TGIS: Thank G-d It’s Shabbat
I hope that you are having a wonderful week and looking forward to great Shabbat ahead. As you read this, I am on my way to the Holy Land, and I can’t wait to soak up the holiness. I will be spending this Shabbat in Shoham with Rabbi Stav, and although my time will be hectic between the Rabbinic Conference (Week One) and the Tanach Seminar (Week Two) I am hoping to also connect with many of my friends and our Morasha-niks who now live in Israel. Whenever I am questioned at security “Did you pack your bags yourself?” “Do you have any family in Israel?” I am tempted to answer that I do have family in Israel; but I have to remind myself that as much as I consider the entire Jewish people my family, and especially those who are part of our community – that isn’t what they mean when they ask at security!
Speaking of family and community, I am delighted to welcome a new couple to Cape Town – Martin and Tarryn Skudicky. Usually I would welcome them in person, but, you know, Israel. Martin is the new Head of Informal Jewish Education at Herzlia, and last year’s Bnei Akiva Rosh Machaneh. He and I go way back, and in fact when Aviva and I were madrichim at Bnei Akiva, his older sister was our channicha. Martin and Tarryn have just been married – two weeks ago! – and are starting their new life together in Cape Town in service of the community. We welcome you both, thank you for coming, and look forward to many good years ahead together. Martin will be davening Kabbalat Shabbat for us tomorrow night, so come and support him!
My 2 minute Parsha for Sidrat Pinchas is called “Forgiveness Through Learning” and you can find it here.
People have been asking me recently when we will cease to pray for rain. This week has been a watershed in the saga of the drought (forgive my little pun) as on Tuesday our dam levels rose above 50% for the first time. On the one hand, we are clearly no longer in crisis – even if no further rain would fall this winter, we have enough water until next winter. On the other hand, we are not out of the woods – especially if people cease making such an effort to conserve water (spoiler alert: they will) and demand for water continues to increase faster than supply (it might); so more rain is not simply a luxury, but a real need until we have all that we need. The Cape Town Rabbinate is of mixed feelings on this issue: some Shuls have already stopped saying, whilst others continue to say it. My view is that we should continue until Level 6B water restrictions are lifted (this will indicate that the government no longer views the situation as requiring austerity measures), but I will let you know if anything changes.
Our garden upgrade has begun! Over the next month or so you will see a wonderful transformation as our outside area becomes even more better than ever before. I remember a committee meeting in my early days as Rabbi here when someone commented that our greatest communal asset was our garden. I blithely replied that in my mind it was the Sifrei Torah, but I understood what they meant! It is a wonderful space to enjoy our community and to connect, and in August we will do so on an entirely new level (once again, my little joke). We are most grateful to the generous donors who are making this all possible.
There will, of course, be certain changes to the way we use our space over the next four weeks, and although we will still be using the hall this Shabbat for children’s service and the Kiddush bracha, we won’t be using either the garden or the side alley. What this means is that although we are often used to taking food at the brocha and going to eat somewhere else (such as the garden) we won’t be able to do so this week – as the only way in and out of the hall is through the Shul, and we can’t have people carrying plates of food and using the hall as a corridor, so please do ensure that you (and your children) eat only in the hall.
Aviva, Shalva, Tzuriya, Azriel and I wish you a Shabbat Shalom (and please take care of all of them for me in my absence)
Rabbi Sam Thurgood
Announcements – Parshat Devarim | Shabbat Chazon
The Rabbi, Rebbetzin, Chairman and Committee wish you Shabbat Shalom.
The kiddush bracha is being sponsored by Alex and Hayley Landau in celebration of Adaya, Natan and Yair’s 5th birthday and Hayley’s 41st birthday.
The Haftorah will be recited by Colin Gordon.
The Dream Team team welcomes everyone back from holiday and looks forward to seeing Grades 1 – 6 this Shabbat @ 10.15 am in the front courtyard of the Shul.
We will not be using the Shul Hall this Shabbat. Children’s service, the kiddush bracha and seudah shlishit will take place at The Bayit, 30 Arthur’s Road.
During the winter months we frequently struggle to begin Mincha with a minyan on time. Please assist by coming one or more days in the week.
The Yahrzeit begins the evening before the date
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Shabbat Times – Parshat Devarim | Shabbat Chazon
Torah Reading Page Numbers – Parshat Devarim | Shabbat Chazon
Security – Parshat Devarim | Shabbat Chazon
We thank team 3 for doing security duty this Shabbat.
If you are not able to do your duty, please swap with someone else.
Meet the Family – Joseph Rabinowitz
Every week, we feature a member or family of Beit Midrash Morasha and tell you a little about them. If you would like to be featured, or if you have a suggestion of someone whom you would like featured, please let us know!
This week we meet our Bar Mitzva, Joseph Rabinowitz
* Please write a two line bio – “About Me” in which you can include basic information and interest.
My name is Joseph Rabinowitz, I live in Sydney Australia – having moved there 5 months ago from Hong Kong. I have a lovely family – one younger brother (7) and one younger sister (9). I like basketball and hanging out with my friends.
* What is the greatest adventure you have ever been on?
I went to America and attended camp for a month – away from my family (in a different State!) It was a lot of fun, but took some getting used to!
* What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I have Tourette syndrome – I make movements or sounds that I can’t control (although I actually can – I’m not supposed to be able to control it though!)
* What is the best advice you have ever received?
That I can control my “urge” to make these movements or sounds by waiting them out – eventually it goes away.
* What is your favourite thing about becoming Bar Mitzva?
Just the thought of being a man makes me feel pretty grown-up. When you’re thought of as a child you have no sense of power; but when you become Bar Mitzva you become a man – you have more power and people respect you more.
* Please give us a one-line quote/message to share with the community.
When life gives you lemons – make lemonade!
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