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  Sept 7th: Light Candles 5.19pm
Shabbat ends: Sat Sept 8 6.12pm

Sun  Sept 9th: Erev Rosh Hashanah Light Candles 5.20pm
Mon 10th: Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Light Candles after 6.13pm
Tues 11th: Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Ends 6.14pm
Wed 12th: Fast of Gedaliah  4.37am – 6.03pm

Fri  Sept 14th: Light Candles 5.22pm
Shabbat ends: Sat Sept 15 6.15pm

Tues 18th: Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidrei night) Light Candles 5.24pm
Wed 19th: Yom Kippur Ends 6.17pm

Fri  Sept 21st: Light Candles 5.25pm
Shabbat ends: Sat Sept 22 6.18pm

Sun  Sept 23rd: Erev Sukkot Light Candles 5.26pm
Mon Sept 24th: Sukkot Day 1 Light Candles after 6.19pm        Tues Sept 25th: Sukkot Day 2 Ends 6.20pm

Fri  Sept 28th: Light Candles 5.29pm
Shabbat ends: Sat Sept 29 6.22pm

Sun Sept 30th: Hoshana Rabba Light Candles 5.30pm

Mon Oct 1st: Shemini Atzeret

Tues Oct 2nd: Simchat Torah.