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Make The Connection 24 June 2022

 

25 June 2022 / 26 Sivan 5782

Candle Lighting

5.07pm         

Friday Mincha

5.15pm

Kabbalat Shabbat

6.00pm

Parshat

Shelach

Shabbos Mevarachim

 

Mincha Shabbos Day

04.45pm

Havdalah

5.59pm

Weekday Mincha

5.15pm

 

SHABBAT SHALOM
On a Friday night we cover the Holy Challot while making kiddush so as to hide the Shabbos Kiddush wine from the Shabbos breads. You see normally we precede the blessing on wine with the Hamotzi on the bread. Since we cannot eat the Challah on Shabbat without making Kiddush first, we don’t want the Challot to be embarrassed as it were, so we cover them. Is bread able to see? Can bread really feel embarrassed? There is a deep message in this that teaches us that if indeed we have to display sensitivity even to inanimate objects, how much more do we have to be sensitive to people who can see and who can feel embarrassed. That is being menshy!!

I saw a similar theme in this week’s Parasha. Rashi asks how come the section dealing with Miriam speaking negatively about Moshe Rabbeinu, her brother, is juxtaposed with the portion of the spies? He answers and says that the spies should have learned the deleterious effects of speaking bad but unfortunately, they did not. How can we point fingers at the spies? After all, when all is said and done, Miriam spoke Lashon Harah about Moshe, the Gadol Hador, father of all the prophets who preceded and who followed him. Moshe was the greatest Jew who ever lived. He learned for 40 days and nights with G d Himself. He received the Torah from G d’s mouth. Of course, being disparaging to him would be a big mistake. The spies however were speaking about sticks and stones. About earth and dust? How can that be compared to speaking about Moshe? We can say again, just like with our inanimate challah, if one needs to be careful with the feelings of those who cannot see or feel how much more we have to be careful with those who can!

What was the bottom line of Miriam’s mistake? Not what she said but rather to whom she said it. She should have spoken directly to Moshe himself. The spies too should have reported back to Moshe himself and not to the public.

Let us learn from both Miriam and the spies to be careful what we say and to whom we say it and also from Moshe who was so forgiving.

Just Stay Safe. Just stay warm!

Rabbi David Shaw

MY FATHER WAS POW AT STALAG LUFT 1 AND WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART WITH OAK LEAF CLUSTER FOR HIS INCREDIBLE BRAVERY

In early 1943, during World War II, my father, Henry Levine, enlisted in the US Army Air Force and trained to become a navigator, flying B-17 bombers over Nazi Germany. He risked his life fighting for his country, not once but twice.

At 30,000 feet the temperature inside the plane was 60 below zero. The crew wore heated electric suits. At that high an altitude, you also needed oxygen to breathe. The plane was always under constant attack from German fighter planes and targeted with anti-aircraft shelling called flak. The flak was so intense that it turned the daylight into night. The constant attacks caused the heated suits to malfunction and the oxygen to stop working.

This caused my father to get severe frostbite and also anoxia, lack of oxygen. He was hospitalized, and then cleared a few days later to fly again, ready for his next mission. This time the plane caught fire and exploded, and the crew had to bail out. It was February of 1944. My father reached the ground and his parachute dragged him; the impact broke his leg. In June of 1944 my father spent Father’s Day in Stalag Luft I, a Prisoner of War Camp deep in the heart of Nazi Germany. His father and mother received one of those telegrams: “We regret to inform you that your son, 2nd Lt. Henry S. Levine, has been reported as missing in action over Nazi Germany.”

I try to imagine how this news affected my grandparents and how, on Father’s Day, it must have been compounded by them not knowing whether their only child was dead or alive.
My father was an observant Jew, and the prisoner camp was surrounded by concentration camps and death camps, such as Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen. Stalag Luft I was on the railroad line that led to Auschwitz, the most notorious death camp.

My father risked his life the second time by organizing secret prayer services for the other Jewish prisoners of war. For 15 months he organized and conducted these clandestine services. Nothing like this was happening anywhere else in Nazi Germany.

He conducted the services from memory. He also made a wooden Star of David to be used during the services. When the word was that were guards approaching, they took apart the Star of David and turned it into two harmless looking triangles.

My father was fluent in many languages: Yiddish, conversational Hebrew, Hebrew, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Latin, French, and Polish. His language skills came in handy in the prison camp. The Russian Red Army liberated the camp in 1945. It was my father’s command of Yiddish that connected to the liberators. Some of them turned out to be Jews completely fluent in the Yiddish language and culture.

When my father was liberated, he was awarded a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, which is like receiving two Purple Hearts, and he was promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. I still have the Purple Heart, along with the other medals and Citations for Conspicuous Service to his Country that he received.

When he left the prison camp, he took the Star of David and brought it back to Syracuse. My brothers and I still have the wooden star. My brother Ron takes it with him when he does presentations about our dad across the country.

My two brothers and I grew up knowing that our dad was somebody special. We tried to emulate him as best we could. Through my father we developed the importance of education, a strong belief in G-d and a strong connection to Judaism.

 

TAKE NOTE: 

​L’hitraot 
We wish Rabbi Sruli and Sara Kaufman and family Hatzlacha Rabba as they return to Israel

We wish Ari and Danit Davidowitz and family Hatzlacha Rabba as they will be making Aliyah in a few weeks.

Shul Services

Shabbos morning, Shul commences at 8.30am

Rosh Chodesh Tammuz is on Wednesday and Thursday.  Molad is Wednesday, 29 June at 06:48 and 3 Chalakim

Esti Hamilton
Topic: The Path to Authenticity on Monday evening 27 June 2022

Time: 7.45pm
Venue: Ryan and Sam Friedman, 6 Sandown Scapes 11 David Road, Sandown

Men and Women Welcome

Coffee & Shmooze with Rabbi Abramson
Calling all Nursery School and Primary School Parents, every Tuesday from 8.15am after drop off.

Pop in for a quick coffee, friendship and inspiration to begin your day!!!

