Archive for July, 2021

From The Rabbi – Parshat Vaetchanan – Shabbat Nachamu 5781

This past Sunday it was heartwarming and uplifting for us, as we gathered together for our annual Tisha BÁv service, on the 135th anniversary, since the consecration of our Synagogue on July 18, 1886. In addition to members from the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation, the Minyan was comprised of members from other congregations in Brisbane, who converged together in unity for the solemn afternoon service, donned in our Tallit and Tefillin. It is indeed wonderful that, throughout all these years, our beautiful Synagogue has served as a spiritual sanctuary and a centre for social cohesion within our community, and a beacon of light for our city and state.

May our Synagogue and congregation continue to flourish and grow from strength to strength, materially and spiritually, for many more years to come.

This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Nachamu – the Shabbat of comfort, as we emerge from the sad period of the Three weeks and mourning over the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash – Temple, into the next seven weeks of consolation, in the lead up to the High Holidays. It is also Tu BÁv, the 15th day of the month of Menachem Av, a festive day in the Jewish calendar on which many happy occasions, associated with marriage and unity, occurred in Jewish history.

May we merit to witness the transformation of all sadness, negativity and challenge, into comfort, joy, and opportunities for growth with true and lasting peace in Israel and throughout the world.

Please consider joining us this coming Monday or Thursday for our upcoming uplifting and transformational JLI course, ‘Paradigm Shift’, details below.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Mattot / Masei 5781

Baruch Hashem – Thank G-d, we are able to return to Synagogue services this Shabbat, as we will conclude the fourth book of the Torah with the declaration, Chazak Chazak Venitchazek – be strong, be strong let’s be strengthened! We will also celebrate Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the new Jewish month of Menachem Av, which literally means “comfort father”, as this is the month in which we seek comfort for the destruction of both of our ancient Holy Temples, which took place on the 9th day of this month – Tisha B’av

Although we will commence “the Nine Days”, a period of more intensified mourning in the Jewish calendar, being that we are not permitted to display public mourning practices on Shabbat, the Shabbatot during this time (this week and next) represent an island in time, when sadness is transformed into happiness.

In honour of this special Shabbat, a delicious Cholent Kiddush, generously sponsored any an anonymous donor, will be served following the service on Shabbat morning, to which everyone is welcome to attend. Please don’t forget to register your attendance via the Brisbane Synagogue website, and to follow the various government guidelines such as mask wearing and social distancing.  

If you, or anyone you know, may be struggling with anxiety, depression, or other related mental challenges, which are much more prevalent than many of us may be aware, please consider joining us for our Resilience workshop this coming Sunday with prominent Psychologist Prof. Ian Shochet and his wife Astrid. Please see information below in this regard.

For the nearly two thousand years Jews have always prayed daily for the rebuilding of the Bet Hamikdash (Holy Temple). At the  conclusion of the Pesach Seder night, and the most sacred day of our Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, we cry out to the Almighty”Next Year in Jerusalem”. However, Jews have always been practical and down to earth, and therefore, our sages of blessed memory tell us, that it is our involvement in bettering the world, which will eventually lead to the restoration of Jerusalem and the building of the third and final Bet Hamikdash. Therefore each of us should accept upon ourselves, especially during these three weeks to increase in acts of goodness and kindness, thus hastening the era of our redemption, and that of the entire world.  

May we experience this transformation immediately.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov 

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