Archive for September, 2017

From The Rabbi – Parshat Ki Tavo 5777

MY APOLOGY FOR THE LATE HOUR AND REPETITION OF MUCH OF LAST WEEK’S NEWSLETTER AS, DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH TELSTRA AND OUR EMAIL SYSTEM, THE NEWSLETTER HAS BEEN ERASED 3 TIMES!!!.

This Shabbat, the 18th day of the month of Elul marks the anniversary of the birth of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Chassidic movement.

Among his famous teachings was the following: Nothing happens by chance and everything has a purpose. Therefore, everything that we see or hear can teach us a lesson for our own journey of personal growth and Divine service.

Once as the Baal Shem Tov and his disciples were discussing this very topic there was a loud knock on the window. It was the local handyman, who (looking for work) cried out; “anything to fix, anything to fix?”

Somewhat annoyed at the distraction they dismissed him explaining that there was nothing that needed repairing. The handyman persisted and proclaimed:

“Are you certain? I am sure that if you look hard you will find something that needs fixing.”

At that moment, the Baal Shem Tov turned to his students and explained that what just took place proved the theory they were discussing. In our own lives, there is always room for some improvement. Even when we think we are doing alright, if we look hard we will find something in our personality that can do with some fixing.

We are currently approaching the new year. This is a time of reflection and commitment to the next step in our personal growth. Whether it is in our character, relationships or spiritual growth, if we look hard we will find something to fix.

Please look out for information regarding High Holiday services and events over the coming weeks.

Shabbat Shalom and כתיבה וחתימה טובה, לשנה טובה ומתוקה

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

May we share good news

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Thank you Rabbi Gourary of Bina in Sydney for sharing the above message 

From The Rabbi – Parshat Ki Teitzei

With the Marriage debate escalating and becoming more heated, several members of our community have approached me regarding the Jewish approach on this matter.

Our Torah, which is eternal and gifted to us from Hashem, the Creator of the universe as a guide to life, is clear on this issue, which I believe should be promulgated among the Jewish and general community, as it applies equally for Jews and non-Jews alike.

The following statement from the RCANZ (Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand) articulates the Torah perspective on this important matter:

– The Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand recognises that same-sex marriage can be a deeply emotive issue for some members of the Jewish and wider community. The RCANZ is sensitive to the possibility that supporting traditional marriage as defined as between a man and a woman may be perceived as unsupportive of individuals who identify as gay or lesbian, and their families. Therefore it is with a spirit of love and respect for all people that the RCANZ reiterates its adherence to two central positions of Judaism.

Aside from the numerous social arguments in favour of traditional marriage, the RCANZ supports traditional marriage based on the universal Jewish teaching divinely ordained in our holy Torah and expressed in the codes of Jewish law that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. At the same time, the RCANZ reaffirms Judaism’s fundamental obligation to respect and embrace all people irrespective of their sexuality and condemns in the strongest possible terms words or actions intended to denigrate or hurt others –

By choosing to follow the Torah approach of inclusiveness, along with its moral guidelines we are assured of a life blessed with peace and harmony and healthy thriving communities.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the residents of Southern Texas, who have experienced a devastating week in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, wreaking havoc for millions of people, with the extent of the casualties and damage still unknown.

You can help the emergency relief work in Texas. In the wake of the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, as Chabad in Texas have mobilized to assist in the relief efforts.

If you are able and willing to donate towards the relief efforts, please go  to www.chabadhouston.com to make your tax-deductible contribution, which will go directly towards humanitarian relief efforts in the region.

Please look out for information regarding High Holiday services and events over the coming weeks.

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

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.