Philip started this page with his Shabbat Greetings on
Friday. Eventually we hope that this will become a regular feature of our
weekends. I have also add greetings for the High Holy Days and I know that
may folk in our family appreciate a wee greeting from other family members.
Friday 26th March 2010
I still say kaddish for those I loved and although it's part of my religion it is also part of my psyche.
I feel that when we lose someone, it's not only that we have lost someone we love but as we get older, we realise it's also someone who loved us.
So it's now important more than ever to appreciate those that love you and to honour and respect them and to show them as often as we can, how much we appreciate their love for us.
And now, may I take the opportunity to thank those that love me, those that used to love me and those that one day may love me, I love you all my beautiful family.
I have just had lunch with my wife and enjoying a fine wine and then I am off to visit my first wife's' mother for a "yachne".
Isn't life beautiful! and full of what you have, rather than what you wished you had.
This evening, I will call Craig and between us we will solve all the worlds problems with our rather unique verbal discourse, which if anyone was listening into, would consider us ripe for counseling by a senior member of a psychiatric unit.
In the meantime, why don't you all send an email to someone in the family you don't know or have even emailed. Go on, take a chance. I love you all for filling all the spaces in my life and hope that you get half as much pleasure as I do.
Please have a healthy, joyful, peaceful and loving Shabbat.
Feivel Morrison , Denise, Mark, Darren and Daniel with all our love
Friday the 23rd April 2010, Glasgow
My dear family
This weeks Parshat is one of the most important as it discusses the Law and in part, the reasons G-d distinguished the Hebrews from other races.
I cannot help wonder how other races or religions interpret our Torah and if perhaps we are the making of our own undoing by considering ourselves above others as the "chosen" people.
This Parshat is the most controversial and should be read by all Jews as it contains our most precious beliefs, some of which can be acceptable to many and some which in today's "politically correct" agenda would be totally unacceptable.
22. And you shall observe all My statutes and all My ordinances, and fulfill them, then the Land, to which I am bringing you to dwell therein, will not vomit you out. כב. וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת כָּל חֻקֹּתַי וְאֶת כָּל מִשְׁפָּטַי וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם וְלֹא תָקִיא אֶתְכֶם הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי מֵבִיא אֶתְכֶם שָׁמָּה לָשֶׁבֶת בָּהּ: 23. You shall not follow the practices of the nation that I am sending away from before you, for they committed all these [sins], and I was disgusted with them. כג. וְלֹא תֵלְכוּ בְּחֻקֹּת הַגּוֹי אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי מְשַׁלֵּחַ מִפְּנֵיכֶם כִּי אֶת כָּל אֵלֶּה עָשׂוּ וָאָקֻץ בָּם:
24. So I said to you, You shall possess their land, and I shall give it to you to possess it a land flowing with milk and honey. I am the Lord your God, Who has distinguished you from the peoples. כד. וָאֹמַר לָכֶם אַתֶּם תִּירְשׁוּ אֶת אַדְמָתָם וַאֲנִי אֶתְּנֶנָּה לָכֶם לָרֶשֶׁת אֹתָהּ אֶרֶץ זָבַת חָלָב וּדְבָשׁ אֲנִי יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם אֲשֶׁר הִבְדַּלְתִּי אֶתְכֶם מִן הָעַמִּים:
26. And you shall be holy to Me, for I, the Lord, am holy, and I have distinguished you from the peoples, to be Mine. כו. וִהְיִיתֶם לִי קְדֹשִׁים כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי יְ־הֹוָ־ה וָאַבְדִּל אֶתְכֶם מִן הָעַמִּים לִהְיוֹת לִי:
The past few years have enlightened me somewhat and as my thoughts of my belief system change from questions to debate and from debate to more questions, I keep going back to the phrase by Rabbi Hillel that "To do unto others as you would have them do unto you" really sums it all up, as the rest is just commentary.
Anyway if you get the chance to read a Chumash "Leviticus" chapter 16 verses 1 to 27 I am sure you will find it interesting and informative at least if not controversial. In the meantime on behalf of my wife Denise, my sons Mark, Darren and Daniel I wish you all my beloved family a joyful Shabbat.
PS Look out for new photographs shortly to be inserted into our family home page and just recently found.
