TGIS: Thank G-d It’s Shabbat

Shalom Friends!

I hope that you are having a great week and looking forward to a special Shabbat ahead. We’ve had another meaningful week in our community with both highs and lows but Shabbat brings us all together.

To begin with the joyous news, Eitan Robins Kallmann became Bar Mitzva this week and received an Aliya this morning – we wish the family Mazal Tov and look forward to the community celebration next Shabbat 31 August.

On a sad note, our dear Vuyiswe Yose passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last Shabbat. She worked for us every Shabbat and the fruit platters in particular were her loving creations. We will miss her, and extend our condolences to her Aunt, Sindiswe Qhawe in this difficult time.

In good news we look forward to the Hebrew naming of Freya Gottschalk, daughter of Talia and Jason (granddaughter of Tony and Merle). We’ve missed Talia, Jason, Harry and Emily since they left for the UK and are glad that they waited to come back in order to name their daughter this Shabbat!

My 2 minute Parsha for Sidrat Eikev is called “Confronting the Impossible” and you can find it here. This week I apply Hashem’s message, to not be afraid of the fierce Canaanite nations, to our own lives.

For my Shabbat shiur this week, I will continue with “The Best of the Yemei Iyun”, as voted by you last week. This week we’ll hear about “The Lessons Yosef Needed to Learn”. Quite honestly, my first thought in shiur about Yosef and the brothers was “surely I already know the story well enough that I will not actually learn a new perspective?” But boy was I incorrect! It’s a great one.

Last night (Wednesday night) I was honoured to once again serve at the Quiz Master for the Herzlia Etgar Quiz. I peppered the Grade 6 students (2 of the contestants from our Shul) with questions such as: “How many Mitzvot in the book of Vayikra?” (They correctly answered 247), “What year was the First Lebanon War?” (1982), “Complete the Set: Avraham _____ Yishmael, Avraham, Sarah, Yitzchak.” (Hagar). The questions were tough but the students were knowledgeable and well-prepared. I will confess some personal anxiety as I contemplated which school would win. All Jewish schools in Cape Town are close to my heart, but Herzlia Constantia is headed up by my cousin Jos Horwitz, and Herzlia Weizmann are our gracious Shabbat hosts. As someone at Weizmann (half) jokingly said to me, “If Constantia wins, that’s no problem, I just thought it would be far for your community to walk every Shabbat!” Baruch Hashem the evening ended with a tie between Constantia and Weizmann (107 points each) and so I emerge unscathed from the fray. Mazal Tov to all of the winners and contestants!

In partnership with The Academy and Ohr Somayach, Malcolm Siegel and I began our Shofar course this Monday night. I created part of it based on all that I have learned from my Masters in Jewish Education thus far, and in many ways it is the most well-prepared series of shiurim I have given. You can still join for sessions 2 and 3 if you missed session 1, and I encourage you to do so.

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

Rabbi Sam Thurgood


Rebuild Committee Update

The RC members met on Thursday 15 August to look at certain amendments as requested by the BMM Committee / Trustees. This will be discussed further by both Committees on Thursday 22 August.

A date for the Special General Meeting will be communicated shortly.

Torah Reading Page Numbers | Eikev

  Artscroll Living Torah Hirsch Hertz
Torah 980 904 687 780
Maftir 996 922 705 793
Haftorah 1197 1228 911 794




Shabbat Times | Eikev

Earliest Candle Lighting  17:103
Latest Candle Lighting  18:04
Mincha |Ma’ariv  18:00
Shabbat Shacharit  08.45
Shabbat Mincha  17:30
Shabbat ends 18:57


Weekday Times

Shacharit Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays 06:50
Shacharit Mondays & Thursdays 06:40
Shacharit (Sunday & Public Holidays) 08:00
Shacharit (Rosh Chodesh)  06:30
Mincha followed by Maariv   18:00


Announcements | Eikev

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

The Children’s Table is kindly sponsored by the Gottschalk family in honor of their baby girl’s Hebrew naming.

Join our community info WhatsApp group to keep informed of all things Morasha over WhatsApp:

What Torah learning should Morasha offer? Please let Rabbi Thurgood know here:

Shabbat services: Herzlia Weizmann Primary School Hall. Entrance 40 Kloof  Rd or 65 Regent Rd.

Please note that the gate on Kloof Road will be closed from 13:30 on Shabbat and will open again before Mincha.

Weekday Mincha/Maariv: Sephardi Shul. Entrance 40 Kloof (parking available) or 65 Regent Roads.

Weekday Shacharit: Sunday, Monday and Thursday in Sephardi Hall; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday in Sephardi Shul. Entrance 65 Regent Road only.

Community learning programme in honour of our shul:  Choose Tanach, Mishna or Talmud – let’s achieve another great milestone together.

Join Junie-Punie for great Children’s Services every Shabbat at 10:15am – share brachot, Parsha of the week and special Children’s stories. All ages up to Grade R.

Join The Dream Team at 10:15am on the AstroTurf for children’s service.

The Mikvah will be undergoing renovations from 26 August 2019 and will be re-opening  on 2 March 2020. Please contact Bev Coblentz on 072 954 8242 for all enquiries and bookings.



The Yahrzeit begins the evening before the date


Ma’ayan Jowell Uncle Saturday 24 August
Hylton Mallach Mother Saturday 24 August
Eric Marx Mother Saturday 24 August
Jennifer Cohen Mother Sunday 25 August
Lucille Melamed Mother Monday 26 August
Marian Sherman Brother Monday 26 August
Joan Alpert Brother Monday 26 August
Jeff Scher Father Tuesday 27 August
Naomi Gelb Father Wednesday 28 August
Greg Gelb Grandfather Wednesday 28 August
Rheina Epstein Father Wednesday 28 August
Maxine Boyd Uncle Wednesday 28 August
Philip Stodel Father Thursday 29 August





Jeff Borstrock Friday 23 August
Val Broomberg Friday 23 August
Florence Solomon Friday 23 August
Ayelet Robins Kallmann Saturday 24 August
Nirit Noik Sunday 25 August
Neill Snape Sunday 25 August
Joy Sagor Monday 26 August
Donna Kesler Tuesday 27 August
Isadore Pick Tuesday 27 August
Irwin Rabinowitz Wednesday 28 August
Greg Singer Wednesday 28 August
Darren Lang Thursday 29 August




Jonathan and Arlene Friedman Wednesday 28 August


Weekly Learning

Shabbat Morning 10 mins before shiur  Children’s Learning Rabbi Thurgood Weizmann Hall
Shabbat Morning After Brocha Parsha of the Week  Rabbi Thurgood Weizmann Hall
Shabbat Afternoon After Mincha Seudah Shlishit Various Weizmann Hall
Sunday 8:40-9:10am Sefer Bein Hazmanim Rabbi Thurgood Sephardi Hall
Thursday 7:30-8:30 pm Gemorrah Sukkah  Rabbi Gavriel Ziegler Private Home
Monday – Friday 7:35-8:05am Sefer HaChinnuch Rabbi Thurgood Sephardi Hall
Monday -Wednesday 30 mins before Mincha Chumash with Rashi: Every Parsha from 6th aliyah Rabbi Thurgood Sephardi Shul


Security | Eikev

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

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!


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