Archive for April, 2018

From The Rabbi – Parshat Tazria / Metzora 5778

Mazal Tov Israel! for it’s incredible achievements over the past 70 years, since the establishment of the modern State!

At our weekly retiree Shiur (Torah class) yesterday some of our participants were nostalgically reminiscing about that fateful and emotionally-charged day in 1948, when Australia proudly became the first country in the world to throw its support behind the United Nations vote. If you have not seen the wonderful six-page spread which appeared yesterday in the ‘Australian’ yesterday entitled ‘A Miracle Shaped in the Desert’, it will be worthwhile to obtain a copy.

A special ANZAC Kiddush, generously sponsored  by the JNF, will be held tomorrow following the service in the Brisbane Synagogue Memorial Hall. Special prayers will be recited during the service, which will be attended by Loris Roubin, President of QAJEX (Queensland Association of Ex Service-men and women),and other members of QAJEX.

Please see details below for upcoming Yom Ha’atzmaot and ANZAC Day commemorations in our community.

In conjunction with the recent commencement of the study of Pirkei Avot (ethics of the fathers), which contains some of the most beautiful ethical teachings in Judaism, a new Shabbat afternoon Pirkei Avot Torah class will commence this Shabbat afternoon for the last hour of Shabbat from 5pm – 6pm at the Brisbane Synagogue.

Shabbat Shalom and may we share Simchot.

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Shemini 5778

This past week it was my honour to attend a Yom Hashoah Memorial Service, hosted by the University of Queensland, at which our esteemed member and survivor of the Shoah, Dr Bert Klug was the keynote speaker.

Dr Klug’s eloquent and moving account of his and his late wife Eva’s personal experiences during those horrific and unspeakable years, and their subsequent relocation to Australia, their success and contribution to their family and community was truly inspiring. To me, the most moving aspect of his presentation, was his response during the Q and A session following his talk, during which a young student asked him if he harbored any anger or resentment towards those who had so brutally robbed him of his family and his youth, to which he responded without a beat “no, I was too busy occupying myself with meaningful goals in life, such as completing my education , building a family and career, that I did not have the time or care to dwell on the past. in fact, I could probably write a book on how to not suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”

As we reflect on the atrocities of those darkest days in world history and the remember the soul of the Six Million Kedoshim (holy martyrs), it behooves us to take Dr Klug’s positive message to heart and resolve to re-dedicate our efforts and resources to create meaningful lives for ourselves and children and to build strong and committed families and communities to ensure a bright and prosperous Jewish tomorrow for our children and grandchildren. Am Yisrael Chai!

Please see details below for upcoming Yom Hashoah and ANZAC Day commemorations in our community.

Just a reminder that this week we commence the study of Pirkei Avot (ethics of the fathers), which contains some of the most beautiful teachings in Judaism. Among the concepts taught there is the notion that we should all be aware of the “all-seeing Eye and all-hearing Ear, and that everything is recorded”, a concept which has recently become much more evident to us in the wake of the recent Facebook saga.

This week we finally come to the defining moment when the Shchina (divine presence) descends into the Mishkan (tabernacle) and, in great excitement Aaron, the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) bestows the Birchat Koahanim (priestly blessings) upon the Jewish people.

May we merit the ultimate return of the Shechinah in a tangible and permanent .

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov

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