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From The Rabbi – Parshat Va’etchanan – Shabbat Nachamu

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Nachamu, Nachamu Ami (be comforted, be comforted, my people), are the opening words of this week’s Haftarah, commencing a seven-week series, in the lead-up to Rosh Hashanah,of comforting Haftarah readings. It never seizes to amaze me, how the world seems to be so obsessed with Israel and Jerusalem! Where else in the world does the falling of a rock off a wall attract so much international media attention?

Perhaps the worlds focus on Israel and Jerusalem is part of an evolving reality, the Messianic era, for which we have been waiting and praying for, ever since the Temple was destroyed almost 2000 years ago, an era which will usher in an unprecedented reign of peace. All nations will unite under one G-d with a singular moral purpose. There will be no more war, no famine, or slow internet. While religious and national identities will remain, the hatred between them will be gone.

Among the topics we read in the Torah this week, is the famous ‘Shema’ prayer, which contains the foundation of our faith and some of the essential building blocks of Judaism,such as love of G-d and teaching Torah to our children. Moshe also repeats the ’10 Commandments’, see if you are able to spot the subtle difference between the two readings…without using google.

Today is 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, this past Sunday, which falls out in such close proximity. Please see information below regarding Tu B’Av and the lunar eclipse.

May we very soon experience the transformation of all sadness to joy, and exile to redemption, with our ultimate and peaceful entry and settlement of the land of Israel and the building of the third and final Bet Hamikdash (Temple) in Jerusalem NOW!

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach.

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Devarim – Shabbat Chazon 5778

This Shabbat preceding Tisha B’Av (9th of Av) is called  Shabbat Chazon —“Shabbat of the Vision”, as the Haftarah  begins with the words Chazon Yeshayahu, the “vision of Isaiah” regarding the destruction of the Holy Temple. The legendary chassidic master Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev explained that on this special Shabbat, every Jewish soul is shown a vision of the third Holy Temple. The purpose of this vision is to arouse within each of us a yearning to actually see this edifice which will be built by G‑d, and to do as many  mitzvot as possible in order to realize this dream. While this vision may not be sensed with the physical eyes, the soul certainly experiences this vision, and it affects us all on the subconscious level.

We have just concluded our fascinating annual ‘Temple Tour’, during which, among other items of interest, we discussed the notion of why Israel and, more particularly Jerusalem, continue to remain the focus and obsession of billions of people around the world and, is considered by so many to be the centre and focal point of the universe, geographically and spiritually.

This week we begin a new chapter in the journey of our people, as we commence the fifth book of the Torah, Devarim, – Deuteronomy, from the Latin word ‘Deuteronomium’, literally ‘second law’, also known as Mishne Torah – ‘Repetition of the Torah’, as it consists entirely of the speech delivered by Moshe Rabeinu (Moses) prior to his passing, as the Jewish people stood on the threshold of their entry into the Promised Land of Israel. In this book, Moshe reviews with the Jewish people many events which transpired during their forty-year wanderings in the desert, and reminds them of the commitments and responsibilities they accepted upon themselves at Mt Sinai, which is incumbent upon them to uphold, as they enter the land of Israel and their subsequent journey throughout history until this very day.

May we very soon experience the transformation of all sadness to joy, and exile to redemption, with our ultimate and peaceful entry and settlement of the land of Israel and the building of the third and final Bet Hamikdash (Temple) in Jerusalem NOW!

Please see important information below relating to Tisha B’av observance and services, particularly this year, as it follows immediately after Shabbat, in fact the fast begins before the conclusion of Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom and well-over the fast.

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times

Fri  Oct 5th: Light Candles 5.32pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 6th 6.26pm

Fri  Oct 12th: Light Candles 5.36pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 13th 6.30pm

Fri  Oct 19th: Light Candles 5.40pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 20th 6.34pm

Fri  Oct 26th: Light Candles 5.44pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 27th 6.39pm