GOOD SHABBOS 8 11 2018. 

Dear All,

The much promised rain eventually arrived in the ‘Ou Transvaal’, BUT…..the heat is back again…… going to be a long hot summer…….. And the heat and winds have caused humungous destruction in the George area, similar to the Knysna fires last year….. Very ‘Skrikky’ how quickly the flames move with the wind…..

Rumour has it that Malcolm Marx had a proper 'toys out of the cot' moment after the game on Saturday.

It's reported that he hurtled his kit bag at the coach prior to boarding. 

However, no charges have been brought, because there was apparently no damage to the vehicle as he totally missed it....twice. ( Ja Neeeeeeeeeeeee….)

The “ Movember” tour end with the Bokke losing by one point to the Poms….. That only tells half the story…. The Bokke should have won by 25 points, having had soooo much possession in the ‘red zone’ and how many Line-outs were stolen away in the 5 yard area, which the Bokke should have sealed…??? Who keeps on throwing to the back, when you have reliable, 100% jumpers all over the lineout..???

The game plan was again confused, and they seemed to run a lot but get nowhere….That last tackle was a shoulder charge and we should have got a penalty, BUT….that’s the way the cookie crumbles….The Poms were VERY lucky to win, and soooooo continues the never ending story of could have, should have , didn’t…… Can we beat the French at home…..???? VERY worrying……. Are the Boks fit enough…??? Another worry ….

Glasgow cop says, "Ye still didnae come to a complete stop. Licence and registration, please"

London Lawyer says, "What's the difference?" 

Glasgow cop says, "The difference is, ye huvte come to complete stop, 

that's the law, Licence and registration, please!" 

London Lawyer says, "If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, 

I'll give you my licence and registration and you give me the ticket. 

If not, you let me go and don't give me the ticket." 

Glasgow cop says, "Sounds fair. Exit your vehicle, sir."

The London Lawyer exits his vehicle.  

The Glasgow cop takes out his baton and starts beating the living living daylights out of the lawyer and says, 

"Dae ye want me to stop, or just slow doon?" ( Einaaaaaaaaaaaaaah….)

The Wales Scotland game was TUKKA a hard close match, and Wales played VERY well to win 21-10….I thought Scotland would be the weak link for us, BUT……on this showing the are going to take the Boks on…..and who knows what will happen…???

The All Blacks with a 2nd 15, ‘Moered’ Japan 69-31….. and it is a disgrace that nowhere could I find out when and where to watch the game….. Our local papers never even had a pre-write up about the game…???? The AB’s scored 10 tries, and surprisingly the Japanese scored 5, which is very good…… Next week’s clash with the Poms at Twickenham will be a true ’Humdinger’ 

An admiral visited one of the ships of the line under his command.

While eating breakfast with the crew he was impressed to see the Naval insignia stamped on every biscuit.

 He went to the Chief cook to ask how this feat was done, so it could be used on other ships under his command.

The Chief replied, "I’d be glad to share that with you, Admiral. 

After each biscuit is cut, I just slap it here against my belt buckle which bears the Navy insignia.

Horrified the Admiral exclaims, "That's very unhygienic!"


The Chief shrugs and replies,

"Well, If that’s the way you feel, sir, I suggest you avoid the donuts." (Ag neeeeeee….)

(There is a Yiddisher version of the above joke….

A Yidel goes into a Kosher bakery and sees the Mashgiach take out his false teeth and make a pattern around the Cheese cake dough…. 

He goes Mishuga and calls for the owner….

They discuss what he just saw and the owner says

” Wait till you see how we make the Bagels”… (Oy   Vy….)

Ireland played Italy and ‘Klapped’ them 54-7, which was Tukka ‘n ‘Paksla’ (Klap)…..Italy were really coming right in the 6 nations…..This was good practise for Ireland who face the mighty All Blacks….

The crowds at all the games were E-mazing, and the stadiums/grounds all looked in Tip Top shape…… Four TOP games this weekend with the Boks/France, All Blacks/England, Wales/Australia & Ireland /Australia…… there are a few other minor ones …. BUT…. These 4 are Tukka TOP games……

This coming weekend in the Sun City Golf Challenge with Top Shpielers from around the world coming….. Last week’s Golf Joke really brought in many E-mails…with one or two Blinders …. 

The guys at the golf course asked me to name an actress I would like to be stuck in an elevator with.

I told them the one who knows how to fix elevators. 

