Archive for July, 2018

From The Rabbi – Parshat Matot – Masei 5778

World Cup football has been on the global agenda this past week but, nothing has captivated us all more than the 12 boys and their soccer coach, who were mercifully rescued after being trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand.

The collective compassion and outpouring of concern for the fate of these boys was truly inspirational, along with the hopeful prayers of billions, was a true Kiddush Hashem, a sanctification of Hashem throughout the world. Please see article below in the ‘Tradition’ section, entitled ‘Thailand – Do it every day’.

Today, Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av (the first day of the Hebrew month of Av), marks the beginning of the ‘Nine Days’, a period of intensified mourning over the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash (The Temple), concluding with the fast of Tisha B’Av (9th of Av). Please see below various customs we observe during this time period and service times for next weekend.

On Shabbat we are not permitted to mourn and, being that this year we have two Shabbatot during the ‘Nine Days’, this means that we have a reason to infuse increased joy into an otherwise sad period. Furthermore, next Shabbat is actually Tisha B’Av itself, which is postponed until the following day.

May we soon merit ‘leyom shekulo Shabbat’, the ‘day which is completely Shabbat’,the Messianic era, when all sadness and suffering will be transformed to happiness and celebration.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov 

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Pinchas 5778

This week we read about how the desire of Moshe (Moses) to appoint a leader to succeed him. It’s a touching scene in which Hashem conveys to Moshe that he should choose Joshuah, ‘ish asher ruach bo’ – a man within whom there is spirit’, as Rashi, the foremost commentator of the Torah explains this to mean, one who is able to relate to the spirit of every of each person.

This past week, our community has sadly lost such a leader, our beloved Stan Been OBM –  Zalman Ben Shraga Feivel, who had the unique ability to relate to everyone on their level, from young children receiving lollies at Shul, to strangers and friends, young and old, with his warm and loving personality and wit. Late Reb Zalman OBM, who served for more than ten years as President of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation, attended Shul services regularly, embraced life and loved humanity, has made a huge and ever-lasting impact on his family and our community.

Reb Zalman was a shining example to us all of genuine care and concern for others, community spirit and commitment to Jewish continuity. May we all be inspired to follow his wonderful example and positive outlook on life and humanity.

shloshim service will be held at the Brisbane Synagogue for late Stan OBM at the end of this month, Information about which will be distributed in the coming weeks.

This week we conclude the first week of the ‘Three Weeks’ of mourning the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash. This coming Friday, Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av, commences the ‘Nine Days’, during which (with the exception of Shabbat) the mourning  becomes intensified. Please see information below regarding the ‘Nine Days’.

The Talmud explains that the reason so many calamaties have befallen our people during the period of the Three Weeks, was predominantly due to Sinat Chinam, baseless hatred, lack of communication was the order of the day.

The only way forward, whether it be on the soccer field or as Jews, is to work together as a team. The spiritual power we can harness from this, will ensure that our metaphorical soccer ball will soar through the air and be perfectly placed – in the Goal!

May we speedily witness the fully re-built Bet Hamikdash, with no more Tzoros (suffering) and the coming of Moshiach!

Being Shabbat Mevarchim, we will gather at Shul early tomorrow at 7.30am for the reciteal of Tehillim (psalms)

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov 

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times


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