Archive for April, 2019

From The Rabbi – Last Days Pesach Shabbat 5779

With the last two Yom Tov days of Pesach commencing this evening, we are sending this week’s ‘What’s Nu’ today.

ANZAC Day falling out in the midst of Pesach interweaves effortlessly with the central theme of Pesach, namely freedom and, in particular the last days of Pesach, which are associated with the ultimate freedom and redemption, the coming of Moshiach.

As we commemorate and recognize the courage, mateship, skill, and perseverance of those who have served, fought, and given their lives in the military, and we express our love, honour and support for those who fought to enable freedom for people all over the world, may we merit the fulfilment of the words from Isaiah, that we will recite in the Haftarah this Shabbat, describing a world of which we all dream when true peace and tranquility will pervade the earth “And a wolf shall live with a lamb, and a leopard shall lie with a kid; and a calf and a lion cub and a fatling

[shall lie]

together, and a small child shall lead them”

A special ANZAC service will be incorporated in the Shabbat morning service, led by Loris Ruben, President of QAJEX, (Queensland Association of Ex-Servicemen and Women).  Please see information below in this regard.

The Yizkor (Memorial) service will also be held on Shabbat morning at approximately 10.30am. Special prayers will also be recited  will also be recited for the victims of the recent horrific terror attacks in Sri Lanka.

We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to the Yeshivah Bachurim (boys) who have assisted us in leading the services and the Communal Sedarim, which attracted record numbers of guests from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, interstate and overseas. Outr sincere thanks again to Aron Kann for his great help and culinary skill in preparing the delicious food, and to our dedicated Peter Darbishire for his ongoing help and support in setting up and cleaning the hall.  

It has been gratifying and a great blessing for our community that services were held, almost daily, in the morning and the evening, throughout Chol Hamoed (the intermediary days of) Pesach with extra Torah learning between Mincha (afternoon) and Maariv (evening) services.     

We remind you to light a 24 or 48-hour candle before the onset of Yom Tov this evening, as candle-lighting tomorrow evening must be taken from a pre-existing flame. In addition, being that Yom Tov leads into Shabbat, the special procedure of Eruv Tavshilin (which can be found in your Siddur), should be performed before the onset of the Chag (Festival).

May we merit the ultimate blessing of true and lasting peace with the coming of Moshiach NOW!

Please see information below regarding the last days of pesach and and various communal programs and events in the coming weeks.   

We wish you and your family Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe 

From The Rabbi – Shabbat Pesach 5779

This evening, in addition to ushering in the holy day of Shabbat, we commence the joyous and liberating festival of Pesach – the Festival of our Freedom. A special welcome to the family members and  friends, who have converged on Brisbane to celebrate Pesach with their loved ones.

We are thrilled to be welcoming more than 120 people to the communal Sedarim at the Brisbane Synagogue, from many nationalities and walks of life and, in particular, we welcome and extend our sincere thanks and deep appreciation to five wonderful and capable Yeshivah students, Laibel Vogel, Yanky Blasberg, Noson Abrams, Mendy Lipsker (a cousin of ours), & Shmuli Adelist, who have kindly come to our community to lead the services and Sedarim. Our sincere thanks is extended to Aron Kann for his amazing culinary expertise in preparing for the Seders, including a few special vegan menus.         

In the lead-up to Pesach, it is always personally uplifting and overwhelming for me to witness the tremendous awakening of the inner spark of Jewish connectedness from so many Jews, from all backgrounds and levels of observance, who exert themselves to observe the Chag – festival , to nurture their Jewish identity and communal involvement. It is particularly gratifying to see the nachat and excitement in the eyes of various members of our congregation, as they proudly share clips of their grand-children and family members reciting the Mah Nishtanah and other sections of the Haggadah.

Attending the Sinai College and UBHE Cheder model Seder are always among the highlights of our annual calendar, and we would venture to say that the Seder night is arguably one of the most profound educational experiences, as we don’t merely tell the story about the exodus, but we re-live it, through all the special foods we eat, and the traditions we observe, engaging the various characters types present at the Seder and draw upon the multiple dimensions of intelligence.             

Ultimately though, the Seder nights and the festival of Pesach – Passover, like all Jewish holidays. is to internalize the true and deeper meaning of freedom, and to physiologically remove all Chametz – leaven, represented by the ego, and to instill the character of Matzah, which represents humility into our lives.

As I am sure you would understand, celebrating the Festival of Freedom in these circumstances has a particularly special relevance and meaning, and I know how much they appreciated your support in this regard.

Please see information below regarding Pesach and various communal programs and events in the coming weeks.   

On the eve of Shabbat Pesach, Dvorah and I, along with President Michael and Janine Arenson and the board of management of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation convey our prayerful blessings to you and your family for a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Kasher Vesameach – A Happy and Kosher Pesach     

We wish you and your family Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Candle Lighting Times Brisbane


Fri July 2nd: Light Candles 4.47pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 3rd 5.43pm

Fri July 9th: Light Candles 4.50pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 10th 5.46pm

Fri July 16th: Light Candles 4.53pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 17th 5.49pm Tisha B’Av fast starts Sat 5.12pm until 5.38pm Sun 18th

Fri July 23rd: Light Candles 4.57pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 24th 5.52pm

Fri July 30th: Light Candles 5pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 31st 5.55pm

Fri August 6th: Light Candles 5.04pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 7th 5.59pm

Fri August 13th: Light Candles 5.08pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 14th 6.02pm

Fri August 20th: Light Candles 5.11pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 21st 6.05pm

Fri August 27th: Light Candles 5.14pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 28th 6.08pm

Fri Sept 3rd: Light Candles 5.17pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 4th 6.11pm

Monday Sept 6th: Erev Rosh Hashana Light Candles 5.19pm

Tuesday Sept 7th: Rosh Hashana 1 Light Candles after 6.12pm

Wed Sept 8th: Rosh Hashana 2 Yom Tov ends 6.12pm

Thurs Sept 9th: Fast of Gedaliah: 4.40am-6.02pm

Fri Sept 10th: Light Candles 5.21pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 11th 6.14pm

Wed Sept 15th: Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidrei Night Light Candles 5.23pm

Thurs Sept 16th: Yom Kippur   Yom Kippur ends 6.16pm

Fri Sept 17th: Light Candles 5.24pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 18th 6.17pm

Mon Sept 20th: Erev Sukkot  Light Candles 5.25pm

Tues Sept 21st: Sukkot 1  Light Candles after 6.18pm

Wed Sept 22nd: Sukkot 2  Yom Tov ends 6.19pm

Thurs Sept 23rd – Sunday 26th: Sukkot intermediate days (Chol Hamoed)

Monday Sept 27th: Hoshana Rabba    Light Candles 5.28pm

Tuesday Sept 28th: Shemini Atzeret: Light Candles after 6.21pm

Wed Sept 29th: Simchat Torah   Yom Tov ends 6.22pm