15 February 2018

Dear All,

The weather in the ‘Ou Transvaal’ is warm, with a lot of rain around, and they had some rain in the Cape, which hopefully helped a ‘Biesel’…..The weather reporters gave such hope for GOOD rains, BUT….it never happened on Friday…………the heavens opened this week and hopefully they got a Biesel relief….

The 6 Nations was again GR8888888 to watch, and SASFIN are the sponsors of the 6 Nations on TV…….with Ireland just too strong for Italians……BUT…..It was a full house…..

The England –Wales’ game was a Humdinger, and a very hard game….. 12-6 to England is a very tight score, in modern day Rugger….. I remember ‘Amolikke Yoren’ Rugger tests were won 3-0 many times…..BUT….teh modern game sees much higher scores….England are Tukka playing hard Rugger, and could just be the Hero’s at the next Rugger World Cup……

The France-Scotland game was hell of a game, with Scotland holding on to beat the French in a very fast moving game…..after last week’s heavy loss, what a comeback for Scotland………..Can they beat the POMS next week…?????

I saw my mate Charlie this morning, he's only got one arm bless him.
I shouted - "Where you off to Charlie?"
He said, "I'm off to change a light bulb."
Well I just cracked up, couldn't stop laughing, then said,
"That's gonna be a bit awkward init?"
"Not really." he said. "I still have the receipt, you insensitive ‘Mumzer’ ."
I woke up this morning at 8 and could sense something was wrong.
I got downstairs and found the wife face down on the kitchen floor,
Not breathing! I panicked. I didn't know what to do.
Then I remembered the local cafe serve breakfast until 11.30. ( Eishhhhhhh…)
Dankie Lenard for the Jokes…..

After being 3-0 down in the ODI series, the Protea’s just had to get a win in the 4th.Game, The Pink Test, at the Wanderer’s … The Wanderer’s looked E-mazing, and not often you get a full house, and after the Indian’s getting 300, and the Protea’s losing wickets early, I thought it would be a lost cause, BUT….along came the rain, and helped us contain a rampant Indian side to 300, and the Duckworth Lewis system came into effect …..and we really started losing wickets again, and when ABE was out many thought it was ‘Yis ka Dal’, BUT……the Manne somehow found the courage and skill to attack the spin bowlers, and we won….What a finish….. Maybe ‘Kockies’ injury was not such a shlegg thing, as the new ‘Wikkie’ Klaasen ‘Klapped’ a good innings…..OY, and then the 5th ODI, and the Batsmen again crumbled to spin…..Tragic cricket……..

Manchester United losing against Newcastle says it all….Jose is out of his league trying to get Manchester to the top….. Really sad with soooo much talent and to lose to ‘Tukka’ weaker teams in not on……..Liverpool got a win, and of course Manchester City are running away with the league……

A woman goes into the Bass Pro Shop to buy a rod and reel for her grandson's birthday. 
She doesn't know which one to get so she just grabs one and goes over to the counter. 

A Bass Pro Shop associate is standing there wearing dark shades. She says, 
"Excuse me, sir. Can you tell me anything about this rod and reel?" 
He says, "Ma'am, I'm completely blind; but if you'll drop it on the counter, I can tell you everything from the sound it makes.
" She doesn't believe him but drops it on the counter anyway. 
He says, "That's a six-foot Shakespeare graphite rod with a Zebco 404 reel and 10-LB. test line. 
It's a good all-around combination and it's on sale this week for only $20.00." 
She says, "It's amazing that you can tell all that just by the sound of it dropping on the counter. I'll take it!" 
As she opens her purse, her credit card drops on the floor. 
“Oh, that sounds like a Master Card," he says. 
She bends down to pick it up and accidentally passes gas. 
At first she is really embarrassed, but then realizes there is no way the blind clerk could tell it was she who tooted. 
Being blind, he wouldn't know that she was the only person around. 
The man rings up the sale and says, "That'll be $34.50 please." 
The woman is totally confused by this and asks 
"Didn't you tell me the rod and reel was on sale for $20.00? 
How did you get $34.50?" 
He replies, "Yes, Ma'am, the rod and reel is $20.00, the Duck Call is $11.00 , and the Bear Repellent is $3.50." ( Yislaaaaaaaaaaaaik….)

