GOOD SHABBOS 4 10 2018

Dear All,


The weather has Tukka been VERY hot in the ‘Ou Transvaal’, and rain is very scarce at the moment…..although we did get the rain I predicted on Friday night..

Hope the weather in Slaaaaaaaaapstad improves, as I am going down for a few days to do some work Presentations to Companies for Medical Aid and also attending the Masinter Chasene at Suikerbossie , which should be a blast…..

NO letter next week ………………


Rugger Championship, 5th round was a ‘Humdinger ‘ ….. The Bokke after their E-mazing win against the All Blacks managed to beat the ‘Wallies’, BUT…..if this is top flite Rugger, the game is in ‘Tzorris’….. soooo many basic errors by both sides, missed passes, knocks a plenty, and all the other errors that should not be made by Shpielers this high up the Rugger ladder……  The Bokke made a Huge amount of tackles, and Methinks that intercept try that they scored in the first minute set the tempo…..we again played like ‘Wieldes’, chasing every ball, and the rush attacks, like last week, just never let the Wallabies settle down…..and of course we had home advantage….. Phew , at least my prediction of a win was correct, BUT…..it was an ugly win……BUT…as Naaaaaaaasty Botha says; It’s what is on the score board that counts, and a win is a win……. This win sets the Boks up for a great chance of a win against the All Blacks this weekend……. The AB’s have been on the road for two weeks, and we could just force a win, by playing ‘rushed’ Rugger and upsetting their rhythm……..


Rassie I don’t think can change the plan (what plan…???) , BUT he will have to sharpen up on the aimless kicking into the opposition hands, which in turn gives them easy possession….This was a big problem in the last two games, and if they kick aimlessly against the AB’s, methinks we will get punished badly……. Malcolm Marx the Hooker had another shocker, and I am really surprised after the GR88888 performances lately….(Unfit..??) …hopefully he finds form as Bongi Mbonambi is Tukka ‘Oy Vy’ as a hooker……. Notshe..??? Not my type of ‘Loosie’ ….. 


The All Blacks –Puma game was another hard fought game many, many errors, and one wonders why there are soooo many basic errors…….They did end up winning with a Bonus point, and have now won the 2018 Rugger Championship... BUT…. I still believe they will put everything into the Test to go home with another win….. As I had said many times, every now & then the All Blacks will lose….BUT…..the just don’t lose toooooo often…….


Manchester United are ‘Yis-Ga-Dal’ ….never mind not getting anywhere this season, I think it will go further with them losing big support….Because they are playing really ‘KAK’ Sokka, losing is one thing, BUT….effort and style will still keep the loyal supporters….one only has to look at Arsenal & Liverpool, who are still playing positive Sokka, even though they are not winning toooo much silverware, the Fans are behind them…….Hiring Jose was a massive mistake, and his ‘buys’ have been a disaster……. Guys Like Sanchez, Matic, Dukarku are E-mazing Shpielers, BUT….have arrived and done very little….Won’t even mention Pogba, who he should NEVER have bought, especially for that price……. My Old Chaver Selwyn Josset came from the USofA and was at the game, and reckons first goal was offside, then an own goal and that was it….Says the West Ham fans were going Mishuga……also agrees that things are not good on the field, and also off the field….. Liverpool & Chelsea played to a draw, which saw them till in the top 3, with Manchester City doing all the right things……  


The Ryder Golf Cup was E-mazing to watch…..what a course, and the crowds were Humungous……. Nearly 200,000 spectators over the 3 days, and the Europeans were toooo good for the Emericaaaaaaaaans …..Lovely sport spectacle…….

 

The Protea’s have started Cricket again, and they are Tukka battling against Zim-BOB-We, with the Batsmen battling to make runs…… Not sure how much worse they can get……. And all we hear about is ‘Good’ preparation for next year’s ODI World Cup……We not ‘gonna feature…..Had to reply on Dale Stein to make runs..???


Q. How bad is the South African batting?
A. the selectors are thinking of moving Extras up the batting order.
Q. What is the main function of the South African coach?
A. To transport the team from the hotel to the ground.
Q. What's the South African version of a hat-trick?
A. Three runs in three balls.
Q. Why don't South African fielders need pre-tour travel injections? 

