Archive for March, 2020

From The Rabbi – Parshat Terumah 5780

Kol Hakavod to the many women of our community who turned out for the Women’s Forum to discuss ideas on how we may enhance our  congregation and community. Please see article below in this regard by Peta Briner, who chaired the meeting. We look forward to the implementation of new and creative ways to engage our members and attract new members to take advantage of our wonderful Shul and facilities and to enhance yiddishkeit within our community.

One of the powerful lessons we can draw from the Coronovirus is how connected all 7 billion of us really are, and the global effects of a single individual on the entire world. Of course this is currently being expressed in a worrying negative phenomena, which with the help of Hashem and the combined global efforts and co-operation of many countries, will soon be contained and cured. However the notion that we are all interconnected and what happens with one individual effects the whole world, this was the topic of our JLI class last week as we discussed the intrinsic value of each individual human being and the responsibility we all carry for the entire universe.

Many people believe that life is about ‘my rights’ and privileges however, from the Jewish perspective, there is an important central idea, known is Hebrew as ‘Areivut’, personal responsibility and obligation towards one another and for the world in which we live. From this idea comes the famous quote from the Mishna, (Sanhedrin 4:5) ‘He who saves one life is as if they have saved the whole world’, meaning that each individual carries the responsibility of the whole world on his or her shoulders, and what we do, say or even think effects the entire cosmos.

Please see information below regarding our upcoming Purim evening activities at the Brisbane Synagogue, which will include a presentation by the students of the UBHE Cheder. We will include information regarding Purim day at Sinai and the annual communal Purim Seudah (Festive meal) in the coming weeks.

In the meantime we extend our best wishes for a Shabbat Shalom 

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times

 

Fri May 1st: Light Candles 4.58pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 2nd 5.51pm

Fri May 8th: Light Candles 4.53pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 9th 5.47pm

Fri May 15th: Light Candles 4.49pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 16th 5.43pm

Fri May 22nd: Light Candles 4.46pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 23rd 5.40pm

Thurs May 28th: Erev Shavuot Light Candles 4.44pm

Fri May 29th: Shavuot 1 Light Candles after 4.44pm

Sat May 30th: Shavuot 2 ends 5.39pm

Fri June 5th: Light Candles 4.43pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 6th 5.38pm

Fri June 12th: Light Candles 4.43pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 13th 5.38pm

Fri June 19th: Light Candles 4.43pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 20th 5.39pm

Fri June 26th: Light Candles 4.45pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 27th 5.41pm