BLOEM GIVES GOLDSTEINS A
ROUSING WELCOME - SEPTEMBER 2006
MR JUSTICE RALPH ZULMAN, RABBI MOSHE SILBERHAFT,
CHIEF RABBI DR WARREN GOLDSTEIN, MRS JEANNETTE ZULMAN,
MRS GINA GOLDSTEIN, RONNIE ROSEN AND GOLDIE ROSEN
Nearly a hundred people,
comprising over two-thirds of the Bloemfontein Jewish community,
were in attendance at a luncheon in honour of Chief Rabbi Dr Warren
and Mrs Gina Goldstein last Sunday.
Also in attendance was Country Communities' Spiritual Leader Rabbi
Moshe Silberhaft, who pays regular pastoral visits to Bloemfontein
now that the community no longer has a full-time rabbi. During the
visit Rabbi Silberhaft, accompanied by Rabbi and Mrs Goldstein,
inspected the Jewish cemetery, where in line with policy adopted by
the Country Communities Department, a division of the SAJBD, the
headstones have been laid flat to prevent future vandalisation.
In his well-received address, Rabbi Goldstein focused on how the
eternal survival of Jewish peoplehood was ensured by the unswerving
adherence of Jewish communities everywhere to the commandments of
Bloemfontein Jewry, through the sterling manner in which they
maintained traditional Yiddishkeit in their city, thereby ensured
that they remained a part of "Knesset Yisrael", the community of
Israel that spanned eternity.
Rabbi Goldstein referred to the Parsha of the week, Parshat Ki
Teitzei, noting that it comprised mainly commandments and very
little narrative. The fact that the mitzvot of the Torah controlled
every aspect of human existence meant that Jews could be continually
occupied with it in everything they did; they were never alone since
through observing the commandments they ensured that they were
continually connected to the Divine.
"We are part of a vertical Jewish community going back to Mount
Sinai 3318 years ago. As long as we are committed to the values of
Sinai, we are part of eternity" he said.
Rabbi Goldstein was welcomed by United Hebrew Institutions of
Bloemfontein President Ronnie Rosen, who complimented the Chief
Rabbi on the "dignity and erudition" he had displayed in the short
time he had held office.
In introducing Rabbi Goldstein, Rabbi Silberhaft emphasised how his
childhood and background were rooted in the values and dedication to
Judaism that epitomised the South African Jewish community.
Thanks were given by Mr Justice Ralph Zulman, who as a Judge of
Appeal is based for lengthy periods in Bloemfontein, the country's
judicial capital. Solly Kroll, trustee of the UHI Bloemfontein,
presented Chief Rabbi and Mrs Goldstein with an inscribed silver
tray commemorating their visit.
Afterwards Mr Justice Zulman took Rabbi Goldstein, who holds a PHD
from the University of Witwatersrand School of Law and is an
advocate of the High Court, on a tour of the Appeal Court.