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The Tangential Traveller Meets The Travelling Rabbi!

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This blog has been updated.

It now includes video clips as well as photos. If your connection is slow, you may wish to wait for the video to download before playing it.

Last night in Perth, Western Australia, I had the pleasure of hearing Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft speak to an enthusiastic crowd at the PHC, the Perth Hebrew Congregation. I had just returned early the same morning from my 3rd Roots trip to Europe, Israel, Turkey and the UK, so the timing was perfect!

While his job is a serious and often a difficult one, Rabbi Silberhaft is a great storyteller. He kept his audience of mainly expat South Africans entertained throughout his presentation.

At lunchtime today, Rabbi Silberhaft spoke at a lunch at CHABAD WA and was again well received.

I highly recommend his book, written by Suzanne Belling, which I bought in South Africa last year. I immediately connected with it.

We both travel extensively – I can relate to being on the road visiting Jewish communities. Just read my previous blogs!

Ruth Feigenbaum, who co-heads the running of SGOFOTI in Bulawayo, is my brother-in-law Gidon Katz’s sister.

A predecessor of Rabbi Silberhaft, Professor Rabbi Dr Jacob Newman was my rabbi in the early 60s at Waverley and then at the Green & Sea Point shuls.

A couple of photos from last night.




The 15 minute SHALOM presentation edited from the hour long film shown on the SABC


Photos from CHABAD WA today:

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The video of Rabbi Silberhaft’s talk at CHABAD today  – parts 1, 2, & 3 are in order.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Enjoy and be inspired

Eli Rabinowitz

4 thoughts on “The Tangential Traveller Meets The Travelling Rabbi!

  1. Dear Eli

    The lady in question I.e. Suzanne Belling is my husbands first cousin. Of course, we know her well and all the rest of Goldberg family in Cape Town.


    Rica B Goldberg Manchester, UK

    Sent from my iPad

    Still researching: SHLUZITEL from Birzai, Lithuania. BERLINSKY from Poznan, Poland. KAMENSHCHICK from Jonava and Zeimia, Lithuania. DYMENT from Garliava, Lithuania

  2. I am a massive fan of Rabbi Moshe so I am not at all surprised that he has charmed and enthused down under. Look after him well for us – he is a precious asset to SA and sub-Saharan Jewry. Please don’t entice him to stay there either!

  3. Shalom from Israel. Eli, sorry I missed you in Perth the week before Rabbi Moshe was in Perth. I assisted with his Australian visit and am delighted that it was a great success in all 3 cities where he spoke. You, too keep up your interesting stories and posts. I am in Israel for a conference – always good to be in our beloved homeland. Shabbat shalom and best regards
    Rob Schneider

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