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From The Rabbi – Parshat Vayigash 5778

We are again left reeling, from yet another senseless act of madness and terror on the streets of Melbourne. May Hashem send much healing a comfort to the injured and their families, and to all who have been affected by this horrible and devastating incident.

On a more positive note, this morning I received a refreshing phone call from a Polish non-Jewish man named Peter, who was so moved to discover a Chanukah Menorah,and its message, while shopping at Westfield Garden City Shopping Centre, that he felt compelled to call with,in his words ” A most wonderful spiritual message, particularly to find this in a commercial setting, how remarkable. Thank you!”

In addition, it is my pleasure to share with you the following extracts form an email I received early this past week, from a lady named Julissa, “I just wanted to thank you and Chabad Brisbane so much for yesterday’s festivities at Chanukah in the City! I have been  wanting to attend for the past three years and was finally able to this year.  It was well worth it!  Though I am not Jewish, I felt at home in celebrating such an inspiring festival with the Jewish community. Rabbi, your message was very appropriate for the times we live in and has stirred me to pray even more for the nation of Israel, Jerusalem it’s capital, and Jews around the world so that the light of God would continue to shine ever brighter in and through His people to push back darkness….It is wonderful to know that there is a piece of Israel right here in Brisbane city, a community from which the world has much to learn. Thank you once again for sharing your faith with the city….Happy Chanukah and God bless you,

One’s Jewish birthday is an auspicious time for self-reflection, and an opportunity to enhance one’s life and to positively influence the lives of others. On this note, in honour of my fiftieth birthday this coming Monday, I request of you to do an extra Mitzvah and I invite  all men and boys to join us with Tallit and Teffilin this coming Monday morning Shacharit service, which will be hosted at 8am due to the public holiday.The Minyan will be followed by breakfast in the memorial Hall.

As we enter the holiday season, with many members going away, please make an effort to support your Shul by attending services so that we may ensure ongoing Minyanim.

Just a reminder that this coming Thursday will be the fast of Tevet, which commemorates the beginning of the destruction of Jerusalem and the holy Bet Hamikdash (Temple). Please note, that there will be a 6pm Mincha and Maariv service for the fast.

May we merit to witness once again the complete restoration of Jerusalem and lighting of the Holy Menorah in the Bet Hamikdash (Temple) in a world filled with much light, peace and harmony. 

Shabbat Shalom 

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Miketz – Chanukah 5778

Chanukah Sameach!

Chanukah is not just a sweet story told while we enjoy delicious doughnuts and latkes! This was a harsh reality for the Jews under the tyrannical rule of King Antiochus IV. He forbade the public practice of Judaism, set up a statue of Zeus in our Temple and systematically desecrated Jerusalem’s holy sites.

Although the Chanukah story involves a small group of Jews, who miraculously defeated the mighty Greek army, yet, when we talk about ‘Chanukah’, we primarily recount a different narrative, involving the search through the Temple wreckage, to find a single cruse of pure oil that miraculously lasted eight full days. It is for this reason that we light candles in our homes, for eight days, at this time of year, and customarily eat donuts and latkes,in memory of the oil (not very good for the figure).

Why is there little emphasis on the military victory? As extraordinary as the military victory was… it wasn’t protracted. And 230 years later the Temple was destroyed again, this time by the Romans. What did endure, however, was the spiritual miracle, akin to the oil, that could not be extinguished.

Chanukah reminds us that faith proves stronger than empires. Imperial Greece and Rome have long since disappeared, yet Judaism lives on. Civilisations built on power never last, those built on care for the powerless never die. In essence, what is most enduring is not military or economic strength, but rather the flame of the irrepressible human spirit. As we read in the concluding words of the Chanukah Haftarah tomorrow fromthe book of Zecharia, “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts”.

Please see information below regarding Chanukah in the City this Sunday.

As we enter the holiday season, with many members going away, please make an effort to support your Shul by attending services so that we may ensure ongoing Minyanim.

May we merit to witness once again the complete restoration of Jerusalem and lighting of the Holy Menorah in the Bet Hamikdash (Temple) in a world filled with much light, peace and harmony. 

Shabbat Shalom and happy Chanukah

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times

Fri 20th October: Light Candles 5.40pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 21st 6.35pm

Fri 27th October: Light Candles 5.45pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 28th 6.40pm

Fri 3rd November: Light Candles 5.50pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 4th 6.45pm

Fri 10th November: Light Candles 5.55pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 11th 6.51pm

Fri 17th November: Light Candles 6pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 18th 6.57pm

Fri 24th November: Light Candles 6.06pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 25th 7.03pm

Fri 1st December: Light Candles 6.11pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 2nd 7.09pm

Fri 8th December: Light Candles 6.16pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 9th 7.15pm

Chanukah Tues 12th eve – Wed 20th

Fri 15th December: Light Candles 6.21pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 16th 7.19pm

Fri 22nd December: Light Candles 6.25pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 23rd 7.23pm

Fri 29th December: Light Candles 6.28pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 30th 7.26pm

Fri 5th January: Light Candles 6.29pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 6th 7.27pm

Fri 12th January: Light Candles 6.30pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 13th 7.27pm

Fri 19th January: Light Candles 6.29pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 20th 7.25pm

Fri 26th January: Light Candles 6.27pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 27th 7.22pm