‘Yiddisher’ sportsman to watch in the Winter OY-lympics in South Korea…..

With the Super 15, only weeks away, Writer Bill Van Zyl know has a website, where you can read all about Rugger action …. www.billsrugbyblog.com

Those in the USofA can get their supply of Biltong, Droe Wors and other Souff Effrikken 'Gerichten' from Joburg Kosher Foods www.joburgkosher.com  details at http://www.stantgsm.com/category/info/15' … Offering 30% Bulk discount orders for Purim…… see http://www.stantgsm.com/category/directory/16 for details.............

"I’d rather go down in history as one lone Negro who dared to tell the government that it had done a dastardly thing than to save my skin by taking back what I said."  
"When I see the elaborate study and ingenuity displayed by women in the pursuit of trifles, 
I feel no doubt of their capacity for the most herculean undertakings." 
"Now all we need is to continue to speak the truth fearlessly, and we shall add to our number those who will turn the scale to the side of equal and full justice in all things." 
"I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end." 

"The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world. I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain." 
If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud. 
If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves 
I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. 
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else - 
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. 

Paul Simon (aka Frank Tapnack) has retired….some interesting comments…..

World’s biggest Salmon Bagel……………

Moshiach…????? Some insights…………

Good article on worldwide Cyber Crime… 

Chabad open’s in Iceland……….. http://www.chabad.org/news/article_cdo/aid/3935094/jewish/Reykjavik-Iceland-The-Last-European-Capital-Without-a-Rabbi-Gets-One.htm#utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_en 

Kosher Bagel shop opens in Vilnius, Lithuania…….http://www.lzb.lt/en/2016/02/02/the-smell-of-fresh-jewish-bagels-returns-to-vilnius/ 

The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra….. Biesel history…… https://vimeo.com/97556294

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/

The PURIM fever is here already with two weeks to go, and hard to believe that the year has just begun, and Purim is here…..I see that Chabad are have ing a Luncheon L’Chaim/Magilla reading at the Capital Hotel in Sandton (Empire Road)….

The Capital Hotel group is a newish group, run by the Wachsberger family, and they are growing at a tremendous rate, with E-mazing sites all over the Beloved Country…. The Shuls/Organizations are all having parties, and it looks like a ‘Groiser’ Purim ahead………

Things up North in Israel (Golan Heights) are not good, and one hopes that the action this past weekend, is a once off……BUT…..after Israel hit Syria hard, I am sure it will fester……..Not good, as they have soooooo many areas of conflict from the Gaza strip to the West Bank, and of course these Mumzers that are attacking innocent civilians all over Israel….and there is big talk of war with Iran…..Eishhhhhhh, lots of pressure….

An old Classiccccccccc…..
A husband and wife are waiting at the bus stop with their nine children.
A blind man joins them after a few minutes. 
When the bus arrives, they find it overloaded, and only the wife and the nine kids are able to fit onto the bus. 
So the husband and the blind man decide to walk.
After a while, the husband gets irritated by the ticking of the stick of the blind man as he taps it on the sidewalk, and says to him, 
"Why don't you put a piece of rubber at the end of your stick? 
That ticking sound is driving me crazy." 
The blind man replies, 
"If you would've put a rubber at the end of YOUR stick, we'd be riding the bus." (OY…)

The Sinai Indaba takes place on the 10th/ 11th. March at the Sandton Convention Centre and they have an E-mazing line up of speakers…..On the 13th March it is in Durban @ the NEW Silverton Shul on the Berea……..The Indaba moves to Slaaaaaaapstad on Sunday the 18th. @ the Century City Conference Centre… They are having a ‘Foodie Fest’ in Joburg only … To book https://www.sinai-indaba.co.za/site/book-now

Rabbi Shaun Wingrin runs the most E-mazing organisation that helps the aged who are not affiliated with Jewish care facilities, so either elderly who live alone, with a carer or in multi denominational homes, often with no children or family around. They do really E-mazing work and are running a raffle …. Rabbi Wingrin & family are originally from Pretoria, and I knew his Parents very well…..such ‘Gutinka’s’… Shaun started the “ Shiur in Sally’s Alley” a few years ago in one of the flats… GIB A KUK at the R50 raffle, and the GR888888888 prizes available, with the Flight to Israel donated by my Chavers Alan & Ronnie Kaplan of Harvey Travel - Birnam 


