.” She followed it up by sharing, “Also in reference to my last tweet – no shade at all towards teachers in general, my sister is a teacher and I see her inspiring kids every day. Most of my teachers saw the vision and pushed me towards it. That one who constantly dragged me down though, WOAT (Worst of All-Time).”

Many of us have a WOAT influence in our lives. If it’s not a teacher, a family member or a colleague, it is a voice of negativity and doubt in our own head. It tells us, “You are imperfect, you have shortcomings and deficiencies, you aren’t the smartest, you are not the best looking, the most creative, and will never be the most successful. You have made mistakes, underachieved, set goals that you failed to realize, and you will never amount to anything.”

That voice can weigh us down, hold us back, or cause us to give up on our dreams and aspirations. But here is the catch. That person or that voice only holds us back if we listen to it, give it attention or consideration. Like Penny Oleksiak, we can replace the WOAT with a GOAT (Greatest of all Time) person or inner voice to listen to instead, one who believes in us, propels, and pushes us and lifts us to aspire to become the best version of ourselves. 

Don’t Look Back

Just moments before Sodom is destroyed, the angel says to Lot, “Run for your life. Do not look behind you, nor stop anywhere in the Plain; flee to the hills, lest you be swept away.” Despite the warning of the angel, Lot’s wife couldn’t help herself. She looked and became a pillar of salt.

Why were they warned not to look back? The classic answer is that Lot and his family weren’t righteous and in truth deserved to suffer the same fate as Sodom. They weren’t worthy of witnessing the downfall and were therefore told not to look.

Rabbi Shmuel Weinberg gives a different perspective. In telling Lot and his family, “Don’t look back,” the angel was teaching a fundamental lesson in life. When you have made mistakes, when you underachieved or came up short, don’t look back, always look forward. Don’t focus on your past and beat yourself up, doesn’t listen to voices of negativity and defeatism, look to the future and the opportunities it presents. We need to understand what drove the mistakes we made and feel remorseful for them, but we cannot and must not ruminate on them.

Lot’s wife turned around. Whether she was nostalgic for her sinful past or simply felt guilty about it, either way she turned into salt. Salt was not a random vehicle for this punishment. Salt, by its very nature, preserves and keeps what it is spread on intact. It inhibits the ability to grow, to change, or to move forward. Lot’s wife literally got stuck in her past. She couldn’t move past it, couldn’t look forward, and didn’t let herself start again.

This is the classic methodology of the self-destructive voice we all confront. We tend to harp on our mess-ups and mistakes, and we tell ourselves we are incapable, unworthy. We give up on becoming better at whatever we want to improve. We spend a lot of time dwelling on the failures from our past. Research shows that at least 70% of the time we think about the past, we only relive the negative aspects of our lives.

But according to psychologists at Yale and the University of California, obsessing over a mistake not only won’t change the past but it will make it worse. Their study shows that living a mistake over and over impairs our problem-solving abilities. It leads to increased negative thoughts and depression. It even erodes our support network because no one wants to hear from the person who can’t let things go. Dwelling on past mistakes puts us in, and keeps us in, a bad state, the very thing we’re trying to get out of.

But moving on and silencing the WOAT in us sounds easier than done. Many who would never bully someone else still bully themselves with negative thoughts. We tend to beat ourselves up and harp on things we could have or should have done differently. But that thinking sabotages our very future and forfeits our present.

This is what we pray for every evening when we ask God “remove the Satan from before us and from after us.” Why would we confront a Satan from behind us? It is critical to pray that we not only find the strength and will to overcome our urges and temptations when we confront them, but that if we do fail, we can put it behind us and move on, not harp or get stuck. Each night, as we reflect on the day that was, including bad choices or uncomfortable mistakes, we pray to have the strength and conviction to hear the GOAT in us, not the WOAT in us.

CONDOLENCES

Condolences to Susan Pincus on the loss of her husband and condolences to Michael and Ariel Pincus on the loss of their father.

TAKE NOTE:

Mazeltov!

Barmitzvah
Mazeltov to Daniele Varallo on the occasion of his Barmitzvah and mazeltov to the Sher, Varallo and Stoch families

Batmitzvah
Wishing all our Batmitzvah 2021 Girls a hearty Mazeltov on their completion of the Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Programme and the ceremony will take place this Sunday 

Aimee Kruger

Kesia Silbermann

Amber Mayers

Kira Bloom

Ariela Favis

Liora Colley

Bailey Beck

Liron Barashi

Daniella Evan

Maya Terner

Danit Marco

Mia Dorfman

Eliora Sack

Natania Gecelter

Elisheva Marco

Noa Sher

Gabriella Marks

Shayna Joffe

Gabriella Pogir

Sienna Benatar

Galia Woolf

Sienna Raphaely

Hailey Symons

Sophie Joffe

Jade Aharoni

Talya Lutrin

Jessica Meyerson

Teegan Friedman

Jessie Brill

Birth
Mazeltov to Rael and Nicky Cynkin on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Berel and Lynette Bean

Wedding
Mazeltov to Jonathan, son of Brian and the Late Cheryl Hurwitz on the occasion of his forthcoming wedding to Penina daughter of Rabbi Mark and Ronel Tocker

Shul Services

Shabbos morning there will be one service. Shul will commence at 8.30am 

Sefer Mishlei andTehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 5pm Sunday to Thursday to have a short shiur in The Book of Proverbs 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain, 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Library Books

If you have borrowed books from the Library, please return them as they are all over due

Security

If you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

If you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 21 October 2021

 

23 October 2021 | 17 Cheshvan 5782

Candle Lighting:      6.00pm
Friday Mincha:        5.45pm
Parsha:                   Vayeira
Shabbos Mincha:    5.30pm
Havdalah:                6.51pm
Weekday Mincha:    6.00pm

SHABBAT SHALOM

A story for Shabbos and a point to ponder. A poor man once came knocking on the door of a Chasid, writes Rabbi Baruch Leff, asking for charity. The Chasid did not have any money to give to the man, but he did notice his wife’s gold wedding ring lying on the table. He decided that the man’s situation was so very desperate that it warranted giving him the ring. He consulted with his wife, and she agreed that they should give him the ring.

However, shortly afterward, the Chasid’s wife became frantic and ran outside, trying to find the poor man. Sure, that he had done the wrong thing by presenting her with such a dilemma, the Chasid started running after his wife to apologize, promising her that he would earn enough money to buy her a new ring, and asking her to allow the poor man to keep the old one now that it had been given to him.

“That’s not why I’m chasing after the man,” his wife replied. “I’m afraid that he doesn’t realize the full value of the ring and, in his desperation for cash, he might sell it for much less than it’s worth

This week is the Shabbos Project. An opportunity to celebrate Shabbat perfectly in our own homes. Shabbos is priceless. Know its worth. Do not sell out or simply give it away. Seize this occasion with both hands. Embrace it. Savour it. You will no doubt reap many rich rewards.

I am delighted that Rabbi Yossy and Rochel Goldman will be our scholars in residence for the Shabbos Project. They will be sharing Sermons and Shiurim with us! Please don’t miss!

G d bless!

Good Shabbos!

Rabbi David Shaw  

Shabbos Project is here, Coming Back to Shul!

 

23 October 2021 |17 Cheshvan 5782

Candle Lighting:      6.00pm
Friday Mincha:        5.45pm
Parsha:                   Vayeira
Shabbos Mincha:    5.30pm
Havdalah:                6.51pm
Weekday Mincha:    6.00pm

SHABBAT SHALOM

A story for Shabbos and a point to ponder. A poor man once came knocking on the door of a Chasid, writes Rabbi Baruch Leff, asking for charity. The Chasid did not have any money to give to the man, but he did notice his wife’s gold wedding ring lying on the table. He decided that the man’s situation was so very desperate that it warranted giving him the ring. He consulted with his wife, and she agreed that they should give him the ring.

However, shortly afterward, the Chasid’s wife became frantic and ran outside, trying to find the poor man. Sure, that he had done the wrong thing by presenting her with such a dilemma, the Chasid started running after his wife to apologize, promising her that he would earn enough money to buy her a new ring, and asking her to allow the poor man to keep the old one now that it had been given to him.

“That’s not why I’m chasing after the man,” his wife replied. “I’m afraid that he doesn’t realize the full value of the ring and, in his desperation for cash, he might sell it for much less than it’s worth

This week is the Shabbos Project. An opportunity to celebrate Shabbat perfectly in our own homes. Shabbos is priceless. Know its worth. Do not sell out or simply give it away. Seize this occasion with both hands. Embrace it. Savour it. You will no doubt reap many rich rewards.

I am delighted that Rabbi Yossy and Rochel Goldman will be our scholars in residence for the Shabbos Project. They will be sharing Sermons and Shiurim with us! Please don’t miss!

G d bless!

Good Shabbos!

Rabbi David Shaw  

Shabbos Project is here, Coming Back to Shul!

PARASHAT VAYEIRA: A SUMMARY

Avraham, on the third day after his brit mila, sits outside his tent looking for guests to extend his hospitality.

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DVAR TORAH by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Avraham invites three visitors to stay for a meal with the words, “I will fetch a morsel of bread that you may sustain yourselves, then go on.”

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Date Daw Earliest Time for Tallit & Tefillin Neitz Hachama/ Sunrise Latest Time for Shema Chatzot Earliest Time for Mincha Plag Hamincha Shkiah/ Sunset
22 Oct 2021 4:15:01 AM 4:36:49 AM 5:26:09 AM 8:39:11 AM 11:52:13 AM 12:24:23 PM 4:57:51 PM 6:18:16 PM
23 Oct 2021 4:13:59 AM 4:35:50 AM 5:25:17 AM 8:38:41 AM 11:52:04 AM 12:24:18 PM 4:58:17 PM 6:18:51 PM
24 Oct 2021 4:12:58 AM 4:34:53 AM 5:24:25 AM 8:38:11 AM 11:51:56 AM 12:24:14 PM 4:58:43 PM 6:19:27 PM
25 Oct 2021 4:11:58 AM 4:33:56 AM 5:23:35 AM 8:37:42 AM 11:51:49 AM 12:24:10 PM 4:59:10 PM 6:20:03 PM
26 Oct 2021 4:10:58 AM 4:33:00 AM 5:22:45 AM 8:37:14 AM 11:51:42 AM 12:24:07 PM 4:59:38 PM 6:20:40 PM
27 Oct 2021 4:09:59 AM 4:32:05 AM 5:21:57 AM 8:36:47 AM 11:51:37 AM 12:24:05 PM 5:00:06 PM 6:21:16 PM

PARASHAT VAYEIRA – Distance as an expression of closeness
Rav Udiel Hadad on behalf of the Selwyn and Ros Smith & Family
Manhigut Toranit Program

The Akeda, the binding and near sacrifice of Yitzchak, stands as the paradigm of obedience and submission to the Divine Will. It is hard to imagine a person who is not deeply stirred by the image of a loving father preparing his son for sacrifice. Ranging from the deepest admiration to raw rage, Akedat Yitzchak stirs powerful emotions in every one of us.

This demands in-depth reflection. Why would a Loving Creator command what seems to be the cruelest of behaviors from the one he explicitly called “my beloved”? Of course, the answer is multifaceted and should be approached from various angles. I will focus on just one of them: nisionot, loosely translated as “trials”.

The Mishna in Avot puts the Akeda in its proper context: Avaraham Avinu underwent ten trials and passed them all, to show how much Hashem loves him. [1] That is, at the end of the day, trials, even those that make a person suffer, are really a demonstration of the Love of Hashem. This, of course, is much easier said than internalized. We are designed to associate pain and suffering with rejection, not fatherly love.

The Zohar[2] describes a parable where a King wanted to test his son whether he was worthy of inheriting the crown. He ordered a harlot to try seduce his son but she didn’t succeed. The King in elatedly threw a banquet in honor of his son, but when the son saw the harlot at the banquet he was disgusted and asked her to leave. The King said – do you not realize that this entire banquet is because of her? Similarly, Am Yisrael complain about the Yetzer Hara (evil inclination) but Hashem tells them – without it, there is no free choice, reward or punishment”. The Yetzer Hara is there to bring our potential love and commitment to fruition. This is the deeper meaning of the Midrash describing Hashems reaction to the Creation of the world: “It was good – this refers to the Yetzer Tov; And it was very good – this refers to the Yetzer Hara”[3]

However, some trials are much less pleasant than resisting temptation. Sometimes, a very desired thing is held from a person for a very long time. It is a constant theme in Tanach that pious women were childless for decades, causing them great suffering. The masters of Hassidut dealt at length with this difficulty. Rav Nachman of Breslov, for example, explains that Hashem does this in order to actually strengthen our love for him. That is, when we want something and it is denied us, our desire and yearning continues to grow. When we are given a nisayon, in essence Hashem is making himself more distant and this only heightens our yearning to be close to him.  That is what he means when he says that “All distance is actually an expression of closeness”.[4] And as with Avraham Avinu, the greater the nisayon, the higher the possibility of closeness.

These two understandings of nisayon can explain a puzzling Gemara that states: “when a person wants to become pure, he is assisted from Heaven[5]” At face value, this should translate into a smoother ride towards perfection. Yet the Rambam[6] defines a true Baal Teshuva as someone who is put in the same situation yet overcomes his temptation where he fell previously. This is remarkable. How is this “helping” a person? Imagine “helping” a former drug addict who has just gone through rehab by sending him back to his old junkie fellows in the exact same tempting environment where he lived before?

The meaning of “helping a person” in this context is cleansing the persons past to the extent that the sin does not negatively impact a person that he will not be able to overcome temptation. Rather it returns him to the pre-sin state – but the challenge still lies before him. “Helping” does not mean removing the challenge – it means that Heaven gives him the ability to withstand the challenge.

Avraham and our forefathers teach us that we have the strength not to be broken by the difficulties of life. On the contrary, we must embrace them and through them see the love of God and show ours for him.

[1] Avot 5:3

[2] Zohar chelek bet pg 163a

[3] Midrash Raba Parashat Bereishit

[4] Likutei Moharan Torah 61

[5] Yoma 38b

[6] Rambam Hilchot Teshuva 2:1

 

SHABBAT – HEAVEN ON EARTH by Rabbi Noah Weinberg

For three millennia, Shabbat has been the Jewish oasis in time. Find out what’s behind this weekly day off.

Shabbat is the name for the seventh day of the week. The Torah tells us, “Six days you shall work, and the seventh day is Shabbat, for the Lord your God.” (Deut. 5:13)

 

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QUOTE FOR THE WEEK! Silence is a fence around wisdom.  (Talmud)

20 KEY KEYS FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE

1 Keep your mind on your main goal, which is to have a happy marriage. Say and do what will enable you and your spouse to have a happy marriage. Avoid the opposite. Everything else is commentary.

2 Keep asking yourselves, “What can we do to have a happy, loving atmosphere in our home?”

3 Focus on giving, rather than taking. Say and do as many things as possible to meet your spouse’s needs.

4 Keep doing and saying things that will give your spouse a sense of importance.

5 Frequently ask yourself, “What positive things can I say and do to put my (husband or wife) in a positive emotional state?”

6 Before speaking, clarify the outcome you want. The meaning of your communication is the response you actually get. If the first thing you say is not achieving your goal, change your approach. Remember that mutual respect and happiness is your real goal.

7 Show appreciation and gratitude in as many ways as possible. Say something appreciative a few times a day.

8 Be a good listener. Understand your spouse from his or her point of view.

9 Be considerate of the feelings and needs of your spouse. Think of ways that you have lacked consideration and be resolved to increase your level of consideration.

10 Instead of blaming and complaining think of positive ways to motivate your spouse. If your first strategies aren’t effective, think of creative ways.

