Archive for August, 2019

From The Rabbi – Parshat Vaetchanan 5779

Following the past three weeks of sadness and commemoration of destruction, we now enter seven weeks, in the lead-up to the High Holidays, of comfort and consolation, commencing this week with Nachamu, Nachamu Ami – ‘be comforted, be comforted my people.

What a nachas – pleasure it was for us to witness a record crowd who attended our current JLi course, ‘With All My Heart’ – dealing with subject of Jewish prayer and spiritual experience, which opened my eyes to just how much members of our community are thirsting for spiritual connection and made me realize how important it is for us to share the richness and depth of Judaism with others.

This week we will read an account by Moshe (Moses) of the the Ten Commandments, with a few slight variations of the way we read the original 10 Commandments in the book of Shmot (Exodus).     

The Jews were given the Ten commandments engraved on the tablets on two separate occasions. The first time, the tablets were Divinely engraved and contained intense holiness. However, when Moses descended from the mountain, and saw the Jews serving the Golden calf, the tablets were smashed. Eighty days later after tremendous repentance, prayer and hard work the Jews received the second tablets. The second set were less holy than the first. Yet they were everlasting and ignited far greater depth and opportunity for Jewish learning.

What we invest in and work for might not be as beautiful as the gift we receive but enjoys far greater permanence. Spiritual growth that comes from outside or external inspiration might be powerful, but short lived. Change that comes from within, with effort, learning from mistakes, and tremendous effort will stay with us for a long time.

 Shabbat Shalom and well over the fast, and we look forward to seeing you in Shul. 

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Thank you Rabbi Michael Gourarie of BINA for the above message

From The Rabbi – Parshat Devarim (Chazon) 5779

This Shabbat preceding Tisha B’Av (9th of Av) is called  Shabbat Chazon —“Shabbat of the Vision”, as the Haftarah  begins with the words Chazon Yeshayahu, the “vision of Isaiah” regarding the destruction of the Holy Temple. The legendary chassidic master Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev explained that on this special Shabbat, every Jewish soul is shown a vision of the third Holy Temple. The purpose of this vision is to arouse within each of us a yearning to actually see this edifice which will be built by G‑d, and to do as many mitzvot as possible in order to realize this dream. While this vision may not be sensed with the physical eyes, the soul certainly experiences this vision, and it affects us all on the subconscious level.

This evening commences Tisha B’Av – the 9th of Av, which is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, usually observed as a fast day, and various other mourning practices. However, this year, being that it falls out on Shabbat, when we are not permitted to mourn or fast (except on Yom Kippur), the observances of Tisha B’Av are postponed until Motzoey Shabbat – Saturday night and Sunday. The Talmud teaches us that in the future era of Moshiach, when the world will be filled with peace and joy, all the sad days in the Jewish calendar will be transformed into Yamim Tov, days of celebration. May the sadness and mourning of  Tisha B’Av be postponed indefinitely with the transformation of all sadness and negativity to optimism and joy.

Please see information below regarding special customs for the Nine Days and Tisha B’av observance, which commences tomorrow evening Motzoey Shabbat (Saturday night). 

Please see also information below regarding our upcoming course,  ‘All My Heart’ – A meaningful course on the Art of Jewish Prayer and spiritual experience, commnecing this Monday evening. Please consider joining this course, which will serve to greatly enhance your understanding of the prayers and Synagogue services, especially in the lead-up to the High Holidays.

Shabbat Shalom and well over the fast, and we look forward to seeing you in Shul. 

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times

Fri August 2nd: Light Candles 5.02pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 3rd 5.56pm

Fri August 9th: Light Candles 5.05pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 10th 6pm

Fri August 16th: Light Candles 5.09pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 17th 6.03pm

Fri August 23rd: Light Candles 5.12pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 24th 6.06pm

Fri August 30th: Light Candles 5.15pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 31st 6.09pm

Fri Sept 6th: Light Candles 5.19pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 7th 6.12pm

Fri Sept 13th: Light Candles 5.22pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 14th 6.15pm

Fri Sept 20th: Light Candles 5.25pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 21st 6.18pm

Fri Sept 27th: Light Candles 5.28pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 28th 6.21pm