Player:- I think I am standing too close to the ball before I hit it.

Caddy:- No, you are standing too close to the ball after you hit it.

The Protea’s shocked everyone with their E-mazing win over the Aussies in the first ODI…..It was an E-mazing performance with Ball, and then Bat………

Those in the USofA can get their supply of Biltong, Droe Wors and other Souff Effrikken 'Gerichten' from Joburg Kosher Foods  details at' …...

“The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favour of holding meetings.” – Thomas Sowell

"Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it." - Steven Pressfield

“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.” – Denis Waitley


“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy.  - C. JoyBell C 

 'Aim higher in case you fall short.' —  Suzanne Collins  

Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live. - Henry David Thoreau

 'Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage.' —   Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

"You will never follow your own inner voice until you clear up the doubts in your mind." — Roy T. Bennett. 


Trump threatens to ‘get tough’ with Netanyahu if peace talks stall out ???

Is Diaspora Jewry coming to an end? ………. 

Only Most Powerful Blow’ will Stop Arson Terror… Warns Liberman………..

Film Trailer: The Snowball Rolled South …Immigrants from Lithuania to Souff Effrikka.. 

Erez Shaked , Ryan Lipman on Keyboard and Willie van Zyl on sax performing last in Mitchel’s Plain, Slaaaaaaapstad 

The 'Koppie' & Mountain climbers, Jeff & Jenni are still climbing every 

'Koppie' & Mountain...     'Gib A Kuk’

Still climbing every “Koppie” and posting the most E-mazing Pikchaaaaaaa’s on their website   Bulgaria: Pirin National Park, Lake Popovo and the beauty along the trail and on another continent: Pelicans, less than brief. A peck, wash and chomp, below Mount Woodson………….

Hard to believe, BUT…. I just passed “40 days” till year end in Slaaaaaaapstad ….this year has passed soooo quickly…. For those that were in the Army, you will remember how important the 40 day mark was before you ‘Uit Klaar’ (Leave) the Army, and to me it is just as special regarding end of the year holiday in Slaaaaaaapstad ….. This year will be special, with the twins also coming with….. Me and my wife Ava, will drive down with all the luggage and the 4 Meidlach and my daughter Lauren & Sandy will fly and we will meet up …….. Got a circular about all the Kosher places to visit in Slaaaaaaapstad ….. a very handy guide to have …. ...and of course there is the Montague Dried Fruit & Nut in Main Street, opposite Pick ‘n Pay, which has a large variety of Gerichten, and also makes up presentations, sooo if you are going for a Shabbos meal, pop in for a presentation and Brian will sort you out…… For those that did not get the Yomtov Stan The Good Shabbos Man magazine, I will take down some copies and leave with Brian….. The Premier Hotels - Cape Town also has some E-mazing ‘Kosher’ packages and eating arrangements……

These Reunions are bringing in a lot of Info….and I met Monty Segal the other day, who was in the Class of 57 @ Highlands, and we had a good ‘Huck’ about the days at Highlands north High ‘Amolikke Yoren’ and quite E-mazing a few of the teachers they had in 1957 were still there in 1966 when I started….. They had Mr Wynn, Aitcheson, Weintroub, Barnes (Bonzo) , Mouton ( Bush Pig). Jeffrey Wolf (King David VP Balabos) and Scheepers and a few others….. Monty was an amateur photographer and he let me have some copies of pictures from 1957…… Quite E-mazing, as there are very few private pictures available as personal cameras weren’t what they are today…… Today, just about one second after an event, the Pikchaaaaaaaaa is on Face Book/Twitter etc…. See the pictures at ; .... I know quite a few of the 1957 Highlands Old Boys….. Late Des Novick, Stan Michels, Monty Segal, Bernard Shul, Joe Rivkind and a few others…. The two pictures of Mr Aitcheson & Mr Barnes (Bonzo-History) are reminders of ‘Amolikke Yoren’…..

Am I getting to that age?

I found this timely, because today I was in a store that sells sunglasses, and only sunglasses. A young lady walked over to me and asked, "What brings you in today? I looked at her and said, "I'm interested in buying a refrigerator." She didn't quite know how to respond.

When people see a cat's litter box they always say, "Oh, have you got a cat?" 

Just once I want to say, "No, it's for company!"

Employment application blanks always ask who is to be called in case of an emergency. 

I think you should write, "An ambulance.”

The older you get the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

 The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.


Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.

 The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

 Did you ever notice that when you put the 2 words "The" and "IRS" together it spells "Theirs?"

Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Some people try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I've travelled a long way and a lot of the roads were not paved.

You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Ah! Being young is beautiful but being old is comfortable.

Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

“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 for details.......

Eli is a Genealogist of note……….. Eli Rabinowitz – 'Gib A Kuk' at his blog…E-mazing news from 'Der Heims' & The 'Beloved Country'…. Ties that Bind  A short documentary conversation between Uncle Boydie (Alf Turner) - grandson of Indigenous activist William Cooper, and Moishe Fiszman - a Holocaust survivor ...This movie was made in Australia in 2017. It is also now part of the USHMM's (Washington) collection.

The International Conference of Shluchim took place in New York this past week, with the Gala Banquet on Sunday for 5,000+ Rabbi’s & Chaveirim…. It is Tukka a large gathering, and many Souff Effrikken Rabbi’s and congregants went again this year……. A few years ago, I heard the whole ‘Meisa’ on how the Pikchaaaaaaaaa of the whole group takes soooo much planning, and we just see the finished product….It takes days to organize the ‘shoot’….. Quite E-mazing how the Kinus has grown, and the “Rabbi’s’ take over New York for the week…. 

Jacob Steinman was a newly minted police officer in New York. He may not have been the strongest in his graduating class, but he compensated for it by using his other skills, or as his mother described it, his “yiddishe cop.”

One day, Officer Steinman was called to a bar as they had received a report of a disturbance.

The "disturbance" turned out to be well over six feet tall and weighed almost 300 pounds. What's more, he boasted that he could tear Officer Steinman to shreds if he wanted.

So Officer Steinman said, I'll bet that you're also an escape artist too, probably better than Houdini."

The giant nodded.

"If I had some chains," Officer Steinman continued, "you could show us how strong you really are. But all I've got is a set of handcuffs. Why don't you see just how quickly you can break out of them?"

Once in the cuffs, the man puffed, pulled and jerked for four minutes.

"I can't get out of these," the giant growled.

"Are you sure?" Officer Steinman asked.

The fellow tried again. "Nope," he replied. "I can't do it."

"In that case," said Officer Steinman, "you're under arrest." ( Otazay….)

My nephew finished the New York Marathon on Sunday and reckons it was a lifetime experience with close to 50,000 participating, and reckons the whole race was ‘jacked’ and a GR8888888 experience…. Well done Mike & Layve…….. Picture; 

A Chelemer, rushing to the train-station meets up with a friend.

“Wu leifs tu” (Where are you running), asks his friend.

“Mein schwoger kumpt tsuforen vun Bialestock” (My brother-in-law is arriving from Bialistock)

“Ven kumpt er tsuforen” (When does he arrive?)

“Morgen var middog” (Tomorrow before noon)

“Is vos leiftsu yets”  (So why are you running now?)

Morgen wel ich nit hobben kein tseit. (Tomorrow I won’t have time)..A Classicccccc…

I was on Helen Heldenmuth’s Yiddish talk on Radio Chai Fm last Thursday, and it was a very laid-back discussion and went down well…. My ‘old’ Chavers Hilton & Ronnie Kaplan are there every week to ‘Kibbitz’ on the show and they did it well…… Quite E-mazing how the dialects of different people come through in Yiddish….The Litvak strain is very different to the Polish/German strain, BUT….if you listen and concentrate you can make out the various dialects….. I brought a few Yiddisher jokes along which Tukka sound soooo much better in Yiddish … I have had a few on the letter already, BUT…..have chosen a few to share ….Helen does the talk every week, and they are always looking for people to come on and give a ‘Bissil’ input…. I have over the years introduced a few well now words to get Yidden thinking Yiddish again….. Words like Chaver (Friend), Einingkel(Grandchild), Zunnelle( A son) have all but disappeared from the daily language of Yidden…..

The envelopes were all addressed and stamped, and the invitations were

ready to be mailed.

Mr & Mrs Mordechai Montik and Mrs Donnershtik again looked at the

English side of the last invitation before sealing it.

The invitations read:

Mr & Mrs Dovid Donnershtik and Mr & Mrs Mordechai Montik

Request the Honour of Your Presence at the Marriage of Their Children


On Wednesday, the Second of September, Two Thousand and Nine,

At Six O'clock in the Evening,…..Shalom Shul, Yennevelt

Mrs Donnershtik felt a tear roll down her cheek as she sealed the lastenvelope. It was a tear of joy. Her beautiful daughter was marrying a handsome young man from a very fine family.

