Archive for August, 2017

From The Rabbi – Parshat Ekev 5777

Following the disturbing news and public outcry, last week, regarding the rejection by the Land and Environment Court of NSW for a proposal to build a Synagogue in Bondi because of the potential risk to users and other members of the general due to potential terrorist threats, it is pleasing to know that the Waverley Council seem to have recapitulated and requested of the Synagogue to submit a new development application which will be considered by the Waverley Council afresh on its merits.

We are indeed fortunate to live in a Country which has always valued, respected and protected its multi-cultural diversity, and may justice prevail in this instance to maintain a free and safe society for all people to practice their religion.

Among the many Mitzvot of which we read this week, is the Mitzvah of Mezuzah, as stipulated in the first and second paragraph of the Shema, only in the second paragraph we are informed of the positive consequences resulting from this Mitzvah, namely, “in order that your days, and the days of your children will be lengthened in the land which I have sworn to your forefathers”.

As I often to say to people, ensuring that Kosher Mezuzot are affixed on our homes and buisnesses is the best insurance policy!

According to Jewish Law, Mezuzot should be checked twice in seven years, and it is customary to have this done during the month of Elul in the lead-up to Rosh Hashanah. I will be more than happy top assist you with this important Mitzvah if you so wish.

Next week will be Shabbat Mevarchim Elul, (Shabbat of blessing for the month of Elul), and in the spirit of enhancing our connection to Hashem during this time of Divine grace, in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, I invite you to join me nextShabbat morning, Parshat Re’eh at 7.30am in the Synagogue for the recital of the book of Tehillim (psams), as is customary among many on Shabbat Mevarchim.

According to many, from the 15th of Menachem Av it is appropriate to bless one and other to be inscribed and sealed for a sweet New Year.

Shabbat Shalom and כתיבה וחתימה טובה, לשנה טובה ומתוקה

May you to be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet new year.

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Va’etchanan 5777

A special Kiddush will be held tomorrow, to which everyone is invited, to welcome Cassandra (Nava) and Wayne (Yosef) Meyers and Family and Cha Vah LeVine, who have returned from Sydney where they have celebrated their special Simchot. We wish them much Mazal and Brachah, and may we celebrate many happy occasions together in good health.

This Monday will be Tu B’Av (15th of Av), one of the happiest days in the Jewish Calendar, on which many historic events and celebrations took place, many of them relating to marriage and relationships. Of particular significance is the contrast between this happy day, and Tisha B’Av (9th of Av), the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, which fall out in such close proximity.

Shabbat Shalom and may we experience the ultimate transformation of all sadness to joy and darkness to light!

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

 

Shabbat and Festival Times

Fri Sept 27th: Light Candles 5.28pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 28th 6.21pm

Sunday Sept 29th Erev Rosh HaShana: Light Candles 5.29pm

Monday Sept 30th Rosh HaShana Day 1: Light Candles after 6.22pm

Tuesday October 1st Rosh HaShana Day 2: Yom Tov ends 6.23pm

Wednesday Oct 2nd Fast of Gedalia 4.13am-6.12pm

Fri Oct 4th (Shabbat Shuva): Light Candles 5.31pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 5th 6.25pm

Tues Oct 8th: Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidrei Light Candles 5.33pm

Wed Oct 9th: Yom Kippur

Yom Tov ends 6.27pm

Fri Oct 11th: Light Candles 5.35pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 12th 6.29pm

Sun Oct 13th: Erev Sukkot Light Candles 5.36

Mon Oct 14th: Sukkot Day 1 Light Candles after 6.30pm

Tues Oct 15th: Sukkot Day 2 Yom Tov ends 6.31pm

Fri Oct 18th: Light Candles 5.39pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 19th 6.33pm

Sunday Oct 20th: Hoshana Rabba Light Candles 5.40pm

Monday Oct 21st: Shemini Atzeret Light Candles after 6.35pm

Tuesday Oct 22nd: Simchat Torah Yom Tov ends 6.35pm

Fri Oct 25th: Shabbat Bereishit Light Candles 5.43pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 26th 6.38pm