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From The Rabbi – Shabbat -Last Days Of Pesach 5778

As usual, the Communal Sedarim held in the Brisbane Synagogue Memorial Hall were well-attended, attracting a broad cross-section of people from many counties and religious backgrounds. We extend a bouquet of thanks to Sivan Fridman and Diana Burton for their great contribution and our thanks and appreciation to Yeshivah students Mendy Thaler, Yisrael Vogel, Yoel Edelman, Noson Abram, Levi Weiss and Nati Meltzer who assisted in running the Sedarim and leading services.

It was very gratifying and a great blessing for our community that services were held, almost daily, in the morning and the evening, throughout Chol Hamoed (the intermediary days of) Pesach with extra Torah learning between Mincha (afternoon) and Maariv (evening) services.

Mendy and Yisrael will still be with us for the last days of Pesach and they will be joined by Moshe Cohen, who was among those who assisted with the Communal Seder in Townsville.

As this evening commences the last two days of Pesach, we are sending out the weekly newsletter today.

Our sages point out that the first days of Pesach relate primarily to the Exodus from Egypt whereas the last days relate more to the final redemption, as expressed in the Haftarah which we will read, and the Seudat Moshiach (Moshiach Meal) customarily celebrated on the last day of Pesach.

We remind you to light a 24 or 48-hour candle before the onset of Yom Tov this evening, as candle-lighting tomorrow evening must be taken from a pre-existing flame. In addition, being that Yom Tov leads into Shabbat, the special procedure of Eruv Tavshilin (which can be found in your Siddur), should be performed before the onset of the Chag (Festival).

We wish you and your family Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Tzav / Shabbat Hagadol 5778

This past week I came across an article about Paul McCartney being interviewed by National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg to discuss his family’s Meat Free Monday campaign, to encourage people to go just one day a week without eating animal products

This is not the forum to discuss vegetarianism within Judaism but, during the interview Susan asks Paul why the campaign encourages people to abstain from meat for only one day a week and his clever response was in essence that, if you ask people to take one small step, they will be more likely to give it ago, rather than requesting of people to make major changes in their life.

Next week Shabbat commences Pesach and one of the main themes of the Festival is our freedom from Egypt which, is not merely a historical experience but rather,as we recite in the Hagaddah “in every generation we should see ourselves as if we actually came out of Egypt”. Our sages explain that Egypt is not merely a geographical location but rather a physiological state of being, in which we become emotionally trapped by our inhibitions, addictions and various other unhealthy behavior patterns.

While our technical devices have opened up wonderful opportunities and help make many areas of life more convenient and comfortable, for many they have become destructive and addictive, and another form of modern day Egyptian slavery.

Taking a page out of Paul McCartney’s book, I would like to suggest that we launch a ‘Tech-free Friday night’, during which we turn off our various electronic devices, for at least a few hours from sundown until we go to sleep, and focus on communicating with each other in the good old traditional Shabbat spirit. I am sure that many of us will find that freeing ourselves from this ‘Egypt’ will be a liberating for body and soul and perform wonders to enhance our relationships.


With Pesach (Passover) only one week away, please see information below regarding Passover Shopping, communal Seders and more, and look out for further information in the post and via email over the next week.

This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Hagadol (the Great Shabbat). Among the reasons suggested for this is, that prior to the Jewish people leaving Egypt, they were instructed to take a sheep and to tie it to their bed post in preparation for its slaughter four days later. When the Egyptians asked the Jews about this, they were informed about the impending plague of the killing of the first born, during which the blood of the sheep sprinkled on the doorposts would be a sign that Hashem would Passover the homes of the Jewish people. Upon hearing about this, the first-born among the Egyptians waged a civil war against Pharaoh and his people. This was considered a great miracle as it diverted the attention from the Jews and caused our enemies to wipe out each other without the need for special Divine intervention or any effort on behalf of the Jews.

Thank you to the dedicated members of our community who assisted last Sunday with the working bee to clean up our Shul for Pesach. It was a real nachas to witness the communal spirit in this regard. Kol Hakavod!


Shabbat Shalom              

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times


Fri 2nd February: Light Candles 6.24pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 3rd 7.18pm

Fri 9th February: Light Candles 6.19pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 10th 7.13pm

Fri 16th February: Light Candles 6.14pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 17th 7.07pm

Fri 23rd February: Light Candles 6.08pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 24th 7pm

Thurs 1st March: Purim

Fri 2nd March: Light Candles 6.01pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 3rd 6.53pm

Fri 9th March: Light Candles 5.54pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 10th 6.45pm

Fri 16th March: Light Candles 5.46pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 17th 6.37pm

Fri 23rd March: Light Candles 5.38pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 24th 6.29pm

Fri 30th March: Light Candles 5.30pm
Pesach Seder 1
Shabbat ends: Sat 31st 6.22pm

Sat 31st March: Light Candles after 6.22pm
Pesach Seder 2
Yom Tov ends: Sunday 1st April 6.21pm

Thurs 5th April Pesach Day 7:
Light Candles 5.24pm

Fri 6th April: Light Candles 5.23pm
Shabbat & Pesach end: Sat 7th 6.14pm

Fri 13th April: Light Candles 5.15pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 14th 6.07pm

Fri 20th April: Light Candles 5.08pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 21st 6.01pm

Fri 27th April: Light Candles 5.02pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 28th 5.55pm