Tzemach Yehudah Richter
Tzemach Yehudah Richter

In G-d We Trust, In Selma Bacher We Always Trusted To Teach Our Children

In a very touching tribute to the late Mrs. Selma Bacher who appears on the upper left side of this picture, we see one of the boys classes that Selma taught at Torah Academy in Johannesburg. In this picture, our son Dovid Pinchas appears as the tallest boy on the top row.
During this week of Shiva for the late Mrs. Selma Bacher, I feel it is most appropriate to display this picture of one of the many classes she taught at Torah Academy School in Johannesburg. This image has special meaning to our family because she is pictured on the upper left as we remember her. The farewell sign with an airplane could have been referring to our son Dovid Pinchas (tallest in top row)shortly before we made Aliyah.


It has been a difficult week here in Israel with the loss of 45 precious souls in the Meron tragedy. It was equally difficult for all of us here who knew Selma Bacher to realize she no longer is with us. But the memories that come to mind thinking about all the good experiences we shared with Koppel and Selma while living there will never be erased.

One solid example suddenly appeared on social media when our daughter Miriam received the picture displayed above from her former classmate Rachel Leah showing our son Dovid Pinchas, who now lives in Rechovot with his family.

This is proof positive that Selma was so knowledgeable on such a wide range of subject matter, she was capable of teaching almost any class throughout the school. For me, it also was very nice to see that smile on her face that I remember so well while we lived in Johannesburg.

If My Assumption Is Correct, This Picture Was Taken Just Before We Made Aliyah

We made Aliyah in late October, 1996, on Parshat Lech Lecha. Therefore, if my assumption is correct, this picture would be nearly 25 years old. Dovid Pinchas was 10 years old, which seems correct looking more closely at the picture.

We felt bad having to take all our children out of school, because Torah Academy was a young school at the time and losing six children because of Aliyah was not easy for the school. But Selma was one of those people that understood that the time had come for us to leave.

I have always admired Selma for the kind and warm personality that she conveyed to all her students. That, together with the love she showed for each child, and the open-door policy Koppel and Selma had in their home is worth more than any sum of money can buy.

About the Author
Born and raised in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Married to a South African, we lived in Johannesburg from 1979 to 1996. Made Aliyah with our seven children on Parshat Lech Lecha. BSB Accounting Degree from the University of Minnesota. Investment Portfolio Manager /Fundamental And Technical Analyst. Wrote in-depth research on companies, markets, commodities for leading financial publications. Served in the US Army Reserves Semi Retired spending quality time with my wife, children, grandchildren and attend Kollel while analyzing current events as they relate to Torah and Mitzvahs.
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