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By Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Dear Friends,


Just announced: Israel retains 11th place in the United Nations Global Happiness Survey! Is this not unbelievable?! A nation surrounded by mortal enemies threatening its very existence, with the possibility of a terror attack being a daily reality for all its citizens, and they're happier than most of the world! Is this not something mind-boggling?! To give this some perspective, the United States fell to 18th place from 14th last year!

I am sharing here some excerpts from The Times of Israel newspaper.

Israel has retained its spot as the 11th happiest country in the world for the fifth year running, according to the United Nations' annual "World Happiness Report," published Wednesday. The Palestinian Authority came in 104th place, Lebanon in 88th, Jordan in 90th and Syria in 150th in the listing of 156 countries.

The report, which also for the first time evaluated 117 countries by the happiness and well-being of their immigrants, notes that Jews who immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union have much better lives than before they immigrated, even though they still have problems. However, it also places Israel, which turns 70 in May, among the countries that are less tolerant of migrants, and that do not accept migrants openly.

Israel's overall No. 11 position was helped by its health system; the report placed the Jewish state in sixth position for improvement in life expectancy, after Japan, Iceland, Italy, Switzerland and Canada.

Europe's Nordic nations, none particularly diverse, have dominated the index since it first was produced in 2012. In reaching No. 1, Finland nudged neighboring Norway into second place. Rounding out the Top 10 are Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.

The happiness revealed in the survey derives from healthy amounts of both personal freedom and social security that outweigh residents having to pay "some of the highest taxes in the world."

On Friday, speaking to Fox News talk-radio host Mark Levin during an official trip to the US, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said, "And people say, well, 'How can that be? Must be a fluke,' but [Israel's ranking] keeps going up and they say, 'How can it be? It's a country in this horrible neighbourhood, you've got terrorism, you've got radical Islam, you've got challenges,' but it comes up ahead of most countries in the world," said Netanyahu.

I agree completely!

Here at SydShul, our newly opened Youth Bayit is being enjoyed by our young people immensely. The Sydney and Naomi Seeff Shul is up and running and so is the Games Room with lots of interesting things to do. The garden at the back is also being very well-patronised, mainly for soccer. Enjoy guys! And if anyone would like to get involved in further sponsorshipswe have lots of opportunities, big and small. Please speak to Rabbi Stern.

And this Monday evening, I will be doing our final CAJE lecture in the outstanding 'Great Debates' series which takes place at 7:45 p.m. when we will discuss Chassidim vs Misnagdim. Why did the Vilna Gaon ban Chassidism in the 18th century? Is the battle over? Have you ever heard any snide remarks? Are YOU involved?!

Even if you didn't book for the whole 4-Week course you may still attend the final lesson. All welcome. Entrance is R100.Don't miss it!

Sinai Indaba was great. Although all the speakers were very good, I personally found Rabbi YY Rubenstein the most entertaining and he had a good message too. I enjoyed his terrific sense of humour and his Scottish accent.

Thank you to those of you who have already responded to the RABBI'S PESACH APPEAL. Please respond generously andASAP which will help me, help you, help others enjoy Pesach. You can do an EFT or bring your donation to the office. If you are writing a cheque, please be careful to put in the correct Account Name as the banks are becoming very strict due to all the fraud. Rabbi Goldman Discretionary Fund. FNB; Norwood Branch Code 258 624; Account Number: 503 600 89 202. G-d bless you! The sooner we can get the donations in, the sooner we can distribute. And may we all enjoy aKosher and Joyous Pesach.

This Shabbos is quite extraordinary. We will be taking out 3 Torahs in the morning. One for the Parsha of the Week, one for Rosh Chodesh Nissen which falls on Shabbos and the third for Parshas Hachodesh which is always read shortly beforePesach and deals with the Paschal Lamb back in Egypt. So there's Hallel too at 9:15 a.m.

Ladies, there's another Shabbos morning Shmooze this week with Rebbetzin Estee Stern 10 – 10.30 a.m. in the Community Centre. Coffee, tea & refreshments will be served.

The Brocha is across the road and is sponsored by Saul Glass in honour of his Oifruf.

This will be followed by a Social Shabbos. Enjoy a good shmooz with friends. Make new ones too.

MAZEL TOV to our BAR MITZVAH boy, Daniel Kruger, his parents Barry and Ilana Kruger, grandparents, Arnie and Lynn Kruger, Sharlyn Diamond, and Rhona Jacobson. Much nachas. Enjoy!

Mazel Tov to Chayale Goldman on her Bat Mitzvah and to her parents Mendel and Devorahle Goldman and grandparents Rabbi and Rochel Goldman and Rabbi Dovid and Gita Schurder and great grandmothers Bobba Shula and Savta Schurder.

Then on Sunday, we have a BAT MITZVAH Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. All welcome. It's always very beautiful and entertaining too with Chazan and Choir. I hope you will join us.

Mazel Tov to these very special young ladies:

Tanna Bernitz, and her parents Geoffrey and Janice Bernitz.

Alexandra Cohen, and her parents Lance and Lisa Cohen.

Jordi Kubelun, and her parents Simon and Judy Kubelun.

Ella Ohana, and her parents, Oshri and Esti Akrish.

Lexa Pesskin, and parents Shaun and Nicole Pesskin.

Gabriella Scott, and her parents James and Janine Scott.

Sienna Sharfman, and her parents Leon and Jodi Sharfman.

