Rabbi Thurgood’s Message

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Shalom Friends!

I hope that you are enjoying a great week and looking forward to a very exciting Shabbat! Each stage of Shabbat will have something special: Shul on Friday night will be followed by a dinner with Mrs Nili Couzens together with the Sephardi Hebrew Congregation. Bookings have now closed but those clever enough to book in time have a lovely sweet surprise for them in store on the night! Shabbat day we will welcome little Gadi Rosin and his parents to Shul. For those who know, Gadi is the little boy that so many of us in Cape Town – and around the world – have been praying for, and after 6 weeks in ICU he is coming home! We will say a big “thank you” to Hashem and celebrate this miracle with the Rosin family after Shul. After that, we will again join Sephardi for a joint shiur with Nili. That will be at 11:45 in the Sephardi Shul, which means that we’re going to try to speed up the davening time on Shabbat day a little. I’ll tell the Rabbi not to drag things out (I mean, honestly). Seudah Shlishit we will be joined by Chief Rabbi Goldstein who will speak, and we will also be saying a fond farewell to Boaz Carr who will shortly be heading back to Joburg.

And of course Sunday is Sinai Indaba! Here’s what my shiur line-up looks like: Major General Yaakov Amidror: World Shifts of Power; Rabbi David Aaron: Relevance of Shul; Alex Clare: Rockstar Rabbi; Rabbi David Aaron: The Four Kabbalistic Secrets of Healthy Relationships; Rabbi Simon Jacobson: The 21st Century Jew; Rabbi David Aaron: Living on Purpose.

Like the Friday night dinner, Sinai Indaba will undoubtedly come with some great surprises. Unlike the Friday night dinner, it is not too late to book!

My 2 minute Parsha for Sidrat Ki Tisa is called “” and you can find it here.

My family and I will be away next weekend – our first Shabbat off since before the fire, and for some reason we are all feeling like we could do with a little down time! I will let you know who will be doing what in my absence.

We wish a warm welcome to our new members! Isn’t it wonderful that with everything going on our community has grown this month by five? We are delighted to have:

  • Joan Alpert
  • Norma Kawitzky
  • Colin Naturman
  • Joel and Sharon Silberstein

We hope that you enjoy, and grow from, being members of the Morasha family!

Aviva, ShalvaAzriel, Tzuriya and I wish you a Shabbat Shalom.

Rabbi Sam Thurgood

PS – I can keep you in suspense no longer – the special surprise at the dinner is ice-cream sandwiches donated by Crumbs and Cream. Yum yum and thanks!