Archive for October, 2018

From The Rabbi – Parshat Vayera 5779

This evening we look forward to our annual Shabbat Project Community Shabbat dinner, which will be held following the service in the Brisbane Synagogue Memorial Hall. We extend a huge thank you to Eddy Berkowitz, Leah Philips, and Sharryn Goldman for their generous contribution of time, energy and culinary skills towards the preparation of the Dinner and to Denise Shulman, Rosemary Solomon, Michael Arenson and Pamela Balsatagui for their great contributions. 

Three angels walk into an inn and ask for a drink. This sounds like the beginning of a joke. But that is how our week’s Torah portion starts—except that they did not ask for a drink. It was offered to them by the innkeeper, Abraham. So anxious was he to host people that Abraham sat outside looking for people to wine and dine.

We all can take a lesson from Abraham. We don’t need to wait for people to come begging. Get out there and offer. When it comes to kindness, even a little proactivity can go a very long way.

Shabbat Shalom and we look forward to see you at Shul

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Lech Lecha 5779

We are once again gearing up for an exciting and uplifting Shabbat next week, as we prepare for the international Shabbat Project with a variety of activities on offer for all the family. Please see information below in this regard.

Jerusalem is again a hot topic on the political agenda, and it never seizes to amaze me how often we we see world events reflected in the weekly Parsha (Torah portion), in which Jerusalem is first referenced as Ir Shalem (city of Peace) .

Later, the word Yireh, meaning ‘vision’ or ‘awe’ was added by Avraham, making it Yerushalayim, meaning complete awe, or visionary peace.

It is ironic that a city with such a magnificent and awe inspiring name, one chosen by G-d Himself to serve as the gate to heaven – the bridge and interface between the divine and mundane should be the Centre of so much controversy and debate.

May we very soon merit the time when the world will stand in reverence and awe, and all of humanity will experience complete and everlasting peace.

Shabbat Shalom and we look forward to see you at Shul

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times

Fri  Nov 2nd: Light Candles 5.49pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 3rd 6.45pm

Fri  Nov 9th: Light Candles 5.54pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 10th 6.50pm

Fri  Nov 16th: Light Candles 5.59pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 17th 6.56pm

Fri  Nov 23rd: Light Candles 6.05pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 24th 7.02pm

Fri  Nov 30th: Light Candles 6.10pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 1st 7.08pm

Sun 2nd Chanukah 1st night: Light candles after nightfall (6.58pm)

Fri  Dec 7th: Light Candles 6.16pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 8th 7.14pm

Sun 9th Chanukah last night: Light candles after nightfall (6.58pm)

Fri  Dec 14th: Light Candles 6.20pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 15th 7.19pm

Fri  Dec 21st: Light Candles 6.24pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 22nd 7.23pm

Fri  Dec 28th: Light Candles 6.27pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 29th 7.25pm

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