A. Because they never catch anything.

Q. What do you call a South African with 50 runs against his name?

A. A bowler.
Q. Why is Philander cleverer than Houdini?
A. Because he can get out without even trying.

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' …...


There is a crack in everything;  that is how the light gets in  - Leonard Cohen

“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.”  Attributed to Sonia Ricotti. 

'Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.' — Kurt Vonnegut 

"When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that's my religion." —Abraham Lincoln     

“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” —Yogi Bhajan

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. — Neale Donald Walsch 

Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car. – Garrison Keillor

Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human. - Tony Robbins


“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.” — Carl Gustav Jung

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. - Steve Maraboli

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. - Dalai Lama 

If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. - Dale Carnegie

“Slow, steady progress is better than daily excuses.” - Robin Sharma 

Your imperfections are marks of authenticity and that is the beauty of you. - Isaac King Fowler


Netanyahu's UN speech a masterpiece ……….

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5360147,00.html 


Nikki Haley's speach - Christians support Israel …………

https://israelunwired.com/haleys-speech-israel-room-standing/


'The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel' by Uri Bar-Joseph ….

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2016/09/07/how-israel-ignored-its-most-valuable-spy/ 


Eli Buzaglo’s version of Boi Kala  …. E-mazing……….

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ECvWko7OXnU?rel=0

Yiddisher Slaaaaaaapstad….. Photography quite E-mazing…..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_LKriBR6aA 


Namibian President Wants Land Expropriated to Boost Black Ownership ..Why Not ?

https://www.sapeople.com/2018/10/01/namibian-president-wants-land-expropriated-to-boost-black-ownership/ 


The weather is soooooooo unpredictable, and on Shabbos Sandton Shul had the ‘Kippalive’ Boytjies, and it started raining, and very few people made it to Shul on Friday night……. They were very good, and it was similar to a Bnei Akiva service…..Quite E-mazing that a few of the Choir have Souff Effrikken connections….. The Chag this weekend at Sandton was very ‘Lebbedik’, and Monday night was a ‘Blast;’ for the Kinderlach, and the Hakafot drew a large crowd, and they danced into the garden where they had ‘Sou Shushi’ making Sushi, and ‘Jackie Chan’ was in attendance ….. …. The sixth aliyah is considered a great honor, since it contains the final words of the Torah. The person who gets it (having usually bid for the honor) is known as the Chosson Torah (or Chatan Torah, Groom of the Torah) and is called up in a lengthy Hebrew poem full of flowery praises for the Torah and its “groom.”… Sandton’s Chatan Torah was Eyal Shevel, who is the Zunnelle of Dr & Anat Shevel…. And he made a very humourous speech……and when the Torah has finished, and ready to begin anew, this aliyah, which is also a great honor, is known as the Chosson Bereishis (Chatan Bereishit, Groom of Genesis) and Sandton’s Chatan Bereishit was Barney Treger…. Barney was in my Class at Highlands and Tukka spoke very well……and both speeches were very nice to hear….…. it all ended with a Simchat Torah lunch for 400 people, which was enjoyed by all ………. NO Pictures ,Yomtov


Cohen the Mishugana………

Morris Cohen was a patient in a mental institution and he argued long and hard that he must be served only kosher food. 

Finally, sick of arguing with him and unable to avoid the extra work and expense, the director of the institution relented and with much expense he had kosher meals specially prepared daily. 

Sometime later, on the Sabbath, the director was strolling around the grounds, when he came upon Cohen sitting in a chair and smoking a cigar. 

"Wait a minute, Cohen," he said. 

"I thought you were so religious that we had to bring in special food for you. 

And now you are smoking on the Sabbath!! What a hypocrite!!!" 

"But doctor," Cohen replied. "Did you forget? I'm ‘Mishuga." ( Oy Vy………..)


The seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshana Rabbah, and is considered the final day of the divine “judgment” in which the fate of the New Year is determined. It is the day when the verdict that was issued on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is finalized. Sunday was Hoshana Rabbah, the final day of repentance, and for many years I have been at the West Street Shul in Houghton, for Hoshana Rabbah , and they serve Soup & Kreplach after the service with a ‘Bissel’ Hot beef, Sausages, eggs and all the ‘Manne’ favourites……Ronnie & his Boet Alan and Cindy have been arranging it for many years, and it is a very nice ‘ Davening’ to be at ; Pictures; http://www.stantgsm.com/category/pictures/4 ... The Chief Rabbi comes every year, and the Shabbos Project is in 3 weeks’ time…26th.-27th October….… Eishhhhhhhhh, the time is flying……..Dat’s in 3 weeks’ time…… and I see Rabbi Ari Kieveman and Chabad are having a Shabbos weekend at Hunter’s Rest ….. Wow, it had to start sometime, BUT……only 3 weeks to book…. See details at…….. http://www.stantgsm.com/category/info/15  see some E-mazing stories from around the World on the Shabbos Project… I LUV the Pakistan one…. http://go.pardot.com/webmail/592641/289788027/f54b505a06a9c1dfa8f5e3d5e2ddf553c80f99442ad37fa44261aa2bc142fe7b 


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  Romania: Romania: Craiului Mountains: Two ridge hikes to reach a couple of peaks on two different occasions plus a Catalonia omelette.  

A snippet of Malyovitsa Peak, too


Abe Cohen arrives at Shul on Sukkus , and on the corner he sees a Red BMW, with a ‘Popke’ (Kugel) ‘Oys Geputzed’ ( Dressed up) with clothing and jewellery and I wondered 

How could she afford it all…??? And then I looked at the number plate and it read “Get 3”….

(The Kaylikka’s will get it eventually…….) Dankie Ivan, Gr88888 joke….


Over Succoth I went to most probably two of the longest running Sukka’s in Joburg…First was the Krok Sukka at Summer Place, which was started by Solly and his Late Boet Abe, at the Twins pharmaceuticals offices in Isando (Near the Airport over 40 years ago, and Dave Slasky used to arrange it in those days……and on Friday I went to Ronnie & Alan Kaplan’s Sukkah which has also been going for nearly as long ….Met ‘old’ Chavers at both … Pictures; http://www.stantgsm.com/category/pictures/4


Dave and Cindy had some friends over for Shabbat dinner when the subject of marriage counselling came up.

"Oh, we'll never need that. Cindy and I have a great relationship," Dave explained.

"She was a communications major in college and I believe it or not, I received a minor in theatre arts."

“How does that help you?” asked their guest.

"Cindy communicates really well and I am very good at acting like I'm listening."


Quite E-mazing how the road department work…… without any warning, many HUGE trucks arrived and re-tarred a few streets around my house…… not sure how they knew which roads to do ( all actually need it) and dit a Biesel here and there…..and even without heavy rains, the Pot Holes are reappearing…..Not quality work, and as I say, what a Zig Zag they followed, and the roads are not much better, BUT….The traffic and mess were there…..


While enjoying an early morning breakfast at one of the Waterfront restaurants in Cape Town, Gatiep and one of his 'Tjommies' were discussing everything from snoek, biltong, penny polony and the weather, to how things used to be in the "good old days in District Six." Eventually the conversation moved on to their wives.

Gammat turned to Gatiep on his right and asked, "Gatiep, aren't you and your wife Maraai celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary soon?"

"Ja man, we sure are," Gatiep replied. 

"Well, are you gonna do anything special to celebrate?" asked Gammat.

Gatiep pondered this for a moment, then replied, "For our 25th anniversary, I took Maraai to Kimberley. For our 50th, I'm thinking 'bout going up there again to pick her up.


What did the duck say when he bought lipstick? ……… "Put it on my bill."


In a Catholic school cafeteria, a nun places a note in front of a pile of apples, "Only take one. God is watching." Further down the line is a pile of cookies. 

A little boy makes his own note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."


Business at the moment is very Shwagg in general ,and things are tight….and to add to the misery is the news of the R1 per litre of petrol, and they reckon it will still go up another rand or two before year end, which will really effect every type of business…

And the R20 a litre is not far off with the surge in the crude oil price and the sanctions on Iran could see $100 a barrel for oil, and then we will be in ‘Shtogg’ street ….. and they are now warning that electricity is going to Tukka increase next year, and Methinks it’s time to invest in a Candle factory, as that is what we will be able to afford…..


