The Adventures and Experiences of a Once Upon A Time South African Rabbi


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This book is filled with stories of Dov Sidelsky’s encounters as a Rabbi and teacher, up close and personal, in both South Africa and Israel, where he resides today in Jerusalem. Highlights from these stories give the reader a foundation to understand how Rabbi Sidelsky framed his family’s commitment to Torah and Mitzvot.

* Think about the question of Rabbi Sidelsky that the Gadol Hador Rav Moshe Feinstein answered and included in his sefer, “Iggrot Moshe”.

* Reflect on the comments of the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Shlomo Goren, when he described Rabbi Sidelsky as a Talmid Chacham and a person devoted to his duty, to bring up children according to Jewish tradition and Jewish heritage.

* Understand how it could happen that Jewish students were almost convinced to convert by missionaries, but after learning from Rabbi Sidelsky and the impression he made on them, they were able to strengthen their Judaism.

* Observe how Rabbi Sidelsky intervened and helped a young woman who grew up Jewish, to overcome the trauma of being told during her mother’s death-bed confession, that she was in fact not Jewish.

* Learn about the significance of having a kosher Mezuzah, and Rabbi Sidelsky’s part in a child’s miracle of healing, within minutes of him attaching a new Mezuzah to the family’s front door frame.

* Discover the Sidelsky family’s connection to the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and Rabbi Sidelsky’s invitation to join with Israel’s Prime Minister in welcoming Mandela to Israel, and later his speech to the Italian Parliament on the occasion of honouring Mandela and Lazer Sidelsky, his father.

* Study the amazing tree of Rabbi Sidelsky’s family Yichus. He is a scion of the family of Rabbi Yitzhak Grodnensky Shirvinter and Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin Salant, and traces his lineage further back to Haim Vital, the well-respected rabbi in Safed (Tzfat) and disciple of Rabbi Isaac Luria, the “Ha’Ari”, in the mid-1500s.


  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Author: Dov Sidelsky
  • ISBN-13: 978-1946124395



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