‘Get’ the facts

Dear Friend,


Get is the Biblical word for a divorce. Get it? I hope you don’t need to. But I certainly got educated at Bnoth Zion/ Wizo’s event this week. The excellent panel included Michelle Blumenau, founder of “Go Getters” and Rabbi Yoel Smith, a Dayan on the Beth Din. My shiur this Shabbas will focus on this topic, and will seek to dispel many misconceptions as well as share proposed solutions. Saturday 12pm.


At Wednesday morning’s daven e cafe, I presented a gift to Philip Abrahamson and Jonathan Gershuny who have recently taken on the Mitzvah of daily Tefillin. In support of their commitment, each was presented with a beautiful Tefillin bag with their names embroidered on the front. The bags were made locally by Astra and add a special touch to this Mitzvah. Mazel tov boys!


Speaking of Jonathan, it’s my pleasure to wish Jonathan and Kim Gershuny mazel tov on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Chloe! It’s game-on for Chloe and I know that her Bat Mitzvah journey has been special for her and her family. Mazels to grandparents Liz Lipshitz and Helen and Milton Berger. Enjoy the weekend and much nachas!


He lained, said the kaddish, and led the service- and he just turned thirteen! Mazel tov to Larry and Lindy Sack as their son, Yechiel (Ethan) Sack, celebrates his Bar Mitzvah this Shabbas. On Thursday morning the family gathered for Ethan to get his first Aliyah but got more than they gambled when the barmy boy did so much more. Ethan has completely embraced his Jewish transition to adulthood and we look forward to a great Shabbos. Mazel tov to grandparents Mel and Ingrid Goott, and Leon and Maureen Pevzner. Much nachas!!


Mazel tov to Dr. Abe Goss who is celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of his grandson Ben Goss in Johannesburg this Shabbas. Ben’s parents, Ray and Kim Goss, are dear friends and old neighbours and we wish them all much nachas!


Torah on the top! Diarise Wednesday, December 20 for our annual trek up Lion’s Head. It’s the last day of Chanukah and this year is going to have a crowd like never before! Make sure to wear appropriate footwear and bring water, as well as a (small) siddur. For the guys, shlep your Tallis and Tefillin as well!


Condolences to Rica Schlosberg on the passing of her sister, Kitty. May Hashem send you only good things and good health going forward.


Tonight I’ll host the monthly birthday blessings. Make sure your kid’s on the list so he or she can get a blessing- and a chocolate!


Shabbat Shalom and happy reading


Rabbi Dovid Wineberg