Oy, thank goodness we have arrived at the Knock out stages of the Super 18…..not enjoying it anymore, as it is tooooo long, and GR888888888 games are far between….
The Highlanders beat the Reds, who have sunk to rock bottom…..The Jaguares beat the Rebels, BUT…..it was very close, and of course being at home just adds a few points each game……. In a last appearance for the Cheeeeeeeetahs and Kings, they fought hard, and eventually the Cheeeeeeeetahs managed to win by a point……Must say that the last few years, the Cheeeeeeeetahs have groomed many Shpielers who then moved on, and it will be a pity to see them go…..The Kings, unfortunately are very far away, in the ‘bos’, and although they have had some BIG wins the past two years are not sustainable, and better Shpielers will move on, and methinks they would never be up to standard…. Sooooo to the ‘Marathon Man’, Johnny Birin, I say “well played to your Homeboys from Port Elizabeth” for a few games, BUT….they are not good enough…….Yes, you and me will debate the matter for many years to come….
Methinks a shock was the Sunwolves giving the Blues a Klap………did not think they could win……The Chiefs took care of the Brumbies quite well, and the Brumbies have also been ‘Shlegg’ the past few seasons……. The Hurricanes-Crusaders was a real tough game, and the Crusaders, who were unbeaten, where taken down in a very hard fought match….. The Force hammering the Waratah’s was another one that I did not see coming…..The Force played good Rugger to totally outclass the ‘Tahs…. The Bulls played much better Rugger , BUT…..in the end, the Stormers stormed in and one the game quite easily in the end, after a scare in the middle of the second half……The Yellow card cost them big…..
The Main game for locals, was the much awaited Sharks-Lions game, which the Lions had under control for most of the game….. Eishhhhhhhh, Jantjies still making silly, basic mistakes, like the short 25 drop out……What a Schmuck…..has to tighten his game…….
An Arab Sheik was admitted to Hospital for heart surgery,but prior to the surgery, the doctors needed to havesome of his blood type stored in case the need arose. As the gentleman had an extremely rare type of bloodthat couldn't be found locally, the call went out around the world. Finally a Scotsman was located who had the same rare blood type. After some coaxing, the Scot donated his blood for the Arab. After the surgery the Arab sent the Scotsman a new BMW, a diamond necklace for his wife, and$100,000 US dollars in appreciation for the blood donation.
A few months later, the Arab had to undergoa corrective surgery procedure. Once again, his doctor telephoned the Scotsmanwho this time was more than happy to donate his blood. After the second surgery, the Arab sent the Scotsman a thank-you cardand a box of Quality Street chocolates.
The Scotsman was shockedthat the Arab did not reciprocate his kind gesture as he had anticipated. He then phoned the Arab and asked him: "I thought you would be more generous than that - last time you sent me a BMW, diamonds and money, but this time you only sent me a lousy thank-you card and a crappy box of chocolates?"
To this the Arab replied: "Aye laddie,but I now have Scottish blood in me veins". (Ja Neeee)
The Ladies Wimbledon Final was one way traffic in the end, with Venus not having the ‘Keach’ or Big Match temperament, to hold onto the first set, and after that it was ‘Yis Ka Dal’……. The men’s final was E-mazing, and Roger Federer, was simply superb….Who would haave believed that he could take an 8th. Wimbledon title, with such ‘Menchlitkeit’….very humble winner….Wow , he just keeps on playing superb tennis……..
After a disastrous start to the Test series against England last week, the Protea’s looked much better……and somehow, ‘Moered’ the English big time…..Patient battling and accurate bowling, with some good captaincy saw the Protea’s Tukka take England apart….. What always worries me is if we can keep the tempo…????
Methinks that Faf has made a huge stabilizing difference
“Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still have a big impact.”
“Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.”
“As a young man I prayed for success. Now I just pray to be worthy of it.”
“The minute that you’re not learning I believe you’re dead.”
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
“We do not fall in love with the package of the person, we fall in love with the inside of a person.”
Good fortune ― remember it's fickle; misfortune ― remember it'll pass.