11 Give up unrealistic expectations. Don’t expect your spouse to be perfect and don’t make comparisons.

12 Don’t cause pain with words. If your spouse speaks to you in ways that cause you pain, choose outcome wording, “Let’s speak to each other in ways that are mutually respectful.”

13 Be willing to compromise. Be willing to do something you would rather not do in return for similar behavior from your spouse.

14 Write a list of ways that you have benefited from being married to your spouse. Keep adding to the list and reread it frequently.

15 Write a list of your spouse’s positive patterns and qualities. Keep adding to the list and read it frequently.

16 Keep thinking about what you can do to bring out the best qualities of your spouse. Reinforce those qualities with words and action.

17 Focus on finding solutions to any problems that arise. Be solution oriented. Don’t just blame and complain. Don’t focus on who is more wrong. For a happy marriage, work together to find mutually acceptable solutions.

18 Remember your finest moments. What did you say and do when you felt best about each other? Increase them.

19 Look for positive activities you can do together.

20 Live in the present. What went wrong in the past is the past. You create the present and future with your thoughts, words, and actions right now. Choose them wisely.

CONDOLENCES

Condolences to Michelle Maserow on the loss of her father
Condolences to David Katz on the loss of his mother

TAKE NOTE:

 

Mazeltov!

Wedding
Mazeltov to Greg, son of Steven and Zoe Blend on the occasion of his forthcoming wedding in Cape Town to Gabi, daughter of Dan Stein and Heather Zar

Shul Services

Shabbos morning there will be one service. Shul will commence at 8.30am

Shabbos Project
Friday Night
Sermon by Rabbi Yossy Goldman
Kiddush after Shul – join us for Cocktails, Canapes and L’Chaims

Shabbos Day
Sermon by Rabbi Yossy Goldman
A lavish outdoor lunch for the Community after Shul
After Lunch Rabbi Goldman wil give a talk – Subject “Why did Jews?”

Shabbos Afternoon
5pm Rebbetzin Rochel Goldman will give a talk – Subject “Women who inspired me” Men and Women welcome
5.30pm Mincha
6.00pm Suedah Shlishit
6.51pm Shabbos Ends
Musical Havdallah

Childrens Services
Fun services for the children – Friday night 6pm and Shabbos Morning 10am

Guest Speaker:   Rabbi Yossy and Rochel Goldman

Sefer Mishlei andTehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 5pm Sunday to Thursday to have a short shiur in The Book of Proverbs 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain, 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Library Books

If you have borrowed books from the Library, please return them as they are all over due

Security

If you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

If you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

 

 

Make The Connection 15 October 2021

 

16 October 2021 |10 Cheshvan 5782

Candle Lighting:      5.56pm
Friday Mincha:        5.45pm
Parsha:                    Lech Lecha
Shabbos Mincha:    5.55pm
Havdalah:                6.47pm
Weekday Mincha:    6pm


SHABBAT SHALOM

Avraham Avinu has an epic meeting with Malkit zeddik, whom the Gemara identifies as Shem, the choicest son of Noah. Shem was obviously righteous enough to be saved from the flood. He had personally witnessed the hand of Hashem first-hand. Why was it that Avraham was chosen by G d to be the founder of Judaism and not Shem his ancestor?

One answer could be that Avraham Avinu, concluded that there must be a creator, on his own. He had no tradition that there was a single creator of the universe. He was simply honest with himself when he realised that there was design in the world he experienced. Design screams out that there must be a designer!

Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Neriya suggests a different reason. He writes that Shem carried on after the flood precisely as he did before. He led a spiritually insulated life, just like his father, Noah. He had a deep spiritual connection with G d, however that was where it stopped. He did not share his ideas with anyone else. Avraham on the other hand reached out, to whomever he could, to teach about the concept of ethical monotheism. He sought out people to bring under Hashem’s wings as it were. As he grew, he in turn nurtured and grew those around him. There is one verse that explains his uniqueness: “For I have known him because he instructs his children and his household after him, that they should keep the way of the Lord to perform righteousness and justice.” (Genesis 18:19), Sometimes we feel the best way to grow is to withdraw but Avraham taught us not to leave anyone behind.

Be’yedidut

Rabbi Shaw
 

Next Shabbat is the Shabbos Project, this year with a huge focus on Coming Back to Shul!

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK! Unity … begins with you!

FUNNY THINGS
Dieting Duo

Berel and Schmerel had put on a few too many pounds during COVID and they realized it was time to do something about it.

“That’s it, I’m going on a diet!” Berel exclaimed.

“Great,” Schmerel said. “I’m ready to start a diet too. We can be dieting buddies and help each other out. And when I feel the urge to drive out and get a burger and fries, I’ll call you first.”

“Wonderful,” Berel replied. “I’ll go with you.”

THE A-Z FRIENDSHIP

 

A Friend….

Accepts you as you are
Believes in you
Calls you just to say “HI”
Doesn’t give up on you
Envisions the whole of you
Forgives your mistakes
Gives unconditionally
Helps you
Invites you over
Just “be” with you
Keeps you close at heart
Loves you for who you are
Makes a difference in your life
Never judges
Offers support
Picks you up
Quiets your fears
Raises your spirits
Says nice things about you
Tells you the truth
When you need to hear it
Understands you
Values you
Walks beside you
X-plains things you don’t understand
Yells when you won’t listen, and
Zaps you back to reality 

CONDOLENCES

Michelle Bloch on the loss of her mother 

TAKE NOTE:

 

Mazeltov!

Barmitzvah
Mazeltov to Adam, parents John and Marj Chertkow, grandparents Seymour and Bev Chertkow and Bill and Rita Trewick on the occasion of his Barmitzvah

Batmitzvah
Mazeltov to Jessie, parents Amit and Nadine Brill, grandparents Morris and the Late Carol Maram and Ada and Gershon Brill on the occasion of her Batmitzvah

Shul Services

Shabbos morning there will be one service. Shul will commence at 8.30am 

Shabbos Project
Next Shabbos 22/23 October

Friday Night
Kiddush after Shul – join us for Cocktails, Canapes and L’Chaims

Shabbos Day
A lavish outdoor lunch for the Community after Shul

Shabbos Afternoon
Seudah Shlishit followed by Havdallah – a magical music experience for the soul, at 6pm

Childrens Services
Fun services for the children – Friday night 6pm and Shabbos Morning 10am

Guest Speaker:   Rabbi Yossi and Rochel Goldman

If you would like to keep Shabbos but live too far, please contact Harelle at the Shul Office for hotel options

Sefer Mishlei andTehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 5pm Sunday to Thursday to have a short shiur in The Book of Proverbs 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain, 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Library Books

If you have borrowed books from the Library, please return them as they are all over due

Security

If you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

If you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 07 October 2021

 

9 October 2021 | 3 Cheshvan 5782

Candle Lighting:      5.53pm
Friday Mincha:        5.45pm
Parsha:                    Noach
Shabbos Mincha:    5.55pm
Havdalah:                6.43pm
Weekday Mincha:    6pm

SHABBAT SHALOM

The Rainbow in this Parasha is a sign that Hashem will never destroy all Mankind again as He did at the time of the flood. It would seem that the Rainbow is a natural phenomenon, that of light refracting through the moisture in the air, just like it does when you turn on the sprinkler in your garden. The sign of the Rainbow explained my Rebbi, Rav Kurtstag, was the significance of its message to Man. Until that point G d saw and judged the world in clear boundaries of just black and white. Right and wrong. Uncompromising clarity!

Mankind, simply could not live up to such a high level of expectation. From Noah’s time Hashem would see the world and judge the world in the whole spectrum of colours.

If Hashem Himself can look at the world and judge with an understanding that not much is black and white, should we not give it a try as well?

I bless you with a peaceful and gentle Shabbat!

Rabbi David Shaw

TORAH THOUGHT by Rabbi David Silverberg

 G-d’s instructions to Noach concerning the construction of the ark include the requirement that it be constructed with kinim (6:14), which is generally translated as “compartments.”  Noach was to build separate compartments in the ark for the various species of animals that would live there during the flood.  The Midrash Bereishit Rabba (31), however, offers a homiletic reading of the word kinim, associating it with the Hebrew word ken, which means “bird.”  According to the Midrash, God here alludes to the kinim used as part of the purification process of the metzora, informing Noach that just as these kinim help to purify the metzora, so will the ark serve to “purify” Noach.   

         Why did Noach require “purification,” and in what way did this process resemble that undergone by the metzora?

            Rav Baruch Yitzchak Yissachar Leventhal, in his Birkat Yitzchak (Jerusalem, 1946), suggests that the Midrash associates Noach with the metzora to underscore the contrast between them.  As Rashi cites from the Midrash in his commentary to Sefer Vayikra (14:4), the birds used in the purification process of a metzora symbolize gossip and chatter, the primary sin for which the experience of tzara’at served as punishment.  Noach was guilty of the precise opposite crime: whereas the gossip is guilty of unrestrained chatter, Noach did not speak enough.  He isolated himself from his contemporaries rather than involving himself in an effort to exert a positive influence upon society.  The construction of the ark was to “purify” Noach by causing him to interact with his peers and warn them of the consequences of their conduct.  As Rashi writes (commenting this same verse – 6:14), G-d chose to have Noach build an ark, a project that took many years, so that his contemporaries would inquire about the project and he could then warn them about the impending disaster.  In this way, the ark served to “purify” Noach, by forcing him to overcome his isolationist tendencies and make an effort to exert some positive influence upon his society.  Whereas the process of tzara’at is intended to silence the metzora, to curb his tendency towards gossip and chatter, the ark was to purge Noach of his isolationism, and lead him towards some degree of involvement with his contemporaries.

            Thus, the Midrash seeks to portray Noach and the metzora as opposite extremes on the spectrum of social engagement.  The metzora is enchanted by the faults and shortcomings of his peers, and indulges in soliciting and disseminating information about the private lives of those around him.  Noach, by contrast, responds to the ills of society by withdrawing from it, by residing in an “ark” of isolation, protecting himself while allowing everyone else to wallow in their corruption and depravity.  The Midrash thereby instructs us to maintain a delicate balance between these two extremes, to involve ourselves in society, to take an interest in other people despite their shortcomings, while at the same time respecting their privacy and refraining from purposeless or harmful gossip and chatter.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK! 
You can understand a person’s nature through three things — his cup
(when he is under the influence of alcohol), his wallet (his generosity), his anger (easy or hard to anger; easy or hard to appease) — Talmud Eruvin 65b.(In Hebrew the phrase flows smoothly: B’koso, B’kiso, B’ka’aso.) 

LESSONS FROM NOAH’S ARK

Don’t miss the boat.
Build on high ground.
If you can’t fight or flee – float!!
For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
Stay below deck during the storm.
Don’t forget that we’re all in the same boat.
Don’t listen to critics – do what has to be done.
If you have to start over, have a friend by your side.
Plan ahead … It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
Take care of your animals as if they were the last ones on earth.
When things get really deep, don’t sit there and complain – shovel!!!
Remember the woodpeckers. An inside threat is often bigger than the one outside.
Speed isn’t always an advantage. The cheetahs were on board but … so were the snails.
Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something REALLY big.

 CONDOLENCES

Jeff Lipshitz on the loss of his sister 

TAKE NOTE:

 

Mazeltov!

Barmitzvah
Mazeltov to Noah son of Neil and Adele Fittinghoff, grandson of Michael and Doreen Fittinghoff and Louis and the late Ruth Engelbrecht on the occasion of his Barmitzvah

Wedding
Mazeltov to Dina daughter of Rabbi Yossi and Tziporah Orkin on the occasion of her forthcoming wedding to Yossi Zimbler and mazeltov to the Zimbler family

Wedding Anniversary
Mazeltov to Jack and Jill Kussel on the occasion of their 55th Wedding Anniversary

General
Mazeltov to the men who successfully passed the Semichas Chaver programme.  We will announce the details of the new programme shortly

Shul Services

Shabbos morning there will be two service. Shul will commence at 8.30am 

Shabbos Project
Please diarise the date 22/23 October
Details to follow of another Sandton celebraton

Why don’t book in at one of the Shuls local hotels at the Shuls special rates, so that you can have a real relaxing time.
Phone the Qartermain at 0112900900.
The rates are:

Standard King/Twin – R850/ Single and R1070/Double – Room Only
Superior King – R1050/Single and R1270/Double – Room Only
Executive – R1250/Single and R1470/Double – Room Only
Deluxe – R1450/Single and R1670/Double – Room only
Suite – R2150/Single and R2370/Double – Room only

Sefer Mishlei andTehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 5pm Sunday to Thursday to have a short shiur in The Book of Proverbs 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain, 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Library Books

If you have borrowed books from the Library, please return them as they are all over due

Security

If you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

If you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 01 October 2021

 

2 October 2021 | 26 Tishrei 5782

Candle Lighting:      5.50pm
Friday Mincha:        5.45pm
Parsha:                   Bereishit
Shabbos Mevarachim
Shabbos Mincha:   5.50pm
Havdalah:               6.40pm

SHABBAT SHALOM

It has been such a wonderful kaleidoscope of marvellous experiences over these our most solid and joyful holydays.

We were serious when we needed to be, and happy when we were meant to be, always with Covid Protocols in mind.

I absolutely loved the Chaggim and feel energised and ready to get segway into the last quarter of the year.

Mazeltov to our well-deserved Chatan Torah Ari Davidowitz and Chatan Bereishit Rabbi Yossi Orkin.

Still, lots to look forward to, to the end of the year.

Behatzlacha Rabba to those who completed 5 months of the Semichas Chaver programme.  A number of the participants will be writing their exam on Sunday PG.  A very proud moment for our Shul.

I wish you a Good Shabbos and Chodesh Tov!

Beyedidut

Rabbi David Shaw

VOICES IN THE GARDEN by Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen

Bereishit, 3:1“And the snake was more cunning than all the animals of the field that Hashem, G-d made; And he said to the woman, even if G-d said, ‘do not eat from all the trees of the garden?”

Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch, Bereishit, 3:1, Dh: Did G-d even say: “And even if God did say so…Is the desire that is in you not the voice of Hashem?! Why did He give you the power of desire, and the power of the inclination…Didn’t the voice [inside you] come first? And isn’t it more explicit?!

The first sin begins with the enigmatic words of the snake to Eve – “did God even say, ‘do not eat from all the trees of the garden?” The meaning of these words is very unclear – what exactly was the snake’s argument to Eve? The simplest explanation is that the snake was saying, that even if Hashem said not to eat from the trees, so what? Yet this does not seem to be the most sophisticated argument on the part of the snake that would succeed in persuading Eve to go against Hashem’s explicit command.

Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch1 offers a unique interpretation that emphasizes a different clause in the snake’s argument – “even if G-d said don’t eat, so what?” Rabbi Hirsch eloquently explains that the snake was making a very persuasive argument: Yes, it is true that G-d conveyed a message through speaking of how He wants you to act – He told you not to eat from the tree. However, G-d also put inside of you a desire to eat from the tree – that is also a form of G-d communicating with you, which indeed came before the actual verbal command not to eat from the tree.

In the words of Rabbi David Forhman:2
“G-d may have said to avoid the tree, but the question is: ‘Do you want to eat from the tree? Do you desire it? And let’s say you do desire the tree. Where do you think those desires came from? Who put them inside you? Wasn’t G-d the one who put them inside you? Certainly, He did…He is your Maker.”

