TGIS: Thank G-d It’s Shabbat

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Shalom Friends!

I hope that you are having a great week and looking forward to the Yamim Noraim ahead! Every Rosh Hashana is special, but I will confess that I am especially looking forward to this year. Although it is a very challenging time for me personally – apart from the tremendous amount of work and preparation involved from a Shul side, I feel quite heavily the weight of Judgement in the coming days – it is also a wonderful time, as I know how uplifting and inspiring our services have been each year, and God willing will be again this year. It is also a time at which I get to see many more members of our community and connect with you all, which is always very joyous for me. This year Rosh Hashana is also special in that it is followed immediately by Shabbat, the proverbial “three day Yom Tov”. This entails a number of halachot this year:

  • Eiruv Tavshilin: The idea here is that although we are allowed to cook on Yom Tov for meals of that Yom Tov, we are not permitted to prepare food on Yom Tov for after Yom Tov. The exception to this is when Shabbat falls immediately after Yom Tov (as it will this year). In this case, as long as we have begun our Shabbat meal preparation before Yom Tov begins, we may continue cooking on Yom Tov for Shabbat. Eiruv Tavshilin is where you take bread and another cooked food, and receive the bracha and Eiruv declaration. (Found in the Artscroll Siddur on page 654.)
  • Smaller lunch second day: Rabbi Altman pointed out to me that in general on Friday afternoon we do not have a large meal, so that we will arrive at the Shabbat table with an appetite. What then do we do when Yom Tov falls on a Friday? I researched the Halacha and found that although you should indeed have a festive lunch for second day Rosh Hashana, it should not be a lavish one. Thus we will be able to enjoy and honour both Rosh Hashana and Shabbat.

There are also general forms of preparation that we should make sure to do today:

  • Hatarat Nedarim: Annulment of vows done with an informal Beth Din of 3.
  • Haircut and/or shave to look our best for the days ahead.
  • Prepare the home and meals for a dignified and joyous celebration.
  • Men go the Mikveh on the afternoon before Rosh Hashana (either at Chabad House where there is a men’s Mikveh, or in the sea)

On Sunday we will have the deferred Fast of Gedalia, going from a time of great joy to a time of national sorrow. On that theme, Chief Rabbi Goldstein wrote this week:

A number of tragedies have taken place in our community over recent months. As a community, we feel each other’s pain deeply and need to look out for each other in whatever way we can. Unsure of what the best response was – I turned to Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, shlita – one of the greatest and wisest living rabbis today. His advice was for us to gather together in unity – and pray for one another. As a result, unity prayer gatherings will be held nationally on Sunday 24 September. We cannot underestimate the power of prayer. Our Sages teach us that G-d willingly gave us power to change the world through our prayers. Please make every effort to attend. It is an opportunity to pray for the healing of those who are sick, the comfort of those who are in mourning, and a good year ahead. In the merit of our prayers and community unity, may Hashem bless us with a sweet year filled with His abundant goodness.

The Cape Town unity prayer service will be at Marais Road Shul at 6pm. I look forward to praying together, and God willing having all of our prayers answered for good.

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

Rabbi Sam Thurgood

Announcements – Parshat Ha’azinu | Shabbat Shuva

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

The Kiddush bracha this week has kindly been sponsored by the Morasha congregants in honour of Rabbi Sam & Aviva Thurgood and Shalva to wish them Mazal Tov  and to welcome Tzuriya and Azriel into our community.

A particular mention of sincere thanks and appreciation to our many loyal Associate Morasha members, who notwithstanding that they live out of Cape Town, have chosen to contribute so very generously.

Mazal Tov to Mickey and Selma Glass on the engagement of their grandson Chanan Lacob, son of Yael and Raymond Lacob, to Roni Segal in Israel.

Mazal Tov to David and Hazel Cohen on the engagement of their son Gadi to Nissi Rudolph.

Mazal Tov to Rabbi Jonathan and Rebbetzin Natalie Altman on the engagement of Natalie’s sister, Nissi, to Gadi Cohen.

Mazal Tov to Mickey and Selma Glass on the engagement of their grandson Avi Lacob, son of Yael and Raymond Lacob, to Renana Helfgott in Israel.

Mazal Tov to Eric and Wendy Berger on the engagement of their son Eitan to Shoshan Zarfaty in Israel.

Mazal Tov to Ross, Dina, Emme and Coby Kudo, Zillah Kudo and Ari and Elaine Shpigel on the birth of a son, brother and grandson.

The Fast of Tzom Gedalya which takes place on Sunday 24 September commences at 5:20am and ends at 7:02pm.

Thank you to ladies for assisting with Brocha duty this Shabbat.

Please be advised that security has been arranged at Pinelands 1 and 2, Muizenberg  Cemetery and Maitland Gate 8 as follows: Sunday: 24 September 2017 from 9.00 to 5:00;  Monday: 25 September 2017 from 9:00 to 15:00; Sunday:  1 October 2017 from 9:00 to 15:00

Should you, or someone you know, be ill at home or going into hospital and would like a visit from a member of our sick-visiting committee, please contact Wendy at the office.




Sharon Mamulis Mother Saturday 23 September
Rebbetzin Esther Maizels Father Saturday 23 September
Phillip Weinstein father Saturday 23 September
Maeve Samuels Mother Wednesday 27 September
Debbie Musikanth Father Wednesday 27 September
Solly Zieff Brother Wednesday 27 September
Morris Bernstein Father Thursday 28 September
Zita Miller Father Friday 29 September
Rosalind Lewenson Mother Friday 29 September
Miriam Bilski Brother Friday 29 September
Harold Gochin Mother Friday 29 September

The Yahrzeit begins the evening before the date




Joanne Goldstein Friday 22 September
Ari Shpigel Saturday 23 September
Bianca Sarembock Monday 25 September
Neil Eliason Tuesday 26 September
Joan Fisher Tuesday 26 September
Benjamin Weinstein Tuesday 26 September
Avis Schur Wednesday 27 September




 Brent and Lara Greenblatt Friday 22 September


Shabbat Times – Parshat Ha’azinu | Shabbat Shuva

Earliest Candles 
Latest Candles (from existing flame) 6:26pm
Mincha / Maariv   6:15pm
Shabbat Shacharit 8:45am
Shabbat Mincha 5:45pm
Shabbat ends 7:17pm



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  6:15pm


Torah Reading Page Numbers – Parshat Ha’azinu | Shabbat Shuva

Artscroll Living Torah Hirsch Hertz
Torah  1100 1024 800  896
Maftir 1100 1032 810 903
Haftorah  1204 1246 921 891



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 4th 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 Ha’azinu | Shabbat Shuva

We would like to thank: Team 1 for doing security duty this Shabbat.

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

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