The 'Koppie' & Mountain climbers, Jeff & Jenni are still climbing every 'Koppie' & Mountain... http://lazarowhike.blogspot.com/     'Gib A Kuk’

Still climbing every “ Koppie” and posting the most E-mazing Pikchaaaaaaa’s on their website …… Hamblin Peak, Nevada, a flexible trail to the summit, overlooking a little of Lake Mead…..Nevada: Red Rock Canyon: Turtlehead Peak, always a great challenge. Some E-mazing Colour pictures….

Met up with Ido Sirton who was here for a few days from Israel…..Ido & Jeff Shull bought Stan & Pete from us in 2000….Chai years ago….. Ido went back to live in Israel and it is quite E-mazing that I ended up at his Zunnelle Adam’s Barmy….. Adam goes to the Army next year, how time flies…… good to see old Chavers, and we went to quite a few of the new Kosher eateries/butchers etc….. Pictures;

Big news in town about the retirement of the Investec founders, Steven Koseff & Bernard Kantor …. They have actually worked wonders and built the Bank to what it is today….. I am sure they will still be quite involved…. https://www.fin24.com/Companies/Financial-Services/investecs-stephen-koseff-bernard-kantor-to-step-down-20180206 

Abe Cohen, a stockbroker, received an urgent phone call one afternoon. 
"My name is Katz," the caller announced. 'About two weeks ago, my wife got a crazy idea and started turning tricks, asking me to line up customers for her." 
"Just a minute," Cohen protested. 
"You want Dr. Cohen the psychiatrist. 
His name is right below mine in the phone book. Many people dial me by mistake."  
"No mistake," came the reply. "I want you to invest all the money we're making." (Oy Vy …)

WIZO have an E-mazing morning meeting planned on 20 February – LADIES DAY: Join WIZO Johannesburg for this special morning: Fascinating! JACQUES PAUW, who is the ‘MAN’ at the moment having exposed so much wrong doing in the Government/Gupta areas……and ESTHER MOR (President World WIZO), Sumptuous Lunch. 9.30am for 10am. R720 (EFT Ref: Ladies). Space is limited. Get venue details when you booking. Book : (011) 645-2515 / wizojhb@beyachad.co.za 

Drove past the old Village Walk Shopping Centre in Sandton last week, and caught a ‘Skik’…..they are putting up 3 Massive buildings where the shopping centre used to be……E-mazing how many times they have rebuilt on this corner, and the previous Centre’s were….OY…..I am sure this new one will be a winner…… ‘Gonna take some Pikchaaaaaaaaa’s of the new Sandton buildings…..I cannot believe how many new buildings there are, and of course the MASSIVE Discovery building across the road from Sandton City is E-mazing, and behind that the Sasol headquarters is unbelievable… 

Very few ‘Yokes’ made me laugh as much as this ‘Schtick’, and when you think about it….soooo true….
As we progress into 2018, I want to thank you for your educational e-mails over the past year. 
I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.
I can no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, nor let the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.
I can't sit down on a hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.
I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one's nose.
Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years.
I can't touch any woman's handbag for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public toilet.

I must send my special thanks for the email about rat poo in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.
ALSO, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.
I can't have a drink in a bar because I fear I'll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone.
I can't use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.
Thanks to you I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.
Because of your concern , I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.
I no longer buy fuel without taking someone along to watch the car, so a serial killer doesn't crawl in my back seat when I'm filling up.
I no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer.
And thanks for letting me know I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life.
I no longer go to the cinema because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit down.
I no longer go to shopping centres because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.
And I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a huge phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore and Uzbekistan.
And thanks to your great advice I can't ever pick up a dime coin dropped in the car park because it was probably placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.
I can't do any gardening because I'm afraid I'll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.
If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhoea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbour’s ex mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's best friend's beautician!
Oh, and by the way...
A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mails with their hand on the mouse. 
Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late.
P. S. I now keep my toothbrush in the living room because I was told by e-mail that water splashes over 6 ft. out of the toilet. ( Now you have yourself a wonderful day……)

