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From The Rabbi – Parshat Vayera 5782

It is with great pleasure that we welcome our members and friends who will be joining us this Shabbat for the celebration of the International Shabbat Project, which we are once again fortunate and blessed to be able to host at our beautiful Brisbane Synagogue in the city. In particular we extend our warm Beruchim Habaim – welcome to two special guests, Eliran and Moshe, who will uplift our spirits, through their involvement in leading services, teaching songs, delivering talks, and running kids programs.

This past week we commenced our JLI course, Outsmarting Antisemitism, which was attended by a record number of participants, in person and via zoom. For centuries we have grappled with this age-old issue and our course addresses this challenging subject with purpose, positivity and pride.

”Every Shabbat candle lit, every song in Yiddish or Ladino, and every Swedish Jew who wears a kippa or a Star of David with pride is a stance against hate”.

This powerful statement was not said by a rabbi, encouraging community members to be proud Jews, but rather by Sweden’s Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, in a recent talk in the Malmö Synagogue, at an event celebrating Jewish life in Sweden.

Stefan Löfven is absolutely right. It’s not enough to remember. We must also act, and react Jewishly. Antisemitism wants to erase Judaism and get rid of Jews, so every Jewish action on our part, and every proud Jew, is a significant antidote and victory over those who seek to vilify and destroy us. It is important for us to live a meaningful active Jewish life in its own right, and not let antisemitism define our Judaism.

Among the most powerful traditions, which has been instrumental in maintaining Yiddishkeit (Jewish life) throughout the centuries, has been the observance of Shabbat and we encourage you to please join us for a wonderful and wholesome Shabbat experience this weekend, among family and friends at our beautiful Shul. Please see information below in this regard and we look forward to having you join us.

May we continue to share good news and good health.

Shabbat Shalom 

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Lech Lecha 5782

Due the easing of restrictions in Brisbane last Friday, it was a Mechaye (pleasure) for us to be able to enjoy our Synagogue services unmasked, and we are pleased that our Southern friends in Sydney are now able to return to their beloved Shuls. We hope and pray that all of Australia will re-open soon and that everyone will be healthy and well.

This week begins the epic journey of the Jewish people with the very first Jew, Avram, being instructed by Hashem to leave his land, his birthplace and his father’s house to an unknown destination, revealed later as the land of Canaan, which would become the Holy land of Israel.

This journey into the unknown was among a series of ten tests with which Avram was presented throughout his life, culminating with the most challenging test of all, to take up his beloved son Yitzchak upon the mountain and offer him up on the Alter. Following this supreme test, Avram’s unique relationship with Hashem becomes profoundly deepened and  eternally cemented, through his children, until this very day.

Our sages teach that the personal lives of Avram and Sarah, the first Jewish couple, are reflected in the journey of our people throughout history and the many tests and challenges we have, and continue to endure along the way serve to strengthen our bond and relationship with Hashem and with each other.

If you have not registered, please consider signing up to our upcoming JLI course, Outsmarting Antisemitism, as we confront this topic with purpose, positivity and pride.

Please see information below regarding the upcoming Shabbat Project next week, and please consider joining us for what promises to be a wonderful and uplifting experience for all ages.

May we continue to share good news and good health.

Shabbat Shalom 

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Candle Lighting Times Brisbane

Fri Oct 1st: Light Candles 5.30pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 2nd 6.23pm

Fri Oct 8th : Light Candles 5.34pm
Shabbat ends: Sat  6.27pm

Fri Oct 15th: Light Candles 5.38pm
Shabbat ends: Sat  6.32pm

Fri Oct 22nd: Light Candles 5.42pm
Shabbat ends: Sat  6.36pm

Fri Oct 29th: Light Candles 5.46pm
Shabbat ends: Sat  6.41pm