Goldman, one of the best-known rabbis in South Africa and author of one of the
most-popular columns on the Judaism website Chabad.org, has compiled his
commentaries on the weekly Torah reading into a new book that aims for an
audience as varied as the Jewish world.
KTAV publishing, From Where I Stand – Life Messages From the Weekly Torah
Reading draws not only on Goldman’s weekly
online sermonettes, but also from new material, resulting in a volume that
is “eminently usable, for everything from a rabbi’s sermon to a vort for
your Shabbos table,” according to Chabad.org editor Rabbi Yanki Tauber.
which includes a foreword by former Israeli Chief Rabbi Israel Lau, is “a gem,
witty and wise, learned yet accessible, like the man himself,” said British
Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.
Chabad-Lubavitch emissary, the New York-born Goldman arrived in Johannesburg in
1976 as the founding director of the city’s first Chabad House. In 1986, he accepted the pulpit of
the Sydenham Shul, a vibrant synagogue that serves a broad base of South
African Jewry. As president of the South African Rabbinical Association he
appears regularly on national radio and television, serving as a spokesman of
sorts for Jewish values and teachings.
quite funny,” Goldman said once about his public role. “I was just at the bank
and the security guard greeted me by name. I was taken aback, and he said he
had just seen me on TV and that I was a celebrity. I didn’t mind at all because
I never received such good service at that bank as I did on that visit.”
addressed the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries as its
keynote speaker in 2002, extensively quotes the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, throughout the book.
“They are down
to earth, practical and relevant,” he said of the sermonettes. “I always try to include a story,
something humorous, or an anecdote to liven it up. It is Jewish wisdom
distilled in such a way that readers can then go and share it with their own
Chabad.org columns are also being translated into Hebrew, Spanish, French,
Russian and German. Published by KTAV, the rabbi’s 256-page hardcover book can
be found at Jewish bookstores and ordered online at www.ktav.com.