Archive for April, 2018

From The Rabbi – Parshat Acharei – Kedoshim 5778

As you can imagine, being a significant historical and prominent institution in Brisbane, our Synagogue attracts a variety of interesting communications via its website and, this past week, we received an email from a member of The Lyceum Club, Brisbane (99 year old International Women’s Club), who was presenting a talk on Shawls and Scarves, in her words “as the traditional Tallit is the most ancient, and in continuous use, as a special,request, is it possible to borrow a Tallit to show, and explain its significance”.

This request reminded me of the immense historical significance and spiritual power contained in the Jewish traditions and serves reminder to some of our own about the richness and depth of our religious observances.

Last Sunday at the Communal Yom Ha’atzmaot celebrations, celebrating the achievements of the modern State of Israel’s 70th anniversary, it struck a deep and proud cord in my heart, as so many of our communal members lined up to enthusiastically perform the Mitzvah of donning Tefillin, celebrating a more than 3000-year old Jewish tradition, which serves, among other blessings, to provide added power and protection to the Jewish nation.

Save the date for the celebration of our people’s 3,330th anniversary on May 20th.

This Sunday is Pesach Sheni, the second Pesach, which takes place a month after Pesach, reminding us that if we fail to achieve the fiorst time round, we always have another opportunity to improve and make thing right. It is customary to eat Matzah on this day and to reflect on the message of the day.

Please see details below regarding the upcoming communal Lag Ba’Omer celebration at Burbank this comeing Wednesday evening..

In conjunction with the recent commencement of the study of Pirkei Avot (ethics of the fathers), which contains some of the most beautiful ethical teachings in Judaism, a new Shabbat afternoon Pirkei Avot Torah class has commenced on Shabbat afternoon for the last hour of Shabbat from 5pm – 6pm at the Brisbane Synagogue.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of nine Israeli teenagers who have tragically died during flash floods swept across Israel and the West Bank yesterday afternoon.

The Israeli teenagers were on a group hike in the Tzafit Valley near the southern Dead Sea when severe storms hit the area, causing flash floods. The youths were students at the Bnei Zion pre-military academy in central Israel.
Eight girls and one boy were among the dead, according to Magen David Adom of the Israeli emergency response service. Another girl is missing.
Shabbat Shalom and happy Lag Ba’Omer.

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Tazria / Metzora 5778

Mazal Tov Israel! for it’s incredible achievements over the past 70 years, since the establishment of the modern State!

At our weekly retiree Shiur (Torah class) yesterday some of our participants were nostalgically reminiscing about that fateful and emotionally-charged day in 1948, when Australia proudly became the first country in the world to throw its support behind the United Nations vote. If you have not seen the wonderful six-page spread which appeared yesterday in the ‘Australian’ yesterday entitled ‘A Miracle Shaped in the Desert’, it will be worthwhile to obtain a copy.

A special ANZAC Kiddush, generously sponsored  by the JNF, will be held tomorrow following the service in the Brisbane Synagogue Memorial Hall. Special prayers will be recited during the service, which will be attended by Loris Roubin, President of QAJEX (Queensland Association of Ex Service-men and women),and other members of QAJEX.

Please see details below for upcoming Yom Ha’atzmaot and ANZAC Day commemorations in our community.

In conjunction with the recent commencement of the study of Pirkei Avot (ethics of the fathers), which contains some of the most beautiful ethical teachings in Judaism, a new Shabbat afternoon Pirkei Avot Torah class will commence this Shabbat afternoon for the last hour of Shabbat from 5pm – 6pm at the Brisbane Synagogue.

Shabbat Shalom and may we share Simchot.

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.