Archive for March, 2018

From The Rabbi – Parshat Vayakhel / Pekudei

Why marry Jewish?

Please join us this Sunday evening for an enlightening talk by visiting internationally acclaimed  author and speaker, Doron Kornbluth on this topic and the related issue of raising our children to love being Jewish. Please see information below in this regard and RSVP today!

What is the Jewish view about the notion of ‘Live and let Live’? At a recent lecture on the topic of ‘communication’, we came to the startling discovery that, according to western society, there is nothing illegal about ignoring the distress of another individual, even if they are in a life-threatening situation. According to Torah, however, there is a clear verse, instructing us ‘not to stand idly over the blood of our neighbour’ (Lev.19:16). In other words, we are morally held accountable for our lack of action in helping others who are in distress.

If we take into consideration the full ramifications of this principal, we come to the conclusion that we all have a moral duty to do whatever we can to encourage others to improve their lives and to positively influence society. The reason for this logic is that we are all in the same boat,with a common goal and mission to accomplish, namely to make our world into a place of goodness and holiness for the Divine presence.

The main content of this week’s double Parsha is the implementation of the building of the Mishkan(Tabernacle), which constituted the physical space created by the Jewish people to house the Divine presence.

Although, the physical Mishkan and Bet Hamikdash are no longer here, their spiritual implications and messages are eternal and ever-present in our lives and serve to remind us of our duty to make the world into  a spiritual sanctuary for Hashem.

This week we conclude the second book of the Torah and we again remove an additional Torah from the Aron Kodesh (ark) for the special reading of Parshat Parah (the Red Cow).

As in previous years, communal Seders will be conducted on both nights of Pesach in the Brisbane Synagogue Memorial Hall. Information in this regard will distributed please G-d next week, along with other Pesach (Passover) information. In the meantime, please see below information regarding Pesach products available in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Shabbat Shalom and may we share good news.             

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Ki Tisa 5778

What a wonderful Purim we enjoyed at the Brisbane Synagogue, with a buzzing Shul, filled with Purim spirit, along with many children and their families, who enjoyed the Megillah reading followed by delicious Hamantaschen, graciously prepared by our dedicated communal volunteers, in the Memorial Hall.

As usual, our fancy dress competition was a highlight of the evening, with ‘Dr’ Mia Harpaz taking first place, followed closely by ‘Thing 1 and Thing 2’, Elovics sisters, Maya and Shelly, and Woolfy Zavodnik as ‘ET & Elliot’.

The celebrations continued the following day at Sinai College, with many members of the community in attendance for the exciting program, which was enjoyed by all.

Last Shabbat, we were honoured to welcome at our Shul Melbourne businessman and communal activist Dr Danny Lanzer and his wife Vivien, who joined us for the Kiddush, following the service in the Memorial Hall.

As per our standard practice, we invited the Lanzers to share a few words and Danny shared the following beautiful concept, beginning with a question, “Where do we find Haman mentioned in the 5books of the Torah? In the beginning of creation, Adam and Chava (Eve) were told that they may eat from the fruits of any tree they desired, with the exception of one tree. Following the incident when they ate the fruit of that very tree, Hashem appears to Adam and exclaims Hamin HaetzHazeh Asher Tziviticha levilti achal mimenu Achalta? Did you eat of tree which i instructed you not to?”.The word ‘Hamin’ has the same Hebrew spelling as ‘Haman’.

Drawing from his profession as a plastic surgeon, Danny shared with us the simple, but profound message that, from all the fruits they were permitted to eat, Adam and Chava felt compelled to eat from this particular tree, the only one that was off limits to them. Unfortunately many of us suffer from this ‘Haman’ syndrom, thinking that if we could only enjoy that one item which we do not have, we will somehow become happy and content.

I could not help myself from reflecting on the above message as we gathered last Sunday at the Mt Gravatt cemetery for the Hakamat Matzevah (Stone Setting) of our dear beloved communal legend, the late Reb Tzvi Hirsh (George) Frey OBM, who epitomised the concept of “Who is the wealthy man, he who is happy with his lot”, miraculously arriving in Brisbane all alone in 1939, from Germany, with a burning love for his heritage, Israel and Jewish continuity, throwing himself into communal life for decades, serving  humbly a whole host of communal and Zionist organisations, while raising a wonderful family. May his memory be a blessing and may we all be inspired to follow his shining example.  

Shabbat Shalom             

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times


Fri 2nd February: Light Candles 6.24pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 3rd 7.18pm

Fri 9th February: Light Candles 6.19pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 10th 7.13pm

Fri 16th February: Light Candles 6.14pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 17th 7.07pm

Fri 23rd February: Light Candles 6.08pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 24th 7pm

Thurs 1st March: Purim

Fri 2nd March: Light Candles 6.01pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 3rd 6.53pm

Fri 9th March: Light Candles 5.54pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 10th 6.45pm

Fri 16th March: Light Candles 5.46pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 17th 6.37pm

Fri 23rd March: Light Candles 5.38pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 24th 6.29pm

Fri 30th March: Light Candles 5.30pm
Pesach Seder 1
Shabbat ends: Sat 31st 6.22pm

Sat 31st March: Light Candles after 6.22pm
Pesach Seder 2
Yom Tov ends: Sunday 1st April 6.21pm

Thurs 5th April Pesach Day 7:
Light Candles 5.24pm

Fri 6th April: Light Candles 5.23pm
Shabbat & Pesach end: Sat 7th 6.14pm

Fri 13th April: Light Candles 5.15pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 14th 6.07pm

Fri 20th April: Light Candles 5.08pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 21st 6.01pm

Fri 27th April: Light Candles 5.02pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 28th 5.55pm