Our Sandton Jolly Seniors Club
Wednesday morning at 10am in the Games Room. Join us for a small chat by Carol Zimmerman, a movie and a scrumptious tea.

Sefer Mishlei and Tehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 4.30pm 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:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74023808649?pwd=J3mjamguN_vFJuQz41D2YFRmPBmHK-.1
 Meeting ID: 740 2380 8649
Passcode: KpJ0Fg

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

Our Library is being refreshed, so if you would like to donate a book/s or children’s books in honour of a Yahrzeit/Birthday/Anniversary/or for anything, to our library please contact Rabbi David Shaw.

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

Security
We encourage all members, especially women and children, to walk to and from shul in groups of at least two or more.

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 0118834210
E-Mail sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 5 May 2022

 

RABBI MORDECHAI KAMENENTZKY ON THIS WEEK’S PARSHA – HONORABLE MENTSHEN

This week the Torah tells us about loving every Jew. It adds a special verse exhorting us to be especially sensitive to a special type of Jew ­ the convert. “When a proselyte dwells among you in your land, do not taunt him. The proselyte who dwells with you shall be like a native among you, and you shall love him like yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt — I am Hashem, your G-d” (Leviticus 19:33-34)

A person who converts has the status of a Jew. He is a full-fledged member of the community and every social, moral and ethical tenet applies to him. Though he may be exempt from particular laws concerning “kahal” (which would have implications in marital law), he is otherwise as equal as any Jew. And that’s why this verse troubles me. After all, if the convert is a Jew, why do we need a special command telling us not to inflict any discomfort upon him? Hadn’t the Torah told us in verse 18, “Love your neighbor as yourself?” Why implore born-Jews to be nice to the newcomers through a series of commands that seem to use a moral approach: “You were once a stranger, so you know how it feels?” A convert is a Jew. And a Jew is a Jew is a Jew! All rules apply!

When my grandfather Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetzky, of blessed memory, was dean of Mesivta Torah Voda’ath back in the 1950s, he developed a professional relationship with a psychotherapist who worked with some of the students. The doctor would often call Rabbi Kamenetzky to discuss his treatment of some of the students under his care. They also would have discussions on psychology and education. The doctor was a student of the famed psychotherapist, Dr. Sigmund Freud, and despite Freud’s attitude toward religion, this particular doctor was always respectful and never attributed any of the students’ problems to observance or religious commitment.

Years later, when Rav Yaakov was informed that the doctor had passed away, he felt it incumbent to attend his funeral. He assumed it would not be the type of service he was used to, and even understood that he, a frocked and bearded sage, would appear out of place among a medical community of his distinguished colleagues, assimilated German and Austrian psychotherapists and mental health professionals. However, Rav Yaakov’s gratitude overruled his hesitation.

When entering the Riverside Chapel, Rav Yaakov was shocked to see that a distinguished Rav, a friend of his, was performing the funeral and that scores of Torah observant Jews were participating. After the service which was done in total compliance with halacha, Rav Yaakov approached his friend who had officiated.

How do you know the doctor? What connection do you have with him? “What do you mean,” answered the Rav. “Of course, I knew him. The doctor davened in my shul three times a day!”

My grandfather had never discussed religion with the man, he just respected him for his professionalism and abilities.

The Torah tells us that even though there is a universal command to love every Jew as yourself, an additional concept applies specifically to a convert. We must be kind to him as part of the overall moral obligation of a nation that also endured the trauma of being strangers. In addition to loving Jews as their inherent birth right, it is also imperative to display love to them when our moral obligation demands it. The Torah is teaching us not only to act with affection as born Jews but as honourable mentshen. 

THE PARSHA QUIZ by Rabbi Jonathan Fox

Questions and answers are based on the simple translation of the Chumash.
KEDOSHIM
Q. Fill in the missing word: “You shall be _____, for I am holy”
A. holy [19:2]
Q. In the command to revere one’s parents, which is stated first: one’s father or one’s mother?
A. One’s mother [19:3]
Q. When one reaps the harvest of one’s land, (a) which part of the field should not be reaped? (b) What other part of the harvest should not be taken?
A.         (a) The corner [19:9]   (b) The gleanings [19:9]
Q. (a) What item of the vineyard should not be gathered? (b) For whom should they be left?
A.         (a) The fallen fruit [19:10]   (b) For the poor and the convert [19:10]
Q. What command precedes the command not to deny falsely?
A. Not to steal [19:11]
Q. Fill in the missing word: ‘You shall not withhold a worker’s wage until ______.’
A. morning [19:13] 
Q. Is it permitted to curse a deaf man?
A. No [19:14]
Q. Complete: ‘and you shall not place a stumbling block ____________________’
A. before the blind [19:14]
Q. Is it permitted to favour the poor in judgment?
A. No [19:15]
Q. What command immediately follows the command not to be a gossipmonger?
A. To not stand idly by when your fellow’s blood is shed [19:16]
Q. What command immediately precedes the command to reprove your fellow?
A. Not to hate your brother in your heart [19:17]
Q. Fill in the missing word: ‘You shall love your fellow as ________’
A. yourself [19:18]
Q. What statement immediately follows the command to love one’s fellow?
A. I am Hashem [19:18]
Q. Put the following commands in the correct order: not to interbreed your animal; for a garment of mixed fibers not to come upon you; not to plant your field with mixed seed
A. Not to interbreed your animal; not to plant your field with mixed seed; for a garment of mixed fibers not to come upon you [19:19]
Q. A man has relations with a slavewoman who has been designated for another man, and who has not been redeemed and has not been freed. They shall not be put to death as she has not been freed. What type of offering must he bring and what animal must it be.
A. A guilt-offering that is a ram [19:21]
Q. (a) May a person eat the fruit from a tree in its third year since planting? (b) What is the status of the fruit of the fourth year?
A.         (a) No [19:23]   (b) Sanctified to laud Hashem [19:24]
Q. Is sorcery permitted?
A. No [19:26]
Q. Fill in the missing words: ‘You shall not round off the edge of your _____ and you shall not destroy the edges of your ______’
A. scalp; beard [19:27]
Q. Is it forbidden to tattoo oneself?
A. Yes [19:28]
Q. What is one obligated to do in front of an old person?
A. One must rise [19:32]
Q. Why must you love a convert like oneself?
A. Because you were aliens in the land of Egypt [19:34]
Q. List the four types of measuring tools in one’s possession that must be accurate.
A. Scales, weights, dry measures and liquid measures [19:36]
Q. What is the human-administered punishment for one who gives his seed over to Molech?
A. Death by stoning [20:2]
Q. In the prohibition to curse one’s parents, which is stated first: one’s father or one’s mother?
A. One’s father [20:9]
Q. True or false: Both and adulterer and an adulteress ate liable to the death penalty.
A. True [20:10]
Q. What is the punishment for a man who has relations with his daughter-in-law?
A. Death [20:12]
Q. What type of death penalty is a man liable to for having relations with his wife’s mother?
A. Burning [20:14]
Q. What is the punishment for a man who has relations with his aunt?
A. He will die childless [20:20]
Q. Complete: ‘and I have separated you from the nations to be _____’
A. Mine [20:26]

