Rabbi’s Message

Rosh Hashanah marks the anniversary of the creation of the first human beings, and the day on which all of creation is judged for the past year and our fate is inscribed and sealed for the coming year. It is during this time of introspection that we reflect on the meaning of life, and our unique purpose within creation.

I am writing these words upon my return from a most fascinating and well-attended JLI course, which explores the important topic of Prayer, delving into the deeper meaning behind our Prayers and the structure of the Siddur (Prayer book), a most appropriate topic in the lead-up to the High Holidays. I am thrilled to report that this course has generated more interest than any other course over the past ten years, revealing the genuine thirst that exists within our community for meaningful learning and spiritual growth.

Rosh Hashanah, which means ‘Head of the Year’, rather than ‘Beginning of the Year’, reminds us that, just as the power and attitude of our mind controls and determines the direction of our lives, so too the awesome days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur contain the power to influence the ensuing year 5780. We commend the many, who have taken the opportunity to enrich their Jewish knowledge and observance, and we encourage all members of our congregation and community to continue to grow, in mind and in spirit, from strength to strength.

On a more personal note, we hereby also wish to express our sincere thanks and deep appreciation to our most dedicated, selfless and cherished communal stalwarts, Sharryn and John Goldman OAM, for their unstinting life-long communal service to our congregation and community and wish them much continued Bracha (blessings) and Hatzlachah (success), and abundant Nachas (pleasure) from their growing family, as they have now moved to Melbourne to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Dvorah and I extend our warm wishes to all members of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation, that they and their families may be blessed with a כתיבה וחתימה טובה, לשנה טובה ומתוקה to be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet new year, filled with all blessings, materially and spiritually.May we merit the ultimate blessing of ultimate peace in Israel and throughout the world, with the revelation of Moshiach!

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

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Shabbat ends: Sat 3rd 5.56pm

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