Archive for December, 2017

From The Rabbi – Parshat Vayechi 5778

According to Jewish tradition, we always look to conclude on a positive note. It is therefore perplexing that the Torah, the Book of all books should conclude its first book of Bereshit (Genesis) with the sad story of Joseph’s passing and his internment in Egypt.

Among the explanations for this, is that the passing of Joseph and his burial in Egypt served as a constant reminder and  inspiration for the Jewish people, throughout their many years of slavery, that the time will come when they, along with the remains of Joseph, will be taken out of Egypt to the Holy Land of Israel, as was promised to them by Joseph himself.

Our declaration of Chazak Chazak Venitchazek – Be Strong, Be Strong, Let’s be Strong, immediately following the concluding words “and they placed him (Joseph) in a coffin in Egypt”, is a perpetual reminder to us all not to allow ourselves to be influenced by our surrounding society, rather to be inspired by Joseph’s amazing ability to remain strong in his faith and thrive spiritually, despite his leading role in the most powerful economy of his day.

On a personal note, thank you to all who joined us last Monday for a most meaningful birthday Shacharit service. Witnessing so many of you donned in Tallit and Tefillin on this significant milestone, was for me and my family most uplifting and I am sure, a great source of blessing for each of you and for our entire community. May we continue to share many Simchot in good health!

As many members are still away for the holiday season, please make a special effort to attend services so that we are able to maintain the Minyan, both on Shabbat and during the week.

Shabbat Shalom, 

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Vayigash 5778

We are again left reeling, from yet another senseless act of madness and terror on the streets of Melbourne. May Hashem send much healing a comfort to the injured and their families, and to all who have been affected by this horrible and devastating incident.

On a more positive note, this morning I received a refreshing phone call from a Polish non-Jewish man named Peter, who was so moved to discover a Chanukah Menorah,and its message, while shopping at Westfield Garden City Shopping Centre, that he felt compelled to call with,in his words ” A most wonderful spiritual message, particularly to find this in a commercial setting, how remarkable. Thank you!”

In addition, it is my pleasure to share with you the following extracts form an email I received early this past week, from a lady named Julissa, “I just wanted to thank you and Chabad Brisbane so much for yesterday’s festivities at Chanukah in the City! I have been  wanting to attend for the past three years and was finally able to this year.  It was well worth it!  Though I am not Jewish, I felt at home in celebrating such an inspiring festival with the Jewish community. Rabbi, your message was very appropriate for the times we live in and has stirred me to pray even more for the nation of Israel, Jerusalem it’s capital, and Jews around the world so that the light of God would continue to shine ever brighter in and through His people to push back darkness….It is wonderful to know that there is a piece of Israel right here in Brisbane city, a community from which the world has much to learn. Thank you once again for sharing your faith with the city….Happy Chanukah and God bless you,

One’s Jewish birthday is an auspicious time for self-reflection, and an opportunity to enhance one’s life and to positively influence the lives of others. On this note, in honour of my fiftieth birthday this coming Monday, I request of you to do an extra Mitzvah and I invite  all men and boys to join us with Tallit and Teffilin this coming Monday morning Shacharit service, which will be hosted at 8am due to the public holiday.The Minyan will be followed by breakfast in the memorial Hall.

As we enter the holiday season, with many members going away, please make an effort to support your Shul by attending services so that we may ensure ongoing Minyanim.

Just a reminder that this coming Thursday will be the fast of Tevet, which commemorates the beginning of the destruction of Jerusalem and the holy Bet Hamikdash (Temple). Please note, that there will be a 6pm Mincha and Maariv service for the fast.

May we merit to witness once again the complete restoration of Jerusalem and lighting of the Holy Menorah in the Bet Hamikdash (Temple) in a world filled with much light, peace and harmony. 

Shabbat Shalom 

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