“Mincer the Shlepper”… Paul Mincer has been singing in the Sandton Shul choir, and he does ‘Shlepping’ ….Besides Airport runs, Sun City etc., he also does ‘Shlepping’ of confidential documents…… 083-5426480 see http://www.stantgsm.com/view-post/businees%20card---paul%20minsker/5860 for details.......


A priest was called away for an emergency. 

Not wanting to leave the confessional unattended, he called his rabbi friend from across the street and asked him to cover for him. 

The Rabbi told him he wouldn't know what to say, but the priest told him to come on over and he'd stay with him for a little bit and show him what to do.

The Rabbi comes and he and the priest are in the confessional. 

After a few minutes a woman comes in and says "Father forgive me for I have sinned." 

The priest asks "What did you do?". The woman says "I committed adultery." 

Priest: "How many times?" Woman: "Three times." 

Priest: "Say two Hail Mary's, put $5 in the box and go and sin no more."

A few minutes later a man enters the confessional. 

He says "Father forgive me for I have sinned." Priest: "What did you do?" 

Man: "I committed adultery." Priest: “How many times?" Man: "Three times." 

Priest: "Say two Hail Mary's put $5 in the box and go and sin no more."

The Rabbi tells the priest that he thinks he's got it so the priest leaves.

A few minutes later another woman enters and says "Father forgive me for I have sinned." Rabbi: "What did you do?" Woman: "I committed adultery." 

Rabbi: "How many times?" Woman: "Once."

Rabbi: "Go do it two more times. We have a special this week, three for $5." ( Oy Vy…………)


My old Chavers Myrna & Vincent Airey who stay in Sydney are visiting the ‘Beloved Country’…. Myrna was at the King David Linksfield Nursey School for 32 years, many of them as ‘Balabos’……. Go back 65 years with Myrna and her family…. We were friendly with her Dad & Mom, Bessie & Dave Katz, and her 2 Schvester’s, Vivienne Hamburger  and Louis Maselle…… They were Tukka know as the ‘Katz Schvesters’ and they were all very involved in Spanish dancing…….. Spent many Yomtayvim together with the KATZ family, and when my Bobba passed away, Myrna took over the wine making, until she went to Sydney…… Was very nice seeing them again…..I did visit them in Sydney a few times……. Myrna is still teaching (Does many Locums) …….how the years have flown…..they used to come to visit us in Lichtenberg, and it used to take nearly the whole day to get there….. Picture;

http://www.stantgsm.com/category/pictures/4 


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/

Eli is still presenting all his material after his visits to ‘Der Heims’ recently……. Eli has travelled Europe many times, and has visited soooo many of the villages that our Souff Effrikken Parents/Grandparents came from…..


Rabbi Cohen was known for his constant preaching about the need to nurture children with warmth & love.

Once during shul renovations, he noticed some children playing in the concrete leaving their foot prints. 

Irritated he reprimanded them.

A congregant asked, “Why did you shout at them?” to which the Rabbi replied,

“I love children in the abstract, not the concrete.”

Practice what you preach! ( Otazay…..)


The water situation in the Cape seems to have had a boost with quite a lot of winter rainfalls, and the Dams feeding into Cape Town are reported to be over 70% full….never hear about this good news story….. Obviously they will still have to be VERY careful, as it gets used up very fast…….


Dainius Ambrazaitis will be in Souff Effrikka next week and will be assisting Litvak’s in getting EU Passports….. ‘The only charge is if the application is successful’….  See http://stantgsm.com/view-post/lithuanian%20ancestry%20%20passport%20assistance/5829  for details .. I have a Litvak passport, and have used it many times to book overseas trips, as it is accepted by the USA/Canada and many other popular destinations….. and the saving in VISA fees/convenience is unbelievable, 


TV license collector knocks on Meraai’s door. Dja “Wiesit ????

Collector; Here to check your TV license

Sophie; One het nie a TV nie.

Collector; But there’s a TV antenna on the roof..????

Sophie invites the collector in and takes him to the fridge.

Wat sien Djy Da …???

