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 do it while hanging out in your own Sukkah, then you really have it made!

The cost of your own Lulav/Etrog set is just 687 Rand and the deadline is today! Email tanya@tonz.co.za or call Tanya 072 435 4591 now and order your set. DIY Sukkah’s are also available at very reasonable prices.

This year, don’t tell your kids about Judaism…show them!

We ushered in the New Year with a number of smachot. Mazel tov to Hannah Soffer on the birth of a great-granddaughter just before Rosh Hashanah. And Mazel tov to Herschel Stein on the birth of a grandson!

As Yom Kippur approaches, make sure you’re prepared for this most awesome Day of Atonement. I’m not just talking about hydrating yourself and weaning off caffeine…Check the Shmooze for a brief checklist of things to do on Erev Yom Kippur. (For more extensive prep, click here)

At Marais Road Shul, we really have you covered this Yom Kippur! Children and youth services are held throughout; Rabbi Hecht’s alternative service/youth minyan in the Small Shul has proven hugely popular and welcomes all; and of course our main service is running on all cylinders! And if you’re a teenager then you stand a chance to win a free helicopter ride for you and three of your friends! Just come to Shul (this Shabbas included) and check in with Rabbi Hecht, our Bachurim or one of the Maddies and you could be on your way.

My wife Sara joins me in wishing you a meaningful fast and a transformative Yom Kippur.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Dovid Wineberg