For everything, a season

Dear Friend,


King Solomon wisely stated, “For everything, a season”. This weekend we enter into the Jewish mourning season as we recall the devastation and exile brought about through the destruction of both our Temples in Jerusalem (some 2000 and 2500 years ago). Known as the “Three Weeks”, it is bookended by two fast days, the17th of Tammuz and Tish’a B’Av.


The first fast day is this Sunday, and we don’t eat or drink from dawn to nightfall. In Cape Town, the fast begins on Sunday at 6:32am and ends at 6:07pm. May our collective prayers and spiritual efforts bring about the fulfilment of our greatest contribution to civilization, yet to be realized- the arrival of Mashiach and a universal era of perfection.


During the Three Weeks we do not make weddings or any celebration with live music. But we could celebrate good moments! So mazel tov to Joel & Ethne Abramowitz who are in Israel celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Adam Abramowitz. Much nachas!


Mazels to Alec & Thelma Cohen on their 60th Wedding Anniversary and to Harry & Shooshy Buchinsky on their 56th Wedding Anniversary!


And Mazel tov to Shirley Levitt on her grandson, Ethan Levitt’s Bar Mitzvah this Shabbas at Chabad of the West Coast. Enjoy the Nachas!


A warm welcome to our junior Torah readers this Shabbas, Yehuda Hecht and Eli Shnapps. Shkayach!


Our city is still in shock over the murder of strawberry farmer, Jeffrey Zetler. I got to know Jeffrey when his daughter Zara married Shawn Rudnick and, like everyone else, admired his remarkable blend of personal drive and communal responsibility. Our hearts go out to Zara, her mom Beverly and sister Nicky, and their families. Only Hashem can heal their broken hearts and we pray they are granted strength and comfort.


The annual South African Rabbinic Conference is being held next weekend in Israel. I was proud to recommend that Rabbi Hecht represent our community at the conference and we wish him and Rebbetzin Chani a wonderful and inspiring trip.


Shabbat Shalom and happy reading!