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
Ezra Goldstein, father of Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, who has been in the legal profession all his life has written some quite brief thoughts on the existence of G d and the authenticity of the Five Books of Moses. They can be read on www.theverdict.co.za …Quite fascinating reading, and he has done it in different sections (called Insights...) I will be reminding you about his Shtick called; The Verdict and he goes on to show why he concludes that G-D does exist…….in the conclusion
The Maccabi games have been E-mazing according to visitors….except the heat…they are ‘Shvitzing’ something terrible …… The Rugger seniors was won by the USofA (??) and Souff Effrikka came second…..Eishhhhhhhhhh……Israel last year’s winners, seemed to battle this time, and Argentina, after a good start just faded….. The Seven’s was won by the ‘Young’ Bokke…..The seniors cricket was won by Souff Effrikka, and we did well in the bowls, Sokka and netball…… Maccabi the third-largest sporting event in the world, housing 10,000 athletes and attracting over 20,000 additional fans, the 20th Maccabiah Games is nothing short of a logistical masterpiece…..and the games are held all over Israel….sure we will get an updated report on how our ‘Local-Yokels’ did….. Pictures; …………http://stantgsm.com/category/pictures/4
Yossi was the ‘Shammus’ at Shul and needed some supplies from a cupboard near the Rabbi’s office that was seldom used and was secured with a lock.
Yossi didn't know the combination, so Rabbi Solomon offered to give it a try.
Rabbi Solomon placed his fingers on the lock's dial and raised his eyes heavenward for a moment, saying a few words quietly in prayer.
Then he confidently spun the dial and opened the lock.
Seeing how impressed Yossi was with this demonstration of faith, the Rabbi smiled and confided,
"The numbers are written on the ceiling." ( OY……..Vy)
Eli is a Genealogist of note……….. Eli Rabinowitz – 'Gib A Kuk' at his blog…E-mazing news from 'Der Heims' & The 'Beloved Country'…. http://elirab.me/
From Keidan to Ra’anana to Orlando ……….
The Main Durban Shul in Essenwood Street, was sold, and the community just celebrated the creation of a smaller small just around the corner, and had the opening last week….. The new Durban United Hebrew Congregation’s Shul is the Silverton Road Shul, where they had the opening last week….. looks like an E-mazing Shul….. Rabbi Zeckry, who has been the Rabbi in Durban for MANY years officiated, and it was a very nice opening, with members and Gabboim from both Shuls (Izinga) and the Chairman Maurice Sacher did the honours ( Maurice is the Brother of Silvia Goldberg, who with her Late husband Benny ,ran Benny Goldberg’s ‘Amolikke Yoren’) Rabbi Lebowitz also read out prayers……. Graeme Kluk , who is one of the Gaboim, fixed a Mezzuza on the door….. Graeme was in the Army with me in 1971 ( http://stantgsm.com/view-post/lenz-1971--40-years-have-flown/637?page=2 ) … Graeme & Ivan Strous were in the Army, and were both from Durban…… Mazzies to Ivan on the birth of an Eingingkel in London last week….. Issy Fisher is another that I know as he has a brother in Coligny, Leon Fisher, who I grew up with the family…….. Jonathan Beare was out from Israel for this important milestone….. Got a few pictures from my Old Lichtenberg Chaver, Cecil Sher, who was in Durban for 40 years, now in Slaaaaaaapstad..Pictures; http://stantgsm.com/category/pictures/4
An elderly woman lived on a small farm in Canada, just yards away from the North Dakota border. Their land had been the subject of a minor dispute between the United States and Canada for years.
The now widowed woman lived on the farm with her son and three grandchildren.
One day her son came into her room holding a letter.
"I just got some news, Mom," he said. "The government has come to an agreement with the people in North Dakota. They've decided that our land is really part of the United States.
We have the right to approve or disapprove of the agreement. What do you think?"
"What do I think?" his mother said. "Sign it! Call them right now and tell them we accept!
I don't think I could stand another one of those Canadian winters!" (Ag Neeeeeeeeeee…)
MY NAME IS ASHER LEV … A Play by Aaron Posner Adapted from the Novel by Chaim Potok …. Directed By Moira Blumenthal
Starring Robert Fridjhon, Louise Saint-Claire & Alan Swerdlow
Studio Theatre, Montecasino …..26 July – 3 September…an Absoluuuuut must...