CONDOLENCES

Condolences to Thelma Gluch on the loss of her husband and condolences to Shareen, Colin, Desmond, and Laurence on the loss of his father and condolences to Julius and Benny Gluch on the loss of their brother

 

TAKE NOTE: 

 Shul Services

Shabbos morning, Shul commences at 8.30am 

Our Sandton Jolly Seniors Club
Wednesday morning at 10am in the Games Room. Join us for a small chat by Carol Zimmerman, a movie and a scrumptious tea.

Sefer Mishlei and Tehillim
We meet daily on Zoom at 4.30pm 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:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74023808649?pwd=J3mjamguN_vFJuQz41D2YFRmPBmHK-.1
 Meeting ID: 740 2380 8649
Passcode: KpJ0Fg

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

Our Library is being refreshed, so if you would like to donate a book/s or children’s books in honour of a Yahrzeit/Birthday/Anniversary/or for anything, to our library please contact Rabbi David Shaw.

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

Security
We encourage all members, especially women and children, to walk to and from shul in groups of at least two or more.

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 0118834210
E-Mail sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 8 April 2022

 

PARASHAT METZORA – IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TWEET! by Rav Otniel

As part of the purifying process for a person with tzaraat, the Torah requires that one bring:  “two live, clean birds, a cedar stick, a strip of crimson [wool], and hyssop”. There is a dispute amongst the commentators as to which birds are to be brought.
Rashi explains that that the Torah emphasized that birds are chayot – alive, as opposed to treifot (birds that won’t be able to survive), and clean birds- excludes tamei birds.
The Midrash clarifies that the reason why the leper should bring chirping birds is because there is a tradition passed down amongst the Sages, that the leprosy plague is due to lashon hara. Hashem therefore said – let a voice come and atone for a voice.

The Ramban, on the other hand, studied the meaning of the verse differently. According to the Ramban, not all kosher birds are acceptable to be brought by the metzora. Rather one needs to bring small kosher birds that chirp and twitter. He learns this out from the word “tzippor”. He adds that the best way to fulfill the commandment is by bringing a tzippor dror- a free bird, but this is not critical to perform the mitzvah. The Rambam also writes that the birds have to be a tzippor dror – a free bird.

Although both Rashi and the Ramban agree that it is best that a chirping kosher bird is brought by the metzora, Rashi seems to highlight that it must not be a treifa and any kosher bird would be acceptable. The Ramban on the other hand explains that the main emphasis is to bring small kosher chirping birds.

What is the root of this argument? Rashi understands that the birds of the metzorah come as a type of sacrifice to atone for one’s sin, and hence the laws of sacrifices apply in general.

But the Ramban understood that the purification of the metzorah is not a sacrifice, rather the Torah is teaching us mussar. The Midrash highlights that one should find a bird that is as free, without limits, to teach that although one is free to use his speech, this does not mean that we should use it in a negative way. Perhaps the Torah also highlights how speaking badly can spread so quickly and freely with severe repercussions – as the verse states “Ki of Hashamaym yolich et hakol- the Birds will spread the message”.

Whether the purification process is a type of sacrifice, (which is unique as it is a sin between people, that we generally don’t bring sacrifices for) or a tedious process aimed at making a person reflect on the damage one caused, the Torah is teaching us that our words are not just a twitter. They have powerful repercussions that can hurt or inspire.
May our tweets and words always be on the side of bringing peace and joy to others and not the other way chalila.
Shabbat Shalom Umevorach
Rav Otniel Fendel
The Selwyn and Ros Smith & Family
MANHIGUT TORANIT PROGRAM

 

 

TAKE NOTE: 

MAZELTOV TO!

Wedding
Mazeltov to Saul, son of Mark and Michelle Mazerow grandson of Lily Blou and Cynthia Maserow on his fortcoming wedding to Gabriella, daughter of Susan and the Late Owen Blumeberg.

Mazeltov to Dean son of Derek & Loryn Sevel, grandson of Marion Glasser and Beverley Pokroy on his forthcoming wedding to Danielle daughter of Mike and Leslene Friedman.

Shul Services

Shabbos morning, Shul commences at 8.30am 

Pesach
Kashering facilities on Sunday morning from 10am to 1pm

Our Sandton Jolly Seniors Club
Will resume again after Pesach

Sefer Mishlei and Tehillim
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:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74023808649?pwd=J3mjamguN_vFJuQz41D2YFRmPBmHK-.1
 Meeting ID: 740 2380 8649
Passcode: KpJ0Fg

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

Our Library is being refreshed, so if you would like to donate a book/s in honour of a Yahrzeit/Birthday/Anniversary/or for anything, to our library please contact Rabbi David Shaw.

