Archive for September, 2021

From The Rabbi – Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot

As we are now in the midst of the joyful festival of Sukkot and gearing up the final uplifting days of the festive month of Tishrei, with the celebrations of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah next week, we continue to along our spiritual journey, which commenced in the preparatory introspective month of Elul, leading into the solemn and serious days of awe of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, culminating in the exuberance and joy of these uplifting Chagim festivals.

We express our sincere thanks and deep appreciation to Yossi White for his kind assistance in leading the services and reading the Torah at the BHC in our absence over the first days Sukkot and Shabbat Chol Hamoed, which is greatly appreciated.

We extend our Mazal Tov wishes to Paul and Laura Johnson and Daniel and Claudia Rothernberg and their respective families. for the great honour bestowed upon Paul and Daniel, as our Chatan Torah and Chatan Bereshit, May all the beautiful brachot (blessings) we will bestow upon them and their families on this special occasion materialize in their fullest measure and may we share many Simchot in good health.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation to Eddy Berkovitz and Johny Miller for their kind and capable building of our Shul Sukkah, with the assistance of Tzipporah Byron and the beautiful decorations created by the children of Sinai College and the UBHE Cheder, with the assistance of their dedicated teachers, Devorah Harkham and Laurence Terret.

We are of course all aware of the deep and meaningful benefits contained within the observance of the eternal Mitzvot of Hashem, however it was refreshing to come across an interesting article today, during the festival of Sukkot, entitled, “The benefits of Creating your own Botanical Spaces within the Home” in which the author Sue Williams, writes, “We also know it (creating green space in the home) can reduce depression, anxiety and aggression. We are so intuitively linked to the  natural environment; we just need contact with nature for our physical and psychological well-being. Human beings are hard-wired to green.”

Please see information below regarding Sukkot and Simchat Torah services and events and please ensure that you register your attendance via the Brisbane Synagogue website

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Haazinu / Sukkot 5782

With immense gratitude to Hashem we are pleased to report that our Yom Kippur services at the Brisbane Synagogue, albeit conducted with the wearing of masks, were well attended and enjoyed by all. Unfortunately, due to Covid, many of our family members and friends were unable to join us however, the atmosphere in Shul was warm and uplifting and we all felt as if we were together with family.

Our sincere thanks are extended to Phillip Zavelsky, for his great assistance on the Bimah, announcing the notes for the Shofar blowing, announcing the page numbers, and sharing selected explanations about the service, and to all those who have a assisted with the smooth running of the services.

It was particularly gratifying to welcome so many children in Shul and we extend our sincere thanks to Dr Michael Briner OAM, David Paratz AM and Naomi Miller who conducted our annual wonderful kids Yom Kippur program.

We were once again privileged to receive the special Birchat Kohanim (Priestly blessings) from our dedicated Kohen, Jarrod Kaplan. Shkoyach Kohen! Thank you, Kohen!

A refreshing breakfast was held in the Memorial Hall, following the service, which was appreciatively enjoyed by many members and friends, courtesy of Daniel Island, who graciously sponsored and organised this lovely gesture. Kol Hakavod and thank you Daniel.

We transition from Yom Kippur into Parshat (the portion) Haazinu, the majority of which is a seventy verse song, which was sung by Moshe (Moses) on the final day of his life.

Why is Moses singing on the last day of his life? Why was the longest piece of poetry in the Torah chanted on one of the seemingly saddest days of Jewish history, the day that the greatest Jewish leader of all time passed on?

Perhaps Moses wanted to leave us with the power of song. He was leaving his flock, and until the end of times there wouldn’t be anyone like him to guide the nation. So he gave us a tool that would allow us to find G‑d within ourselves, to create leadership even in the absence of true leaders. He taught us how to maintain the flame of Judaism whether on the way to the gas chambers—where Jews sang the Ani Maamin (“I believe!”) on the way to their deaths—or sitting at the Shabbat table with family and friends.

On his last day of leadership, Moses gave us the means to persevere: song.

Please see information below regarding Sukkot and Simchat Torah services and events and please ensure  that you register your attendance via the Brisbane Synagogue website.

We avail ourselves of this opportunity to extend our heartfelt wishes to you and your family for a year filled with much good health, happiness and prosperity and may we share many Simchot!

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Candle Lighting Times Brisbane



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