See http://www.stantgsm.com/category/info/15 for write up and details …
Got an e-mail from my old Chaver Marc Hummel, who works at Bikker Cholim ( means looking after the sick)……They send 80 Yiddisher Kinderlach to their Campsite in Lakeside, J(M)uizenberg every year, entertain and clothe them….a once in a life time treat for the Kinderlach……
Shabbos Care Packages – for Yidden who have to spend time in hospital, each week they try and make the Shabbos experience a little easier for those people who unfortunately have to spend Shabbos in hospital. They try and deliver packets that include Challah rolls, grape juice, some sabras, sweets, chips, drinks, some words of Torah and spices for Havdalah. It doesn’t replace the Shabbos meals, but it makes their stay a little easier. If anybody requires one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, as the institutions are starting to withhold info on patients admitted…..
Going forward, they will be building the world’s biggest piece of fudge in September and selling pieces off in order to raise funds. If anybody can assist with a good recipe and ingredients it would be much appreciated. Volunteers MORE than welcome
They have their our own show on Chai Fm every Wednesday morning between 9-10am…..They rely on all of these projects’, and many others to bring in much needed funds, theyrely on communal funding and if anybody is able to contribute towards any of these, please call Marc on 011 4403606 or email email@example.com Bikkur Cholim is a VERY old organization, and is in many countries, and they do E-mazing work, especially on their hospital visits…..
John Burgess ,the author and originator of the book, ‘The Road through the Grove’ will be in Tooo-Run-Tooo on the 26th. July, @ Dave & Busters and wants to meet ex Pat Joburgers, who remember the area from the Old Joburg Drive In, past KES, and anything on either side of the BIG LB (Louis Botha Avenue) …….. The sad thing is that landmarks, and things that everyone remember from their childhood days are fast disappearing, an dthe latest Icon to go is the “ Doll’s House”….. They have said that it is being knocked down and will be gone forever……. You can contact Chang, at Michael Koff’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org … See all details at; ………. http://www.stantgsm.com/category/pictures/4 ... Tukka a night of nostalgia, and just such a ‘Lekker’ evening discussing the ‘Good ‘ol days…….
Rochel falls pregnant, and every night she prays to ‘Hashem’ for triplets…this goes on for months, and when she finally has the Babies, it is ‘Tukka’ triplets, and the Doctor is E-mazed …and says “Rochel what was the praying for triplets”..????
Well she says; One for Gezundheit, one for Nachus and one for Parnassa…..
Men can read smaller print better than women can; ……women can hear better.
Which day are there more collect callsthan any other day of the year?
Father's Day (That figures…)
"Will the father be present during the birth?" asked the obstetrician solicitously. "Nah," replied the blonde mother to be. "He and my husband don't get along."
Aspire to inspire before you expire.
Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.
The irony of life is that, by the time you’re old enough to know your way around,
…….You are not going anywhere.
It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial rates ….
And blamed it on the cost of living.
A Good Shabbos reader, Leon Moss (81) lives in Israel, and as a past time, writes about the goings on in his retirement village in Israel ( not Protea), near Netanya ……….. Leon is also an ‘old’ boy of Highlands North High School………he mentioned that he has a few ‘Meisa’s’ and I said send them to me……I have put it on the info section…. Click here; http://stantgsm.com/category/info/15
An elderly couple learned to send text messages on their mobile phones.
The wife, a retired college English instructor with emphasis on the Classics, was an unapologetic romantic; her husband, a retired salty Navy chief petty officer of thirty years’ service, was a no-nonsense guy.
One afternoon the wife went to the local Starbuck’s to meet a friend for coffee.
While awaiting her friend’s arrival, she exercised her new skill by sending her husband a romantic text message:
"If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send me your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking, send me a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears. I love you."
The husband responded: "I'm in the Looooo Please advise.("Almost brings a tear to my eyes”)
The Johannesburg Jewish Male Choir is celebrating 32 years of entertainment to the Jewish Community of South Africa. The first performance was in Johannesburg, in 1985 in memory of Cantor Johnny Gluck z”l. This year is unique, in that the Choir will be paying tribute to one of its founder members, Musical Director, Accompanist and Secretary, Evelyn Green, who has made the JJMC her life-time career over and above all her other musical commitments. Evelyn was my next door neighbour in 5th. Street, Orange Grove…. The JJMC proudly welcomes Cantor Aryeh Leib Hurwitz, currently resident in New York. He is a young Cantor, with a lyric tenor voice, much sought after for concerts and Synagogue services. Aryeh Leib has generously accepted the prestigious invitation to “sing for Evelyn”. She also celebrates her 70th birthday this year. May Hashem continue to bless her.,,,, Local Soloists, Ivor Joffe, Russel Lurie, Mark Shapiro, Ezra Sher and the talented Brill brothers will combine with the JJMC.Sunday, 29th. October, at the Auto-General theatre – Mandela Square ..See ….. http://www.stantgsm.com/category/info/15 ...for details.........
