TGIS: Thank G-d It’s Shabbat

Shalom Friends!

I hope that you are having a great day and looking forward to a superb Shabbat ahead. The big news, of course, is the resignation of ex-President Zuma last night (I write this on Thursday morning) and our transition to Acting President (and we all assume our next President) Ramaphosa. This is great for South Africa and a sign for many of us that the future is brighter in this country today than it was yesterday. In considering the words that I wish to share on this topic, I think about the tricky and sensitive issues of Rabbis and politics. On the one hand, Rabbis are usually not trained or employed as political commentators, and should be cautious of using their platform as such simply because they have a platform. Chief Rabbi Goldstein once expressed this as “a Rabbi should only say things that only a Rabbi can say,” and I consider this every time I am to give a message. “Is what I am about to say or write an authentic expression of Torah and Jewish tradition?” I have shared in the past that when I give a shiur on one topic or another, and someone asks me, “What do you think?” My initial response is often “Why is that relevant?” By this I don’t mean that we don’t, each and every one of us, have an obligation to study, understand, process and personalise the Torah that we learn, of course we do, and of course we should ask, “What does this mean to me?” However, Sam Thurgood may think or believe many foolish or mundane things that Rabbi Sam Thurgood has no business saying. In contrast to this, a Rabbi does indeed have an obligation to be a voice of justice, morality, holiness and compassion, as a custodian of Hashem’s Torah.

So where does this place us in today’s politics in South Africa? Although Chief Rabbi Goldstein composed a new version of the prayer for the President of South Africa (which was a veiled call for President Zuma to resign) to be said each Shabbat – and emailed the Rabbis this morning to advise returning to the regular prayer – I myself never made a habit of saying this prayer. My personal beliefs are that Mr Zuma was indeed unworthy to lead South Africa – but is that what the prayer for the government is about? It was instituted centuries ago based on the injunction of the Yirmiyahu/Jeremiah 29:7: “And seek the peace of the city where I have exiled you and pray for it to the Lord, for in its peace you shall have peace.” This was always understood to mean that we should pray for the well-being of the government and country. So I always ask myself the question – was Mr Zuma worse than the Babylonians? Worse than the Romans and Byzantines and Persians and Moors and medieval kings and Russian Czars? I think not. On the other hand, today we live in a democracy, and have the right to demand the leadership which we choose; but on the third hand, as the level of toxicity in political debate rises around the world, I can easily imagine the prayer for the government being rewritten in each community as a leader they dislike comes in. Finally, on the fourth hand, it relates to the issues of citizenship and nationality. To what extent are we proudly South African, committed to the interests and well-being of the country, making our voices heard nationally on issues that concern us and playing the full role of citizens – and to what extent are we guests in the diaspora, here for now but not for good, doing what we can until we return to Israel, the true country of our citizenship?

The Torah teaches us that Moshe was criticised in that even when he saved Yitro’s daughters, he was identified as an Egyptian; and Yosef was praised in that even when he was blamed for wrongdoing, he was identified as a Hebrew. It seems to be that the Torah is teaching us not to get too attached to the land of our exile. Pray for her welfare and wellbeing, but remember that our true home always remains the land of Israel.

My 2 minute Parsha for Sidrat Teruma is called “The Right Message for the Right Person” and you can find it here.

Aviva, Shalva, Tzuriya, Azriel and I wish you a Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Sam Thurgood

Announcements – Parshat Tetzaveh

The Rabbi, Rebbetzin, Chairman and Committee wish you Shabbat Shalom.

Mignon Milwid is sponsoring the brocha sponsoring to celebrate her daughter Tanya Milwid’s birthday on Saturday 24 February and in thanks to Hashem for her successful recovery from surgery.

The Consecration of the tombstone for late Esther Grande, mother of Michelle Shev, takes place this Sunday, 25 February, at Pinelands 2 at 10:30am.

The Consecration of the tombstone for late Louise Davidowitz takes place this Sunday, 25 February, at Pinelands 2 at 12 noon.

Thank you to Daphne Miller for assisting with brocha duty this week.

To all Parents:  Reminder that there is a weekly Childrens’ Programme where discussion of the Parsha of the week, Brachot, Shabbos singing and Stories with Jewish / Mitzvah Themes are presented by June Hayman (a qualified school teacher) with the aid of puppets, pictures and games. Time|10 – 11am; Place | Back of Hall – Childrens’ Room.

Congratulations to Sindiswa on the birth of her daughter.  If you would like to give her a cash contribution or a gift appropriate for a two month or older baby girl, kindly contact Wendy.  Donations should be marked for Sindiswa.




Muriel Sendzul Mother Saturday 24 February
Barbara Kahn Mother-in-law Saturday 24 February
Samuel Coblentz Father Sunday 25 February
Samuel Coblentz Aunt Tuesday 27 February
Shaun Rubin Mother Tuesday 27 February
Avis Schur Mother Wednesday 28 February
Darryl Mink Father Wednesday 28 February
Ruth Mink Husband Wednesday 28 February
Dunny Rabinowitz Father Wednesday 28 February
Dubbi Rabinowitz Father Wednesday 28 February
Grant Gillis Mother Friday 2 March
Jocelyn Snape Father Friday 2 March

The Yahrzeit begins the evening before the date





Michael Minnie Saturday 24 February
Ivan Klitzner Sunday 25 February
Louise Sebba Sunday 25 February
Jesse Gillis Monday 26 February
Richard Goldstein Monday 26 February
Itai Schulman Monday 26 February
Victor Boyd Wednesday 28 February
Jonathan Henning Wednesday 28 February
Ori Melzer Wednesday 28 February
Ben Pieterse Wednesday 28 February
Morris Stern Wednesday 28 February




Greg and Lee-Ann Gelb Tuesday 27 February


Shabbat Times – Parshat Tetzaveh

Earliest Candles  6:09pm
Latest Candles  7:10pm
Mincha / Maariv   6:30pm
Shabbat Shacharit 8:45am
Shabbat Mincha 6:30pm
Shabbat ends 8:04pm



Weekday Times

Shacharit (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) 6:50am
Shacharit (Monday, Thursday) 6:40am
Shacharit (Sunday and Public Holidays) 8:00am
Shacharit (Rosh Chodesh) 6:30am
Mincha followed by Maariv  6:30pm


Torah Reading Page Numbers – Parshat Tetzaveh | Shabbat Zachor

Artscroll Living Torah Hirsch Hertz
Torah  464 414 320  339
Torah 1066  988  766  856
Haftorah  1214 1274 958 995



Weekly Learning

Shabbat Morning 10 mins before shiur  Children’s Learning Rabbi Thurgood Shul
Shabbat Morning After Brocha Parsha of the Week  Rabbi Thurgood Shul
Shabbat Afternoon After Mincha Seudah Shlishit Various Shul
Sunday 8:40-9:10am Sefer Igrot Moshe Rabbi Thurgood Shul
Sunday 8:00-9:00pm Weekly Dirshu review Rabbi Thurgood Shul
Monday – Friday 7:35-8:05am Sefer HaChinnuch Rabbi Thurgood Shul
Monday -Wednesday 30 mins before Mincha Chumash with Rashi: Every Parsha from 5th aliyah Rabbi Thurgood Shul
Tuesday 8:00-10:00pm Yeshiva of Cape Town learning sessions Bachurim Shul
Wednesday  8:00-9:00pm Women’s weekly Gemora shiur Rabbi Thurgood Private Home


Security – Parshat Tetzaveh

We thank team 2 for doing security duty this week.

If you are not able to do your duty, please swap with someone else.

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