The snake is pointing to a major contradiction. On the one hand, G-d’s word instructs Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree, and on the other hand, another voice of Hashem – His voice inside you; your passions and desires – beckons you indeed to eat of the tree. The snake solves this dilemma by arguing that even though G-d said not to eat, His instilling of the desire to eat it came first, and so that should be the primary voice.
The snake himself had a valid argument because it is indeed true that Hashem communicates to animals solely through the voice inside them, which manifests itself in their natural instincts. Hence, when a bear eats a fish because of his natural instinct, he is doing G-d’s will. This is beautifully expressed in ‘Perek Shira’ – the series of prayers of how nature praises G-d, which shows how all of nature does G-d’s will. The only problem with the snake’s argument is that G-d had a totally different plan for mankind.

Man has natural desires but he is supposed to subjugate those desires to the word of God. This is not a contradiction – desires can be positive and should be harnessed but they should not define man’s actions. G-d wants man to control himself to do G-d’s will and he does this by not blindly following his desires. In Rabbi Hirsch’s words:

“Man is not like this [animals]. It is upon him to choose good and turn away from evil, from his free will and his obligation…therefore, man has spiritual strength in addition to his physicality, and it is inevitable that his physical nature will clash with good and will pull him to evil…The voice of G-d does not speak inside him, rather to him, and it tells him what is good and evil…in order to know exactly what are good deeds and what are evil [deeds], the only way to learn is from the voice of G-d that speaks to him from outside him.”3

Unfortunately, Eve fell victim to the snake’s arguments, and as the next verses tell us, focused on her natural desires – “And the woman saw that the fruit was good to eat, and that it was desirable to the eyes…”4 Consequently, Adam and Eve failed the very first test – a test to discern whether they would recognize that they are on a qualitatively different level from the animal kingdom in that for mankind, G-d’s word from without overrides the voice within.

Man’s job since this seminal failure is to rectify this mistake and recognize the word of God is the decisive force in determining man’s behaviour, whereas his natural desires should be harnessed to do God’s will but not to contradict it. This message is highly pertinent at all times, and especially in recent generations where there is a strong emphasis on how people naturally ‘feel’ or what they are naturally pulled towards. This phenomenon is used to justify abhorrent and forbidden lifestyle choices all with the justification that the person was ‘born that way’. Apart from the dubious nature of this argument5, even when a person does feel a pull towards forbidden activities that does not mean they are permitted. The reason being because of Rabbi Hirsch’s point in rebutting the snake’s arguments – yes, G-d does communicate to us through the voice inside us, but this voice should be led by the voice outside of us – G-d’s word as conveyed in the Torah.

The job of giving primacy to following G-d’s words over following our instincts is one of the most fundamental roles that each person faces – if he can succeed in this area, then he can play his role in rectifying the first sin.

  1. This piece of Rabbi Hirsch is cited by Rabbi David Fohrman in his excellent book: “The Beast that Crouches at the Door,” Chapter 6.
  2. Ibid, p.36.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Bereishit, 3:6.
  5. Because there are many other factors that determine a person’s attitudes and desires, including family upbringing, social pressure, and psychological factors.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK! Adversity introduces a man to himself.  Albert Einstein 

TAKE NOTE:

 

Shul Services

Shabbos morning there will be one service. Shul will commence at 8.30am 

Sukkah Competition
All entries have been received and the winner of the Sukkah Competition will be announced shortly

Sefer Mishlei andTehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 4.45pm Sunday to Thursday to have a short shiur in The Book of Proverbs 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain, 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Library Books

If you have boorowed books from the Library, please return them as they are all over due

Security

If you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

If you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 26 August 2021

 

28 August 2021 | 20 Elul 5781

Candle Lighting:     5.35pm
Friday Mincha:        5.40pm
Parsha:                  Ki Tavo
Shabbos Mincha:   5.35pm
Havdalah:               6.25pm

SHABBAT SHALOM

If Rosh Hashana is the Day of Judgement and Yom Kippur, ten days later, is the Day of Atonement, it would seem that the order of the days is out of sequence. Surely forgiveness should be sought and would be preferable before the trial rather than being judged and only then pursuing some absolution for what one has done? 

In truth, there are two different elements that we seek forgiveness for. The Gemara, our oral law, explains that while King David sinned twice, he was forgiven, while his predecessor King Saul sinned but once and was not. It seems a little unfair to say the least. However, our sages explain that in reality, King David’s sins were sins of passion. It was what he did that required him to redress his actions and seek pardon. With King Saul it was not so much what he did that was so bad. It was rather for who he was. It was not for his behaviour, but rather for his character.

It is way more difficult to sort out who we are than what we do. It is the who that we are that will determine at the end of the day what we do.

Rosh Hashana is the day we make G-d King.  First our king and then hopefully the King of the Universe, to who we channel all we do. We go to the very roots of our being and allow Hashem to define our role in His world. Strange as it seems, we don’t mention sin or wrongdoing on Rosh Hashana at all. Our total focus on these days is on making our lives more G-d -centric. We implode our very foundations and place ourselves firmly in G-d’s hands.

We reengineer who we are.

On Yom Kippur on the other hand, we repent and here we do do Teshuva and make right all the wrongs we did or did not do, over the course of the past year, sin by sin.

We still have a little time to reflect on what we could do, what we should do, to emerge from these days, with a cleaner slate and a clearer vision.

Shana Tova Umetukah!

Rabbi David Shaw

FUNNY THINGS
Only Child Syndrome

After school one day, Moishie Rothman, a rambunctious first-grade boy was sitting at the kitchen table, eating his afternoon snack, when he blurted out, “Mom, my teacher was asking me today if I have any brothers or sisters who will be coming to school.”

Moishie’s mother replied, “That’s nice of her to take such an interest. What did she say when you told her that you don’t have any brothers or sisters yet?”

She just said, “Baruch Hashem!”

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. 

 MAZELTOV!

Barmitzvah
Mazeltov to Sam, son of Anton and Dani Ossip, grandson of Mervyn Ossip and Marissa Rittoff on the occasion of his Barmitzvah 

TAKE NOTE:

 

Shul Services

Shabbos morning there will be two services, in the Main Shul and in the Youth Centre.  Both services will commence at 8.30am

Shabbat
Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat & Havdallah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Avron Alter, Daniel Tucker and Josh Alter

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 4.45pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 7.15pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Selichot
Midnight Selichot in the Main Shul
Selichot and Shacharit times are:
Monday & Thursday at 5.45am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6am

Weekday Mincha is at 5.40pm

Mikveh for Men
Due to Covid restrictions the Mikveh for Men will not be open pre Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Bookings for Rosh Hashanah have opened

Due to government regulations and Covid compliance requirements, we will be running three unique services on the campus this year:

  1. Main shul: A classic Yom Tov service powered by Chazan Alter & The Sandton Shul Chorister Quartet.
  2. Youth centre with outdoor marquee: A thought provoking & collaborative service powered by the MI Minyan Team
  3. Function hall: An explanatory & abbreviated service powered by the Ohrsom Team.

We are certain that each service will be an inspiring & uplifting experience and all-day services will finish by no later than 12.30pm. We are blessed with a wide range of talented rabbinic speakers this year and look forward to listening to Rabbi Shaw, Rabbi Suchard, Rabbi Abrahamson, Rabbi Tucker, Rabbi Kauffman, Rabbi Treger and Rabbi Strauss over Yom Tov.

Booking for each service is mandatory and seats will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. We will try our best to accommodate your preferred choice but due to limited seating, you will be prompted by the system to select your second-choice preference.  

Our current planning is based on expert opinion but the situation remains fluid and we reserve the right to make changes if government regulations change over the coming weeks.

Click on the below link to make your booking now or call Harelle in the office for further information.

https://forms.gle/3LczrJ4YT3nhsaqa8

Sefer Mishlei andTehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 4.45pm Sunday to Thursday to have a short shiur in The Book of Proverbs 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain, 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Library Books

If you have boorowed books from the Library, please return them as they are all over due

Security

If you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

If you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 12 August 2021

 

14 August 2021 | 6 Elul 5781

0andle Lighting:     5.29pm
Parsha:                   Shoftim
Mincha:                   5.30pm
Havdalah:               6.20pm

SHABBAT SHALOM

I cried when we announced that we were closing our Shul, and yes I cried when we re-opened the Shul .

Elul is a special time when we begin the preparation for the coming  days of judgement, when we will all stand before our G-d to ask for a surfeit of blessing for our loved ones, for our nation and for ourselves.

We all know the famous words of the Machzor that on Rosh Hashana it is written and on Yom Kippur it is sealed .who will live and who will die….It is as if , says  Rabbi Jonathan  Sacks, the future were determined on these days.

And it is equally well known that Teshuva, Tefillah and Tzedakah,  Repentance, Prayer and Charity , ma’avirin et ro’ah ha’gezeirah, can remove the harshest of decrees. That is punkt the opposite!

No! Our future is not determined, nor is our fate final. We can influence the outcome.

Repentance is our relationship to ourselves!

Prayer is our relationship to G d!

Tzedakah is our relationship to our fellow!

Now is the time to be honest in our relationship with ourselves. Humble in our relationship with G d, and generous in our relationship with others.

Shana Tova Um’tuka.

Rabbi David Shaw

 

CONDOLENCES

Condolences to Karen Hackner on the loss of her husband and condolences to Nicci, Leanne, and Gary on the loss of their father

TZEDAKAH

The Hebrew word “tzedakah” best translates as “righteousness” or “justice.” It differs from charity which is defined as “an act of generosity or giving aid to the poor.” The Torah concept: it is not merely a charitable act to give to the poor; it is the obligation of every single person! Kirk Douglas once put it well when he said, “Tzedakah is not just a good thing; it’s the right thing!”
The mitzvah of tzedakah does not only apply to helping just the poor. Whenever one gives pleasure to others – even the wealthy – through money, food or comforting words, he fulfils this mitzvah!

The Rambam, Maimonides, one of the great codifiers of Jewish law set out an eight point hierarchy for giving:

  1. Giving a present, lending money, taking as a partner or finding work for someone before he needs to ask for charity.
  2. Giving charity to the poor when both the donor and the recipient are unaware of each other’s identity.
  3. The donor knows the recipient’s identity, but the recipient does not know the donor.
  4. The recipient knows the donor’s identity, but the donor does not know the recipient.
  5. The donor gives charity even before he is asked.
  6. The donor gives to the poor person after being asked for charity.
  7. The donor gives less than he should, but gives in a pleasant manner.
  8. The donor gives charity grudgingly (he feels displeasure, but doesn’t show it).

Drawing from the Shulchan Aruch, the Code of Jewish Law (Yoreh Daiah 251), here are a few important laws regarding giving charity:

  1. Relatives come before close neighbours, then residents of the same city, then residents of other cities.
  2. Some money should be left over to help those in other categories as well.
  3. Feeding the hungry takes precedence over providing clothing.
  4. Providing for the needs of a woman takes precedence over the needs of a man.
  5. A Jew should give charity to poor non-Jews.
  6. If you pledge an amount to a charity, your promise has the binding power of a vow (Y.D. 257:3).

  QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 

Don’t expect more from someone else
than you expect from yourself. 

 MAZELTOV!

Barmitzvah

Mazeltov to Max, son of Darryn and Lauren Shewitz, grandson of Ronnie and Sue Gordon and Sedley and Sylvia Shewitz on the occasion of his Barmitzvah

Engagement

Mazeltov to Michal Gunzenheimer on the occasion of her engagement to Dustin Ebben 

TAKE NOTE:

 

Shul Services

Shabbos morning there will be two services, in the Main Shul and in the Youth Centre.  Both services will commence at 8.30am

Covid
If you have recovered from a live threatening bout of Covid, you should come to Shul to Bench Gomel

Shabbat
Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat & Havdallah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Avron Alter, Daniel Tucker and Josh Alter

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 4.45pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 7pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Weekday Mincha is at 5.30pm

Sefer Mishlei andTehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 4.45pm Sunday to Thursday to have a short shiur in The Book of Proverbs 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sukkah
There is one Sukkah available for free, please WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw if you are interested and he will put you in contact with the donor

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain, 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security

If you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

If you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 05 August 2021

 

7 August  2021 | 29 Av 5781

0andle Lighting:     5.26pm
Parsha:                   Re’eh
Shabbat Mevarachim
Mincha:                   5.35pm
Havdalah:               6.17pm

GOOD SHABBOS

“If there shall be a destitute person among you, any of your brethren in any of your cities, in your land that Hashem, your G-d gives you, you shall not harden your heart or close your hand against your destitute brother. Rather you shall open your hand to him; you shall lend him his requirement, whatever is lacking to him” (Duet 15:7, 8)

This is a Torah commandment to be warm-hearted and open handed to our fellow. I love how brilliant our Torah is and how everything just works. The hidden hand of Hashem in everything. There is a method in numerology, Gematria that is called the בש …את method. We switch the first letter of the alphabet with the last letter the second letter with the second last and so on. So, Aleph becomes Tav, Bet becomes Shin etc.

Look what happened when we take the word for charity צדקה. The letter צ becomes ה, the ד becomes ק, theק becomes ד and the ה   becomes a צ. It spells the word צדקה.

What is the message? The Rebbe of Zitomir z’l suggested that the message is that good deeds, helping out a fellow Yid never goes to waste. Even after it is done and dusted. It is always present for you the giver. Paying forward pays you back as it says in Tehillim … your Tzedakah will stand by you forever (Psalm 112:3).

This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarachim, blessing the new month of Elul and ushering in the period of the High Holy Days. What a good way to begin preparing in Elul for the coming Days of Awe!

IY”H we will see an end to Covid and a full enthusiastic return to Shul by everyone for Yomtov!

G d bless. Stay safe!

Be’yedidut Rabba.

Rabbi David Shaw

CONDOLENCES

Condolences to Cy Jacobs and Jason Jacobs on the loss of their father
Condolences to Beverley Manning and Lana Nathan on the loss of their brother

10 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR ROSH HASHANAH 

  1. Take a spiritual accounting. Each day take at least 5 minutes to review your last year — a) your behavior with family, friends, associates, and people you’ve interacted with b) your level of mitzvah observance.
  2. Attend a class or classes at a synagogue, Aish center, or a yeshiva on how to prepare. Read articles on aish.com and listen to world-class speakers on aishaudio.com, or at Rabbizweig.com.
  3. Study the Machzor (Rosh Hashanah prayer book) to know the order of the service and the meaning of the words and prayers. You can buy a copy of The Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur Survival Kit, by Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf (possibly available at your local Jewish bookstore or at Amazon.com).
  4. Make sure that you have given enough tzedakah (charity) and have paid your pledges (one is supposed to give 10% of his net income). It says in the Machzor that three things break an evil decree – Teshuva (repentance), Tefilla (prayer) and Tzedakah (charity). Why not maximize your chance for a good decree?
  5. Think of (at least) one person you have wronged or feel badly towards — and correct the situation.
  6. Make a list of your goals for yourself and your family – what you want to work towards and pray for.
  7. Limit your pleasures — the amount of television, movies, music, food — do something different so that you take this preparation time seriously.
  8. Do an extra act of kindness — who needs your help? To whom can you make a difference?
  9. Read a book on character development — anything written by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin would be great!
  10. Ask a friend to tell you what you need to improve. A real friend will tell you … but in a nice way!

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 

A good Jew is one who is trying to become a better Jew

FUNNY THINGS
The Sports Repairman

Three bubbes are sitting around and bragging about their children.
Freda says, “Benny graduated with a first class honours degree from Harvard and now he’s a doctor making more than $250,000 a year.”
Kitty says, “Sidney graduated with a first class honours degree from Princeton and now he’s a lawyer making half a million dollars a year.”
Ethel says, “Abe never did well in school, never went to university but he now makes one million dollars a year working as a sports repairman.”
The other two women ask, “So what’s a sports repairman?”

