Archive for August, 2017

From The Rabbi – Parshat Ekev 5777

Following the disturbing news and public outcry, last week, regarding the rejection by the Land and Environment Court of NSW for a proposal to build a Synagogue in Bondi because of the potential risk to users and other members of the general due to potential terrorist threats, it is pleasing to know that the Waverley Council seem to have recapitulated and requested of the Synagogue to submit a new development application which will be considered by the Waverley Council afresh on its merits.

We are indeed fortunate to live in a Country which has always valued, respected and protected its multi-cultural diversity, and may justice prevail in this instance to maintain a free and safe society for all people to practice their religion.

Among the many Mitzvot of which we read this week, is the Mitzvah of Mezuzah, as stipulated in the first and second paragraph of the Shema, only in the second paragraph we are informed of the positive consequences resulting from this Mitzvah, namely, “in order that your days, and the days of your children will be lengthened in the land which I have sworn to your forefathers”.

As I often to say to people, ensuring that Kosher Mezuzot are affixed on our homes and buisnesses is the best insurance policy!

According to Jewish Law, Mezuzot should be checked twice in seven years, and it is customary to have this done during the month of Elul in the lead-up to Rosh Hashanah. I will be more than happy top assist you with this important Mitzvah if you so wish.

Next week will be Shabbat Mevarchim Elul, (Shabbat of blessing for the month of Elul), and in the spirit of enhancing our connection to Hashem during this time of Divine grace, in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, I invite you to join me nextShabbat morning, Parshat Re’eh at 7.30am in the Synagogue for the recital of the book of Tehillim (psams), as is customary among many on Shabbat Mevarchim.

According to many, from the 15th of Menachem Av it is appropriate to bless one and other to be inscribed and sealed for a sweet New Year.

Shabbat Shalom and כתיבה וחתימה טובה, לשנה טובה ומתוקה

May you to be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet new year.

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Va’etchanan 5777

A special Kiddush will be held tomorrow, to which everyone is invited, to welcome Cassandra (Nava) and Wayne (Yosef) Meyers and Family and Cha Vah LeVine, who have returned from Sydney where they have celebrated their special Simchot. We wish them much Mazal and Brachah, and may we celebrate many happy occasions together in good health.

This Monday will be Tu B’Av (15th of Av), one of the happiest days in the Jewish Calendar, on which many historic events and celebrations took place, many of them relating to marriage and relationships. Of particular significance is the contrast between this happy day, and Tisha B’Av (9th of Av), the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, which fall out in such close proximity.

Shabbat Shalom and may we experience the ultimate transformation of all sadness to joy and darkness to light!

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

 

Shabbat and Festival Times

 

Fri  Jan 4th: Light Candles 6.29pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 5th 7.27pm

Fri  Jan 11th: Light Candles 6.30pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 12th 7.27pm

Fri  Jan 18th: Light Candles 6.29pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 19th 7.26pm

Fri  Jan 25th: Light Candles 6.28pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 26th 7.23pm

Fri  Feb 1st: Light Candles 6.24pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 2nd 7.19pm

Fri  Feb 8th: Light Candles 6.20pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 9th 7.14pm

Fri  Feb 15th: Light Candles 6.15pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 16th 7.08pm

Fri  Feb 22nd: Light Candles 6.09pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 23rd 7.02pm

Fri  March 1st: Light Candles 6.02pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 2nd 6.54pm

Fri  March 8th: Light Candles 5.55pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 9th 6.47pm

Fri  March 15th: Light Candles 5.47pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 16th 6.39pm

Thurs March 21st: Purim

Fri  March 22nd: Light Candles 5.40pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 23rd 6.31pm

Fri  March 29th: Light Candles 5.32pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 30th 6.23pm

Fri  April 5th: Light Candles 5.24pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 6th 6.16pm

Fri  April 12th: Light Candles 5.17pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 13th 6.08pm

Fri  April 19th: Passover Eve, First Seder: Light Candles 5.10pm
Sat 20th: Second Seder: Light candles after 6.02pm

Fri  April 26th: Light Candles 5.03pm
Shabbat/Passover ends: Sat 27th 5.56pm