Archive for February, 2020

From The Rabbi – Parshat Mishpatim / Shekalim 5780

This week will begin the first of a series of four special Shabbatot, (Shabbats) in the lead up to the month of Nissan and the festival of Pesach, namely Parshat Shekalim, for which we will remove a second Torah from the Aron – ark and read about the half-Shekel communal contribution towards the upkeep of the Tabernacle and the Temple, much like the equivalent of today’s Synagogue membership. Being Shabbat Mevarchim – during which we bless the incoming happy month of Adar, a Cholent Kiddush will be served, following the morning service, in the Memorial Hall. Please do consider joining us and if you have not yet paid your Shul membership, or wish to become a member, it may be a good time to do this now.

Last Sunday, the first of ‘Our Forum, Our Future’ sessions was well attended and well run, with many ideas and suggestions put forward. Please see information regarding this below, and a reminder about the second ‘Our Future, Our Forum’ this Sunday for women. We extend our thanks and appreciation to Phillip and late Michelle Zavelsky OBM for driving these forums forward.

Please see the fascinating article below in the Heritage Corner regarding the long Kiddush Cup donated to our Synagogue, in honour of its consecration in 1886.

Please see information below regarding our upcoming Purim evening activities at the Brisbane Synagogue, which will include a presentation by the students of the UBHE Cheder. We will include information regarding Purim day at Sinai and the annual communal Purim Seudah (Festive meal) in the coming weeks.

In the meantime we extend our best wishes for a S habbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Yitro 5780

Tomorrow we will re-live the epic historical event which has, more than any event in history, positively influenced humanity, as we will read of the 10 Commandments, which are introduced by the famous declaration of the Jewish people, נעשה ונשמה – We will do and we will listen (understand).

Since when do intelligent human beings commit before knowing and understanding what they are committing to? This seems like completely irrational behavior yet, according to the the Torah commentators this was considered one of the defining features and virtues of Jewish people, and remains today an integral part of our approach to Torah and the observance of its Mitzvot (precepts), much like the slogan of a well-known sporting brand “Just do it”.

Yes, we are referred to as the people of the book, and an integral part of Jewish life and our philosophy is to ask questions and attempt  to understand the meaning behind the things that we do however, our lack of understanding should never prevent us from doing what we should.

The above approach emanates from the opening words of the 10 Commandments, “I am Hashem your G-d…, in which Hashem reveals his essence to us, and instills within us a natural instinctive awareness of His presence, which transcends all logic and explanation.

Please see information below regarding the exciting proposed re-development of the Brisbane Synagogue and the two upcoming forums to discuss strategies and ideas to further enhance our congregation and community.

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times


Fri Feb 7th: Light Candles 6.21pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 8th 7.15pm

Fri Feb 14th: Light Candles 6.16pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 15th 7.09pm

Fri Feb 21st: Light Candles 6.10pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 22nd 7.03pm

Fri Feb 28th: Light Candles 6.03pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 29th 6.56pm

Fri March 6th: Light Candles 5.56pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 7th 6.48pm

Fri March 13th: Light Candles 5.49pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 14th 6.40pm

Fri March 20th: Light Candles 5.41pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 21st 6.32pm

Fri March 27th: Light Candles 5.33pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 28th 6.24pm

Fri April 3rd: Light Candles 5.25pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 4th 6.17pm


Wed April 8th Seder 1: Light Candles 5.20pm

Thurs 9th Day 1 Seder 2: Light candles after 6.12pm

Fri 10th Shabbat & Day 2: Light candles 5.18pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 11th 6.10pm

Tues 14th Erev Day 7: Light Candles 5.14pm

Wed 15th Day 7: Light Candles 6.06pm

Thurs 16th: Pesach ends 6.05pm

Fri April 17th: Light Candles 5.11pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 18th 6.03pm

Fri April 24th: Light Candles 5.04pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 25th 5.57pm