Ethel replies, “He fixes football games, basketball games, baseball games…..”

 MAZELTOV!

Barmitzvah

Mazeltov to Aston son of  Peter and Jocelyn Jordan and mazeltov to grandparents Ian and Avril Katz and Siv Jordan on the occasion of his Barmitzvah

Birth

Mazeltov to Aaron and Candice Bornstein on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandfather David Mincer

Wedding

Mazeltov to Jonathan son of Howard and Louelle Ostrofsky on the occasion of his recent wedding to Goldie Felsenstein in the USA. 

TAKE NOTE:

 

New Release
From

Rabbi Z.S. Suchard
Rabbi Emeritus of Sandton Shul
50 Years of service to the South African Jewish Community

“From Johannesburg to Jerusalem”

Rabbi Suchards Latest Book – Featuring the history of Sandton Shul – Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Sandton – from day one until today.
Dedications and photos

Available from Mel Kur 078 227 0640
Cost R300

Shul Services

Shabbos morning there will be two services, in the Main Shul and in the Youth Centre.  Both services will commence at 8.30am

Youth Services
Youth services are resuming this Shabbos at 9.45am

Covid
If you have recovered from a live threatening bout of Covid, you should come to Shul to Bench Gomel

Shabbat
Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat & Havdallah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Avron Alter, Daniel Tucker and Josh Alter

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 4.45pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 6.45pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Weekday Mincha is at 5.30pm

Molad
Sunday, 8 August at 10h43 and 10 Chalakim

Sefer Mishlei andTehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 4.45pm Sunday to Thursday to have a short shiur in The Book of Proverbs 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain, 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security

If you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

If you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 29 July 2021

 

31 July 2021 | 22 Av 5781

0andle Lighting:     5.23pm
Parsha:                   Eikev
Mincha:                   5.30pm
Havdalah:               6.14pm

CHOOSE THE CORRECT “IF”

A young employee of a successful firm who admired his boss asked him “how did you become so successful?” “My son,” he replied “from good decisions, from good decisions.” “But, how do you make good decisions?”  “From bad decisions, from bad decisions!”

The portion starts off with the verse “And it shall come to pass if “Eikev” you listen to these ordinances and you shall guard then and do them (Devarim 11:12), “G-d will love you and bless you” (Verse 13).

There are two ways to explain the word “Eikev” which is if.  Firstly, if you observe the Torah, it will be good for you.  The second way is “Eikev” can be translated to mean eventually.  Eventually after not keeping the Torah, and as a result of being punished, you will realise the benefit of carrying out the laws of the Torah, that Hashem will love you and bless you.

It is interesting to note that at Sinai when the children of Yisrael heard the Ten Commandments they did not see any image.  The verse reads “lest you raise your eyes to the heavens and see the sun, the moon and the stars, and the hosts of the heavens and be drawn to them (Devarim). “The Torah warns us not to think that the son and moon etc have any power by themselves and are certainly not G-ds to worship them.

There seems to be a contradiction from the Book of Isaiah.

The well known haftorah of Nachamu, Nachamu – be consoled, be consoled ends with the verse: “lift up your eyes upwards and see who created these (the sun, moon and stars), who brings the out and numbers them (Isaiah Ch.40).

Here we see that one should look up to the heavens and realise that it is G-d who created them. Why does Isaiah say that you should lift up your eyes to the heavens and we are not afraid that people will make mistakes and worship them.  

The difference is that before the punishments handed out on Tisha Be’av, and before being punished and the people were living a good life and people looked at the heavens from a comfort zone, and speculated if the celestial bodies were gods and one could make a mistake and bow to them.  However, after Tisha Be’av, we know the truth and realise that all of nature was created by G-d from His creations.

We must choose the first explanations, if “Eikev”, that if we do mitzvahs immediately, we will be rewarded, and not have to be forced into keeping the Torah.

We must realise to make good decisions without making bad decisions.

Shabbat Shalom!

Regards
Rabbi Suchard

GOOD SHABBOS

Being back in Shul again this week has certainly brought lots of sweetness to us in these bitter times.

 In this week’s Parasha, Eikev, there is one of the most well-known sayings in all the Torah. The holy land of Israel is described as a land flowing with milk and honey, ארץ זבת חלב ודבש (Duet 11:9).

First comes mention of the milk and then the honey. Yet, there is a verse in the Song of Songs by King Solomon (4:11) where the order is reversed. “The sweetness of the Torah drips from your lips like honey and milk…”. Why the change?

Rav Chaim Kanievsky answers that really milk is, oh so much more necessary than honey. Honey because of its sweetness, can only be eaten in small quantities, milk on the other hand is filling and nourishing.

Therefore in describing and praising the land that is paramount to know. Milk, the nourisher is primary. When describing the effects of Torah, sweetness comes first. If your Torah, learning and experience, living and practicing are pleasant and sweet, you will always remain connected.

We are approaching the month of Elul and the High Holy Days. Let us step up, all of us and experience more-sweet Torah. Join us for more learning. Join us for more Tehillim. Join us for more Tefillah. Come back to Shul. Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdallah on Zoom.

Besorot Tovot! Only good news! G d bless you!

Rabbi David Shaw

CONDOLENCES

Condolences to Minette Suchard on the loss of her husband
Condolences to Dean Suchard, Rowan Suchard and Debbie Zetisky on the loss of their father
Condolences to Rabbi Suchard and Shelley Defries on the loss of their brother
Condolences to Debbie Edery on the loss of her husband
Condolences to Chad, Kyle and Chloe Edery on the loss of their father
Condolences to Jack Edery on the loss of his brother

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 

You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration

FUNNY THINGS
The New Son-in-Law

Ira Mandelbaum was a very successful businessman who had a textile factory. After his daughter and son-in-law settled into married life he decided to call in his new son-in-law for a meeting.

“I love my daughter, and now I welcome you into the family,” Mandelbaum said. “To show you how much we care for you, I’m making you a 50-50 partner in my business. All you have to do is go to the factory every day and learn the operations.”

The son-in-law interrupted, “I hate factories. I can’t stand the noise.”

“I see,” replied Mr. Mandelbaum. “Well then, you’ll work in the office and take charge of some of the operations.”

“I hate office work,” said the son-on-law. “I can’t stand being stuck behind a desk all day.”
“Wait a minute,” said Mr. Mandelbaum. “I just make you half-owner of a moneymaking organization, but you don’t like factories and won’t work in an office. I was told you have a good head for business!”

“I do,” said the young man.

“Prove it,” said Mr. Mandelbaum.

“I have a perfect solution for both of us,” said the young man. “Buy me out!” 

MAZELTOV!

Barmitzvah

Mazeltov to Daniel, son of Clifford and Heidi Camberg, grandson of David and Linda Kassel and Geoffrey and Helen Camberg on the occasion of his Barmitzvah

Engagement

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

Wedding

Mazeltov to Keegan son of Brian and The Late Beverley Zidel on the occasion of his forthcoming wedding to Kerry daughter of Paul and Fiona Minsker 

TAKE NOTE:

 

New Release
From

Rabbi Z.S. Suchard
Rabbi Emeritus of Sandton Shul
50 Years of service to the South African Jewish Community

“From Johannesburg to Jerusalem”

Rabbi Suchards Latest Book – Featuring the history of Sandton Shul – Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Sandton – from day one until today.
Dedications and photos

Available from Mel Kur 078 227 0640
Cost R300

Shul Services

Shabbos morning there will be two services, in the Main Shul and in the Youth Centre.  Both services will commence at 8.30am

Covid
If you have recovered from a live threatening bout of Covid, you should come to Shul to Bench Gomel

Shabbat
Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat & Havdallah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Avron Alter, Daniel Tucker and Josh Alter

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 4.45pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 6.45pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Weekday Mincha is at 5.30pm

Sefer Mishlei andTehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 4.45pm Sunday to Thursday to have a short shiur in The Book of Proverbs 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain, 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security
The Sandton Shul security team is seeking additional volunteers. Volunteers must have completed a relevant CSO training course or be willing to attend one prior to joining the team. Volunteers are to please email harelle@sandtonshul.co.za with your contact details.

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Should you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 22 July 2021

 

24 July 2021 | 15 Av 5781

Candle Lighting:      5.19pm
Parsha:                    Va’etchanan
Havdalah:                6.11pm

GOOD SHABBOS

I am again on a spiritual high from our Tisha Be’av 5781. We were exposed over the course of the day to a plethora of some of the most fascinating global Torah lecturers. I was so inspired not only by their messages but by how so many of you embraced our new modus operandi of delivering Shiurim via Zoom. I do long to be back with you in Shul soon. Please G d this will be our last Tisha Be’av!

When I was young and learning in Yeshiva in Yerushalayim, I used to go to various Chassidisha Tishes almost every Friday night. I used to go to the Slonime Rebbes Tish. I saw three quotes from him that I wanted to share with you…

 “We are not mourning over what was and is no more since the nation of Israel does not preserve memories of the past unless they are connected to the present and the future. Our mourning is a refusal to accept the present and a desire to change it.

 “There are two forms of weeping: weeping that comes from despair and weeping that comes from hope. Our weeping over the destruction comes from hope, not over what is gone but over what will be.”

 “Rebbe Moshe of Kubrin once said: The very worst thing is to accept your situation as is.” (Sivan Rachav)

Be safe!!  G d bless!!

 Rabbi David Shaw

CONDOLENCES

Condolences to Barbara Wachsberger on the loss of her brother
Condolences to Elaine Fienberg on the loss of her mother

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 

Responsible = Respond Ability!

FUNNY THINGS
Like a Walk in the Park

Little Rivkah Kramer came into the house while her mother was busy cleaning for Pesach.

“Mommy, can I have a dollar to give to an old lady in the park?”

“Why of course,” Mrs. Kramer said as she gave Rivkah the dollar. “That’s a very big mitzvah you are doing,” she continued. “But, tell me, is the old lady OK? Is she not able to work anymore?”

“Oh yes,” came Rivkah’s reply. “She sells candy.” 

MAZELTOV!

Births

Mazeltov to Simon and Candice Kuper on the birth of son annd mazeltov to grandparents Norman and Diane Geller. 

TAKE NOTE:

 

New Release
From

Rabbi Z.S. Suchard
Rabbi Emeritus of Sandton Shul
50 Years of service to the South African Jewish Community

“From Johannesburg to Jerusalem”

Rabbi Suchards Latest Book – Featuring the history of Sandton Shul – Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Sandton – from day one until today.
Dedications and photos

Available from Mel 078 227 0640
Cost R300 

Blood Drive

Date: Sunday, 25 July 2021
Venue: Manor Medical Centre, Kelvin Drive, Gallo Manor
Time: 9am to 3pm
Blood is desperately needed, your blood will save a life!

Shul Services
All Shul services, Public Shiurim, Kiddush and Seudah Shlishit (3rd Meal) have been suspended until further notice

Shabbat
Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat & Havdallah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Avron Alter, Daniel Tucker and Josh Alter

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 4.45pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 6.45pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Tehillim and Pirkei Avot
We meet daily on Zoom at 4.45pm 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security
The Sandton Shul security team is seeking additional volunteers. Volunteers must have completed a relevant CSO training course or be willing to attend one prior to joining the team. Volunteers are to please email harelle@sandtonshul.co.za with your contact details.

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Should you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Make The Connection 08 July 2021

 

10 July 2021 | 01 Av 5781

Candle Lighting:      5.13pm
Parsha:                    Matot-Masei
Rosh Chodesh
Havdalah:                6.05pm

GOOD SHABBOS

On the Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh, when the new month begins, we daven that it will be a good month ahead, filled with great Bracha and good fortune. This Shabbat ushers in the new month of Av. We are told in the Mishna that when Av begins, we diminish our joy and intensify our mourning for the destruction of both our Temples (they should be speedily rebuilt).

Rosh Chodesh Av is the Yahrzeit of Aharon Hakohen, which by the way is the only Yahrzeit mentioned in all the Torah. It is not recorded in Parashat Chukat where he died but in the second Parasha we read this Shabbat, Masai which is always read on or just before Rosh Chodesh Av.

I thought to mention Aharon Hakohen now as he was a perfect example of someone who not only loved peace, but he pursued it vigorously. He loved people and did all he could to bring them closer to the Torah. What an exceptional role model for us all.

It was sinat chinam, senseless hatred that caused the Temple to be destroyed; it is only senseless love that will be able to rebuild it.

Please let us continue to Daven for those who are not well. Refuah Shelaima Be’karov!

We have an impactful Tisha Be’av program coming up. I will let you know what’s on and how you can access it.

Beyedidut and with love!

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 

The unspoken word is capital.
You can either invest it or squander it.

HOW COVID MADE SOME MARRIAGES STRONGER BY EMUNA BRAVERMAN

Many fractured unions did not survive, but strong marriages got even stronger.

Like many others, I assumed that the pandemic would be bad for relationships – parents and kids, siblings, friends, spouses. Not only do we all cope in different ways but there was a lot of enforced time together. There were months when there was nowhere else to turn, nowhere else to go. Surely that would put a strain on the best of relationships.

I’m not addressing most of these situations (although I have heard that many parents, having had the opportunity to spend so much time with their children are, contrary to expectations, not eager to return to their jobs!) but rather marriages. Marriages that were already strained, relationships that already had significant fissures, did not do well during COVID. Many fractured unions did not survive.

And according to some recent studies, strong marriages got even stronger. How could this be? Many possibilities are suggested – having someone else to lean on during tough times, really investing in the relationship over the last year (the more you give, the more you care) and learning not to take our spouses for granted, perhaps even rediscovering our appreciation for them.

These are wonderful and unexpected by-products of a challenging year, and as some of the research suggests, perhaps the result of a challenging year. It’s really heartening to see.

I think that there is one more factor that the article didn’t touch on. In spending more time with our spouses, many of us were able to rediscover how much we like them, how much we enjoy talking to them, the ideas we like to share, the topics we like to discuss. Pre-corona, we were all pretty much running on empty. Who had time to talk to their partner other than to make sure the mortgage was paid, the garbage and recycling were each taken out on their correct days, and that someone was picking up the kids from school? We were too busy rushing from here to there, from work to soccer to music lessons to dinner to laundry; we didn’t connect.

The pandemic enabled a reconnection of sorts. There was an amazing gift of time – seemingly endless amounts of it – time to take a walk, time to talk – about trivia and the meaningful, time to revive long-dormant dreams, time to discuss future goals, changes, reinventions.

Away from the bustle, we were free to consider new possibilities and to refocus on the good in our spouses, to enjoy each other without the pressures of being somewhere at a certain time (unless that somewhere was in front of our computer screen in a room down the hall!)

Of course, we can’t diminish some of the terrible, terrible outcomes that some experienced during the last year and a half; I’m not pretending it was all rosy. But there was some good, apparently some significant good. There was some real time invested in growing and deepening our marriages, time whose benefits we are now reaping and which we don’t want to lose.

So no matter how our future shapes up, whether we are able to work remotely or must go to the office (or a hybrid), let’s continue to appreciate the gift of our partner, to see their good, to spend quality time together, to be grateful for it and to keep our conversation elevated and our dreams alive (while ensuring that yes, those bills do get paid).

FUNNY THINGS
An Apple a Day

Shoshana and David Epstein were getting married and Shoshana decided to ask David’s mother Esther if she could wear her wedding dress. The day Shoshana tried it on for the first time, she walked down the stairs to the living room so her future mother in law to see.

The gown was a perfect fit on Shoshana’s petite frame and Mrs. Epstein’s eyes welled with tears.

“You’re not losing a son,” Shoshana reminded her future mother in law. “You’re gaining a daughter.” 