Collector ; Milk

Sophie: Sien djy koeie in die yard. ???

No Ma’am..

Sophie: We ‘bogger’ off then…. (Ja Neeeee…)


Bus accidents continue to be a curse, causing many passengers to lose their lives, while being transported…… In Natal there have been 3 bus accidents causing many deaths and 100’s to be injured, and when the investigations start, in many (most) cases it is Driver negligence, and many Drivers have been found to not be properly trained to handle public busses….


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

Confidence is like respect you have to earn it…….


The husband was angry when he found out that his wife had been cheating on him. 

He shouts at her, “I will play second fiddle to no one!" 

She replies, "Second fiddle? You're lucky you're still in the band!"!

Mary’s dishwasher quit working so she called a repairman. Since she had to go to work the next day, she told the repairman, “I’ll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I’ll mail you a cheque.”

“Oh, by the way don’t worry about my dog Spike. He won’t bother you. But, whatever you do, do NOT, under ANY circumstances, talk to my parrot!” 

“I REPEAT; DO NOT TALK TO MY PARROT!!!”


When the repairman arrived at Mary’s apartment the following day, he discovered the biggest, meanest looking dog he has ever seen. But, just as she had said, the dog just lay there on the carpet watching the repairman go about his work

The parrot, however, drove him nuts the whole time with his incessant yelling, cursing and name calling. Finally the repairman couldn’t contain himself any longer and yelled,

“Shut up, you stupid, ugly bird!” 

To which the parrot replied, “Get him, Spike!”

( Einaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah ……….  See – Men just don’t listen! )


The UN is a place for ‘Blapses’, and many have made big ones there in the September get together of all the Nations of the World……. This year it was the Turn of the ‘Buffalo’ to make a speech, and when replying to a comment about Farm murders and Land grabs, confidently swept it aside say in the people reporting it were not properly informed…. Eishhhhhhhhhhhhh, what a ‘GROOOOT Blaps’ and going forward he will have GR88888 difficulty in convincing anyone that it is a correct statement…….. Has Tukka lost a lot of credibility……  https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-09-27-watch--theres-no-land-grab-in-sa--ramaphosa-lambasted-over-farm-murder-lie/ 


Chappies.. Did U know ……….

http://stantgsm.com/view-post/chappies%20 %20fascinating%20story/5408

Sound travels 4.3 times faster through water than in air 

When 2 zebras stand side by side they usually face each other in opposite directions to keep an eye out for predators


The Zondo commission into State capture is very ‘Balabatish’, and the revelations are quite startling……..Only problem is, will anything actually come of this excellent work being done…???? Methinks at the end, it will show just how much we were Captured, and that’s where it will end…….. Of course ‘Young Julius’ is ‘shtogging’ from the side lines and threatening everyone one in sight…….and this is helping him get more and more of the ‘Rabble’ behind him, and come next year’s election we are going to be shocked at the amount of support he gets, and he will then be able to ‘juggle’ his support with the other parties and actually ‘stifle’ any kind of good Governance…. And the evidence that ex Finance Minister Nene is revealing now, is explosive, and puts ‘JZ’ it a tight spot, BUT…..methinks nothing will happen to the ‘Manne’ ….Nene is giving a detailed account, and ‘Young Julius’ could be in Tzorris for threatening him…???? https://select.timeslive.co.za/news/2018-10-04-a-power-drunk-zuma-and-those-gupta-meetings-nene-lets-rip/ 


The school inspector is assigned to the grade 4 class in one of the local schools. 

He is introduced to the class by the teacher.

She says to the class: "Let's show the inspector just how clever you are by allowing him to ask you a question." The inspector reasons that normally class starts with religious instruction, so he will ask a biblical question.

He asks: "Class, who broke down the walls of Jericho?"

For a full minute there is absolute silence. The children all just stare at him blankly. Eventually Sipho raises his hand. The Inspector excitedly points to him. Sipho stands up and replies: "Sir, I do not know who broke down the walls of Jericho, but I can

assure you it wasn't me."


Of course the inspector is shocked by the answer and looks at the teacher for an explanation. Realizing that he is perturbed, the teacher says: Well, I've known Sipho since the beginning of the year, and I believe that if he says that he didn't do it, then he didn't do it."