Most 'First Class' students get technical/academic degrees and become Doctors. Lawyers, and some Engineers. The 'Second Class' students pass,and then get Accounting, MBA degrees and become Administrators and control the 'First Class'. The 'Third Class' students pass, enter politics and become government Ministers and control both of the above. Last, but not the least….The 'Failed' studentsjoin the underworld and control all the above. And those who do not attend any schoolbecome Swamis, Gurus, and other "spiritual" leaders and everyone goes to them for advice. (Kolskooooooot………)
Well done to Cyril Green on winning Best Comedian last week….Cyril tells a joke, like nobody can…..and when I watch these YouTube clips of ‘Old Jewish Men telling jokes’ I lag……if only they could hear Cyril tell a ‘Yiddisher’ joke as it should be told……. Cyril of course was in the Biltong & Pot roast (jokes) team ‘Amolikke Yoren’ with some other Yiddisher GR8888888’s……. Len Davis, Mel Miller, Con Travis etc……..
A few ‘Yidden’ have just been on a visit to “ Der Heim” ( Lithuania) and they want to know if there are any ‘Yidden’ from the Shetl of ‘Pilviskiai …Drop me a note if you are connected to ‘Pilviskai’… email@example.com
Learn from yesterday live for today hope for tomorrow …..
Looks like ‘Ooooom Jacob’ is here to stay till the end of his disaster in 2019, hopefully….He could still say ‘I want to stay’ and who knows….. Strong rumours this week that the ‘Balabos’ was offered R2 billion to walk away and a full amnesty…. Some stalwarts of the ANC are saying it’s NOT a rumour an dit was put on the table, BUT….Jacob has rejected it, as it would prove that he is guilty…… (Eishhhhhhh he is thick skinned) …Methinks they would be Mishuga to put an offer like that on the table, as even if it was true and he took it, what about all his Chavers that would still be there….A bunch of ‘Skelms & Tsotsis’………. https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-07-15-trainspotter-the-a-bomb-a-r2-billion-amnesty-package-for-zuma/#.WWpzerkUnX5
The Gupta’s never fail to make headlines every day, and quite E-mazing that there has been Absoluuuuuuuutly ‘NO move from the Judiciary/police to start to take action……. The sad thing is that a few ‘Yiddisher’ Boychicks’ are also implicated in this Zupta Skandaaaaaaaaaaal, and who knows what will happen…????
Quite E-mazing how quite ‘Young Julius’ has been with all the ‘Zupta’ goings on….. Who knows maybe there are a few E-mails that he knows might appear ..???
Die ou Oom vertel vir iemand hoe lekker dit vir hom is om oud te wees.
"Is die lewe nog opwindend oom?" vra die jong man.
"Maar natuurlik, Boet. Vat nou maar Dinsdagoggend.
Ek en my vrou gaan eet ontbyt en loop in die Mall rond.
Toe ek uitkom staan daar 'n verkeersman 'n boete en uitskryf.
Ek stap na hom toe en se: Is jy mal in jou kop?...
Hoe kan jy vir 'n ou man 'n boete uitskryf?"
Die verkeersman vererg hom en skryf sommer ook 'n boete uit vir die chip in die voorruit.
Ek skree op hom:" Is jy nou heeltemal besimpeld?"
Toe skryf hy 'n boete uit omdat die lisensie verval het.
Ek skree weer: "dis nou tipies wat mens van jou soort kan verwag!
Jy gee nie eers om vir ander mense nie.
Toe skryf hy 'n boete vir die bande wat te glad is en teen hierdie tyd is hy al rooiwarm kwaad vir my.Hy druk sy vinger teen my bors en sis deur sy tande: "en jy meneer, is in elk geval te oud om te
En toe se ek: "wel daar stem ek met jou saam."
Net toe kom ons bus en ek en my vrou klim in.
Jy moes die verkeersman se gesig sien.
Ek voel nie sleg vir die bestuurder van die kar nie, want agterop was 'n sticker wat se:
I love Malema ….. (Ag Neeeeeeeeeeeee…….)