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

Security
We encourage all members, especially women and children, to walk to and from shul in groups of at least two or more.

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
0118834210
E-Mail sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 25 March 2022

 

 

 

26 March 2022 / 23 Adar II 5782

Candle Lighting

5.55pm         

Friday Mincha

5.45pm

Parsha

Shemini & Parah

Shabbos Mevarachim

Shabbos Mincha

5.35pm

Havdalah

6.44pm

Weekday Mincha

6.00pm

PARASHAT SHEMINI: A SUMMARY

Concluding the 7 days of inauguration for the Mishkan (Portable Sanctuary), Aaron, the High Priest,

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DVAR TORAH by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski

The Torah states: “The sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, each took his fire-pan, put fire in them and placed incense upon it; and they brought before God an alien fire that He had not commanded them” (Lev. 10:1).

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

No G-d… No Peace! Know G-d …Know Peace! 

Date

Dawn

Earliest Time for Tallit & Tefillin

Neitz Hachama/ Sunrise

Latest Time for Shema

Midday

Earliest Time for Mincha

Shkiah/ Sunset

25 Mar 2022

5:05:18 AM

5:25:52 AM

6:13:26 AM

9:13:25 AM

12:13:23 PM

12:43:23 PM

6:13:19 PM

26 Mar 2022

5:05:47 AM

5:26:21 AM

6:13:55 AM

9:13:30 AM

12:13:05 PM

12:43:05 PM

6:12:15 PM

27 Mar 2022

5:06:16 AM

5:26:49 AM

6:14:23 AM

9:13:35 AM

12:12:47 PM

12:42:47 PM

6:11:11 PM

28 Mar 2022

5:06:45 AM

5:27:17 AM

6:14:51 AM

9:13:40 AM

12:12:29 PM

12:42:29 PM

6:10:06 PM

29 Mar 2022

5:07:13 AM

5:27:45 AM

6:15:19 AM

9:13:45 AM

12:12:11 PM

12:42:11 PM

6:09:02 PM

30 Mar 2022

5:07:41 AM

5:28:12 AM

6:15:47 AM

9:13:50 AM

12:11:53 PM

12:41:53 PM

6:07:59 PM

31 Mar 2022

5:08:09 AM

5:28:40 AM

6:16:14 AM

9:13:55 AM

12:11:35 PM

12:41:35 PM

6:06:55 PM

CONDOLENCES TO:

Ivor Sacks on the loss of his sister

 

PASSOVER FUN FOR CHILDREN by Maayan Meir

Passover night is all about the children. Here are 6 practical ideas for every family.

Last year, right in the middle of the Seder, my husband left the table and sat down on the floor, among the irritable children who were tired, high on sugar from kosher-for-Passover snacks, and not willing to go back to their chairs.

Yes, we know about napping before the Seder. But not every child succeeded in falling asleep, and thanks to that bane-of-parents, daylight saving time, even those who did nap were pretty tired by then. We just finished Mah Nishtana and the children were already impatient and uninterested

So my husband took the Seder to them. He brought out funny frogs and a scary looking bear and lion to illustrate the plagues. He even bought a small pyramid and new Playmobil figures who were the Egyptian guards. Using all these toys and his considerable storytelling abilities, my husband soon had the children completely immersed in the story of Exodus.

Leaving the table in the middle of a festive occasion is not considered the height of politeness, but nobody, not even the host (my father-in-law), seemed to be upset. They just smiled approvingly and carried on with the Haggadah.

Because Passover night is all about the children. The most important mitzvah of the night is to tell our children the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Knowing that, everybody around that table understood that my husband had his priorities right.

The need to adjust the Seder to our children is not unique to our family. Many families with school-age children or younger face the same situation.

So what can we do in order to make sure we focus on the children this Seder? Here is a list of practical things every family can try:

Prepare a number of toys which can help you illustrate the stories of the Seder: plastic animals, dolls and figures and Lego parts can all help you turn the tale into a mini-play.

1. Act out parts of the Haggadah. Pick any scene from the Exodus story and get the children – and adults – to act it out. The more props, the better! In many families parents and children to take old bags, pack some matzahs, and walk around the house, proclaiming, “We are finally leaving Egypt!” The children can also pack their favorites toys in the bags, to feel like the Children of Israel leaving Egypt with all the treasures of their neighbors.
2. Prepare a Bingo game. The words on the bingo boards should all be words that appear in the Haggadah. This is an incentive for the children to actually listen to the Haggadah. Once a child completes a row, column, or diagonal, make sure to offer them a treat.
3. Play Where’s Moses? The Midrash tells us that Pharaoh was running in the streets during the final plague, the Death of the Firstborn, looking for Moses. Whenever he would ask the Jewish children, “Where is Moses?” they would give him misleading information. One adult can play Pharaoh, preferably wearing pajamas to emphasize his desperation. The children, of course, should mislead him. This game is guaranteed to cause great hilarity among young children.
4. Make Chad Gadya a fun experience. The song should be the most fun part of the Seder – so much so that children will stay awake because they don’t want to miss it. I’ve seen families do all kind of amazing renditions of that song in Aramaic. The key is doing the animal sounds and changing one’s voice to reflect the meaning of every sentence (your voice should sound scary when you sing about the Angel of Death, for instance!).
5. Assign roles to the children and interview them. Who wants to be the bear from the plague of wild animals? Who wants to be a concerned Egyptian citizen? Then pretend to interview them for a media channel. Use a bottle from the table as a microphone.
6. Get the children active. Most young children cannot sit down for long periods of time, so it is best to include some physical games in the Seder plan. Just announce from time to time: “And now everybody, jump like the frogs of the second plague!” Or: “Run and scare people like the wild animals!” Granted, there will be noise for a bit, but most children will be better able to listen to you after such a game.

