TGIS: Thank G-d It’s Shabbat
I hope that your Yom Kippur was as wonderful and meaningful as mine was. I once again extend my grateful thanks to all of those who were involved in making it the special time that it was.
A very warm welcome to Lavi and Aviya Wolffs! The new Bnei Akiva shlichim, this power couple is here to work with Bnei Akiva Cape Town and they are going to do amazing things. A change from the last few years of having two shlichot, Lavi and Aviya are a married couple. Come to greet them in Shul and get to know them. So good to have you both!
And once again Mazaltov to all of our honourees for Simchat Torah, we are looking forward to celebrating together!
Chattan Torah: Rob Kroomer
Chattan Bereishit: Michi Bachmann
Eishet Chayil: Rebbetzin Natalie Altman
Chattanei Ne’arim: Eytan and Gavriel Labe
I would like to share one further reflection on Yom Kippur (I am taking the liberty of assuming that you still have desire to learn about Teshuva after being sated with a steady diet of Teshuva related teachings for some weeks now!). Rebbe Tzadok HaKohen writes that the regret we feel for our sins is, itself, Geihennom (hell), and he uses this principle to explain why it is that when we feel the anguish of having done the wrong thing in this world, we are saved from punishment in the World to Come. He thus clarifies that it is not the case that regret stands in the place of the other, but that they are in fact the same thing. My personal insight over Yom Kippur was an extension of this: Just as we believe that Geihennom is not a destination but a stop along the way, purification for the soul from which it then ascends to heaven, that too is something that we experience on Yom Kippur – the anguish and pain of our sins as we express Teshuva and the subsequent glorious knowledge of forgiveness and closeness to Hashem is itself a foreshadowing of the World to Come.
My two minute parsha for Ha’azinu is called “Heaven vs Earth” and you can find it here. This week I explore the two types of people – “Heaven” people like Moshe, and “Earth” people like Yishayahu. Watch it and let me know which one you relate to more naturally.
On a completely different note, I had a number of enquiries regarding tea and coffee over Rosh Hashana (or more to the point, the lack thereof) and I will take this opportunity both to answer that question and to share some halacha around this more generally. The first principle to know is that the Torah tells us that we must “Zachor” commemorate Shabbat, and this is understood to mean that we must make Kiddush. Thus, before we have dinner or lunch on Shabbat or any Chag, we first make Kiddush over a cup of wine. In more practical terms, this means that after Maariv on Friday night, or after Shacharit on Shabbat day, we may not eat or drink anything until we make (or hear) Kiddush. The second principle is that Kiddush only “works” if it is part of a meal, not if it is made in isolation. That meal can be mezonot (such as kichel, cake or pasta) or Hamotzi (challah) and even wine/grape juice (if push comes to shove), but you cannot simply hear Kiddush and drink a cup of tea, you would need to hear Kiddush and eat a piece of cake, and then have your cup of tea. Now as far as having tea or coffee before Shacharit that is okay; although we don’t eat breakfast before davening (we put davening first, showing that we value our spiritual needs above our gastronomic ones) we can have something to drink, but once Shul has started, adults are obliged to wait for the Kiddush Bracha. Therefore it is not correct to have a cup of tea or coffee whilst Shul is still in session. In truth, I have not emphasised this strongly in the past for various reasons, but I am making it clear now that the urns that we have out on Shabbat are for tea and coffee at the Kiddush Bracha and at Seudah Shlishit, not for during the Shul service. I do not intend to police who is having coffee when (that is simply not my approach in my Rabbinic role generally), but now that we are all on the same page halachically, I can explain our Rosh Hashana policy. On Rosh Hashana we do not have a Kiddush Bracha – no one makes Kiddush and no one serves/eats cake. Thus there is no halachic permission for adults to eat or drink anything between the beginning of the service and your return home for Kiddush and lunch. Now when it comes to Shabbat, as I said, we put out the urns for the Kiddush Bracha and don’t monitor when they are used – but how can I put out urns for Rosh Hashana if that will be in violation of halacha? Therefore I advise that if you do have a thirst for something hot before the Kiddush Bracha, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee using your urn at home – both on Rosh Hashana and every Shabbat.
Aviva, Shalva, Tzuriya, Azriel and I wish you a Shabbat Shalom.
Rabbi Sam Thurgood
Announcements – Parashat Ha’azinu
The Rabbi, Rebbetzin, Chairman and Committee wish you Shabbat Shalom.
The Kiddush Bracha is sponsored by Hazel Scalabrino and Linda Saban in memory of their late father, Morris, Menashe ben Mordechai Pupkewitz.
Welcome to the Glendale residents this Shabbat.
Mazal Tov to Michael Jowell on receiving his Masters Degree in Optometry.
Come and meet the Dream Team at 10:15am this Shabbat for a fabulous children’s service.
It would be appreciated if any adults could come and help to hang decorations in the Succah from 11am this Sunday morning.
If anyone inadvertently took a dark grey and black Columbia Raincoat which was hanging up in the men’s cloakroom, please return it to Michael Jowell.
Bingo in the Sukkah – Thursday 27 September – see poster attached
The Yahrzeit begins the evening before the date
|Graeme and Anita Sarembock||Friday 21 September|
|Brent and Lara Greenblatt||Saturday 22 September|
Shabbat Times – Parashat Ha’azinu
Torah Reading Page Numbers – Parashat Ha’azinu
Security – Parashat Ha’azinu
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