Archive for August, 2018

From The Rabbi – Parshat Ki Teitzei 5778

This past Tuesday, as I entered Sinai College to conduct my morning Davening (prayers) routine with the students, I was greeted with a most beautiful and melodious spontaneous presentation, by the students, of Avinu Malkeinu from the High Holiday liturgy. Upon reflection of this uplifting and deeply moving experience, it occurred to me how blessed we are, as a community, to boast such a wonderful educational facility for our children, in which, in addition to receiving high levels of general academic excellence, our students are instilled with a love and appreciation of our rich Jewish traditions and the celebration of our festivals and culture.

We salute all those responsible for maintaining this jewel in the crown of our community and to the parents who have the vision and an understanding of the importance in sending their children to Sinai, they are providing their children with the best possible opportunities to fulfill their future role within society and Jewish communal life.

As Jews, we always know who Avinu Malkeinu – our Father, our King is, and upon whom we can turn to in times of need. In Australian politics, however, we no longer seem to know who our leaders may be from one day to the next. A s I type these words we just found out that our new Prime Minister is Scott Morrison, and Josh Frydenberg (a nice Yiddisher boy from Melbourne), will be the newly appointed deputy leader.

During this current introspective month of Elul, we reflect on the meaning and purpose of life, and the notion that we are placed on this world to serve Hashem and care for one and other, working together for the common good of our community and society. When our own personal ego becomes the focal point of our lives this prevents us from achieving true and healthy growth and becomes a recipe for disaster.

Shabbat Shalom and כתיבה וחתימה טובה, לשנה טובה ומתוק
May you to be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet new year.

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Shoftim 5778

Elul, the current Jewish month, is the unique time for all of us to conduct our spiritual check-up, much like the concept of having a periodic ‘Physical’. To take stock of our spiritual position, and search within our soul for its healthy characteristics as well as our necessary growth points, and prescribe a spiritual fitness program tailored for our neshamah (soul).

This concept is very much connected to the opening words of this week’s Torah portion, which always falls out during the month of Elul, which instruct us to place judges and officers at the gates of our cities. On a personal spiritual level, this refers to appointing judges and officers at the ‘gates’ of our bodies, our mouths, ears, eyes and nose, to ensure that our various bodily faculties and senses are used appropriately, in a healthy manner, to be discerning about when and for what we should be opening and closing these ‘gates’.

May we all merit excellent health, physically and spiritually which, in addition to the obvious blessings of Hashem, requires constant effort and workout.

Shabbat Shalom and כתיבה וחתימה טובה, לשנה טובה ומתוק
May you to be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet new year.

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