The inspector is even more shocked at this and storms down to the principal's office and tells him what happened, to which the principal replies :

"I don't know the boy, but I socialize every now and then with his teacher, and I believe her. If she feels that the boy is innocent, then he must be innocent."


The inspector can't believe what he is hearing. He grabs the phone on the principal's desk and in a rage dials the Minister of Education's telephone number and rattles the entire occurrence to him and asks him what he thinks of the education standard in SA.

The Minister sighs heavily and replies:

"I don't know the boy, the teacher, nor the principal, but just get three quotes and have the wall fixed!!"  ( Bittere gelechte) ………


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Mazeltov to Karen (Shapiro) & Brett Kaplan on the Batmitzvah of their Princess Gabriella…… Mazeltov to the Grandparents, Doc Neville & Audrey Kaplan and Linda & David Shapiro…… The Batmitzvah is in NYC, and Chavers & relations are making their way to New York for the Simcha……Wow, where do I start….??? Brett was a Stan & Pete waiter ‘Amolikke Yoren’, and Karen’s Dad is SASFIN’s local ‘DJ’…… Neville was (is) my Doctor for over 40 years, and Tukka was ‘THE’ Doctor to our whole family , from my Late Bobba, to my Zunnelle Joel……. I have been very lucky to see Neville a few times on his trips back home……. And as I will be away next week, and there is no letter, a BIG Mazeltov to Tracey (Kaplan) & David Frankel on the Batmitzvah of their Princess Raquel in Boston the week after …That’s a double Mazeltov to Grandparents Neville & Audrey Kaplan…. Mazzies to Jill and (Hilly) Chimes and Jonny and (Shelly) Frankel …… 


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Sermonette Bereishis


                                           The Psychology of Sin


If we are all descended from Adam and Eve, then it stands to reason that our characteristics - both positive and negative, fine points and foibles - can all somehow be traced back to our earliest ancestors. 


If one studies the accounts of the first man’s first sin in the Talmud and Midrash, one is struck by a most remarkable observation. The commandment not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge was given to Adam and Eve only after most of Friday (the sixth day, when they were created) had passed. Furthermore, the prohibition was only until that Shabbos. And it’s not as if there was nothing to eat. I mean, there was a whole Garden of Eden with fruit trees galore. Could they not have started with a perfect pear, or a magnificent mango? Did they absolutely have to eat from the one and only tree that was forbidden to them? 


The problem is further compounded when one considers that Adam and Eve were not just a couple of homeless hobos. They were hand made by G-d, formed and fashioned personally by the Creator! Surely such august creatures could have waited a few hours and occupied themselves with the other fruit first. Why did it have to be that fruit? 


We all know the answer, don’t we? Forbidden fruit is always sweeter, isn’t it? We play mind games. We imagine that the one forbidden fruit in a paradise island with dozens of other exotic options has simply got to be the most deliciously delectable fruit on the planet. And we just have to get our hands on it - and it has got to be now.


We do the same thing as Adam and Eve. But when it comes to our own choices we rationalize, whereas their sin seems ridiculous, foolish and unforgivable. The truth is that it’s always the same story all over again. It has been since the beginning of time. It is simply the psychology of sin. It doesn’t matter how difficult something is. It might be the easiest commandment, but once we have to do it, it becomes difficult in our minds. 


Is it really so hard to be a Jew? Are our traditions so onerous? Is the Torah so demanding and burdensome? Are all those who do keep it such otherworldly saints? Of course not. It’s all in the mind. 


Is playing golf on Saturday so much more fun than on Sunday? Why can we walk and jog for miles all week long but to walk a mile to Shul on Shabbos is not even up for discussion? Are shiksas really more beautiful than Jewish girls? If we are honest and objective, we will recognize the truth.  


The psychology of sin is that we imagine things to be more difficult than they really are, just as Adam imagined the forbidden fruit to be sweeter than all the others. He had one mitzvah of a few hours duration and he still blew it. No doubt, it would be the same for us even if the entire Judaism were reduced to one easy commandment. We would still complain and find it too hard.


The sooner we realize it’s a mind game, the sooner we will be able to win the game. Good luck.