In this fast modern world, things are moving soooo fast, and ever changing…… Women laying Tefillin, Men wearing dresses, Rebbetzin’s wearing Taliesin, Poland denying involvement in the holocaust etc, etc... BUT…..when I watched the Southern Kings play Ulster in in the PRO 14 Rugger tournament….and ‘Ripley’s believe it or Not’, the Ref was a women, a ‘Blondie’…Eishhhhhh , what is going on…??? Surely there are enough men to Ref men’s game…..after all this is ‘Rugger’…..Must say she was quite a good Ref, BUT……‘Rugger’ is ‘Rugger’……what happens when the ‘Okes’ Vloek (swear) at each other……. Ag Neeeeeeeeeeeeeee, the old days of Rugger are being broken down, and when one thinks about some of the Great Ref’s in Men’s Rugger ….Eishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..???? 

One day a blonde came home from school and came to her mother and said, “Hey, Mommy! Mommy! Today in school we learned to count. The other kids could only count to three but I can count to ten….. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!”
The mother responds, “Very good honey.” The blonde asks, 
“Is that because I’m a blonde mommy?” And the mother responds, “Yes dear.”
Next day the blonde came home and went to her mother and said, “Today in school we learned our ABCs! 
The other kids could only get to D but I can get to K! …. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K!”
The mother says, “Very good honey.” The blonde then asked. 
“Is that because I’m a blonde, Mommy?” The mother responds, “Yes dear.”
The third day the blonde come home from school and said to her mother, 
“Mommy today in school we went swimming! But I was the only one who had breasts. 
Is that because I’m a blonde, Mommy?”
And the mother responds, 
“No Honey, it’s because you’re twenty five.” ( Einaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah….)

Barney Levinthal’ always used to send me jokes ‘Amolikke Yoren’, and they were GR888888888 ones…. Barney called me the other night and said he had a few Joke books that he did not need, so I picked them up…… What Barney called a few were two boxes of joke books from around the World…Dankie baie Barney….I will start reading through and getting some new ‘Yokes’….

Law Pertaining to Divorce
Be a good housekeeper.  When you leave him..... Get a good lawyer ...keep his house.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. 
Following the birth of our daughter, the nurse told my wife that she would have to take it easy. So for the next six weeks,  "You can't do any lifting, swimming, driving, sex..."   
My wife stopped her there!  "I can't drive for how long???”

Shappy’s Dried fruit in the Shtetl, next to Nussbaum’s have just got in the freshest Mango’s & Guava’s….. E-mazing selection….. See details at ; http://www.stantgsm.com/category/directory/16 

Anne Sclar's saying for the week….. Travelworx ; travelworx@telkomsa.net

Sometimes I pretend to be normal, BUT….It gets boring, so I go back to being me….

Eishhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, BUT…..this Jacob Zuma has everyone ‘Fapakt’…….and held on to the last minute….Methinks that all this talk about him facing the courts & ‘Cheder’ will not materialize, as JZ is toooo cunning…..By holding on till the last minute, he still caused chaos & confusion, and I am not sure if anyone in parliament actually knows who they support, and ‘Young Julius’ is on the side-lines ‘Kleibing Nachus’…….. This confusion will be good for his EFF (Everything For Free) party….

Yesterday, he had the ‘Chutzpah’ to deliver an interview on ‘HIS’ Captured SABC, and tell everyone that he does not know why he has to leave……Still claims that he has never been charged, and that no one can tell him why he has to go ….Really quite sad when one thinks of how silly that interview was…… Never mind all the theft, what about JZ just not running the country for the past few years, and more time has been spent with his ‘Shlegg’ deeds than running the country…..