“Oh, forget about that!” Esther said with a sob. “I used to fit into that dress!”

MAZELTOV!

Birth

Mazeltov to Nick and Natalie Goldberg on the birth of a son 

TAKE NOTE:

 

New Release
From

Rabbi Z.S. Suchard
Rabbi Emeritus of Sandton Shul
50 Years of service to the South African Jewish Community

“From Johannesburg to Jerusalem”

Rabbi Suchards Latest Book – Featuring the history of Sandton Shul – Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Sandton – from day one until today.
Dedications and photos

Available from Mel 078 227 0640
Cost R300

Blood Drive
Date: Sunday, 25 July 2021
Venue: Manor Medical Centre, Kelvin Drive, Gallo Manor
Time: 9am to 3pm

Shul Services 
All Shul services, Public Shiurim, Kiddush and Seudah Shlishit (3rd Meal) have been suspended until further notice

Shabbat
Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat & Havdallah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Avron Alter, Daniel Tucker and Josh Alter

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 4.30pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 6.30pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Tehillim and Pirkei Avot
We meet daily on Zoom at 4.45pm 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security
The Sandton Shul security team is seeking additional volunteers. Volunteers must have completed a relevant CSO training course or be willing to attend one prior to joining the team. Volunteers are to please email harelle@sandtonshul.co.za with your contact details.

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Should you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Make The Connection 02 July 2021

 

03 July 2021 | 23 Tammuz 5781 

Candle Lighting:      5.10pm
Parsha:                    Pinchas
Havdalah:                6.02pm

GOOD SHABBOS

Oy! Shul is still closed and now we are into the 3 weeks of semi mourning for the destruction of the Temples and the decimation of Jewish life. It is a time to tread carefully and to draw closer to one another and to G d! Think of something positive you can do to make your world and indeed the world a better place. It does not have to be something huge, as even little actions may well be so much more significant than we imagine. Learn a little more Torah with family and try doing it consistently. Reach out to me to suggest what is appropriate and relevant; there is so much to choose from.

I have included in the Shul Connection his week, a comprehensive guide to all the laws customs of the 3 weeks by Rav Brofsky. Please read it and please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any questions.

Please G d this time will pass safely and peacefully. Keep up your prayers and Tehillim and soon this will all be behind us!

In deep friendship, with love and respect.

Rabbi David Shaw

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 

The meaning of life …

FUNNY THINGS
Gladys Goes to Shul

Gladys Dunn started reading some books about Judaism and decided that she wanted to start going to shul. There was one near her house so she went early one Shabbat morning.

The shul itself was beautiful and the people seemed friendly but the Rabbi’s sermon seemed to go on and on. Worse, it wasn’t very interesting. Glancing around, she saw many in the congregation nodding off.

Finally, it was over. After the service, she turned to a still sleepy-looking woman next to her, extended her hand and said, “I’m Gladys Dunn.” 

She replied, “You and me both!”

MAZELTOV!

Birth

Mazeltov to Darren and Kady Blend on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparenta Steven and Zoe Blend born in Sydney Australia.

Engagement

Mazeltov to Aimee Smit, daughter of Colin and Elana Gordon on the occasion of her engagement to Daniel, son of Peter Buchanan and Robyn Koonin 

TAKE NOTE:

 

Shul Services 
All Shul services, Public Shiurim, Kiddush and Seudah Shlishit (3rd Meal) have been suspended until and including the 28 June 2021.

Shabbat
Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat & Havdallah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Avron Alter, Daniel Tucker and Josh Alter

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 4.30pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 6.30pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Tehillim and Pirkei Avot
We meet daily on Zoom at 4.45pm 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security
The Sandton Shul security team is seeking additional volunteers. Volunteers must have completed a relevant CSO training course or be willing to attend one prior to joining the team. Volunteers are to please email harelle@sandtonshul.co.za with your contact details.

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Should you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Make The Connection 24 June 2021

 

26 June 2021 | 16 Tammuz 5781 

Candle Lighting:      5.08pm
Parsha:                    Balak
Havdalah:                6.00pm

GOOD SHABBOS

There is an insightful passage in Gemara Sanhedrin on page 105b in the name of Rabbi Yochanan. From the blessing pronounced by that wicked man (Bilaam) we can deduce what was really in his heart. The Torah tells us that Hashem transformed Bilaam’s intended curse on the nation of Israel into a blessing. So, by examining his blessing we can infer precisely what Bilaam’s curse was meant to be. He sought to curse us not to have any Shuls or Batei Midrashot, places for prayer and learning, and was forced to praise and bless these institutions. How goodly are your tents O Jacob. Tents, according to our commentators, refers to our Shuls and Houses of Learning. Bilaam knew the value and importance of our community institutions to the ongoing survival of Yiddishkeit and therefor tried to destroy them with his curse. It was clear to Bilaam and it should be even clearer to us. Prayer, learning and being an integral and active part of a Kehilla Kedosha, a Holy community is one of the most important factors in our ultimate survival as Jews.

With G-ds help we will see the end of this awful pandemic soon and we will again be able to be together.

Good Shabbos and G-d bless.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

This Saturday night is the beginning of the 3 weeks of mourning leading up to Tish Be’av. Sunday is the fast of Shiva Asar Be’tammuz(17th of Tammuz).

The fast begins om Sunday morning at 5:42 am and ends at 5:44pm.

Davening at home. Selichot Artscroll Pg. 816

Follow the Siddur carefully as we won’t be in a minyan. Leave out Keil Erech Apayim and  Keil Melech and Hashem Hashem!

Skip to Pg. 862 Follow the Siddurs instructions.

Normal Shacharit.

No additions in the Amidah in Shacharit.

For Mincha swop from Shalom Rav to Sim Shalom Artscroll Pg.246

Add Avinu Malkeinu after the Amidah.

At Mincha add in Aneinu in the prayer of Shema Koleinu Artscroll Pg. 242

Please feel free to call me if you are unsure of anything.

THE 3 WEEKS

The story is told that Napoleon was walking through the streets of Paris one Tisha B’Av. As his entourage passed a synagogue, he heard wailing and crying coming from within; he sent an aid to inquire as to what had happened. The aid returned and told Napoleon that the Jews were in mourning over the loss of their Temple. Napoleon was indignant! “Why wasn’t I informed? When did this happen? Which Temple?” The aid responded, “They lost their Temple in Jerusalem on this date 1700 years ago.” Napoleon stood in silence and then said, “Certainly a people which has mourned the loss of their Temple for so long will survive to see it rebuilt!”

___If we know our history and understand it, then we can put our life in perspective. We can understand ourselves, our people, our goals, our values. We will know the direction of our lives, what we want to accomplish with our lives and what we are willing to bear in order to fulfil our destiny. Friedrich Nietzsche put it well, “If you have a ‘why’ to live for, you can bear with any ‘how’.”

___We are now entering the Three Weeks, the time between the 17th of Tammuz (Tuesday, July 3) and the 9th of Av (starting Monday night, July 23rd). This is a period when many tragedies happened to the Jewish people. Why do we mourn the loss of the Temple after so many years? What did and does it mean to us?

___The Temple was a central focal point of the Jewish people. Three times a year – Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot – the Jews living in the Land of Israel came to worship and celebrate at the Temple. It offered us the ultimate opportunity to come close to the Almighty, to elevate ourselves spiritually. It represented the purpose of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel – to be a holy people united with the Almighty in our own land … a Jewish state. That is what we seek to regain and that is why we mourn and remember the loss of what we once had.

___What can one read to gain knowledge, get perspective, to understand who the Jewish people are and what we are about? Certainly, reading the Five Books of Moses is the place to start. I recommend the Artscroll Stone EditionNineteen Letters by Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch will give a tremendous understanding of the Jewish purpose. Nine Questions and Why the Jews? by Praeger and Telushkin address central issues of the Jewish people. And then there is Judaism in a Nutshell: God by Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf for people who are long on curiosity, but short on time. For more history and understanding of the holidays, read Book of Our Heritage by Eliyahu Kitov.

___In Jewish cosmology, the Three Weeks are considered to be such an inauspicious time period that one is not allowed to get married. From the 1st of Av (July 16th), one is even advised to push off court cases until after the 10th of Av (after July 25th). We refrain from hair-cutting, purchasing or wearing new clothing, listening to music and pleasure trips. It is a time for self-reflection and improvement.

___On the 17th of Tammuz, five calamitous events occurred in our history:

  1. Moshe broke the first Tablets of the Ten Commandments when he descended from Mt. Sinai and saw the worshipping of the Golden Calf.
  2. The Daily Sacrificial Offerings ceased in the First Temple due to lack of sheep.
  3. The walls of Jerusalem were breached during the siege of the Second Temple.
  4. Apustumus-the-Wicked burned a Sefer Torah.
  5. An idol was placed in the Sanctuary of the Second Temple.

___The 17th of Tamumz is a fast day. The fast begins approximately an hour before sunrise and continuing until about an hour after sunset. The purpose of the fast is to awaken our hearts to repentance through recalling our forefathers’ misdeeds which led to tragedies and our repetition of those mistakes. The fasting is a preparation for repentance – to break the body’s dominance over a person’s spiritual side. One should engage in self-examination and undertake to correct mistakes in his relationship with God, his fellow man and with himself.
___It is interesting to note that Saddam Hussein was a student of Jewish history. He named the nuclear reactor (from which he planned to create a bomb to drop on Israel) – you guessed it, Tammuz 17! (Want the source? Two Minutes Over Baghdad by Amos Perlmutter

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not!

FUNNY THINGS
THEY MYSTIC AND THE POLICE

A group of Israeli university students was taking a criminology course when the instructor told the class about a man who was described as a “mystic” who contacted the police who were working on a missing-persons case. “The old man gave eerily detailed instructions on where to find the body,” the teacher said. “In fact, the detectives did find the body just as he had described. Now what would you call that kind of person?”

While the rest of the class pondered the question, a police officer taking the course raised his hand and replied, “A suspect.”

“Cindy communicates really well and I am very good at acting like I’m listening.”

MAZELTOV!

Birth

Mazeltov to Anthony and Nikki Cohen on the birth of son and mazeltov to grandparents Farrel and Maxine Cohen. 

TAKE NOTE:

 

Shul Services 
All Shul services, Public Shiurim, Kiddush and Seudah Shlishit (3rd Meal) have been suspended until and including the 28 June 2021.

Shabbat
Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat & Havdallah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Avron Alter, Daniel Tucker and Josh Alter

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 4.30pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 6.30pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Tehillim and Pirkei Avot
We meet daily on Zoom at 4.45pm 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security
The Sandton Shul security team is seeking additional volunteers. Volunteers must have completed a relevant CSO training course or be willing to attend one prior to joining the team. Volunteers are to please email harelle@sandtonshul.co.za with your contact details.

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Should you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Make The Connection 18 June 2021

 

19 June 2021 | 9 Tammuz 5781 

Candle Lighting:      5.06pm
Parsha:                    Chukat
Havdalah:                5.58pm

GOOD SHABBOS

We continue to Daven for those members of our Shul and their families who are ill and continually pray for their speedy recovery, and indeed for the over 600 current cases in the broader JHB community. We gather each day on zoom to say Tehillim together, please join us. I have found this time of connection with G d and with you so meaningful.

In this new world we find ourselves in we have again adapted quickly to Zoom. I look forward please G d to a time when we can be together not only in spirit but in body as well.

We continue with meaningful Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah services on Erev Shabbat at 4:30pm and Saturday nights at 6:45pm. It is wonderful how many participate! It is become quite normal. Human beings have an unbelievable capacity to acclimate incredibly quickly. Reb Chaim Shmuelewitz calls this מידת ההיסתגלות, the ability to adapt. We are getting quite adept at this.

Please stay safe and follow all the advice to protect you and your loved ones.

A warm good Shabbos wish from my heart to yours!

Rabbi David Shaw

NIKOLA JOKIC BECAME THE LOWEST DRAFT PICK TO EVER WIN THE NBA MVP AWARD.  BUT IT’S HIS EXEMPLARY CHARACTER THAT DISTINGUISHES HIM MOST.

History was made last week when Nikola Jokic (of the Denver Nuggets) became the lowest draft pick to ever win the NBA MVP award.

Consider: more than 60% of all MVP winners were among the top five picks in the NBA draft. Not even one was ever in the second half of the first round (picks 16-30). Jokic, however, was picked in the middle of the second round, at #41.

This is a basketball rags-to-riches story. But despite being crowned the best player in the entire league, perhaps it is his exemplary character that distinguishes him most. Here are five-character traits we can all learn from Jokic.

1. Humility
In a sports world consumed by ego, Jokic’s humility is becoming legendary. After receiving the news, he immediately turned to his team: “Look guys, this is not my award. I mean, yeah, it’s an individual award of course but I couldn’t have done it without you guys. I guess it’s my trophy or whatever, but you guys are a big part of it, so thank you everyone. Thank you.”
When asked what the MVP means to him, his response was, “It doesn’t affect me that much, to be honest. When I see the list, of course there’s great names. I never thought I would be on the list. It’s a surprise.”
These are rare words from an MVP winner immersed in a world where attention is craved and ego reigns. Jokic exemplifies the Talmudic statement, “One who flees from honour, honour will catch up to him” (Eruvin 13b).

2. Discipline
The Nuggets’ strength coach, Felipe Eichenberger, once said, “If he tells you ‘I’m gonna do something’ with that determined look, he will.” Jokic religiously follows Eichenberger’s diet recommendations. Even when the rest of the team indulges in Southern-fried food after a win in Memphis, Jokic sticks with his regular postgame meal: chicken and rice.
Jokic had an insane Coca-Cola habit – a gallon per day! – but once he resolved to stop, he stopped. He hasn’t touched soda in five years.
Despite being the team’s best player, with no need to prove himself anymore, he’s consistently the first one into the gym and the last one out.

3. Healthy humour
There’s a good reason why his nickname is “Joker.” A few years back, his coach Michael Malone described him as, “just a big, goofy kid.” Watch his post-game press conferences and he’s constantly cracking jokes, many of them of the self-deprecating variety.
Jokic uses humour in a positive way, to poke fun at insanity and restore equilibrium. Basketball is his priority, but he makes light of it at times because it’s not “his everything”. He often references the numerous other blessings in his life, the most frequently mentioned one being his family.
Losses and failures don’t define him. He knows that the best response to failure is channelling his talents towards success the next time out. To borrow from Proverbs 24:16, “Seven times a righteous one may fall, but he picks himself up.” In our personal endeavours as well, we’d do well to adopt Jokic’s easy-going approach to failure.

4. Living in the moment
When asked a few months back about being an emerging MVP candidate, he demurred. “I never think about that,” he said. ” I’m just thinking about the next game. I think that’s what the mentality needs to be…. when you think in the future, I think you put a lot of pressure on yourself.”
Unknowingly, he echoed what the Elder of Novardok, 19th-century mussar giant, said: “Man must be able to sacrifice all of his tomorrows for today, so that he need not sacrifice all of his todays for one tomorrow.” Worrying about what the future will bring can paralyze us from actually achieving something today.

5. Selflessness
Being selfless shares some common roots with humility, but is distinct from it. No further evidence is needed for Jokic’s selflessness than one statistic: 8.3 assists per game, the second-highest average for an NBA centre in history. Jokic’s selflessness is on full display each time this 7-foot giant passes the ball despite having a great opportunity to shoot it himself. Watching highlights of his passing is a jaw-dropping exercise that leaves you speechless1. He simply doesn’t pass like most players; he actively looks for any opportunity, however outlandish it might seem, to give his teammates a good look at the basket.
In his coach’s words, “Nikola is all about the team. I really think he gets greater enjoyment out of making everyone around him better. He’s not about the spotlight, he doesn’t have an ego.”