 

PARSHAT PARAH: BACKGROUND

 

“This is the decree of the Torah, which Hashem has commanded, saying: Speak to the Children of Israel, and they shall take to you a completely red cow, which is without blemish, and upon which a yoke has not come.” (Bamidbar 19:2)

 

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PARASHAT SHEMINI – REAL VALUE by Rav Jonathan Gilbert   
 

“There was once a beautiful sculpture of a happy prince. It was covered with gold leaves and precious gems, and it stood at such height that it overlooked the whole town. One day, a migrating bird took shelter under the sculpture and realized that the prince was not happy but miserable The reason, explained the statue, was that from his stand he was able to see the suffering of the poor and the needy from the town.

The prince, with the help of the bird, began sending the gems and gold leaves that covered its body to those in need, until there was nothing left but a dull and worthless statue of an unknown prince.

Winter came, but the bird did not want to abandon its friend and died from the cold weather. Days later, the municipality took down and melt such ugly statue. From it, only its broken lead heart did not melt, so it was tossed away next to the dead bird” – the two most valuable pieces of this Oscar Wilde´s story (named, of course, The Happy Prince).
Why was his heart more valuable than his sapphire eyes or the red ruby on his sword-hilt? Because real value derives from within, as the Kotzker Rebbe masterfully proves from our Parasha

G-d, in His Torah tells us regarding all earthen vessels into which something contaminated falls, all that is within it shall be unclean, and it must be destroyed. This, however, is quite perplexing if we compare it to utensils made from other materials. When they are contaminated, even if touched from the outside, they can be rendered pure by immersion in a mikvah. Why is this so?

The Kotzker Rebbe explains that for a utensil to become impure, it must have certain value or use. Metal vessels, for example, are valuable not only because of their functionality but because of the material they are made from. Earthenware vessels are fundamentally different. Their value derives not from the material but from their shape and function as a vessel. Since it has no inherent value, it makes sense that impurity can only happen when the impure object contaminates its airspace but not its external walls.

Furthermore, since an earthen vessel is only valuable due to the fact that it is a utensil, there is no way to purify it but by affecting what it is. And that can only be achieved by destroying it.

Man was formed from the earth of the ground, thus his name “Adam”. But his real value does not come from it, but from having received a Divine breath of life, the neshama. Thus, just like the earthen vessel, our real value comes not from what we are made from but from but what we carry inside.

Intelligence, beauty, strength, wealth, they are all part of the vessel. They may seem very appealing, but they acquire their real value only when used for the correct purposes.

The great Rav Yehoshua ben Chanania was known for being physically harsh to the eye. The Gemara relates that once he met the daughter of the emperor who told him “how can such glorified wisdom be contained in such an ugly container?”. Rav Yehoshua ben Chanania asked her why her father kept his wine in earthen vessels rather than gold and silver? The woman, following his advice, changed the wine to such precious vessels which, of course, ruined the wine. Having understood the lesson that ugly vessels are particularly fit for precious contents, she asked again, how come there are good-looking men who are also learned? He answered that had they been ugly, they would have learned more.

It is unclear to me whether Rav Yehoshua ben Chanania really meant the last part of the argument. But one thing is certain, a vessel that does not fulfill its purpose is nothing but an adornment. G-d put us on earth to work, to perfect ourselves, not to become decorations. Similar to the happy prince, whose real worth was not in the gold and gems but in his readiness to let go of them.

Years ago, a dear friend gave me a beautiful, paper covered, Italian liquor decanter. There was no way to immerse it in the mikvah without ruining it. So, it was put aside to gather dust, until one fine day it was given away as most dust collectors do in my house. I still use the old, simple glass decanter. May we be simple useful decanters, filled with the most exquisite elixir, Torah and Mitzvot.

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach
Rav Jonathan Gilbert
On behalf of
The Selwyn and Ros Smith & Family
MANHIGUT TORANIT PROGRAM

 

TAKE NOTE: 

MAZELTOV TO!

Wedding
Mazeltov to Joel and Sandy Levin on the occasion of their granddaughter Dina Weinbergs wedding to Jess Leiboff.

Shul Services

Shabbos morning, Shul commences at 8.30am 

Molad – Friday, 1 April @ 16h36
Latest time to do Kiddush Levana – 16 April @ daybreak

Our Sandton Jolly Seniors Club
Our first morning was so great, meeting new people and seeing our old members again.  We hope that more people will pop in and enjoy spending the morning with us.

Date:  Wednesday 
Time:  10h00
Venue: Games Room
Talk by Carol Zimmerman followed by a movie and tea and cake
Join us for a fun filled morning!

If you are retired and have a Wednesday morning open and would like to join us for an inspirational talk, a movie and a cup of coffee and snack, then please contact Harelle in the office – 0118834210

Sefer Mishlei and Tehillim
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:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74023808649?pwd=J3mjamguN_vFJuQz41D2YFRmPBmHK-.1
 Meeting ID: 740 2380 8649
Passcode: KpJ0Fg

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

Our Library is being refreshed, so if you would like to donate a book/s in honour of a Yahrzeit/Birthday/Anniversary/or for anything, to our library please contact Rabbi David Shaw.

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

Security
We encourage all members, especially women and children, to walk to and from shul in groups of at least two or more.

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 0118834210
E-Mail sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

 

 

Make The Connection 4 March 2022

 

5 March 2022 / 2 Adar II 5782

Candle Lighting:       6.15pm
Friday Mincha:         5.45pm
Parsha:                    Pekudei
Shabbos Mincha:     5.50pm
Havdalah:                 7.06pm
Weekday Mincha:     6.15pm

BENEFITS OF HUMOUR By Rabbi Dr Mordechai Schiffman

 One of the most lauded traits in the positive psychology literature is humour. People who have a sense of humour have more positive moods, less negative moods, a more engaged and pleasurable life, and an increased satisfaction with life in general. Laughter, the physiological manifestation of humour, is beneficial for mental health, as it can be a valuable means for coping with stress and can also enrich relationships. It has physical health benefits as well, as it can relax muscles, improve blood circulation, reduce blood pressure, and enhance respiration.