As more and more E-mails that were leaked, are gone through in detail, more and more companies are being included in the whole capture story, and the EOH/ SAP involvement is dazzling……..What I cannot understand is how soooo many E-mails were leaked, and no one seems to know for sure from where and who…. An article suggests that the EOH boys, the MacKays make the Gupta family look small…?? http://www.iol.co.za/business-report/sas-own-guptas-danny-and-jehan-mackay-10323452
One of the biggest ‘Gunnifs’, and useless Ministers, Bathabile Dlamini seems to get away with everything, and after the Sassa Pensions disaster, she survived, and her CEO Magwaza has just resigned, due to intimidation, and she just sits back, accepts the resignation, and goes back to the feeding trough……Actually, I am not sure if any major Government tenders are legally acquired these days…… ?????????
A secondary school teacher was arrested today at Heathrow Airport as he attempted to board an international flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a pair of compasses, a slide-rule and a calculator. At a press conference, a Border Control spokesman said he believes him to be a member of the notorious extremist Al-Gebra movement.
He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the Police with carrying weapons of maths instruction.
'Al-Gebra can be a problem for all of us', the Spokesman said.
'They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.
They maintain secrecy by using secret codenames such "X" and "Y" and refer to themselves as "unknowns" but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.'
As the Greek Philosopher Isosceles used to say, "There are three sides to every triangle".
When asked to comment on the arrest, the President Jacob Zuma said ……
"If G-d had wanted us to have better weapons of maths instruction,
He would have given us more fingers and toes."
Fellow colleagues told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President. ." (Einaaaaaaaaaaaagh……….)
Gerald David’s Taxi Service is available for reliable and friendly airport shuttles and more. Contact Gerald on either 082 907 5507 or 011786 6580 (The ‘Yiddisher Shlepper’) ………. firstname.lastname@example.org
"Elazar the Kohen said...‘This is the Torah decree which God commanded Moses.”
~ Numbers 31:21
We call him ‘Moshe Rabeinu’ - Moses our teacher, because he taught us the entire Torah. Of the myriad of laws, Moses said all but two.
How come Elazar taught this one?
Because Moses forgot it. He was in a temper and the halocha simply escaped him, even though his anger was justified.
Like inebriation, anger numbs the senses, reduces alertness and causes temporary amnesia. When driving, we avoid both drunkenness and rage.
Should the rest of life be any different?
FOR the MOST 'Jacked up' 'Yiddisher' Wedding registry, 'Gib A Kuk' at; www.binuns.co.za …… Online Helpdesk … 0861 772 665
Happy 70th birthday to Basil Hummel, who celebrated his birthday at Sandton Shul, where he has been the Shammus for as long as I can remember….The Shul honoured Basil for his kindness and work he does for the Shul….The Marc Hummel from Bikkur Cholim is his Zunnelle, and methinks the whole community knows his other Zunnelle Brett (Humvie), who works in Durban these days and stays at the Izinga complex….The Hummel’s were my next door neighbours ‘Amolikke Yoren’….Many more Basil & Edith in good health… http://www.stantgsm.com/
Mazeltov to Carrie (Miller) & Yoel Strous on the birth of their Prince Jonah Adam in London last week…. Yoel’s Dad Ivan Strous, from Durban was in the Army with me, and of course is related to my good Chavers, Max & Libby Strous (Israel)….Ivan is in the meat business in Durban still….Mazzies to the whole Mishpocha….. Pictures; http://www.stantgsm.com/
Mazeltov to Nurit and Dave Gordon on their 50th. Wedding anniversary……Dave was a Highlands North old Boy, and I played Aquilians Hockey with dave in 1968 …he played for the ‘Old’ boys team, which had a GR88888 Geeeeeeees in those days….Guys like Rod Wainer, Smerkowitz, George Roth , Toby Behr etc were very close…..Dave late Boet Ezra, also played hockey with us, and the other Boet , Solomon was the Chairman of the Governing Body at Highlands North High for many years…. Mazzies to the whole Mishpocha….Pictures; http://www.stantgsm.com/
Mazeltov to Michal (Taylor) & Akiva Crouse on your Chasene in Israel….Mazzies to the Crouse & Taylor families….. Akiva is the Boetie of Jason Crouse, and Jason took some E-mazing pictures of the Chasene……Mazeltov to the whole Mishpocha….Pictures; http://www.stantgsm.com/
Sincere condolences to the Lutrin family on the loss of their Beloved Julie….Julie’s Zunnelle is Milton Lutrin, who has been at the Sandton Shul as long as me…..Julie actually moved into my Late Mom’s flat at Golden Acres….. Sincere condolences to the family….