It was the up and coming event in Yennevelt, and all its inhabitants were talking about it.

Soon the replies started coming in.

Mr & Mrs Kumtahair would come.

Mr & Mrs Simchagait and Mr & Mrs Gayveiter were travelling a long distance

just to see Shayna Maidel get married.

Mr & Mrs Feelekinder were coming with their whole family, and

Mrs Rozhinkas was coming with Mrs Mandlin.

Unfortunately, Mr & Mrs Keinekoyach did not have the strength for such a

long trip and had to decline the invitation, as did Mr & Mrs Farshtaitnit.

Mr Donnershtik made a mental note to call Mrs Farshtaitnit in case

there was some misunderstanding regarding the invitation.

The day of the chass-enneh finally arrived. Everyone was excited.

Mr Donnershtik received a phone call from Mrs Rachmonas. Apparently

Mrs Krankeit wasn't feeling well and Mrs Rachmonas did not want to leave

her alone. So neither of them would be attending.

Mr & Mrs Shpatzeer decided to walk to the shul since it was only two

blocks from where they lived.

Mr & Mrs Shpatseernisht drove.

Mr & Mrs Shloffengut arrived a little late but, Baruch Hashem, they didn't miss the Chuppa.

Mr & Mrs Gornisht forgot to bring the present and Mr & Mrs Kochleffel

checked everyone's attire.

Mr & Mrs Essengut went right to the buffet table.

Mr & Mrs Shicker went to the bar.

Mr & Mrs Tantsmaven went to check out the band.

Mr & Mrs Yenta greeted everyone as they arrived.

One could have thought that it was their simcha!

Mrs Klug looked very smart in her tailored suit and

Mr Vaksenzolstu wore his new suit.

Mr & Mrs Oysgaeputst looked elegant.

Mr & Mrs Zager were right on time but

Mr & Mrs Farshpetigt were detained and did not arrive until just before the Chuppa.

Everyone from both sides of the family came, and ate, and danced and had a wonderful time. All agreed that it was one of the nicest, most frailich chass-ennehs they had ever attended.

The next day, Mrs Donnershtik called Mrs Krankeit to enquire how she was feeling. 

Mrs Krankeit said she was feeling a little better and wanted to know all about the chass-enneh.

"What food did you serve?" she asked.

Mrs Donnershtik told her all about the buffet and chicken dinner and the delicious desserts.

"Did the neighbours come?" asked Mrs Krankeit.

"Most of them," answered Mr Donnershtik.

"And what about the families? Which family members came?" asked Mrs Krankeit.

"Alla Montiks and Donnershtiks," explained Mrs Donnershtik. ( A master piece…)

This week was the Annual Selwyn Segal/Yale gettogether /dico @ HOD, where Gary Friedman serves the meal, The’ Marathon Man ‘ Johnny Birin supplies the Music and B’nai brith put it together….It was a wonderful evening filled with Happiness…. Shakeach to all who devote time & $$$ to make it such a success… Pictures; 

 The E-mazing Coffee Table book, ‘The Road through the Grove’, which calls back the past, of the history from the Johannesburg Drive In along the BIG LB (Louis Botha Avenue) to Hillbrow, and anything on either side from Highlands North High to KES, etc, etc …. 300 pages of news, news, news about ‘Amolikke Yoren’ in the Northern Suburbs from the 50’s….. LM Radio/John Berks…. Ellerine family, Springbok Yiddisher Minyan etc, etc and a double centre page done by Trevor Romain …and lots more…..very few copies left, and I am selling them at R500 in the Johannesburg area and will get them delivered to you….. Don’t miss this E-mazing book….What a gift!!!!!!!!! Drop me an E-mail at  … If you want them overseas a postal charge will be added…..get someone to bring it over for you….Much easier…….Had a good response….anyone going to Sydney that can take one back, please send me an E-mail……… 

Quite E-mazing this Preacher Angus Buchan … from nowhere he pops up, and this past week drew two million (??) to his Holy day near Pretoria…??? Not sure how you get 2m onto a Plot….where are the facilities, toilets food..???? BUT, they reckon he did…. And a few months ago he took 1oo of his community for a tourist visit to Israel of all the Holy sites and my Chaver from Hotel School days, Ralph Lewinsohn, who is a tour guide and speaks 8 languages took Angus and his group on tour.. In his speech he said some positive things about Israel and I see on the link below, there is an Israeli flag  …. 