Yet, there is an important caveat. Dr. Rod Martin, who meticulously studied the psychology of humour for over three decades, distinguished between different categories of humour, some of which can be beneficial to the self or others, while others can be damaging. Affiliative humour, which is used in a non-hostile manner to lighten the mood, to make the self or others feel better, is psychologically beneficial. But when it is aggressive, used to put down the self or others, whether through the use of sarcasm, teasing, derision, or ridicule, it can be psychologically damaging.

As a powerful example of affiliative humour, the Talmud (Ta’anit 22a) relates a story about Rabbi Berokah Hoza’ah who was walking through the marketplace when he met Elijah the Prophet. Rabbi Berokah asked Elijah if there was anyone in the marketplace who merited a share in the World to Come. Elijah identified two average looking individuals.

Investigating what their secret was, Rabbi Berokah asked them their occupation. They replied that they were jesters and when they see people who are sad they cheer them up with a good joke. This documented case of affiliative humour shows the Sages appreciated the healing power of humour and the extreme reward one receives for using this power to heal others.

In stark contrast, a paradigm of aggressive humour is the scoffer (leitz). Proverbs, the sages of the Talmud, and later works of religious-ethical growth in our tradition, all caution against becoming a scoffer. Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner elaborates on the spiritual sickness that a scoffer represents, being unable to revere, appreciate, or experience awe. The impulse of the scoffer is to be cynical and sarcastic, denigrating anything of significance. This is the trait embodied by Amalek, the archival of the Jewish people.

Parshat Pekudei provides a detailed—and what at first glance seems unnecessary—accounting of all of the material used to construct the Tabernacle in the desert. The Midrash inserts a bothersome backstory, which suggests the context for this detailed account. Moshe overheard a conversation between two scoffers. One pointed to the robust size of Moshe’s neck and thighs, accusing Moshe of eating, and drinking in excess, as he had more means and wealth than the rest of the nation. “He is responsible for all of the money collected for the Tabernacle and there is no oversight,” his friend responded. “What do you expect? That he wouldn’t get rich?”

It is rather remarkable that someone can accuse Moshe, who led the Jewish people out of Egypt and spoke directly to G-d, of stealing from his people in the place where G-d dwells. Yet, this is the degenerative power of cynicism and scoffing. This aggressive type of humour against others, may get a short-lived good laugh, but it damages relationships, and is corrosive to living a meaningful life

Let us try not to fall into the trap of aggressive and cynical humour and instead harness the power of affiliative humour to enhance our psychological and spiritual well-being.

TORAH TEASERS PEKUDEI by Moshe Erlbaum

 

Q 1. What type of coin, mentioned in this parsha, is mentioned only one other time in the Torah (and where)?
Each person was expected to donate to the Tabernacle a beka of silver, the value of half a shekel (Exodus 38:26 with Rashi). In parshas Chayeh Sarah, when Eliezer gives gifts to Rivkah, the earring has the weight of a beka (Genesis 24:22 with Rashi).
Q 2. Of all the precious metals collected for the Tabernacle, which had the largest amount?
Silver, with a tally of 100 (kikar) talents and 1,775 shekels, is collected in the greatest amount (Exodus 38:25).
Q 3. What precious stone appears three times on the clothing of the High Priest?
The shoham stone is twice on the shoulder straps of the ephod (39:8), and also appears on the fourth row of the breastplate (choshen) (Exodus 39:13).
Q4. Which two of the 12 stones found on the breastplate (choshen) are mentioned elsewhere in the Torah – not in relation to the Tabernacle?
(1) The sapir stone is on the choshen (Exodus 39:11) and also mentioned in parshas Mishpatim as the vision the elders saw at Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:10). (2) The shoham stone which is on both the choshen (39:13) and the straps of the ephod (35:9) also appears in parshas Bereishis when describing the rivers flowing from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:12).
Q 5. Where in this parsha are bells mentioned?
“Golden bells” appear on the bottom of the robe (me’il) worn by the High Priest (Exodus 39:25).
Q 6. In what context is fire mentioned, in both parshas Vayekhel and parshas Pekudei?
Fire is mentioned at the beginning of Vayekhel with regards to keeping Shabbat (Exodus 35:3), and in the last verse of Pekudei regarding the pillar of fire that led the Jewish people through the desert at night (Exodus 40:38).

LOVE AND RESPECT FOR OTHER PEOPLE

Hear your Father, your King, the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe, saying to you:
Love and respect all of My children. Have a deep and profound sense of respect for each person you encounter. The person to whom you are talking is created in My image. By being respectful towards every single person created in My image, you are respecting Me. The greater your respect for Me, the greater your respect for those created in My image.
Love others as yourself. The more you focus on the good qualities of each individual whom you encounter, the greater will be your positive feelings towards that person. With some of My children, doing so will be easy. Do so even when it is difficult.
Identify with other people and you will feel an increased love towards them. Realize that you and others are all souls and have one Creator.
When you experience love towards others, your feeling is reciprocated. Radiating love towards others will make you beloved. Wherever you go, you will be welcome. You will transform strangers into friends. Ultimately, by mastering the ability to love unconditionally, you will be able to transform enemies into friends.
Especially when relating to someone with whom you find it difficult to interact, hear Me telling you, “Right now you are speaking to someone created in the image of your Father Speak with love and respect.”

 

TAKE NOTE:

​MAZELTOV TO!

Barmitzvah
Mazeltov to Adam, parents Ricky and Tammy Treger, grandparents Gary and Corinne Treger and Alan and Zalia Kallner

Birth
Mazeltov to Max and Courtney Truman and mazeltov to grandparents Shelley Fuhr and Ian Fuhr

Wedding Anniversary
Mazeltov to Joel and Sandy Levin on their 50th wedding anniversary

Shul Services

Shabbos morning, Shul commences at 8.30am 

Purim see attached poster
Date:  Wednesday 16 March
Mincha:  6.15pm
Megillah: 6.45pm
2nd Megillah: 8.30pm

Retro Purim Party after Megillah
Let’s Party Like it’s the 80’s
Something for the whole family

Booking essential click here:  http://www.sandtonshul.com/purim22
Cost R80/person

Bring a T-shirt

Our Sandton Jolly Seniors Club
We are so excited to be able to start our Jolly Seniors Club again

Date:  Wednesday 23 March 2022
Venue: Games Room
Talk by Carol Zimmerman followed by a movie and tea and cake
Join us for a fun filled morning!

