Archive for November, 2017

From The Rabbi – Parshat Chayei Sarah 5778

In honor of Remembrance Day tomorrow, we will observe a minute’s silence during the morning service at 11am to remember the sacrifice of those who died, or otherwise suffered in Australia’s cause in wars and war-like conflicts. Please see information below in this regard and the annual pilgrimage to the Lutwyche Cemetery by the Queensland Association of Jewish Ex Servicemen & Women (QAJEX), which will take place this coming Sunday morning.

The opening words of this weeks Parsha Chayei Sarah (the life of Sarah), relate to us of the passing of our great Matriarch, Sarah, and her subsequent burial in the famous cave of Machpelah in Chevron which, until this day is considered one of the most Holy sites in Israel. This is hardly a narrative about the LIFE of Sarah, which is the name of the Parsha. The main subject matter of the Parsha is rather about the Shidduch (match and marriage) of the son of Sarah and her husband Avraham, Yitzchak to Rivkah, which becomes the next chapter and link in the history of the Jewish people. This then is the message in the name of our Parsha, that ultimately the life of Sarah was expressed in the Jewish continuity that lives on in her children and future generations of Yiddishkeit (Judaism).

In a similar manner, the most effective way to remember the sacrifice of those who passed on, fighting for the values that we cherish, and to keep them alive, is to uphold those values, live by them, and pass them on to our children for generations to come.

On the subject of life, please find information below regarding the Gift of LIfe appeal to members of the Jewish Community to come along next Sunday and donate blood to help save lives. Bookings are essential and due to the lack of a significant number of donors, the organizers are considering to cancel the event.

Last week, we commenced our fascinating new JLI course, entitled great debates in Jewish History. We still have a few spaces available if you wish to join, as each class is a separate topic and, besides for the Jewish educational content, I am sure that you will thoroughly enjoy the topics and debates presented.

Shabbat Shalom and may we share good news.

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Vayerah 5778

What a wonderful Shabbat we enjoyed last week at the Brisbane Synagogue, as we participated in the International Shabbat Project, with a full Shabbat program, including kids programs, and guest Chazzan Rabbi Phillip Heilbrunn, who uplifted us all with his beautiful tenor voice.

The Shabbat experience was enhanced by the double Bar-Mitzvah celebration of the Waugh twins, Daniel and Blake, along with their teacher, the legendary Shmuel, and many family members and friends from near and far.

This past week was an historic one for Australia, and its unique relationship with Israel, as our Prime Minister traveled to Israel to participate in the centenary commemoration of the Battle of Beersheba, which was a significant turning point in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire. The ANZAC Light Horse Brigade’s stunning charge was hailed as a milestone of military bravery, representing Australia’s first outstanding achievement as a fighting force during the First Word War.

It was a turning point in Gen. Edmund Allenby’s struggle to defeat the Ottomans in Palestine and heralded the beginning of an extraordinary Australia-Israel relationship, which continues to this day.

In light of the ugly face of Islamic terror that has come back to haunt New York again, we pray that that Hashem bring much healing and comfort to those who have been affected by this horrific and despicable act of murder and may He protect us all from this insanity.

Please see also below information regarding our upcoming fascinating JLI course, entitled “Great Debates in Jewish History”, to which everyone is welcome and encouraged to join.

Shabbat Shalom and may we share good news.

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times

Fri Sept 27th: Light Candles 5.28pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 28th 6.21pm

Sunday Sept 29th Erev Rosh HaShana: Light Candles 5.29pm

Monday Sept 30th Rosh HaShana Day 1: Light Candles after 6.22pm

Tuesday October 1st Rosh HaShana Day 2: Yom Tov ends 6.23pm

Wednesday Oct 2nd Fast of Gedalia 4.13am-6.12pm

Fri Oct 4th (Shabbat Shuva): Light Candles 5.31pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 5th 6.25pm

Tues Oct 8th: Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidrei Light Candles 5.33pm

Wed Oct 9th: Yom Kippur

Yom Tov ends 6.27pm

Fri Oct 11th: Light Candles 5.35pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 12th 6.29pm

Sun Oct 13th: Erev Sukkot Light Candles 5.36

Mon Oct 14th: Sukkot Day 1 Light Candles after 6.30pm

Tues Oct 15th: Sukkot Day 2 Yom Tov ends 6.31pm

Fri Oct 18th: Light Candles 5.39pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 19th 6.33pm

Sunday Oct 20th: Hoshana Rabba Light Candles 5.40pm

Monday Oct 21st: Shemini Atzeret Light Candles after 6.35pm

Tuesday Oct 22nd: Simchat Torah Yom Tov ends 6.35pm

Fri Oct 25th: Shabbat Bereishit Light Candles 5.43pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 26th 6.38pm