NASA was interviewing professionals to be sent to Mars. 

Only one person could go, and he will not return to Earth.

The first applicant, an American engineer, was asked how much he wanted to be paid for going…."$1 million dollars," he answered, "because I wish to donate it to M.I.T."

The next applicant, a Russian doctor, was asked the same question.

He asked for $2 million dollars. "I wish to give a million to my family," he explained, 

"and leave the other million for the advancement of medical research."

The last applicant was a Jewish businessman. When asked how much money he wanted, he shrugs his shoulders and quietly replies , "Three million dollars."

"Why so much more than the others?" the interviewer asked.

The Jewish Politician replied, "$1 million is for you, I'll keep $1 million and we'll give the American engineer $1 million and send him to Mars."  ( Otazay……….)

Anne Sclar's saying for the week….. Travelworx ;

Know what spars the light in you – then use it to illuminate the world ..

Methinks a ‘Bissil’ tooo little, tooo late…. They claim White Monopoly Capital is a thing of the past, and the ‘Buffalo’ is trying to smooth things with the white Business magnates….. …. WMC will always be there, because it has been pushed into everyone for soooo long…. And Methinks people are starting to wake up and won’t just give and give with no positive outcome…. A lot will have to change first 

"Hey Sipho! I have a cow for you for just R500!"

"E yoh, Bongani! I'll take it - you can bring it to me tomorrow!"

The next day: "Sorry Sipho, but the cow died last night."

"Hauw.. So, ok then. Just give me my money back."

"Sorry Sipho, I did already spent that money.."

"Eish! So, ok then. Just bring me the dead cow."

So, Bongani brought the dead cow to Sipho the next morning.

A few weeks later, Bongani bumped into Sipho and asked him what he did with the dead cow: "You won't believe, Bongani! I made a raffle for the cow, and I sold 251 tickets for R5 each! I made a profit of R850! But, I didn't tell anyone the cow was dead."

"Yoh! And the people they didn't complain?"

"Eish! Only the guy which won! So, I gave him back his R5 and he was happy!"

Sipho is now in parliament. ( Eishhhhhhhhhhhhhh….)

Chappies.. Did U know ………. %20fascinating%20story/5408

12% of twins are left-handed………..

A chameleon can move its eyes in two different directions at the same time.

Not sure how long Parliament will put up with the EFF (Everything For Free)……after this week’s outburst in the House, I reckon if not dealt with, will continue as the norm, when they virtually stopped the Zuma sittings…..This Gigaba is Tukka getting away with murder……

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’) ……….  

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Mazeltov to Rabbi Chazan Shmuly and Frumi Goldman on the birth of their Zunnelle this week…. Shmuly is the Zunnelle of Rabbi Yossy & Rochel Goldman….Rabbi of Sydenham Shul who has provided me with the Parsha for many years…Lots of Mazel & Nachus….

Mazeltov to Daniella (Dennill) & Wayne (Borowsky) on their engagement…… Grew up with Daniella’s Dad Michael, as he was a Cuzzie to my Cuzzie and Stan & Pete partner, Sarge (Norman) Weitzman……. AND I DID Michael & Ingrid’s Chasene ‘Amolikke Yoren’ …. Wayne of course I know as he WAS one of the MAIN MANNE @ King David Victory Park, and he started the Simcha Band Zenith and we worked together many times ‘Amolikke Yoren’…… Wayne’s Dad is Bobby, and is the Nephew of Bob Borowsky, who is in OZ and has been an enormous success on the theatrical scene singing in La Miserable etc…. Bob & Wayne’s Late Zaida Jules sang in the Cyrildene Choir for many years, and Bob & Jules did most of the garden Cuppa’s ‘Amolikke Yoren’…….Mazeltov to Yvonne, Wayne’s Mom…..My Kinderlach were at school with Wayne and his Brothers Shaun & Greg, and sister Loren… Wishing the whole Mishpocha a hearty Mazeltov…… Pictures; 

Sincere condolences to the Prissman family on the loss of their Beloved Kenny (Kenneth) …..Met Kenny 40 years ago when he used to sing in the Sandton Shul choir…… Such a nice guy……..and recently had a chat to his Zunnelle Anthony who is at Sandton Shul, and I went to visit him last month…… Sincere condolences to the family…



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                                          The Book or the Blade

Who are we? Who were we? Who will we be?