Shabbat Memories From Feival March 6th 2010
t would still be a dark dawn in our house in Glasgow, when Grandpa Hyman would wake me and ask me if I would go to the fruit market with him.
He didn't have to ask twice as I always enjoyed the excitement of going with Grandpa and get all the favours a Grandfather gave his grandson.
Grandpa brought my brother and I up till the age of 5 and 4 respectively whilst our dad was fighting in Europe during the second world war and my life was centred
around my only father figure and a most wonderful father figure he was.
I could watch my Grandpa for ages getting dressed, always immaculate with his white, hand made West Indies Sea Island Cotton shirt, his initials sewn in red cotton
on the breast pocket, attaching the stiff collar at the back with an ebony black stud and finishing off with his gold cufflinks.
We would then go downstairs to see that Grandma had a fire going and hot porridge would be waiting on the table for us and bread toasted at the fire, using a long fork
fresh butter and the smell of black coffee then hugs and kisses and we would be on our way.
We would take this "Shoogly" tram to Argyll Street, that ran east and west through Glasgow and we would get off at the "Candleriggs" and walk up to Bell street, me holding on to the seam of Grandpas trousers and running alongside, trying to keep up with his long, fast stride.
Our first stop, as always, would be the barbers, where Grandpa would have his shave and I would get terrified when the barber would cover Grandpas face with a steaming
hot towel and only stopped being scared when Grandpa would pick me up and hold me against his chest and I would lay my head on his shoulder and I could breathe in the strong smell of Bay Rum Cologne.
I can still remember the sound of the slap of the open razor against the leather "Strop" and when it was my turn to sit on the barbers chair (actually, my brother and I sat on a short wooden plank which was supported by the arms of the chair) I would get anxious when the cold steel of the hair clippers would touch the back of my neck and the haircut would begin, inevitably with the knowledge that when finished, I would spend the rest of the morning totally uncomfortable with the cut hairs that went down my neck and on to my back.
Nevertheless, all would be forgotten when off I would go with Grandpa to the Fruit Market and the excitement of visiting that emporium of mouth watering smells and tastes of fruit from all over the world.
We would visit all the important producers and Grandpa would buy for his shops and when finished we would meet up with Grandpas brother Abraham and go to "Coopers" for coffee, although I would be given orange juice or very milky tea and jealous of the adult behaviour of enjoying the intoxicating smells of black coffee and Virginia cigarettes.
I wonder if my brother remembered Grandpa's little silver penknife, which he kept in his waistcoat pocket and which he would use to sample the merchandise by cutting the fruits offered to him by the merchants and always giving us a slice of orange, apple, strawberry, tomato, Chinese gooseberry, banana and how we would clamour for more.
Well these are some of the memories of the Fruit Business our forefathers were in, but did you know that Hyman and Abraham were also Master Tailors.
I will tell you stories of the "Shmatta " business another time when I will share with you the characters like "Cross-eyed" Solly Rubin who was related to Morris's son Sammy's wife Annie Rubin. Leslie Blass and Johnny Eskovitch and climbing the very narrow stairs to Grandpas factory in "Trongate"
In the meantime, have a wonderful Shabbat and if you worry who will tell these stories when I am not here, don't, you are listening, right!
With all our love to our amazing family, Philip, Denise, Mark, Darren and Daniel
A wonderful and Happy Pesach to all my family and may everything you wish for you and your family come to pass, even next year in Jerusalem.
Love Craig and Svetlana
To my Family all over the world, have a wonderful, memorable and healthy Pesach.
May you relish and enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest and remember with love and respect, those who cannot be with you.
To my three beautiful sons, I have been privileged and I love you.
To the Cussin/Coussin/Coussins family and all our connections, it is also a privilege to be part of you all.
To Craig whose efforts and undiminished enthusiasm put it all together and whose generosity has no boundaries.
To my brother mazaltov on the occasion of his son Allons' impending marriage and his daughter Gali's impending motherhood.
To Wendy Sammeroff, mazaltov on the occasion of the 21st birthday and engagement of her son Michael
All our love
Philip, Denise, Mark, Darren and Daniel
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 9:45 PM
Subject: RE: Passover
Life is so much richer with you in it and to know how amazing all our connections are.
Denise Coussins Sloan
To: Philip Coussin Morrison 16/05/2010
Shabbat Shalom and may we all stay in contact and teach our
children to carry on as well. I am so excited to listen to the
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