TGIS: Thank G-d It’s Shabbat
I hope that you had a great week and are looking forward to a lovely Shabbat together. Our family had a lovely relaxing time away and are happy to be back into the Morasha groove. I received a message during my holiday from one of the Rabbis in Gauteng, who heard about the very full Shul that we had last Shabbat, and wanted to know the secret. Despite running their own #ShowUpForShabbat campaign, they did not have many more people. I told him that the biggest drawcard was that I wasn’t there! Seriously though, with a combination of First Fridays, the great davening, children’s services and a lovely drosha, and enthusiasm driven by our members, we can achieve so very much – and I wish you all a yeshar koach and extend my grateful thanks.
My 2 minute Parsha for Sidrat Tol’dot is called “Finding Hashem when you are Far” and you can find it here. This week I explore the age-old question of the nature of the blessing that Yitzchak intended to give to Eisav, and why Yaakov desired it for himself.
I have received ongoing feedback about my shiur on the recreational use of cannabis in Halacha, and for those interested in the topic I can recommend two further sources. First is a podcast called “Headlines”. This is a fascinating podcast generally, in which the host (a substantial Torah scholar) interviews some of the leading authorities in the Jewish world on the topics under analysis. He hosted a show devoted to an analysis on the recreational use of cannabis according to Torah, and interviewed, amongst others, the head of the OU Kashrut authority (Why did you give a hechsher to marijuana edibles?) a Chabad Rabbi (Why are you okay with drinking but not with getting high?) an addictions expert and a Rabbi in the Hollywood Kollel. If you’re interested in the topic, it’s worth a listen here! There’s also a TEDx talk worth watching on how marijuana is changing with legalization that you can watch here. If you’re reading this in printed form and can’t access the hyperlinks, let me know and I’ll send them to you.
On a different note, a high point of my week (forgive me) has been having Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum in Cape Town. If you’re reading this on Thursday, he is speaking tonight at Morasha! Rabbi Dr Zarum is the head of the London School of Jewish Studies, and the creator of the incredible Torah in a Nutshell course. He was also very formative in my own reconciliation of Torah and science, a topic to which I have devoted a tremendous amount of time, and as I will explain in more detail this evening. Rabbi Dr Zarum is here as a scholar for Rabbi Ramon Widmonte’s Academy of Jewish Thought and Learning and ran, amongst other things, the first Cape Town based Symposium of Jewish Education, which too was enlightening and most helpful.
Finally I had a lovely experience of giving a talk to Herzlia High School students today on the topic of Jewish Leadership. I presented, in PowerPoint form, the shiur series that I gave here 4 years ago Pesach, based primarily on the teachings of Rabbi Goldfein, of blessed memory. This talk, organized by our own Gavriel Labe and attended by a delightful number of our Morasha teens, brought in 44 students during break! That is a great sign of Jewish leadership in itself, and please God an excellent harbinger of good things to come.
Aviva, Shalva, Tzuriya, Azriel and I wish you a Shabbat Shalom.
Rabbi Sam Thurgood
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The Rabbi, Rebbetzin, Chairman and Committee wish you Shabbat Shalom.
Mazal Tov to Irma Kesler on her special birthday.
The kiddush bracha is sponsored by the Kesler family to celebrate Irma’s birthday, Hylton Mallach’s birthday and to welcome the Rakoff and Ruttenberg family from Canada.
Mazal Tov to Charlene Stuppel and Linda Saban for receiving awards from WIZO for 40 years and 50 years service respectively.
Rabbi Thurgood has 5 mezuzot available for sale. Please contact Wendy.
Come and meet the Dream Team at 10:15am this Shabbat for a fabulous children’s service.
The Yahrzeit begins the evening before the date
|Paul and Debbie Grusd||Saturday 17 November|
|Dubbi and Lies Rabinowitz||Saturday 17 November|
|Gideon Granville and Hayley Galgut||Tuesday 20 November|
|Brandon and Martine Blumenau||Wednesday 21 November|
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