And we have an Oifruf too. Mazel Tov to Saul Glass and Tamsin Hill on their forthcoming wedding, and to the parentsMelanie Glass, Keith and Marcia Hill, grandmother Yvonne Hill.

Brian & Vivienne Olwyn on their son Avron's marriage to Talia Cohen, in Israel. Parents Stephen &

Arlene Cohen, grandparents Dorothy Getz, Rhona Gross & Judy Cohen

Mazel Tov to Ivor and Connie Chitterer on their grandson's Bar Mitzvah in Australia.

Mazel Tov to Bernice Tradonsky on the birth of a great granddaughter in the USA.

Mazel Tov to Mike Abelheim on the birth of a grandson and Connie Abelheim on the birth of a great-grandson named for late Sam.

We extend sincere condolences to Ilan Ossendrywer on the passing of his mother Zelda. Long life and only simchas in future, please G-d.

We wish Refuah Shleimah, a complete and speedy recovery, to: Peter Kahn, Gary Levitan, Alex Zwarenstein, Arthur Hurwitz, Genevieve Scheepers, Gerald Lichter, Charmeon Seeff, Joan Porter, Joe Rosen, and Brenda Blecher.

Forms for Selling your Chometz are now available from the office or call Shirley to have a copy e-mailed to you.

The Pesach Ladies Shiur with Rebbetzin Estee Stern, entitled "A Pesach Panorama" is on Sunday 25 March at 9.00 a.m. in the community centre. Please note change of date.

Rabbi Stern will again be offering a Pesach Kashering Service on Sunday 25 March from 9.00 a.m. – 12 noon. Metal utensils only and they must be perfectly clean and unused for the previous 24 hours. Thank you, Rabbi!

The office will be open on Sunday 25 March from 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon for Pesach business only

Please note: All account queries must be sent directly to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 010 312 5377 and not the Shul office.

We are trying to upgrade our Brides Room here at Shul. If anyone has some decent furniture, couches or chairs they are looking to dispose of, please speak to Jonty Cohen. Thank you.

Please remember, when looking for a venue for your private Simcha, be it a Bris, Barmy, Battie, Engagement, or Wedding please consider your own Shul's beautiful facilities in our Community Centre. You may now use any Beth Din caterer of your choice at our venue.


So, may I strongly recommend that you should now be booking your Shul's halls for all your simchas and functions. For smaller events, up to 120 people, we have the lovely Elk Hall. Bigger events, up to 300 people can be accommodated in theSeeff Hall. To book your next function, call Shirley on 011 640 5021.

The Selwyn Segal Gift Shop is once again very busy with Pesach gifts. There's also a late-night shopping on Tuesdayuntil 8 pm!

The Torah Academy Annual Pesach Wine Sale at Kosher World's Pesach Market is happening this Sunday 18 Marchfrom 9.00 a.m. I suggest you stock up on low alcohol sweet wine, or dry wine, for the Four Cups. Makes a big difference to your enjoyment of the Seder.

CHREIN for Pesach: Horse radish raw roots. Large R75 per kg; small R58 per kg. 250 ml Bottled white R58 per bottle. Contact Malcolm Niselow 076 546 6682 or e-mail orders to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Did you know that you can go to our Shul's website to find your Hebrew birthday, or a Yahrtzeit. Go towww.sydshul.co.za and click on the icon on the top right. And on the top left you will find the YouTube icon for all our latestShul videos. Have a look at our Miracle at Entebbe which now has well over 800,000 views!

Terry Wainer is looking for employment opportunities. He is very experienced in admin and supervision of business. He is responsible, neat and methodical. Call him on 064 784 3999


This week's Parsha is Vayikra as we begin the 3rd of the Five Books of Moses, Leviticus. Vayikra is all about theKohanim, Levites and the services in the Holy Temple of old. Animals were brought up to the Altar. They had to be kosheranimals - cattle, sheep and goats. One who could not afford, could bring a kosher bird, or even a humble meal offering of fine flour. The main thing was that, rich or poor, it be done with genuine sincerity in a desire to get closer to Hashem. Almost all the animal meat was eaten by the Kohanim and their families and the families of the donors. Only the Olah, the BurntOffering, was offered up completely to G-d on the Altar. Some were Sin offerings for atonement of sins committed unknowingly or inadvertently. Others were Peace offerings, brought on happy occasions, like a Thanksgiving offering when one was spared from difficult situations.

As mentioned earlier, this Shabbos there are 3 Torahs! It is also Rosh Chodesh Nissan, and Shabbos Parshas Hachodeshrecalling the first Paschal Lamb and Seder in history, back in Egypt.


Shul Schedule

Friday Mincha 5:40 pm

Shabbos Candles: 6:05 pm (GETTING EARLIER NOW!)

Shacharit: 8:30 a.m. - Shtibl 8:45 a.m.

Brocha across the Road. Sponsored by Saul Glass.

Social Shabbos

Shabbos Mincha: 5:45 p.m.

Shalosh Seudos

Shabbos ends at 6.54 p.m.

Mincha during the week: 6:00 pm.

Shachris Sunday 6:15 am and 7:30 am

Shachris Monday – Friday 5:40 am and 7:00 am

G-d bless. Hope to see you in Shul.

Remember: "When Adar comes in, we increase in joy!" Even though Purim is past, we still need to keep powering ourSimcha, up and up!

Zei gezunt, Gut Shabbos and Gut Chodesh!


Posted 28 Adar 5778 / 15 March 2018


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