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From The Rabbi – Parshat Shemot 5781

Due the three-day lockdown, commencing this evening at 6pm, services will not be conducted at the Brisbane Synagogue this Shabbat and the delicious Cholent, which was scheduled for this Shabbat, in honour of late Adela and Ellis Goldman OBM, will be served, please G-d, next Shabbat instead. We extend our wishes to the Goldman and Jacobson families for a long life in commemoration of the Yahrtzeit of late Ellis OBM, who was a great stalwart of our congregation and community. May his neshamah be elevated.

Bernie Goldman was scheduled to deliver a talk this evening from the pulpit in honour of the Yahrtzeit of his late father Ellis. Due to the lockdown, we have included Bernie’s talk in the ‘Tradition’ section below.

Please see important information below from Qld health regarding the lockdown.

Not withstanding the challenges we are currently facing, we are truly blessed to be living in such a technologically advanced era, which affords us the opportunity to communicate and connect easily via social media and other mediums. This will enable us to maintain our Erev Shabbat zoom sessions, which will be held this afternoon at 5.30pm via Zoom, and our Monday morning Shacharit (morning service) will also be conducted via Zoom at the usual time of 6am.

Please make a special effort to light the candles this evening at the proper time of 6.30pm, and may we suggest that we pray the Kabbalat Shabbat service together following candle lighting, from the comforts of our own homes.

This week we begin a new chapter of our early history with the second book of the Torah, Shmot, often referred to as the book of ‘Exodus’, containing the well-known story of our miraculous exodus from ancient Egypt.

May we indeed experience these abundant miracles, and may all of humanity be blessed with healing, comfort and the ultimate blessing of eternal peace and redemption!

Shabbat Shalom

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Vayechi 5781

As we come to the conclusion of the first book of the Torah, which contains the foundational stories of the world and of our nation and the characters  who continue to inspire our lives, we draw strength from their examples. Following the final words of the book, “and they put him (Josef ) in a casket in Egypt” we proclaim “Chazak Chazak Venitchazek” – “Be Strong, Be Strong, Let’s be Strong”, as we are about to enter the challenging new chapter of our history, as slaves in the foreign land of Egypt.

How are we to draw strength from such a morbid ending to the book, “And they placed him (Josef) in a casket in Egypt” ?

Among the explanations for this is, that the passing of Joseph and his burial in Egypt served as a constant reminder for the Jewish people, throughout their many years of slavery, that the time will come when they, along with the remains of Joseph, will be taken out of Egypt to the Promised Land of Israel, as was proclaimed by Joseph himself.

Our declaration of Chazak Chazak Venitchazek, immediately following these concluding words are thus a perpetual reminder to us all that, not withstanding the challenging circumstances and vicissitudes of life, Hashem is always right there with us and provides us with the light and guidance of Torah to help us navigate through the tough times, as we draw strength and inspiration from the lives and times of our founding fathers and mothers of the Jewish people.

This past year has been a most challenging one for us all, with many unexpected twists and turns, we have in a sense become slaves to a foreign force over which we seem to have little or no control. These unprecedented circumstances have taken, and continue to take their toll on the physical, emotional, and financial well-being of billions of people around the world.      

May we transition from the book Genesis to the book of Exodus, leading us from darkness to light, from slavery to redemption, with the transformation of all challenges and struggles, into the most profound and uplifting opportunities for growth, healing and success, materially and spiritually.

Please see information below regarding our upcoming enlightening JLI course, entitled “Journey of the Soul”, commencing in four weeks.

While we are still in the holiday season, with several regular attendees away, please make an effort to join us at Shul so we can ensure a regular Minyanim for services on Shabbat and during the week.

For those of you will be heading off for a well-deserved summer break. I encourage you to consider adding more meaning and depth to your summer holiday and take along a meaningful Jewish book, Siddur, Tefillin and/or travelling Shabbat candles.

Shabbat Shalom and may 2021 usher in much peace, health, happiness and prosperity, and the ultimate redemption!    

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