Last night, he kept everyone waiting at 10pm for another half an hour, and eventually delivered his resignation report……the laugh had disappeared, and it was a Seriaaaaaaaas speech, about how good he was for the country, etc. His ‘lame’ request for everyone to please not be violent/cause division due to his leaving…(Ag Neeeeeeeeee), I am sure that virtually everyone is happy he is going, except the ‘Gunovim’ in Parliament, and there are quite a few…. No one will ever be happy after the mess Jacob created, and going forward they will give a go at any move……They are now upset that JZ was not impeached, and it could (??) mean that he rides into the sunset like his Chaver ‘Uncle Bob’ from ‘Zim-BOB-We’ with a ‘Duk’ pay check every month , unless someone gets the charges going, BUT….I doubt it, as I am sure the Buffalo already assured Jacob they would take it easy, IF he resigned… 

A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool on the aviation frequencies. 
This was his first time approaching a field during the night-time, and instead of making any official requests to the tower, he said, "Guess who?"
The controller switched the field lights off and replied, "Guess where!"

An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying XYZ airline." He said that in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally, everyone had gotten off except for this little old lady walking with a cane. 
She said, "Sonny, mind if I ask you a question?" 
"Why no, Ma'am," said the pilot, "what is it?" 
The little old lady said, "Did we land or were we shot down?" ( Mmmmmmmmmmmm..)

Yesterday, they also started arresting a whole lt of Gunovim, related to the Diary farm fraud in the Free State….’Rumour’ has it that a few of the Guta’s were arrested..??? I would be surprised, BUT…..we will hear in the next day or two…..

They say two people did not celebrate Valentine’s Day yesterday; Jacob & Oscar!!!
“End of an Error (era)…???
Zuma quote ; “A man who lives in a rondavel cannot be pushed into a corner”..???

See http://www.stantgsm.com/category/jokes/5  NEVER seem soooooooo my cartoons on social media……

Sad to see that Morgan Tzvangari passed away after suffering from Cancer.  He was the ONLY opposition to ‘Uncle Bob’ in Zim-BOB-We…….not sure if the new Balabos will have an opposition in the upcoming elections…..

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’) ………. davids2@telkomsa.net 


80 word ‘Vort’ by Rabbi Yosef Solomon

Dedicated to the Refua Sheleima of Chaya Leah bas Yaffa
“Hammered-out shall the Menorah be made.”
~ Exodus 25:31
Arguably Judaism’s most recognized symbol, the Menorah expresses our mission to shine light into a dark world.
None of the other Temple-vessels needed a description of their manufacturing process, so why specify that the Menorah must be “hammered-out”?
Because the Menorah represents wisdom and spiritual growth, which are only attained through effort and even pain.

The growth we seek emerges from the ‘hammering’ we experience from life’s challenges. It’s not pleasant while we’re taking it, but the result is beautiful.​

FOR the MOST 'Jacked up' 'Yiddisher' Wedding registry, 'Gib A Kuk'   at; www.binuns.co.za    …… Online Helpdesk … 0861 772 665

Happy birthday to Simmy Lager on his 89th. Birthday this week…..Many more young man….Simmy’s late Schvester Becky, was married to Benny Michael……Simmy sent me a Vort on getting old….Gib A Kuk at ; http://www.stantgsm.com/ 

Mazeltov to Gabrielle (Cutler) & Russell Isakow on their engagement ….Mazzies to Ewaldé Cutler and Isaac & Claudine Isakow ….. Go back a long time with the Cutler family, having done Ewalde & The Late Dr Gary Cutler’s wedding at the old Jewish Guild ‘Amolikke Yoren’…..Still remember Ewalde’s parents coming from Bloemfontein to the Big City for the Chasene……. I knew Russel’s grandparents very well, The Late Sickey and Phyllis Isakow ….and his Uncle Leiz, who sang in the Sandton Choir for ‘baie jare’ (Now in USA)…Lots of mazel….. Pictures;

Mazeltov to Stacey (Epstein) & Darren (Bloch) on their engagement in Melbourne…..

