Entries by Marais Road Shul

Mazal tov, mazal tov, mazal tov ….

Mincha has moved! Please note, Mincha now starts at 6pm. Dear Friend, Purim was a real twister this year (twister, get it? As in no Argus race) with 2 events by night and 3 by day! The Shul really glowed in the dark on Saturday night as families piled into Shul to hear the Megillah! […]

Do you Purim?

Mincha is moving! From next week, March 17, Mincha will begin at 6pm. Dear Friend, Do you Purim? I mean, really Purim? So you thought Purim was a noun, a thing, like Yo, a Jewish holiday? No Sir! Purim is a State, but not like the State of Israel, or the United States. It’s a […]

Non Stop

Dear Friend, Sinai Indaba did it again! The crowds, the atmosphere, the lectures- and lecturers- the conversations, the pride…Thank you Chief Rabbi Goldstein for another spectacular world class Jewish experience! Also a special thank-you to the Chief Rabbi for having ensured that all Shuls in Cape Town had an Indaba speaker over Shabbas. It was […]

Terumah in a Nutshell Exodus 25:1–27:19

  The people of Israel are called upon to contribute thirteen materials—gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool; flax, goat hair, animal skins, wood, olive oil, spices and gems—out of which, G‑d says to Moshe, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, and I shall dwell amidst them.” In the Sanctuary’s inner chamber, […]

See you at Sinai!

Mincha has moved! Tonight, the service begins at 6:20pm. NB from next week, service begins at 6:15pm.   Dear Friend,   The new year has barely begun- but things are heating up!   Check out last week’s episode of Derech Eretz on SABC2, featuring music arranged by our cantor Ivor Joffe and a message from […]

Can you count the rain drops?

Dear Friend, Why is it that we only appreciate something when we lose it? It’s a truism that distance makes the heart grow fonder (and the memory fuzzier, but no matter). The less we have of something the more we want it- and appreciate it! Our favourite pastime is complaining about the weather; it’s either […]

Join the Inauguration…of the Shabbas Queen! 6.30pm…

Dear Friend, A warm welcome to delegates of the African Jewish Congress who will be at our Shul this evening. The conference is headed by its president, Rebbetzin Ann Harris. Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft is the Rabbi of the Congress and is more popularly known as the “Travelling Rabbi”. He’ll deliver the Shiur tomorrow after the […]

Dear Friend, A new secular year, school year or calendar year? Whatever it is, it’s good. New beginnings are good. I think that’s why G-d created night and day (with day following night), giving us an opportunity each day for a new beginning. So, having ushered in a new secular- or calendar- year last week, […]

Don’t teach your kids Judaism

Show them! That’s right, kids don’t listen to what we say- they learn from what we do. So, the more shared Jewish experiences you have with them, the more committed they will be. One of the most beautiful Mitzvot is the waving of the ‘four kinds’: the Lulav, Etrog, myrtle and willow. And if you […]

Mazel tov to the power of 4!

Dear Friend, “It all goes, with how you close” is a Talmudic legal principal. It means that the conclusion of any act defines the act, even more than the beginning. And boy are we closing the year with a bang! Not one, but two smachot this Shabbos- and two weeks in a row. Beyond the […]