Entries by Marais Road Shul

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

Welcome, welcome, welcome….and welcome!

Welcome to our new Bachurim, Tzvi and Josh who recently arrived from Israel to spend a year with us at the Yeshiva of Cape Town. Tzvi and Josh join Amitai and Jonathan and are already making their mark in our Shul and around town! Josh & Tzvi will co-host the shiur after the brocha titled […]

Gear Up!

Dear Friend, Of all Israel’s marvels, the Iron Dome has to rank up there in the top tier of high-tech ‘miracles’. On our Marais Road Shul Israel Tour almost 4 years ago, we landed at the beginning of the first Gaza war and actually witnessed the Iron Dome intercept a missile! Not only did this […]

Good Shabbas!

Dear Friend, From last week’s “power Shabbas” (that’s what it’s called when the Shul is almost as full as Rosh Hashanah), we now enter into a Shabbas of Smachot! Mazel tov to former Shul president Stephen and Renee Gore on the upcoming marriage of their son Neil to Terri Haarburger! Neil was one of the […]

Unexpected Winners

Dear Friend, We humans are hard wired to like the underdog; to revel in the victory of the unexpected. Why else would Nike throw more money than ever at an athlete no one ever heard of till this week, called Wayde van Niekerk? Simply put, we are suckers for a good rags to riches tale […]