The Jewish people are called the "Children of Israel" and the name derives from the original Israel, third of our patriarchs, our father Jacob. In this week's parshah, we read how Jacob impersonated his brother Esau in order to be blessed by his father Isaac. He wore the goatskin garments of Esau, prompting the blind Isaac to exclaim in wonderment, The voice is the voice of Jacob but the hands are the hands of Esau!

Our tradition has always understood these immortal words to have meaning far beyond the literal story of Jacob's charade. The voice of Jacob means the voice of Torah study, the sound of prayer and, generally, refers to the gentle, spiritual sound of the peace-loving People of the Book. The hands of Esau, on the other hand, represent the fist, the sword-wielding arm — physical might and brute force, violence and war.

And the question today is: to which of these are we raising our children? Are we perhaps not forgetting who we are and what we are meant to symbolize as a nation?

Let's face it. Our society is an Esau society. Our children are constantly bombarded by the box, by television, movies, video games and a media madness that glorifies the physical and, yes, even the violent. Never mind the news which is bad enough. How many thousands upon thousands of murders will the average child witness in all their gore before his Bar Mitzvah? Parents need to think twice and three times before allowing themselves the luxury of this electronic babysitter.

Today we see the results. Just watch how kids play, even in nursery school. To tell you the truth, I myself am lucky to be alive. I remember going to pay a house visit on a family in my congregation and being attacked by their young son who had an AK-47 and, as I walked through the door, peppered me with bullets. Thank G d, it was only a toy. How I cringed when his mom said, "Stop it, Ryan, you mustn't shoot the Rabbi!" Once upon a time kids played Cowboys and Indians. If you were a good shot, one Indian would get knocked off his horse. Today, one victim is nothing. Thanks to modern technology we can decimate entire armies. Battleships, space ships, whole planets are being smashed into smithereens by a seven-year-old on his play station.

A few years ago, I was on a plane aboard which the in-flight program offered the following enlightening choices of entertainment: "Terminator 3," "Planet of the Apes," "Return of the Mummies," and a martial arts film in a foreign language. So much for our cerebral society.

The same people who decry shechitah, the traditional Jewish method of slaughtering animals for food, say nothing about hunting for sport. In England it might even be the sport of kings. Esau is described in the Bible as one who knows hunting, a man of the field, but Jacob is the sincere man and dweller of tents — a reference to the tents of Torah. Jacob was the quiet scholar while Esau was the wild hunter.

How about boxing? Whoever beats the other guy to a pulp gets the coveted prize and is crowned world champion. Listen to this logic. If someone pinches your parking space and you kill him in an act of road rage, you are a murderer. But if you kill him inside a ring with 25,000 witnesses cheering you on, you are a hero and the millions come pouring in... I won't even mention the bizarre and barbaric world of "entertainment" wrestling!

This is the sad reality of our world. When it comes to making a buck there is no conscience and no morality. If your child wants to buy a gun, guaranteed there will be someone to manufacture it. There might be some form of quality control to make sure it won't hurt his hand but, unfortunately, it will still harm his soul. All the above social phenomena are deadening our sensitivities and threatening to wipe out our refined Jacob character, spawning a generation of crude and coarse Esaus.

The Talmud says: When there is a book there is no sword, but when there is a sword there is no book. We cannot be a nation of noble scholars if we are playing with the sword. We have always been the People of the Book. Jews should want their children to pick up the book and drop the sword.

Do you know who made the following statement? "A violently active, dominating, brutal youth — that is what I am after." It was a fellow named Adolf Hitler (may his name be obliterated). That is what he wanted for his children. We want our children to be like Moses(or at least Einstein). When Moses saw two Jews quarreling he said, "Rasha, wicked one, why would you strike your fellow?" (Exodus 2:13). At that point, the man had only raised his hand. He hadn't yet physically struck the other guy but, as Moses saw it, he was behaving like a rasha, a wicked person.

If young Jews are being threatened by anti-Semites or if Israel is in mortal danger from murderous neighbors, then obviously we need to be able to defend ourselves. Self-defense classes are a necessity in today's world and the Israel Defense Force protects us from another Holocaust, G d forbid. But let us not turn brute force into a new value or ideal to aspire to. We must teach our children Torah and the pursuit of Jewish wisdom. When the voice is the voice of Jacob, then no hands of Esau will harm us.

Please G d, we will continue to be a wise and sensitive nation of character, secure in our inner strength and proud of who we were and will, hopefully, always be.