Sincere condolences to the Kramer family on the loss of their Beloved Melvyn….’Melvyn was Melvyn’, a rough diamond, BUT….. a Gutinka….His daughter Nikki was at school with my Daughter Lauren….Melvyn was originally from Klerksdorp……. Sincere condolences to the whole family….
MANTIS SECURITY TIP (Call 011- 487-1000) of the week:
Credit cards are starting to become a major part of the Gunovim crime….
Although scamming/duplicating/ broken ATM’s that recorded cards have been around for years, there is a new, dangerous trend….
The Gunovim are attacking people of the streets, loading them into cars, and demanding PIN numbers, and they entering the details into a mobile credit machine, which send the data , and the Master Computer then passes the Info on, and they clean out accounts…
A tip is to have a very low daily limit, as this will not be such a loss…..also payment of account limits should also be the Minimum……
This month’s Noseweek (Losh ‘n Hora-Skinner) tells about clients who have had their safety deposit boxes cleared out at various banks, and the Banks not taking responsibility…….. until huge $$$$ are paid at lawyers to get them to accept responsibility……even though in a few cases it was known that Staff/managers were involved……. There are private facilities that offer boxes….that is maybe the way to go…??
Be ‘Wakker’ & ‘StreetwiZe’ all the time…………
Call; Mark Kramer @ MANTIS (011- 487-1000) for advice and sign up and discuss it with his experienced staff.
Have a peaceful, restful Shabbos...
From Stan and the Clan Smookler@netactive.co.za
Eerbare Makelaaaaaar van Suid Afrika ………
I have always been intrigued by the traditional way in which diamond merchants would seal a deal. They shake hands and say “Mazel and Brocha” (Good fortune and blessing). Once those few words have been said, the deal is done and it has all the power of a legal, contractual transaction. Apparently, things have changed in the industry of late, which is a pity.
At any rate, it was a tribute to the diamond fraternity that in their industry a word is a word. In some other industries, even a contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Here, the spoken word was always deemed to be binding and irrevocable. Interestingly, the Mazel & Brocha principle has been upheld in arbitration cases throughout the world.
This week’s first Parsha, Matos, opens with an injunction about the sanctity of our words. And Moshe spoke to the heads of the tribes…if a man takes a vow…he shall not desecrate his word, whatever issues from his mouth he shall do.
A word is a word. Promises are promises. And the words we utter are sacred and inviolate. If we disregard what we say, we have profaned and desecrated our words. That’s why many people are careful to add the words bli neder (“without vowing”) whenever they say something that might be construed as a vow. Should they be prevented from fulfilling their promises and be guilty of sacrilege, the words bli neder stipulate that their undertaking does not have the full force of a vow, making the offense less grave. Nevertheless, that disclaimer in no way diminishes the regard we hold for our words.
The question is why was this commandment given to the heads of the tribes? Surely, it applies to each and every one of us. The simple answer is that since it is usually leaders who make the most promises, therefore it is they who need the most cautioning.
Politicians are infamous for campaign promises, which - once they are elected - are rarely fulfilled. Like the candidate who promised to lower taxes if he were elected. As soon as he took office, though, he raised taxes. When he was challenged by the people about his unkept promise, he actually admitted that he had lied. The naïve electorate thought that was quite a genuine confession and promptly decided that he was the most honest politician they had ever met. We are a gullible people indeed.
Many books have been published on the subject of Business Ethics. While there are a great many laws and nuances to this theme, at the end of the day, the acid test of business ethics is “did you keep your word?” Did you carry out your commitments, or did you duck and dive around them? It makes no difference how other companies are behaving. It matters little whether our competitors are corrupt. We must honour our promises and that is the ultimate bottom line.
Whether in our business relationships or in the Tzedakah pledges we make to the Synagogue or to other charities, our word should be our bond. Even if we are worried about the immediate financial costs, we can be assured that with the passage of time, the reputation we will acquire by speaking truthfully and keeping our word will more than compensate any short-term losses.
So, leave the spin doctoring to the politicians. A Jew’s word should be sacred.