Archive for November, 2017

From The Rabbi – Parshat Vayetze 5778

As part of our communal Mitzvah campaign, to increase our commitment to stronger Jewish involvement, and in particular to ensure that we have Kosher Mezuzot affixed on our homes and businesses, I have been kept quite busy the past few weeks visiting various homes in this regard. Last week a family decided to check their front door Mezuzah of more than forty years and when we removed the case and opened it, we were dismayed to find it was empty! Thank G-d it has now been replaced with a beautiful  Mezuzah.

The reason I am sharing this story is because we are taught of the great brachah -blessing and protection that the Mezuzah confers over the home and all those who reside there and I implore you to please ensure that all your Mezuzot are present and correct, as I often say, this is the oldest and most reliable insurance policy in the world!

This week, the exciting story of the founding mothers and fathers of the Jewish people continues to unfold with the marriage of Yakov (Jacob) first to Leah and then to Rachel, as his father in law Lavan tricks him into marrying Leah first. Our sages share with us a fascination insight into this story, which demonstrates the self-sacrifice of Rachel for her sister Leah so as not to cause her unnecessary emotional hurt on the day of her marriage to Yakov. Being that both Yakov and Rachel were are of Lavan’s deceitful and abusive ways, they suspected that, being the bride comes to the Chuppah (marriage canopy) with a veil covering her face, he may replace Leah with Rachel and therefore Yakov and Rachel agreed on a secret sign that Rachel would convey to Yakov on the way to the Chuppah which would confirm that she was indeed Rachel. Not wanting to embarrass her sister publicly, Rachel shared the secret sign with Leah, thus potentially losing out from marrying the love of her life.

This story coincides this year with White Ribbon Day, which promotes awareness about violence towards women and the prevention of abuse of women. May we follow the examples of our great Matriarchs and Patriarchs regarding the care and sensitivity we should exercise towards each other.

With the State election this weekend, please don’t forget to pre-vote before Shabbat at one of the Pre-Poll Offices, listed on the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) website.

With less than three weeks to Chanukah, please see flier below regarding Chanukah in the City and may the light and miracles of Kislev be a source much blessing to you and your family for good health, happiness, Yiddisher Nachas,

Shabbat Shalom and may we share good news (especially for all of our cricket fans).

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Toldot 5778

The Jewish family has always been a sacred institution, which has always been at the heart of Jewish communal life and Jewish continuity, with Yiddisher Nachas (spiritual pleasure) being considered among the most cherished blessings that we wish for in life.

This week we read of the early generations (Toldot) of the Jewish people, relating the stories of the lives of our Matriarchs and Patriarchs, who set the foundations and paved the way of our illustrious Jewish history, and Jewish continuity, which has stood the test of time and overcome the many challenges which have confronted us throughout the millennia. As the famous British historian Simon Schama articulates in the Oxford Film Documentary “The Story of the Jews”, “The Roman Empire has come and gone, but go into a Synagogue any Saturday and you”ll still hear those words (of the Torah)” – the eternal heritage of the Jewish people.

This Sunday we enter the new Jewish month of Kislev, often referred to, as the month of Miracles, as it culminates with the joyous and illuminating festival of Chanukah.

May the light and miracles of Kislev be a source much blessing to you and your family for good health, happiness, Yiddisher Nachas, and all the blessings that we recite during the Shabbat Mevarchim service to morrow in Shul.

Shabbat Shalom and may we share good news.

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times


Fri  Jan 4th: Light Candles 6.29pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 5th 7.27pm

Fri  Jan 11th: Light Candles 6.30pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 12th 7.27pm

Fri  Jan 18th: Light Candles 6.29pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 19th 7.26pm

Fri  Jan 25th: Light Candles 6.28pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 26th 7.23pm

Fri  Feb 1st: Light Candles 6.24pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 2nd 7.19pm

Fri  Feb 8th: Light Candles 6.20pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 9th 7.14pm

Fri  Feb 15th: Light Candles 6.15pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 16th 7.08pm

Fri  Feb 22nd: Light Candles 6.09pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 23rd 7.02pm

Fri  March 1st: Light Candles 6.02pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 2nd 6.54pm

Fri  March 8th: Light Candles 5.55pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 9th 6.47pm

Fri  March 15th: Light Candles 5.47pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 16th 6.39pm

Thurs March 21st: Purim

Fri  March 22nd: Light Candles 5.40pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 23rd 6.31pm

Fri  March 29th: Light Candles 5.32pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 30th 6.23pm

Fri  April 5th: Light Candles 5.24pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 6th 6.16pm

Fri  April 12th: Light Candles 5.17pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 13th 6.08pm

Fri  April 19th: Passover Eve, First Seder: Light Candles 5.10pm
Sat 20th: Second Seder: Light candles after 6.02pm

Fri  April 26th: Light Candles 5.03pm
Shabbat/Passover ends: Sat 27th 5.56pm