Archive for June, 2019

From The Rabbi – Parshat Shlach 5779

As we prepare for Shabbat and reflect on the beautiful words of the Eishet Chayil (woman of valour), traditionally recited by many prior the Kiddush on Friday night, our community is mourning the loss one of one of our most cherished members, a true Eshet Chayil, Michelle Zavelsky, whose kind and caring spirit touched and inspired the lives of so many within our community and beyond. Our Congregation and community were extremely close to late Michelle’s OBM heart, and her immense contribution will live on indelibly in our midst. May her memory be a blessing, and may Hashem comfort her husband, Phillip, and children Rebecca and Elan and their family.  

The QJBD is conducting a Queensland-wide Jewish Communal survey, in order to gain a better understanding of the needs of our community. Please see information in this regard below and we encourage you to participate in the survey.

Our usual Shabbat Mevrochim Kiddush will be deferred until next Shabbat, Parshat Korach when we will, please G-d, enjoy a special Kiddush with guest Rabbi Chazzan Eliyahu Gorman from the UK, who will grace us with his beautiful voice from the Bimah.

Please see information below regarding our inaugural children’s Friday night Shabbat service and dinner on July 19, 2019.  

As this Shabbat is Mevarchim (blessing) the incoming month of Tammuz, we will gather early at Shul tomorrow morning at 7.30am for the recital of Tehillim (psalms). All welcome!                       

Shabbat Shalom, Chodesh Tov and we look forward to seeing you in Shul. 

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Behaalotecha 5779

Much media attention is currently being focused on protesters employing extreme measures to express their views. 

Judaism encourages us to ‘live with the times’ meaning, that we should look into the weekly Parsha (Torah portion) for guidance on how to conduct our lives.

Interestingly, this week we read of a protest by a handful of people, who complained to Moshe that they felt left out of the Mitzvah to offer the Korban Pesach (Paschal lamb), due to their impure status as a result of their involvement in another important Mitzvah namely, carrying the remains of Yosef (Josef) to the Promised Land. There is no mention of these individuals gluing themselves to the sand, or any other extreme measures in order to have their views heard. They simply appealed to Moshe, the leader and, upon consultation with Hashem, a special holiday was introduced, named Pesach Sheni (second Passover), affording those who missed out the first time, a second opportunity.

We learn from this episode that it is quite acceptable and, sometimes our duty, to protest when we feel that injustice is being served however, this should be conducted in a civilized and legal manner that does not infringe on society and cause unnecessary loss of tax-paid funds.

Shabbat Shalom and we look forward to seeing you in Shul. 

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Candle Lighting Times

Fri Jan 1st: Light Candles 6.29pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 2nd 7.26pm

Fri Jan 8th: Light Candles 6.30m
Shabbat ends: Sat 9th 7.27pm

Fri Jan 15th: Light Candles 6.30pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 16th 7.26pm

Fri Jan 22nd: Light Candles 6.28pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 23rd 7.24pm

Fri Jan 29th: Light Candles 6.26pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 30th 7.20pm

Fri Feb 5th: Light Candles 6.22pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 6th 7.16pm

Fri Feb 12th: Light Candles 6.17pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 13th 7.10pm

Fri Feb 19th: Light Candles 6.11pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 20th 7.04pm

Fri Feb 26th: Purim Light Candles 6.05pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 27th 6.57pm

Fri Mar 5th: Light Candles 5.57pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 6th 6.49pm

Fri Mar 12th: Light Candles 5.50pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 13th 6.42pm

Fri Mar 19th: Light Candles 5.42pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 20th 6.34pm

Fri Mar 26th: Light Candles 5.34pm

Sat 27th Pesach Seder 1 Light Candles after 6.26pm

Sun 28th Pesach Seder 2 Light Candles after 6.25pm

Mon 29th Yom Tov ends 6.24pm

Fri April 2nd: Light Candles 5.27pm

Sat April 3rd Pesach Day 7 Light Candles  after 6.18pm

Sun April 4th: Yom Tov ends 6.17pm

Fri April 9th: Light Candles 5.19pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 10th 6.11pm

Fri April 16th: Light Candles 5.12pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 17h 6.04pm