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 

Three Secrets for a Happy Marriage:

1) Give!    2) Give more!    3) Give in!   by Rabbi Paysach Krohn

FUNNY THINGS
No Marriage Counselling Required

Dave and Cindy Rothman had some friends over for Shabbos dinner when the subject of marriage counselling came up.

“Oh, we’ll never need that. Cindy and I have a great relationship,” Dave explained.
“She was a communications major in college and I believe it or not, I received a minor in theater arts.”

“How does that help you?” asked their guest.

“Cindy communicates really well and I am very good at acting like I’m listening.”

TAKE NOTE:

 

Shul Services 
All Shul services, Public Shiurim, Kiddush and Seudah Shlishit (3rd Meal) have been suspended until and including the 28 June 2021.

Shabbat
Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat & Havdallah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Avron Alter, Daniel Tucker and Josh Alter

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 4.30pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 6.45pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Tehillim and Pirkei Avot
We meet daily on Zoom at 4.45pm 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah
Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocols are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?
Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security
The Sandton Shul security team is seeking additional volunteers. Volunteers must have completed a relevant CSO training course or be willing to attend one prior to joining the team. Volunteers are to please email harelle@sandtonshul.co.za with your contact details.

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Should you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Make The Connection 28 May 2021

 

29 May 2021 | 18 Sivan 5781 

Candle Lighting:      5.06pm
Parsha:                    Beha’alotcha
Havdalah:                5.58pm
Mincha Shabbos:     5.05pm

GOOD SHABBOS

What a week! OMG! Israel and all that has occurred there. The rollout of the vaccine here? What will the response to the third wave be and when?

I have two observations on the Parasha and one question.

Firstly, we see from the Sedra how despite Miriam, clearly having absolutely no malice in mind when speaking Lashon Hara to Aharon the Kohein about Moshe Rabbeinu, she was nevertheless, still held responsible for her words. We see how deleterious the effects of Losh are. Even if it’s true. Even if it seems innocuous with no harm intended, it is still not ok and there are sad consequences.

The second observation is Moshe Rabbeinu’s reaction to the criticism. We actually do not find any response at all. He remains silent and when Hashem has rebuked them, he simply prays for his sister to be cured. No wasted energy on justifying his action. He knew he did the right thing. He avoided bartering his dignity for self-interest.
Two good life lessons for us!

BTW if anyone has a good answer for why Aharon escaped being punished please share. I have seen a few approaches, but none made 100% sense.

G d bless.

Rabbi David Shaw

SIVAN RAHAV-MEIR / THE DAILY PORTION / WE SHOULD NOT BE JEWS OF SILENCE 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / We should not be Jews of silence.
In the face of a wave of worldwide anti-Semitism, rallies were held yesterday in support of Israel throughout the world. One of the most inspiring speakers was Elisha Wiesel, son of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, who spoke the following before a crowd in New York:

“My father, Elie Wiesel of blessed memory, travelled to the Soviet Union in the 60’s to meet Russian Jews who were prohibited from expressing their faith. They were forbidden to hold a Bar Mitzvah, put on tefillin, or express support for the State of Israel. The Communist Party ruled through lies, and the biggest anti-Semitic lie was that Jews are exploiters and enemies of the working class. Friends, today we are victims of a big lie as well. It’s easy to identify the Communist or the Nazi lie, but the anti-Semitism of today is based on an equally pernicious lie.

When my father visited Russia, Jews there asked him: ‘How many are marching for us in America?’. He was embarrassed to tell them how few there were. He wrote a book about this called ‘The Jews of Silence’. Many thought he meant the Jews of Russia since they were forced to learn the holy Torah in secret, in silence, but he meant us. When we keep quiet, we are the Jews of silence. To those who are here today, I say: You will be able to tell your children that you came here and stood as proud Jews, even as the largest party in the American Congress was filled with extremists who spread lies. These are the same old and evil lies that have been told for thousands of years, while all we want is to work, to pray, to live, and to manage our own state. You will be able to tell your children that you were not Jews of silence.”

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 
“Be careful to honour your wife,
for blessing enters the house
only because of the wife.” (Bava Metzia 59a)

FUNNY THINGS
G-d and the Professor

An atheist professor was teaching a college class and he told the class that he was going to prove that there was no G-d. He said, “G-d if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I’ll give you 15 minutes!”

Ten minutes went by. He kept taunting God, saying, “Here I am G-d, I’m still waiting.” He got down to the last couple of minutes and a big 240-pound football player happened to walk by the door and heard what the professor said. The football player walked into the classroom and in the last minute, hit the professor full force, sending him flying off the platform.

The professor got up, obviously shaken, and said, “Where did you come from, and why did you do that?”

The football player replied, “G-d was busy; He sent me!”

MAZELTOV!

Engagement

Mazeltov to Shareen Richter on the occasion of her engagement to Adam Davis

General

Mazeltov to Mark Ostrofsky who recently qualified as a Gastroenterologist

TAKE NOTE:

Shul Services 

For the time being Kids Services @ Sandton Shul will only be held on Saturdays @ 10am and Outdoors.  Primary School service to meet in the Sukkah and Nursery School service to meet on the grass area by Rabbi Sushards old house.  Masks are mandotary.

Masks must please be worn at all times
Please bring your own Siddur and Tallis to Shul
Should you not be feeling well please do not come to Shul

Shabbat 

Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat 

Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Avron Alter, Daniel Tucker and Josh Alter

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 4.30pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Davening Times

Monday and Thursday at 6.15am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday is at 6.30am
Sunday is at 7.30am

Weekday Mincha – 5.15pm

Tehillim and Pirkei Avot

We meet daily on Zoom at 4.45pm 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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah

Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocolas are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?

Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security

The Sandton Shul security team is seeking additional volunteers. Volunteers must have completed a relevant CSO training course or be willing to attend one prior to joining the team. Volunteers are to please email harelle@sandtonshul.co.za with your contact details.

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Should you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Make The Connection 22 April 2021

24 April 2021 | 12 Iyar 5781 

Candle Lighting:      5.26pm
Parsha:                    Acharei-Mot Kedoshim
Havdalah:                6.15pm
Mincha Shabbos:    5.25pm

SHABBAT SHALOM 

In Parashat Kedoshim we read” קדושים תהיו כי קדוש אני (You should be holy for holy am I). It is an instruction told by Hashem to Moshe to relate to the Jewish people. Be Holy! Yet if you look in the list of 613 Mitzvot of the Torah it is absent.  Why? Perhaps because, dear friends, we are already holy. All of us! There is no need to be commanded to be what we already are. Now we know, we just need to act in ways that allow us to be and to do exactly what the Creator designed us to be and to do.

I wish you all a pleasant, safe, healthy and holy Shabbat.

Rabbi David Shaw

Date

Dawn

Earliest Time for – Tallit & Tefillin

Sunrise

Latest Time for the Shema

Chatzot

Earliest time for Mincha

Shkiah/ Sunset

23 Apr 2021

5:18:10 AM

5:38:50 AM

6:27:18 AM

9:16:31 AM

12:05:44 PM

12:35:44 PM

5:44:11 PM

24 Apr 2021

5:18:35 AM

5:39:16 AM

6:27:48 AM

9:16:40 AM

12:05:33 PM

12:35:33 PM

5:43:19 PM

25 Apr 2021

5:19:00 AM

5:39:43 AM

6:28:18 AM

9:16:50 AM

12:05:23 PM

12:35:23 PM

5:42:29 PM

26 Apr 2021

5:19:25 AM

5:40:09 AM

6:28:48 AM

9:17:01 AM

12:05:13 PM

12:35:13 PM

5:41:39 PM

27 Apr 2021

5:19:50 AM

5:40:35 AM

6:29:18 AM

9:17:11 AM

12:05:04 PM

12:35:04 PM

5:40:50 PM

28 Apr 2021

5:20:15 AM

5:41:02 AM

6:29:49 AM

9:17:22 AM

12:04:55 PM

12:34:55 PM

5:40:02 PM

29 Apr 2021

5:20:41 AM

5:41:28 AM

6:30:19 AM

9:17:33 AM

12:04:47 PM

12:34:47 PM

5:39:15 PM

 

LAG BA’OMER: WHAT LIES BEHIND THIS ENIGMATIC FESTIVAL? AND WHY THE BONFIRES?

In Israel, months before the advent of the festival of Lag Ba’Omer — the 33rd day of the Omer, the 49 days that bridge between Passover and Shavuot — one can see youngsters dragging all types of combustibles, from fallen trees to broken chairs to old mattresses.

 

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20 IDEAS FOR CHOOSING COURAGE

  1. It’s great to have courage, and courage makes you great. Courage is a decision to transcend your fears. When you speak and act in a situation that is challenging for you, that is courage. Decide to transcend fears that needlessly limit you.
  2. Courage is in your mind. Courage comes from the thoughts you think in your mind. You choose your thoughts. Choose courage now.
  3. Courage doesn’t mean that you don’t have fears. It means that you are willing to speak and act even with fearful feelings. At times you might melt those fears. Even if not, say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done.
  4. Ask your loving Father, and powerful King, Creator and Sustainer of the universe to give you inner strength and courage. Receive it when He gives it to you.
  5. Every word and act of courage is stored in your brain. Your brain is always with you so you can always access courage.
  6. If you have said or done something that took courage, you have been courageous already. Identify yourself as a person who has courage.
  7. This moment is the only moment that exists. To speak and act courageously, you only need to speak and act courageously this very moment.
  8. Be aware of any inner self-talk that prevents your courage. Mentally upgrade the recording you play in your mind. Listen to courageous self-talk. Reread this list frequently. It becomes your self-talk.
  9. When you need a boost of courage, say to yourself with enthusiasm and intensity “I have tremendous and intense courage right now.” Repeat this with more and more intensity until you actually experience it.
  10. Fear and lack of courage is created with your imagination. Therefore, your imagination can create great courage. Imagine having all the courage you would wish for
  11. Learn from every person who speaks and acts with courage. On the screen of your mind see yourself talking and acting with that same courage. Repeat until internalized.
  12. Remember your most courageous moments. Take that courageous energy and double it. Now double it again. Double it again. Keep on doubling this until you feel yourself radiating courage.
  13. If it is difficult to say something to someone, ask yourself, “Do I have a right to say this?” If yes, just say it!
  14. Have the courage to bounce back from mistakes and adversity.
  15. Have courage to do what’s right even if others make fun of you. The more difficult it is, the greater you are.
  16. Have courage to tell people respectfully to refrain from speaking negatively against others. Feel joy for acting.
  17. Visualize a great crowd cheering for your courage. Hear the cheers. See them waving for their hero: You!
  18. Drink an imaginary drink that gives you magnificent courage.
  19. Don’t take needless foolish risks. Differentiate between intelligent and wise risks and those that are rash.
  20. Each and every day do something courageous.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 

I have missed over 9,000 shots in my career.
I’ve lost almost 300 games.
26 times the ball was given to me
in the last moments of the game to make
the game winning shot and I missed.
I have failed and failed and failed …
and because of that — I have succeeded.  Michael Jordan

FUNNY THINGS
Caught up in a Storm

A new recruit in the Israeli navy was being put through the paces by an experienced captain.

“What would you do if a sudden storm sprang up on the starboard?”

“Throw out an anchor, sir,” the recruit replied.

“What would you do if another storm sprang up after?”

“Throw out another anchor, sir.”

“And if another terrific storm sprang up forward, what would you do then?” asked the captain.

“Throw out another anchor, sir.”

“Hold on,” said the captain. “Where are you getting all those anchors from?” 

“From the same place you’re getting your storms, sir.”

MAZELTOV!

Wedding

Mazeltov to Leora daughter of Michael and Shereen Fisher on the occasion of her forthcoming wedding to Brad son of Aubrey and Hazel Rosen

TAKE NOTE:

Shabbat

Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Daniel Tucker and Josh Alter

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 4.45pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 7.15pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Davening Times

Behab (Monday, Thursday, Monday) at 5.55am
Monday and Thursday at 6.15am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday is at 6.30am
Sunday is at 7.30am

Weekday Mincha

Commencing this Sunday Weekday Mincha will commence at 5.25pm

Shul Services 

Booking is essential for all services – e-mail harelle@sandtonsul.co.za to book
As per the government regulations each service is limited to 250 people indoors
Masks must please be worn at all times
Please bring your own Siddur and Tallis to Shul
Should you not be feeling well please do not come to Shul

er Semichat Chaver Programme
The Shiur by Rabbi David Shaw will take place on every Monday evening from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

If you have not registered and would like to participate, WhatsApp me 0726966535

I

shmoozoom – Rabbi Dovid Hazdan – Communal Lag B’Omer

A virtual shmooza event or celebration where SA Jews of all bckgrounds and ages come together in unity to hear incredible music, do chessed, win prizes and inspire each other.

Thursday 29 April from 18h30 to 20h00

To Register  https://bit.ly/ShmoozoomLagbomer

Tehillim and Pirkei Avot

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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah

Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocolas are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?

Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security

Mantis security officer David Maseko has retired from duty at BHH Sandton Shul and Minnie Bersohn Nursery School after eight years of dedicated service. David always went above and beyond what was expected of him, especially on the annual High Holy Days. David will work his final two years until his retirement at a low-risk site nearer to his home. Several new but well-trained officers have joined the Mantis team at BHH and are not yet entirely familiar with all shul members; we therefore kindly request your cooperation should they ask you to identify yourselves at the entrance.

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the shul property then please report it immediately to the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Should you live in a CAP area and see anything or anyone suspicious in your area then please report it immediately to CAP on 086 122 7227.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 16 April 2021

17 April 2021 | 5 Iyar 5781 

Candle Lighting:      5.32pm
Parsha:                    Tazria Metzora
Pirkei Avot Chapter 2
Havdalah:                6.21pm
Mincha Shabbos:    5.25pm

SHABBAT SHALOM 

I am so excited to be introducing a new learning programme to the members of our Shul.  It is called ‘The Semichat Chaver Programme”. 

It is an innovative, fast paced, interactive, practical Halacha learning programme.  Designed by Rav Elyada Goldicht to be easily imparted with thought provoking questions in all areas of Jewish Law, where we include a little Parsha and the philosophical meaning behind the Mitzvot that we learn.

Those who wish can write a test after the first semester and will receive a balabatim smicha signed by Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Rabbi Herschel Schacter.

I have already recruited a number of enthusiastic participants and would like to invite any gentleman who would like to join.  One hour a week. No cost. A track for women is currently being planned.

Monday nights straight after Maariv 6.15pm in the Youth Centre.  Please contact me if you would like to join.

G-d Bless

Rabbi David Shaw

SAYING SHEMA IN GAZA by Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith

The Jewish prayer may have stopped a would-be suicide bomber who was Jewish.
I am rather sceptical when it comes to “miracle stories” – especially ones that emerge from war. So, I did not believe the story about the female suicide bomber in Gaza who flinched upon hearing the Israeli soldier cry out “Shema Yisrael”, allowing them to apprehend her. Turns out the terrorists’ mother was an Israeli Jew who married an Arab, and the would-be suicide bomber was in fact a Jew whose soul was rattled upon hearing Shema.

Well, apparently the story might be true. An unnamed Israeli military source spoke to Breitbart News, revealing details about the attack that killed Lt. Goldin and two other soldiers, and he also mentioned the incident with the Jewish suicide bomber. The article reports:

The officer explained how, after the suicide bombing that killed Lt. Goldin, a second kidnapping team of Hamas terrorists… ran back into the tunnel from which the terrorists emerged. The tunnel led back into a mosque. From the mosque, they escaped in a clearly marked UNRWA ambulance. The terrorists then made contact with high-ranking Hamas officials hiding in the Islamic University.

