Meet Kalever Rebbe face-to-face
Rav Moshe Taub, breathes new life into forgotten souls, one handshake at a time. He’ill be in a variety of shuls in Joburg 7 to 12 October.
The Kalever Rebbe, Rav Moshe Taub, breathes new life into forgotten souls, one handshake at a time. He will be in Johannesburg, in a variety of shuls, from October 7 to 12.
The Rebbe, who is based in Williamsburg in the US, does not accept any donations.
The world-famous Tzadik Kalever Rebbe Shlita, the rebbe will be sharing his time with individuals at the following times and locations:
Monday October 7, 17:00 – 22:00 at Sunny Road Shul in Glenhazel; Tuesday October 8, 17:00 – 22:00 at Ohr Somayach Savoy; Wednesday October 9, 17:00 – 22:00 at the Sandton Shul and Thursday October 10, 17:00 – 22:00 at Sydenham Shul.
He will also share Shabbos – October 11 and 12 – in Johannesburg. Friday night (October 11) he will be at Ohr Somayach. On Shabbas morning – October 12 – he will be at Sydenham Shul and in the evening at the Sephardi Shul. His visit on October 11 and 12, fortuitously coincides with the Chief Rabbi’s Shabbos project. His visit to Johannesburg had been arranged long before.
The Kalever Rebbe is world-renowned for his inspiration, wisdom, advice and blessings for Chinuch Habanim (child rearing); Shalom Bays (marital harmony); Parnassah (livelihood); and all other pressing issues of today.
The Rebbe is rarely at home, for like his holy ancestor, the Ba’al Shem Tov, he is rushing through the forgotten towns, finding the forgotten souls and breathing new life into them. He has visited over 30 countries in search of Yidden, places where it was inconvenient to find food and lodging, places where they have never heard of rebbes or chassidus.
Everywhere, he sees Yidden; everywhere he injects them with hope, with new life.
He asks for nothing. The signs that go up prior to his arrival promise that there will be no solicitation and the Rebbe refuses money from the people. He asks for something bigger: Shabbos, tefillin, Taharas Hamishpacha…
He believes that the important thing is just to get a commitment, however small or insignificant it may seem. He seeks only to open the heart, to touch the core, to arouse the pintele Yid.
Another feature that is unique to the Kalever Rebbe’s brand of kiruv is that there is no organisation, no pressure to become Kalever Chassidim. The Rebbe seeks only to awaken latent feelings, but once he has succeeded in making Shabbos or tefillin a reality, he moves on, content to let others finish the job.
He is always there, a comforting presence in the background, but if people ask him where they can learn more, he suggests any one of a number of institutions, none of them his own.
The Rebbe is a direct descendant from many of the Talmidei Baal Shem Tov and is the sixth generation of chassidus Kalev.
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Jewish Guild Orchestra reaches out through sweet sound of music
A musical tour around the world was presented to residents of Golden Acres, Sandringham Gardens and members of Second Innings last Sunday by the Jewish Guild Orchestra.
Professor Brian Buch who conducts the orchestra and is also its musical director, had his appreciative audience clamouring for more. The Jewish Guild Orchestra, although founded in 1944, has still been able to retain its fresh sound. It okays a wide range of light classical pieces and its repertoire last Sunday ranged from the operetta Gypsy Baron by Johan Strauss to the all-time Neapolitan favourite, O Sole Mio.
Expenses of the orchestra are met by its 35 members themselves; they derive no income from its activities. The orchestra was named after its original sponsor, the Johannesburg Jewish Guild which no longer exists. Its founder was the late Dr Solly Aronowsky who served as musical director for 46 years. Its current leader is Dr Bernard Caplan.
The orchestra provides support for amateur musicians, irrespective of race or religion, to develop their skills to perform in public and to enhance their appreciation of music. It also plays to audiences who would not otherwise have access to light classical music, such as residents of old aged homes, the Red Cross, Hospice and the Cancer Association.
“One of our objectives is to provide performances through which we are able to assist various charities or to promote music appreciation among scholars,” says Buch.
“We welcome new players,” says Buch. “We need female vocalists, string and brass players. We need players who are at grade 6 level.”
* For further information, contact Dr Buch on (012) 348-8653 or 071-633-0869
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