If you are retired and have a Wednesday morning open and would like to join us for an inspirational talk, a movie and a cup of coffee and snack, then please contact Harelle in the office – 0118834210

Sefer Mishlei and Tehillim
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

Our Library is being refreshed, so if you would like to donate a book/s in honour of a Yahrzeit/Birthday/Anniversary/or for anything, to our library please contact Rabbi David Shaw.

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

Security
We encourage all members, especially women and children, to walk to and from shul in groups of at least two or more.

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 0118834210
E-Mail sandtonshul@sandtonshul.co.za

Make The Connection 17 February 2022

 

19 February 2022 | 18 Adar I 5782

Candle Lighting:       6.15pm
Friday Mincha:         5.45pm
Parsha:                    Ki Tisa
Shabbos Mincha:     6.05pm
Havdalah:                 7.20pm
Weekday Mincha:     6.15pm

SUBMITTING TO THE DIVINE WILL 

Rav Jeremy Koolyk

 Parashat Ki Tisa – 17 Adar I 5782

Moshe Rabbeinu, at the onset of Parashat Ki Tisa, is tasked with brewing the Shemen Hamishcha. This aromatic olive oil blend was to be applied to the Mishkan, the Keilim, and the Kohanim (Aharon and sons), thus inaugurating and sanctifying them for the service of the Mishkan. Additionally, the oil was to be kept from generation to generation to anoint future kings and Kohanim Gedolim. Well before the Chanuka story, the Shemen Hamishcha represented a fine example of a miraculously enduring oil—the original 12 Log (~4 liters) batch of oil remained undiminished even after its repeated use in inaugurating the Mishkan and anointing kings and Kohanim Gedolim throughout Jewish history.

Two prohibitions are stated in conjunction with the Shemen Hamishcha. One may not use it to anoint a “Zar,” a person who is foreign from the kingship or high priesthood, and one may not replicate the Shemen Hamishcha exactly. A person who willfully violates either of these prohibitions receives the severe punishment of Kareit, spiritual excision.

Kareit, as the Rambam defines it, is the punishment of cutting off the soul from Olam Haba (the World to Come) and is the greatest possible retribution. It’s not a punishment that’s thrown around lightly in the Torah, and is reserved for the severest of prohibitions, like desecrating Shabbat, eating on Yom Kippur, or engaging in illicit relationships. What is so important about the Shemen Hamishcha? Why is it that one who repurposes or replicates the Shemen Hamishcha receives this harsh punishment? What is at the root of the sin of misusing the Shemen Hamishcha?

The Sefer Hachinuch offers the following rationale for the prohibitions against anointing a Zar and replicating the Shemen Hamishcha. Since an item’s value increases proportionate to its scarcity, Hashem made the Shemen Hamishcha scarce by prohibiting its replication and limiting its permitted uses. This, in turn, raises the perceived value of the Shemen Hamishcha, thereby increasing the prestige of all who are anointed with it— the Mishkan, Kohanim, and kings.

It follows, then, that one who misappropriates the Shemen Hamishcha is not just degrading this special oil, but is in fact denigrating the Mikdash, its vessels, the Kohanim, and the kings. R. Samson Refael Hirsch drives the point home forcefully: one who uses the Shemen Hamishcha to, say, anoint the mayor of the city is replacing what Hashem has made holy with what he would like to be holy. This denial of Hashem as the absolute arbiter of holiness in favor of man’s arbitrary decisions about holiness is a grave sin. Similarly, one who co-opts the “mark” of holiness by creating a personal store of Shemen Hamishcha to “sanctify” that which he sees fit, has also sinned grievously. The harsh punishment of Kareit fits the crime.

This theme repeats itself in other parts of our Parasha. Moshe is instructed to construct a Kiyor, the washing station of the Kohanim. The Torah tells us later that the Kiyor was fashioned out of mirrors donated by the women of the nation. The Midrash provides the backstory of these mirrors.

The Jewish men, after a back-breaking day’s work in Egypt, were forced to sleep in the fields so that they would not have the opportunity to return home and grow their families. Demoralized and exhausted, they were in no mood to be intimate with their wives in any event. However, in an effort to perpetuate the nation, their wives would follow their husbands to the fields at night and use mirrors to entice them to intimacy. Initially, Moshe refused to accept the donation of these mirrors: how could mirrors which were used for so crude a purpose be used in the construction of the holy Mishkan? However, Hashem overruled him, indicating that those mirrors which had ensured the survival of His nation were most precious to Him and should be used to construct the Kiyor. The message was clear; the Mishkan and its Keilim must be constructed out of what is holy by the criteria of Hashem, not by man (even one as great as Moshe!).
A similar idea emerges from the episode of the sin of the Golden Calf. Many wonder: how is it that a nation which had just experienced mass Divine Revelation could sink to such a low of idolatry within a few short weeks? The Beit Halevi explains that the Golden Calf was not the result of some base desire to worship idolatry or a lack of belief in Hashem. Quite the opposite is true. Bnai Yisrael, fresh off the high of Matan Torah saw that Moshe their leader had disappeared. They concluded that they needed a place that would be designated just for the Divine Presence so they could reengage with G-d. Armed with those noble intentions and even secrets of the Torah, they endeavored to create such a space. The plan was flawless; it was even similar in many ways to what would one day become the Mishkan. Except it lacked one crucial element: a Divine directive. Without that, the whole enterprise deteriorated into idolatry. The root of the sin, then, was the hubris of thinking that they could intuit the correct way to serve Hashem and substitute human logic for the Divine directive.

