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 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.