That moment at the Challa Bake when Esther Wein, who was brought out by South Heaf Synagogue said ‘Hi Sydney. It is an honor to be here, to have the advantage of being one of the first communities in the world to bring Shabbat in’. How many Shabbatot have l not realized this privilege?! There was another spectacular moment when Esther told the story of her grandfather Rav Shimon Schwab’s shabbat with the Chafetz Chaim when Rav Shimon was on his way to America from Germany. ‘Be a Torah leader’ said the Chafetz Chaim. Rav Shimon Schwab hard wired to his heart and soul and transformed American Jewry. He became the Gadol HaDor of the last century.

Tania Hammer

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