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  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.