Israeli intelligence intercepted a conversation between the kidnappers and the Hamas officials at the Islamic University and thus got all the particulars regarding the hiding place of the kidnappers. Within minutes, the IAF attacked both the kidnappers’ location and the Islamic University.

In the midst of this attack, a second force of IDF soldiers–which had gone into a mosque looking for weapons, explosives, and rockets– encountered a female suicide bomber who was about to detonate the belt she wore, which would have resulted in the deaths of the soldiers. One of the soldiers instinctively recited the opening words of the holiest Jewish prayer “Shema Yisrael”. The female suicide bomber hesitated and began trembling, giving the soldiers a chance to grab her and disable the device.

The soldiers then took her prisoner and turned her over to a counter-intelligence unit. Their investigation uncovered that the female suicide bomber’s mother was a Jew who had married a Palestinian in Israel and, after the wedding, was smuggled against her will into Gaza. There she lived a life filled with abuse and humiliation and was basically a captive. In addition to the female suicide bomber, there were two smaller children as well. An armoured force went in and rescued the two small children.

The story is reminiscent of Rabbi Eliezer Silver who rescued Jewish children in Europe who had been hidden during the Holocaust in Christian orphanages and monasteries. The children themselves, raised as Christians for years, no longer knew they were Jewish. And there were times the local priest denied harbouring any Jewish children. So how did Rabbi Silver discover the Jewish children? Dressed as a high-ranking U.S. army officer, he would visit the children during bedtime and loudly proclaim “Shema Yisrael” – “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One!”

Many children burst into tears and cried out “mommy” in the various languages they spoke. The Shema which their mothers had said to them each night was so deeply ingrained in their minds they had not forgotten it. And that is how the chaplains were able to identify the Jewish children.

The Shema saved those Israeli soldiers and rescued three Jewish souls – the suicide bomber and her two children — from the bowels of Gaza. Something she heard startled her. Her Jewish soul, buried by years of indoctrination, hate and abuse, was stirred.
My teacher, Rabbi Noah Weinberg, of blessed memory, would tell the story of Rabbi Silver as a lesson that the Jewish soul always has a pulse. It is our responsibility to find the words that will penetrate. If this story is true, then through his tragic death Lt. Goldin enabled three bewildered Jewish souls to be brought back to their people.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 

The truth is incontrovertible.
Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it,
but in the end, there it is. Winston Churchill

FUNNY THINGS
Career Planning

One Shabbos morning, as the Epstein family is walking home from shul after a great service led by their rabbi, 9-year-old Shmuel says to his father David, “When I grow up, dad, I’ve decided to be a rabbi.”

“Very nice,” says David, “But last week, you wanted to be a football player.” 

“I know I was,” replies Shmuel, “but during the shul service I realized – that I would be going to shul every Shabbos for the rest of my life – and that’s a long time. So I came to the conclusion that it would be much better to be standing up and shouting than just sitting down and listening.”

MAZELTOV!

Engagement

Mazeltov to Caylee daughter Howard and Janice Talpert on the occasion of her engagement to Assaf Sarid in Israel.

TAKE NOTE:

Shabbat

Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Daniel Tucker and Josh Alter

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 4.45pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 7.15pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Davening Times

Behab (Monday, Thursday, Monday) at 5.55am
Monday and Thursday at 6.15am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday is at 6.30am
Sunday is at 7.30am

Weekday Mincha

Commencing this Sunday Weekday Mincha will commence at 5.30pm

Shul Services 

Booking is essential for all services – e-mail harelle@sandtonsul.co.za to book
As per the government regulations each service is limited to 250 people indoors
Masks must please be worn at all times
Please bring your own Siddur and Tallis to Shul
Should you not be feeling well please do not come to Shul

Tehillim and Pirkei Avot

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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah

Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocolas are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?

Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the property, please report it immediately to BHH security or the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

 

Make The Connection 09 April 2021

10 April 2021 | 28 Nisan 5781 

Candle Lighting:     5.39pm
Parsha:                   Shemini
Shabbat Mevarachim
Havdalah:                6.28pm
Mincha Shabbos:     5.30pm

SHABBAT SHALOM 

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. I would like to share with you this short article by Sivan Rahav-Meir .The Holocaust: Six unforgettable facts.

Feelings are not enough. We are getting an overdose of feelings today, on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).  We are getting saturated with stories, memories, and tears but, in my opinion, we must not neglect cold, hard, dry facts. Here is a list of them courtesy of Professor Yosef Ben-Shlomo; six historical facts that we need to internalize in order to understand why the Holocaust was such an extraordinarily unique event:

1.            Judenrein. For the first time in history (other than Haman’s plot against the Jews in ancient Persia), one nation sought the complete elimination of another, despite the fact that the vast majority of the nation targeted for extermination lived outside the territory of the aggressor nation. The goal was not to just put the other nation into exile but to erase it from the face of the earth. In Nazi documents on the number of Jews destined for death, the tiny Albanian Jewish community of 200 souls was noted.

2.            Absence of opposition. In the Wannsee Conference of January, 1942, the “final solution” was unanimously approved by the fifteen  attendees, all of whom held high-ranking ministerial positions in the German government, and eight of whom were holders of doctorate degrees.

3.            The Germans worked against their own interests in World War II.  Even as Germany was losing the war, it behaved irrationally. Instead of investing in just fighting enemy forces, the Germans continued “to waste” energy on their Jewish extermination project.

4.            They were not crazy.  Among the murderers were family men and women, professionals, and intellectuals. They were perfectly sane. Millions of ordinary, regular folks did not see any problem with taking part in this giant extermination project.

5.            The concentration camps were not bombed. The death factories continued to operate without interference by the Western allied nations or their armies, even while the allies regularly bombed Nazi munitions factories.

6.            There was no way out. Unlike their ability to cope with other horrendous decrees and persecutions throughout history, the Jews of Europe had no way out. There was no possibility of saving themselves through cooperation with the enemy, or by being exiled or by conversion to another faith. Death was their only option.

Today we face Holocaust denial, ignorance, and forgetfulness, as well as claims that the Holocaust was not a unique or particularly anti-Jewish event .It is therefore more important than ever not only to remember what happened, but to make a commitment never to forget.

Something to think about.

Rabbi David Shaw

12 RULES FOR RAISING DELINQUENT CHILDREN
How to Ruin Your Children – 
Guaranteed 100% Infallible

  1. Begin in infancy to give the child everything he wants. In this way he will grow up to believe that the world owes him a living.
  2. When he picks up bad words, laugh at him. This will make him think he is cute. It will also encourage him to pick up cuter phrases.
  3. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait until he’s 21 and then let him decide for himself.
  4. Avoid use of the word “wrong.” It may develop into a guilt complex. Later, when he is arrested, he can conclude that society is against him and that he is being persecuted.
  5. Pick up everything he leaves lying around – books, shoes, clothes. Do everything for him, so that he will be experienced in throwing all responsibility upon others.
  6. Let him read any printed matter that he can get his hands on. Be careful that the silverware and drinking glasses are sterilized but let his mind feast on garbage.
  7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they will not be too shocked when their home is broken up later.
  8. Give a child all the spending money he wants. Never let him earn his own. Why should he have things as tough as you had them?
  9. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink and comfort. See that every sensual desire is gratified. Denial may lead to harmful frustration.
  10. Take his part against neighbours, teachers, policemen. They are all prejudiced against your child.
  11. When he gets into real trouble, apologize to yourself by saying: “I never could do anything with him.”
  12. Prepare for a life of grief. You will be likely to have it.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – 

 “There are three crowns – the crown of Torah,
the crown of priesthood, and the crown of kingship;
but the crown of a good name surpasses all of them.”
 Rabbi Shimon

FUNNY THINGS
The Doctors’ Convention

It’s 10pm when the phone rings in Dr. Minkofsky’s house. “It’s Dr. Gold,” says his wife, passing him the phone, “I do hope it’s not another emergency.”

Dr. Minkofsky takes the phone and says, “Hi, what’s up?”

“Don’t worry, everything’s OK,” replies Dr. Gold. “It’s just that I’m at home with Dr. Lewis and Dr. Kosiner. We’re having a little game of poker and we’re short of one hand so we thought you might like to come over and join us?”

“Sure …. yes, of course,” replies Dr. Minkofsky, putting on a serious voice, “I’m leaving right now.” And he puts down the phone.

“What’s happened?” his wife asks, with a worried look.

“It’s very serious,” Dr. Minkofsky replies. “They’ve already called three doctors.”

MAZELTOV TO!

Births

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 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

TAKE NOTE:

Shabbat

Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Alter and Daniel Tucker

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 5.00pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 7.30pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Davening Times

Monday and Thursday at 6.15am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday is at 6.30am
Sunday is at 7.30am

Weekday Mincha

From Sunday weekday Mincha will commence at 5.35pm

Shul Services 

Booking is essential for all services – e-mail harelle@sandtonsul.co.za to book
As per the government regulations each service is limited to 250 people indoors
Masks must please be worn at all times
Please bring your own Siddur and Tallis to Shul
Should you not be feeling well please do not come to Shul

Tehillim and Pirkei Avot

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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah

Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocolas are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?

Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the property, please report it immediately to BHH security or the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Make The Connection 02 April 2021

3 April 2021 | 21 Nisan 5781 

Candle Lighting:     5.47pm
Parsha:                 7th Day Pesach
Mincha:                   5.30pm
Mincha tomorrow:   5.30pm

SHABBAT SHALOM AND GOOD YOM TOV

I am excited that we are now permitted to safely accommodate many more congregants (250) in Shul services in time for the last days of Pesach and especially in time for our precious and always meaningful Yizkor. All the protocols are still in place, we need to book with Harelle (bookings close on Thursday at 13h00), wear masks, sanitise and of course keep social distance. But we can all be under the gorgeous dome of our sanctuary. Be’rov Am Hadrat Melech!  The King’s glory is in a multitude of people! (“the King,” of course, referring to G-d). (Proverbs 14:28) Rabbi Jack Abramowitz explains that this is not just a nice idea; it actually has legal ramifications. For example, what is the preeminent mitzvah of Rosh Hashana? Blowing the shofar, of course! 
Wouldn’t we want to blow the shofar as soon as possible on Rosh Hashana because zerizim makdimin le’mitzvot (the zealous are quick to perform mitzvot)? Despite this, for some reason we blow shofar at Musaf rather than at Shacharit. According to the Talmud in Rosh Hashana (32b), at least part of the reason for this is Be’rov Am Hadras Melech (the King’s glory is in a multitude of people) as more people are in shul for Musaf than for Shacharit. There are many, many more examples. Megillat Esther, Yizkor and praying together as a Kehillah Kedosha.

I look so forward to welcoming you in Shul over the Chag!

G d Bless! Enjoy the rest of Pesach!

Rabbi David Shaw    

HINEH MAH TOV U’MAH NAIM SHEVES GAM YACHAD –

Behold how good and how pleasant it is when brethren sit together (Psalm 133:1)

FUNNY THINGS
Chaim and the Genie

One day Chaim Kaplan spotted a lamp by the roadside. He picked it up, rubbed it vigorously, and a genie appeared. “I’ll grant you three wishes,” the genie said.

Chaim thought for a moment and said, “I’ve always wanted to be spectacularly wealthy.”
And so it was that Chaim was wealthy.

“I’ve always wanted to be fabulously handsome.”
And so it was that Chaim was handsome.

Chaim thought for another moment and said, “I’ve always wanted to do something that no man has ever succeeded in doing.”

“Poof!” said the genie. “You can now cook Shabbos dinner.” 

MAZELTOV TO!

Barmitzvah

Mazeltov to Jesse son of Saul Bregman and Liora Gien Bregman, grandson of Bernard and Debbie Gien and Roy and Melanie Bregman and great grandson of Judy Bloch on the occasion of his Barmitzvah

Births

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

 TAKE NOTE:

Davening Times

Monday and Thursday at 6.15am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday is at 6.30am
Sunday is at 7.30am

Pesach Times

Friday 02     

Shabbat 
Candle Lighting 
Suggest you light a 24 hour candle
Mincha 
Maariv                             

17h47

17h30
18h00

Saturday 03

Shabbat/Seventh Day Pesach
Shir Hashirim
Shacharit
Mincha

Eighth Night Pesach
Maariv
Candle lighting from an existing flame not earlier than

08h00
08h30
17h30

18h00
18h35

Sunday 04h

Eighth Day Pesach
Shacharit
Yizkor approx
Mincha
Chag ends
Havdalah no spices/ no candle/just wine & Hamavdil

08h30
09h45
17h40
18h34

Shul Services 

Booking is essential for all services
As per the government regulations each service is limited to 250 people indoors
Masks must please be worn at all times
Please bring your own Siddur and Tallis to Shul
Should you not be feeling well please do not come to Shul

Tehillim and Pirkei Avot

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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah

Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocolas are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?

Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the property, please report it immediately to BHH security or the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Make The Connection 26 March 2021

27 March 2021 | 14 Nisan 5781 

Candle Lighting:     5.54pm
Parsha:                 Tzav
Shabbat Hagadol
Mincha:                   5.40pm
Kabbalat Shabbat:  6.00pm
Mincha tomorrow:   5.40pm

SHABBAT SHALOM AND A CHAG PESACH KASHER VE’SAMAYACH

The Seder begins and ends in Aramaic and not Hebrew. Normally we utilize Aramaic only when there is intense kedusha, holiness,because Hashem’s presence is right there. Kaddish, B’rich Shemei when taking out the Torah and Yekum Purkan just after Leining and before returning the Torah to the Aron Kodesh.

That is the reason we bookend the Seder with Aramaic as well. To demonstrate that the Shechina, Hashem’s presence is at each and everyone of our Sedorim.

What an amazing opportunity to have G d in our homes. What an opportunity to be able to bless our families and to daven for the healing of our world, with Hashem right there.

I hope and pray that you have deep and meaningful Seders.

With Pesach greetings and a lot of love

Rabbi David Shaw

CONDOLENCES 

Beverley Cantor on the loss of her mother
Lynn Wolf on the loss of her husband

THIS PASSOVER,  TAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS ENDING ESTRANGEMENT WITHIN YOUR FAMILY. 

One of the best-known elements of the Passover seder relates to four children – smart, rebellious, simple, and not sure how to ask questions. In today’s fractured society, another person is all too often missing from the seder table. That fifth child is actually an adult…a member of the family with whom we have little contact. This is the relative, who, for whatever reason, we don’t speak to.

Maybe there were disagreements over choices people made, or money, or who knows what. Over time, alas, positions hardened, and now relatives, or entire branches of families, no longer speak to one another. These family feuds can go on for years, decades, even lifetimes, if no one speaks up.

In today’s crazy world, the split might have been over politics. In the past, when it came to political differences, most people could “agree to disagree.” Today, unfortunately, a bitter divide exists along political lines in our society, and relationships, marriages, and even families have broken up over differing political views.

Or maybe it was a personal matter, in which one member of a family said or did something that at least one other person found unacceptable. Maybe A didn’t like B’s choice of mate, or career, or approach to raising his or her children. Maybe it was an offhand, hurtful comment that created deep emotional injury. Maybe the comment was offhand and was meant to hurt. But now, for whatever reason, the principals in this drama aren’t speaking and everyone else in the family has had to choose sides.
Perhaps the dispute had to do with religious beliefs—one member of the family married someone with a different religious, ethnic, or racial background, or perhaps there was an action like infidelity, bankruptcy, or who knows what that one member of the family, or the entire family could not stomach.