Mazeltov to Michelle & Raymond Bloch and Ros & Paul Epstein….. Gosh, when the ‘Blochies’ left a few years ago, I bought Raymond’s Merc, which got ‘Gupped’ a few weeks later….. Our Kinderlach were at King David Victory Park together…….Paul was at Highlands with us, and his Boet Herbert was in my Class @ Highlands …….and the oldest Boet, Late Lewis was in my brother’s year…… Stacey & Darren were here for Alon Berger’s Chasene and I met Stacey…… Mazeltov to the whole Mishpocha…… http://www.stantgsm.com/


MANTIS SECURITY TIP (Call 011- 487-1000) of the week:
  • ‘Yidden’ visiting the ‘Beloved Country’ must always be aware of the dangers when landing in Souff Effrikka….or anywhere else……
  • Always try and get friends and family to fetch from Airport…..at the moment the Gautrain in Joburg is 100%, and running on time….always go as far as Sandton/Rosebank….Marlboro is not a good stop for good ‘Yiddisher’ travellers
  • When leaving the stations be wide awake, and make sure you know where you are going/preferably someone meeting you….
  • If hiring a car always be on the alert that you are not followed from the Airport………and watch the speeding traps….there are ‘Zillions’……
  • Try not to drive after dark, if you are not sure of the area you are visiting….
  • Never leave any valuables, Passports etc in Hotel rooms…..
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


Eerbare Makelaaaaaar van Suid Afrika ………

Cell- 082-4547860

Parsha of The Week 

Rabbi Yossy Goldman,’                                                                                BH    
Sydenham Shul,
C/O ‘Beloved Country’   


Giving or Getting?

The very first Israel United Appeal was launched this week. Our Parsha deals with the first fundraising campaign in history. Moses initiated it in order to build the Sanctuary in the wilderness as well as to acquire all the materials needed for the special utensils required for the sacred services. This is, therefore, a good time to talk about the art of giving.

The holy Rabbi Israel of Rizhin said that while some people claim that “If you give you are a fool and if you take you are clever,” Jewish tradition teaches us that those who give and think they are only giving are, in fact, the fools. But those who give and understand that they are also receiving at the same time are truly wise. 

The truth is that in giving, we actually receive more than we give. And not only a slice of heaven in far away paradise but even in the here and now. Certainly, in our relationships – whether family, business or social – our generosity is often reciprocated, and we find the other party responding in kind. But it goes beyond giving in order to get back. The very fact that we have done good, that which is right and noble, gives us a sense of satisfaction. “The takers of the world may eat better. But the givers of the world sleep better.”

This explains the unusual expression in our Parsha, V’yikchu li terumah – and you shall take for me a contribution. Why take? Surely, give would be the more correct term. But because in giving we are also receivers the word take is also appropriate. For the same reason we find that the Hebrew expression for acts of loving kindness is Gemilus Chasodim. It is no mistake that this is in the plural form. Because every time someone performs a single act of kindness, at least two people are benefiting - the receiver and also the giver.

I have seen people over the years who were good people, giving people, who shared and cared for others. Then, after years of being givers, they stopped. Why? They became frustrated at the lack of appreciation for all their hard work. After all they had done for others; they never even got a simple “Thank You.” So they were disappointed, disillusioned, and in some instances, even bitter. They resigned from public life and from whatever community services they were involved in.

How sad that they didn’t realize that even if human beings are notoriously unappreciative, G-d Almighty takes note of every act of kindness we perform. And He responds with infinite blessings in His own way. Our sages taught that if we express regret over the good that we have done we might well forfeit all the merits we would have otherwise deserved.

The Rabbinate is one of the helping professions. Anyone involved in a congregational position doesn’t only make speeches and teach Torah. One is called upon to serve in a pastoral role – visiting, helping, counseling, comforting. While it can be very taxing and often emotionally draining, it is without doubt a source of deep satisfaction; particularly when one is able to make a real difference in people’s lives. 

There are, of course, many people I have been privileged to help in one way or another over the years. One feels a very profound sense of purpose knowing that you were able to help someone through a crisis, or lift their spirits in a hospital, or give them hope and solace in a time of loss. Sure, I was the giver. But I received so much back in return. My life was rendered so much more meaningful and worthier for having helped a person in need. 

I shall never forget the look on a young woman’s face when I gave her the good news that I had managed to locate her wayward, absentee husband and convinced him to sign on the dotted line to give her the long awaited Get that would finally free her to get on with her life. She was so radiant, absolutely beaming with joy. Whatever efforts I had made on her behalf were well worth it just to see her feel the freedom. 

So, whenever you think you’re a big deal because you did something for a good cause, remember; you are receiving much more than you are giving. Let us all be givers and be blessed for it.

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