All three of these examples —the Shemen Hamishcha, Kiyor, and sin of the Golden Calf— underscore the humility and the intellectual honesty that are required when we approach Torah. Too often, we set our eyes on a specific destination or conclusion, and then retrofit the Torah to see how we can steer ourselves in that direction. We take the “Shemen Hamishcha” of the Torah and sprinkle it on our hearts’ desires in an attempt to sanctify the mundane or hallow the forbidden. We take cues from secular society about how to build our “Kiyor” with holy and moral material instead of adhering strictly to Hashem’s definitions of holiness and morality. We arrogantly assume that we’ve plumbed the depths of the Torah, that we fully understand its underpinnings and can therefore intuit “Mitzvot” in ways that end up actually contravening Hashem’s will.
We should generate our conclusions from the Torah, not dictate to the Torah based on preconceived notions. If we take this approach, we need not be embarrassed or defensive of the Torah’s definitions of sanctity and morality, regardless of what modern society espouses. The Torah has no place for murdering the sick or elderly, despite what proponents of euthanasia would put forth. Intermarriage is forbidden by the Torah, and the “inclusive” mores of modern society do not change that. We should not apologize for the Torah’s unequivocal stance on Arayot. Hashem’s morality demands procreation, despite what population controllers would say. A person who submits wholly to Hashem’s will feels no discomfort with these positions or any of the Torah’s.
May Hashem grant us the humility to genuinely serve Him on His terms.

Shabbat Shalom!
On behalf of The Selwyn and Ros Smith & Family
MAHIGUT TORANIT PROGRAM

 

TAKE NOTE:

​MAZELTOV TO!

Weddings
Mazeltov to Steven son of Cynthia and the Late Cedric Liptz on the occasion of his forthcoming wedding to Orli daughter of Barry and Cookie Isaacs

Mazeltov to Aimee daughter of Janice and the Late Raymond Milner and granddaughter of Dorothy Milner on the occasion of her forthcoming wedding to Daniel son of Elliot and Sandy Verblun from Australia

Shul Services

Shabbos morning, Shul commences at 8.30am 

Our Sandton Jolly Seniors Club
We are so excited to be able to start our Jolly Seniors Club again
If you are retired and have a Wednesday morning open and would like to join us for an inspirational talk, a movie and a cup of coffee and snack, then please contact Harelle in the office – 0118834210
Wednesday mornings @ 10am for a fun filled morning in the Games Room!

Sefer Mishlei and Tehillim
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
We encourage all members, especially women and children, to walk to and from shul in groups of at least two or more.

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 14 January 2022

 

15 January 2022|13 Shevat 5782

Candle Lighting:      6.15pm
Friday Mincha:        5.45pm
Parsha:                   Beshallach
Shabbos Mincha:    6.30pm
Havdalah:                7.39pm
Weekday Mincha:    6.15pm

CONDOLENCES
Condolences to Lynda Hepker on the loss of her husband and condolences to Jedd and Claudia on the loss of their father

Condolences to Solly Joselowsky on the loss of his wife and condolences to Rhett and Wendy on the loss of their mother

PARASHAT BESHALACH – “MAY OUR EYES SEE YOR RETURN

לרפואה שלימה של נריה יוסף הושע בן אביטל

Rav Ori Idels

How is it possible that Am Yisrael after witnessing all the miracles of the plagues still didn’t believe in Hashem and the redemption? The Midrash tells us that eighty percent of the Jewish people died in the plague of darkness due to their lack of faith. But the Chatam Sofer states that even the twenty percent who did leave, did not have complete faith!

For the Torah tells us that “Moshe took the bones of Yosef for he had made the children of Israel swear”. Why only Moshe? The Chatam Sofer explains that the rest of the nation did not fully believe that this was the time of the redemption and were concerned they would return to Egypt. But how could this be? Didn’t they learn the lesson from their brothers who died in the plague of darkness over and above all the other miracles they experienced?

The truth is that this lack of faith followed the people even after they left Egypt, as they journeyed through the desert. Rashi quotes the Psikta that equates their actions to a child being carried on his father’s shoulders. Whatever the child asked for, the father gave him. After a while the child asked a passerby if he knew where his father was? The father shocked, put the child down and at that moment a dog came and bit the child. After all that Hashem did for Am Yisrael they still asked “Haim Yesh Hashem Bkirbeinu -Is Hashem amongst us”, and immediately Amalek came and attacked them”.
Many different reasons have been given why Am Yisrael lacked faith. One explanation can be suggested based on the Gemara in Masechet Nidda which states “Ein Baal Hanes Makir Bniso”. The Sages explain that a “Person who experiences a miracle is not able to see it”. Sometimes while we are in the thick of things, we are not able to see the hand of Hashem, and we explain things due to natural causes. We are not able to “zoom out” and see reality for what it is.

We have a natural tendency to understand events due to natural causes rather than from Heaven. But every day we pray to try and overcome this tendency. In the Shmona Esrei we state “Vtechezena Eineinu Beshuvcha Letzion – Let our eyes behold Your return to Zion”. We are praying about the future. Yet the conclusion of that Bracha states “Hamachazir shechinato Letzion” – “Who returns His presence to Zion” in the present tense. Why pray for the future when the bracha refers to the present? Perhaps, the deeper meaning of this prayer when we recite “May our eyes see your return”, is really a prayer that we should be able to see the miracles that Hashem is already doing for us.
In our generation when we have merited to see Am Yisrael return to our land, the incredible rejuvenation of the Torah World, and the fantastic developments of the State of Israel, we need to ensure that we do not fall into the same trap as the generation of the Exodus. May we merit to recognize the wonderous miracles that Hashem is already doing for us and the greatness of the hour. We are already in the midst of the redemption, and let us recognize this. “May our eyes see Your return to Zion”.

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach

Rav Ori Idels
On behalf of
The Selwyn and Ros Smith & Family
MANHIGUT TORANIT PROGRAM

 

 

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