Sad to say, this scenario plays out all too often, and these disputes take on lives of their own. There are probably 10th generation Hatfields out there who still have it in for 10th generation McCoys. But while those sorts of family feuds are the stuff of history or fiction, there are plenty of real family battles that have gone on for years and appear to have no end in sight.

This Passover, it’s time to end those battles. Not to get depressing, but everybody dies. Everybody. This includes the relatives with whom you may be having a longstanding disagreement. There are few feelings worse than realizing that a parent or sibling with whom you had an ongoing, simmering dispute is now dead and gone and that problem can no longer be resolved.

Is any disagreement worth it?

One message of Passover is humility, that God runs the world, and that our own egos can keep us from connecting deeply with God and our fellow humans. The shift from bread to matzo symbolizes this point. Bread puffs itself up as if to say, look how great I am. Matzah, on the other hand, is referred to as lehem oni, poor man’s bread, lacking in the slightest shred of ego.

The problem is that everyone’s waiting for everyone else to take the all-important first step. This Passover, break the cycle.

Ego itself stands for “edging God out”, for believing that we, like Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle, are the rulers of all we see. Of course, we all know what happened to Yertle.
If Passover asks us to set aside our egos and recognize that Something greater than ourselves is in charge, why can’t we set aside our ego-based disputes with family members or friends and put those disputes where they belong—in the past?

The problem is that everyone’s waiting for everyone else to take the all-important first step.

Passover celebrates the Israelites’ miraculous escape from Egyptian bondage, the splitting and crossing of the Reed Sea, and the enjoyment of freedom for the first time in centuries. According to the Midrash, a Jew named Nachshon took the plunge into the waters of the Reed Sea, and his courageous action caused the water to split and dry land to appear beneath it.

In other words, somebody has to take the first step, even when the deep waters of disagreement are swirling.

In your family or friendship circle, is there someone with whom you have had a longstanding dispute? A parent, a child, an estranged relative of any stripe, a one-time best friend? With the wisdom that time and distance confer, does the fissure between you and your estranged relative or friend really make sense anymore? Isn’t it time to put it to rest, while you are both on this side of the grass?

This is the time to reach out to that person, let bygones be bygones, and move on. The biblical Nachshon didn’t wait for others to take the first step. He took it, and everyone benefitted. Isn’t it time for you to be Nachshon in your own family, and set aside your own ego for the greater good?

This year, make a place at your Seder table for your estranged family or friend. How can we expect outside forces, whether they are the government, the schools, or even God, to make the world better, if we aren’t willing to take a simple step ourselves?
This year, set a place for the “fifth child” at your Seder table, the one from whom you have been estranged.

If you do, this will be the most meaningful Seder of your life.

FUNNY THINGS

Ma Nishtana

A British Jew is waiting in line to be knighted by the Queen. He is to kneel in front of her and recite a sentence in Latin when she taps him on the shoulders with her sword.

However, when his turn comes, he panics in the excitement of the moment and forgets the Latin. Then, thinking fast, he recites the only other sentence he knows in a foreign language, which he remembers from the Passover Seder:

“Ma nishtana ha layla ha zeh mi kol ha laylot.”

Puzzled, Her Majesty turns to her advisor and whispers, “Why is this knight different from all other knights?”

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK: 

Life can only be understood backwards,
but it must be lived forwards.

MAZELTOV TO!

Batmitzvah

Mazeltov to Shayna daughter of Alan and Martinne Joffe, grandaughter of Judge Meyer and Gail Joffe and David and Shirley Nathan on the occasion of her recent Batmitzvah

Birth

Mazeltov to Craig and Kirsty Blend on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Jeff and Sharon Blend

Engagement

Mazeltov to Jayce Zidel on the occasion of his engagement to Nikki Lee Silverman and mazeltov to the Zidel and Silverman families

Mazeltov to Saul son of Mark and Michelle Maserow on the occasion of his engagement to Gabriella daughter of Susan and the Late Owen Blumberg

 TAKE NOTE:

Davening Times

Monday and Thursday at 6.15am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday is at 6.30am
Sunday is at 7.30am

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 5.00pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Pesach Times

Friday  26     

Erev Shabbat     
Shacharit 
Burning of Chametz (after Shul) Latest Time 

Shabbat 
Candle Lighting 
Suggest you light a 24/48 hour candle
Mincha 
Maariv                             

06h30
10h45

17h54

17h40
18h00

Saturday 27

Shabbat
Shacharit one minyan in the main Shul
Mincha

First Night Pesach
Maariv
Candle lighting from an existing flame not earlier than

06h30
17h30

18h00
18h42

Sunday 28

First Day Pesach
Shacharit
Mincha

Second Night Pesach
Maariv & 1st Night Sefirat Haomer

08h30
17h40

18h00

Monday 29

Second Day Pesach
Shacharit
Mincha
Chag Ends
Havdallah mo spices/candle/just wine & Hamavdil

08h30
17h40
18h40

Shul Services 

Booking is essential for all services
As per the government regulations each service is limited to 100 people indoors and in our garden to 150
Masks must please be worn at all times
Please bring your own Siddur and Tallis to Shul
Should you not be feeling well please do not come to Shul

Tehillim and Pirkei Avot

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  David Shaw everyday.

Sandton Shul Mikvah

Sandton Shul Mikvah is open every night by appointment only. Contact Lynda Romain 24 hours in advance on 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocolas are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?

Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the property, please report it immediately to BHH security or the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Make The Connection 05 March 2021

06 March 2021 | 22 Adar 5781 

Candle Lighting: 6.15pm
Parsha: Ki Tissa
Shabbat Parah
Mincha:  5.35pm
Kabbalat Shabbat: 5.55pm
Mincha tomorrow:  6.10pm
Havdalah: 7.05pm

SHABBAT SHALOM

The whole saga of the Golden Calf appears in our Parasha.

I heard from my one of my mentors many years ago that the main message, amounst the many lessons from this aweful event, is that one has to serve Hashem as Hashem wants to be served and not how we decide to serve Him. We know exactly what G d wants us to do , how He wants it, and when. No Guessing! No speculating. Clear as day in the written and oral law.

There is a plethora of opportunities in absolutely every aspect of our lives to sanctify the moment by doing what G d wants us to do. From Tying our shoes to making Kiddush.

So importand is this concept we have a mitzvah to reall it each and every day!

How rich would our lives be when we allign our will to His!

Be’yedidut

Rabbi David Shaw

 

 

FUNNY THINGS

Biblical Professions

Three people were arguing about what profession was used first in the bible.
The Surgeon says, “The Medical profession was used first when G-d took a rib from Adam and made Eve.”

The Engineer says, “No, engineering was used first. Just think of the engineering job it took to create the world out of chaos.”

The Politician says, “You would have nothing if we didn’t create chaos in the beginning?”

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK: 

One of the greatest challenges of life
is that it must be lived forward
and can only be understood backwards.

MAZELTOV TO!

Mazeltov to Joel and Sandy Levin on the occasion of their 49th Wedding Anniversary

TAKE NOTE:

Davening Times

Monday and Thursday at 6.15am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday is at 6.30am
Sunday is at 7.30am

Shul Services 

Booking is essential for all services
As per the government regulations each service is limited to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors
Masks must please be worn at all times
Please bring your own Siddur and Tallis Shul
Should you not be feeling well please do not come to Shul

Shabbat

Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Alter and Daniel Tucker

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 5.55pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 7.45pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Tehillim

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 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocolas are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?

Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the property, please report it immediately to BHH security or the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

 

Make The Connection 19 February 2021

20 February 2021 | 08 Adar 5781

Candle Lighting: 6.15pm
Parsha:  Terumah
Shabbat Zachor
Mincha:  5.45pm
Kabbalat Shabbat:  6pm
Mincha tomorrow:   6.20pm
Havdalah:   7.18pm

SHABBAT SHALOM

וְכָל־עַבְדֵ֨י הַמֶּ֜לֶךְ אֲשֶׁר־בְּשַׁ֣עַר הַמֶּ֗לֶךְ כֹּרְעִ֤ים וּמִֽשְׁתַּחֲוִים֙ לְהָמָ֔ן כִּי־כֵ֖ן צִוָּה־ל֣וֹ הַמֶּ֑לֶךְ וּמָ֨רְדֳּכַ֔י לֹ֥א יִכְרַ֖ע וְלֹ֥א יִֽשְׁתַּחֲוֶֽה׃

All the king’s courtiers in the palace gate knelt and bowed low to Haman, for such was the king’s order concerning him; but Mordecai would not kneel or bow low.

The Sfat Emet points out that the Hebrew, describing how Mordechai would neither kneel nor bow low, strangely is written in the future tense and not the past.

He explains that this is coming to teach us that in every subsequent generation, from the time of Purim until the time of Mashiach there will always be proud loyal and brave Jews, who will stand up for true, authentic Torah values in the face of those who threaten our faith and our way of life.

Perhaps suggests the Sfat Emet that is exactly why Haman wanted to exterminate the entire Jewish people and not just Mordechai.

Stand Tall! Stand Proud!

We only kneel and bow low before Hashem Yitbarach Sh’emo!

Be’yedidut.

Rabbi David Shaw

 

 

CONDOLENCES TO:

Bradley Eisenstein on the loss of his father Bernie. Bernie was a past President of the Shul.  He passed away in Cape Town.  We wish the entire family long life.

A TRULY JOYFUL PURIM by Sivan Rahav-Meir

It appears to me that everyone should establish a personal corona cabinet. To meet and plan how this joyful holiday will not turn into a tragedy, heaven forbid. It’s simple when there is a lockdown but when there isn’t – the responsibility falls on us. In this regard, Rabbi Ran Sarid wrote the following:

“Purim this year obligates us to change our mindset. To stop and consider not what we want to do, not what we deeply desire, but rather how the Holy One blessed be He would want us to celebrate the holiday this year.

The four mitzvot of Purim are to hear the reading of Megilat Esther, to send mishloach manot (packages of food and drink), to give gifts to the needy, and to hold a Purim feast.
All of these can be safely observed in the home and its surroundings, but in order to do so we need to internalize our situation. After a year of corona, despite a multitude of immunizations, on Purim this year it is still a transgression – and not a mitzvah – to congregate, to crowd or dance together.  And the corona does not distinguish between drunk and sober people.

The holiday of Purim symbolizes physical salvation, from the verge of death to life.  It does not seem to me that Mordechai the Jew, who wore sackcloth and ashes solely from the fear that Jews would die, would want that the holiday held on his and Esther’s account would become a mega epidemiological catastrophe. The mitzvah to be joyful on Purim 5781 is internal, not external. If it is truly important for us to be joyful, and if we are to guarantee each other’s safety, we can already begin to think how we can truly be joyful this year, responsibly.”

FUNNY THINGS

Takeoff Moishe’s Trip to the Dentist

Little Moishe Klein had a really bad cavity and that meant only one thing: a visit to the dentist. Moishe was brought into the examining room by the dental hygienist and was made comfortable in the reclining dental chair. Dr. Rosen injected a numbing agent around Moishe’s tooth, and left the room for a few minutes while the medication took hold.
When Dr. Rosen returned, Moishe was standing next to a tray of dental equipment, “What are you doing by the surgical instruments, Moishe?” asked Dr. Rosen, somewhat surprised.
Focused on his task, Moishe replied, “I’m taking out the ones I don’t like.”

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK: 

He who provides for this life,
but makes no provision for eternity …
is wise for a moment, but a fool forever.

MAZELTOV TO:

BARMITZVAH

 Mazeltov to Jared son of Colin Resnick and Kim Resnick on his recent Barmitzvah

BIRTH

Mazeltov to Craig and Olga Dogon on the birth of a son

Mazeltov to Allan and Lorraine Lunz on the birth of a granddaughter born in London and mazeltov to parents Carly and Ben Newton

TAKE NOTE:

This Shabbos is Shabbat Zachor (“Sabbath [of] remembrance שבת זכור). It is the Shabbat immediately preceding Purim. Deuteronomy 25:17-19, describing the attack by Amalek, is recounted. There is a tradition from the Talmud that Haman, the antagonist of the Purim story, was descended from Amalek. The portion that is read includes a commandment to remember the attack by Amalek, and therefore at this public reading both men and women make a special effort to hear the reading.

Today is the 7th of Adar, the birth date and Yharzeit of Moshe Rabbeinu

Fast of Esther is on Wednesday – Fast begins at 4.49am and ends at 7pm

Purim – we will have two readings of the Megillah on Wednesday night – first one at 7.00pm and the second one at 8.30pm.  On Thursday morning the first Megillah reading will be at 7am and the second one will be at 9.45am.  Booking is essential and each reading is limited to 50 people.  Please contact Harelle to book

Davening Times

Monday and Thursday at 6.15am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday is at 6.30am
Sunday is at 7.30am

Shul Services 

Booking is essential for all services
As per the government regulations each service is limited to 50 people
Masks must please be worn at all times
Please bring your own Siddur and Tallis Shul
Should you not be feeling well please do not come to Shul

Shabbat

Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah
Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Alter and Daniel Tucker

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 6pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 8.30pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Tehillim

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 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocolas are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?

Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the property, please report it immediately to BHH security or the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

 

 

Make The Connection 29 January 2021

30 January 2021 | 17 Shevat 5781

Candle Lighting:     6.15pm
Parsha:                   Beshalach
Shabbat Shira
Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat: 6pm
Havdalah:               7.34pm
Zoom Havdalah:     8.30pm

SHABBAT SHALOM

We find in this weeks Parasha the Song of the Sea, sang by our ancestors in recognition of Hashem’s momentous miracles at the Sea of Reeds.

When you look in a Torah scroll, you will notice that it is written in two columns, sometimes in three, with lots of spaces between the phrases. A song.

Why the spaces? There are many approaches to this question. I would like to suggest, that perhaps a reason is, that we thank and acknowledge Hashem for all he does for us that we see clearly. There are so many. The blank spaces are there to represent all of those myriads of kindnesses and miracles that Hashem does for us, without us having a clue.

We need to thank Him for both!

Stay safe and be well! G d bless you all!

Rabbi David Shaw

 

FUNNY THINGS

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!!”

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK: 

Work to become, not to acquire.

TAKE NOTE:

Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah

Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Alter and Daniel Tucker

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 6pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 8.30pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

Tehillim

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 083 2668149 to make an appointment. All Covid protocolas are adhered to.

Got a Halachic Question?

Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the property, please report it immediately to BHH security or the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

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

SHABBAT SHALOM

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

 

CONDOLENCES TO

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.

FUNNY THINGS
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!!”

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK: 

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

TAKE NOTE:

Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah

Join Rabbi Shaw, Chazan Alter and Daniel Tucker

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday @ 6pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250713114?pwd=SnlWK1NQOC94OXhieWtTVENNd2pPQT09

Meeting ID: 812 5071 3114
Password: 18

Havdallah on Saturday @ 8.30pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078935628?pwd=VFB0NDRpbXFncllJcFQwd3FDaGQrQT09
Meeting ID: 730 7893 5628
Password: 18

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.

Tehillim

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.

Got a Halachic Question?

Need a quick answer – Sms or WhatsApp Rabbi Shaw on 0726966535 or E-mail davidshaw@sandtonshul.co.za
The Kosher desk is open from 9am – 5pm on weekdays for all Kashrut related questions.  Just WhatsApp them on 063 6939417.

Please let us know if you know of PG good news and GF any sad news or people who are not well.

Refuah Shelaima to any of our Kehilla who are ill.

Security

Should you see anything or anyone suspicious in or around the property, please report it immediately to BHH security or the CSO on 086 18 000 18.

Edited by Rabbi David Shaw | Published by Sandton Shul
Telephone Number: 011 883 4210 | E-Mail: sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony