30/01/2020

30/01/2020

By the Grace of G-d
Newtown Shul is the only synagogue in Sydney’s Inner West.  Newtown Shul’s activities are possible because of your kind generosity and we thank you for it.

Please consider becoming a member.

Should you wish to donate to Newtown Shul, you can always do so using the bank account details below. Please make sure to send an email to newtown@shul.org.au with a copy of the transaction confirmation.

Account Name: Newtown Synagogue INC, BSB: 032036, Account No: 960034


ATTENTION REQUIRED
Newtown Shul Membership 2019-2020

The NEW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 2019 – 2020 is now on.

Please join up or renew your membership, thereby enabling Newtown Synagogue to keep on being unique, beautiful, and blessed.

PLEASE SIGN UP OR RENEW TODAY! Details are available on the following link. https://shul.org.au/membership-application/


Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Bo

Courtesy of Chabad.org

The last three of the Ten Plagues are visited on Egypt: a swarm of locusts devours all the crops and greenery; a thick, palpable darkness envelops the land; and all the firstborn of Egypt are killed at the stroke of midnight of the 15th of the month of Nissan.

G‑d commands the first mitzvah to be given to the people of Israel: to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. The Israelites are also instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to G‑d: a lamb or kid goat is to be slaughtered, and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of every Israelite home so that G‑d should pass over these homes when He comes to kill the Egyptian firstborn. The roasted meat of the offering is to be eaten that night together with matzah (unleavened bread) and bitter herbs.

The death of the firstborn finally breaks Pharaoh’s resistance, and he literally drives the children of Israel from his land. So hastily do they depart that there is no time for their dough to rise, and the only provisions they take along are unleavened. Before they go, they ask their Egyptian neighbours for gold, silver and garments—fulfilling the promise made to Abraham that his descendants would leave Egypt with great wealth.

The children of Israel are commanded to consecrate all firstborn and to observe the anniversary of the Exodus each year by removing all leaven from their possession for seven days, eating matzah, and telling the story of their redemption to their children. They are also commanded to wear tefillin on the arm and head as a reminder of the Exodus and their resultant commitment to G‑d.


Newtown Shul Weekly Friday Night Dinner

The Shabbat Dinner is the traditional focal point of every Jew’s week. We at Newtown Shul extend a warm welcome to all people to join us for a traditional Friday Night Dinner.

The Shabbat Dinner is held in the hall beside the Synagogue immediately after the 6:00pm Shabbat service.

The Shabbat Dinner is a joint project of Newtown Synagogue and Young Adult Chabad and operates by virtue of the generosity of donors and volunteers.

There is a suggested donation of $36 per person. To register for Shabbat dinner, please click here.

All of the food served at the dinner is prepared ‘by the people for the people’ with love. 

Cooking at Newtown Shul is fun, friendly and needs you! You don’t need to know how to cook and you don’t need to come every week! Just a willing pair of hands whenever you are available and a smile as great as the ones in this picture!


Shabbat Schedule

Friday

Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 7:44 PM

Pre-service L’chaim in the Hall 6:00 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat Service  in the Synagogue 6:30 PM

Shabbat Dinner book online here 7:30 PM

Saturday

Shabbat Morning Kabbalah Class in the Hall 9:00 AM

Shabbat morning service in the Synagogue 9:30 AM

Torah Reading 10:30 AM

Children’s Service in the Hall 11:00 AM

Rabbi’s Sermon and Choir 11:30 AM

Kiddush and Lunch in the Hall 12:30 PM

Shabbat Ends 8:41 PM


Torah Studies Class

Rabbi Eli Feldman gives a weekly Torah Studies class Live on Facebook every Thursday night at 8:30pm.

You can participate in the class by attending it in person or watching it online while it is broadcasting and ask questions in real-time. The broadcast is at www.facebook.com/rabbielifeldman


Thought for the Week

The Matzah Man

By Boruch Cohen (Courtesy of Youngadultchabad.org)

There is a superficial you and a spiritual you. The superficial you is made of the personality, habits, opinions and attitudes that are acquired over time; the spiritual you is the deep innate yearning of the soul to connect to community, mystical concepts and G‑d. In Kabbalah, the spiritual you is the real you, so a strong emphasis is made on deflating the superficial self in order to allow the deeper self to shine through.

Correspondingly, there is leavened bread and unleavened bread. Leavened bread is fat, inflated and full of itself; unleavened bread is flat and humble. That’s why the centerpiece of the Seder is matzah. At the Seder we relive the Exodus on a spiritual plane, freeing the soul from its slavery to the superficial self. Matzah, representing humility, the flattening of the self, the putting of one’s ego to the side, is central to the process. In Kabbalah, matzah is considered the conduit for the flow of the Seder’s redemptive light.

True humility starts with an insight: the humble recognition that the charming, witty, opinionated me is but a fat, inflated loaf of bread, while the real me is a conduit of divine strength, the inner me with which I light up the world. Humility is that which changes me from an everyday dough boy to a mystical Matzah Man.


Shabbos Chuckle

David Applebaum called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met a young lady of excellent character named Rachel who interested him very much. What should he do?

Mrs Applebaum had an idea: “Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal? Show her that I raised a boy who knows his way around the kitchen!”

David thought this was a great idea, and a week later, Rachel came to dinner. Mrs Applebaum called the next day to see how things had gone.

“I was totally humiliated,” David moaned. “Rachel insisted on washing the dishes.”

“What’s wrong with that?” asked his mother.

“We hadn’t started eating yet.”

09/01/2020

09/01/2020

By the Grace of G-d
Newtown Shul is the only synagogue in Sydney’s Inner West.  Newtown Shul’s activities are possible because of your kind generosity and we thank you for it.

Please consider becoming a member.

Should you wish to donate to Newtown Shul, you can always do so using the bank account details below. Please make sure to send an email to newtown@shul.org.au with a copy of the transaction confirmation.

Account Name: Newtown Synagogue INC, BSB: 032036, Account No: 960034


Special Milestone Shabbat

Dear Friends,

I have just reached a special milestone – my 40th birthday.

Please join us at Shul this Friday night and or Shabbat day to say L’chaim in honour of this occasion! 🙂

In Jewish tradition, on a birthday one has special “Mazal” or enhanced energy. It is therefore a time to reflect and make positive resolutions in one’s life as well as give blessings to to others. Blessings given on a Birthday are said to be more potent.

I take this opportunity to bless you and your loved ones with health, happiness, meaningful relationships and financial abundance. May all of your positive dreams and desires be fulfilled and may all surprises be good. May Australia be blessed with rain, an immediate cessation of fires, and protection and safety to all those fighting, volunteering, and impacted by the fires.

May your endeavours be blessed by Hashem with success and may you find deep satisfaction, fulfillment and inspiration in the study of Torah and performance of Mitzvot. May the World be blessed with an end to war, hunger, and poverty and may we experience true and abiding peace with the coming of Moshiach.

With warm regards and blessings,

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Eli Feldman


Jewish Communal Response to Bushfires

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies together with Stand Up: Jewish Commitment to a Better World, have so far raised $590,000 for bushfire relief. The funds will be disbursed shortly.

Given the increased and ongoing severity of the fires, the Board of Deputies has established a new campaign with Stand Up for further donations for dispersal to those affected in NSW and elsewhere. The new campaign can be found here: https://www.givenow.com.au/standup-bushfire-appeal

We encourage those who are able to give to do so. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Furthermore, a national Jewish response to the disaster is being coordinated by the ECAJ. Click here for their statement on the bushfire response.


Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Vayechi

Courtesy of Chabad.org

Jacob (Yaakov in Hebrew) was the third and final of the Jewish Patriarchs. Jacob lived in the Land of Canaan, Haran, and Egypt. Unlike Abraham and Isaac, Jacob’s entire family remained righteous—his 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel, the Shevatim.

The Jewish Sages call Jacob the “favourite” of the Patriarchs. After Jacob successfully fought off an angel, G‑d named him Israel(Yisrael in Hebrew)—the name that the entire Jewish people became known by as “Bnei Yisrael,” the Nation of Israel.
Check out these in-depth summaries of Jacob’s life and times.


Newtown Shul Weekly Friday Night Dinner

The Shabbat Dinner is the traditional focal point of every Jew’s week. We at Newtown Shul, extend a warm welcome to all people to join us for a traditional Friday Night Dinner.

The Shabbat Dinner is held in the hall beside the Synagogue immediately after the 6:00pm Shabbat service.

The Shabbat Dinner is a joint project of Newtown Synagogue and Young Adult Chabad and operates by virtue of the generosity of donors and volunteers.

There is a suggested donation of $36 per person. To make a tax-deductible donation for the Shabbat dinners, please click here.

All of the food served at the dinner is prepared ‘by the people for the people’ with love. 

Cooking at Newtown Shul is fun, friendly and needs you! You don’t need to know how to cook and you don’t need to come every week! Just a willing pair of hands whenever you are available and a big smile.


Shabbat Schedule

Friday

Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 7:52 PM

Pre-service L’chaim in the Hall 6:00 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat Service  in the Synagogue 6:30 PM

Shabbat Dinner book online here 7:30 PM

Saturday

Shabbat Morning Kabbalah Class in the Hall 9:00 AM

Shabbat morning service in the Synagogue 9:30 AM

Torah Reading 10:30 AM

Children’s Service in the Hall 11:00 AM

Rabbi’s Sermon and Choir 11:30 AM

Kiddush and Lunch in the Hall 12:30 PM

Shabbat Ends 8:53 PM


Thought for the Week

Life Never Ends

By Yitschak Meir Kagan (Courtesy of Youngadultchabad.org)

And Jacob finished commanding his sons, and he gathered up his feet into the bed, and expired, and was gathered unto his people.

Genesis 49:33

The Torah does not state “he died,” and the sages declared, “Our father Jacob did not die… just as his children are alive, so is he alive.”

What forms the basis for the love and communion between two dear friends, between husband and wife or between children and their parent? Not the physical body, which is flesh and bones and guts, but the characteristics of the spirit, the true essence of man. It is only that man communicates with his fellow through the body and its limbs. Through his eyes, ears, hands, organs of speech, etc., man gives expression to his thoughts, feelings, and the characteristics of his spirit, and (obviously) it is they, not the bodily tools of expression, that constitute his true essence and being.

It follows that in the World of Truth (the spiritual hereafter) the soul of the departed has particularly great pleasure on seeing the members of his family recover from the tragedy, come to themselves, make every effort to set their lives in good order, and act as an inspiration and encouragement to others.

A bullet, a shell-fragment or a sickness can damage the body, but they cannot hurt or affect the soul. They can cause death, but death is only a separation between body and soul. The soul continues to live (eternally); it continues to have a connection with the family, especially with those who were especially dear and beloved. It shares in their distress, and rejoices at every joyous event in the family. It is only that the members of the family, living in this earthly world, cannot see the soul’s reaction with their flesh-and-blood eyes, nor can they touch it or feel it with their hands—for the physical connection has been broken.

The soul of the departed derives especial satisfaction from seeing his children being reared in the proper Torah-spirit, free of any feelings of despair or depression, G‑d forbid, but rather (as the traditional expression goes) ‘…to raise them to Torah, to matrimony and to good deeds.’

From a letter of the Rebbe written to a war widow in Israel.


Shabbos Chuckle

Miriam begins to notice that whenever her 5-year-old daughter Sarah is asked her name, she answers, “I’m Mrs Freedman’s daughter.”

So one day, just before bedtime, Miriam says to Sarah, “Bubbeleh, whenever anyone asks you what your name is, you shouldn’t say, ‘I’m Mrs Freedman’s daughter.’ You should proudly say, ‘My name is Sarah.’ Sarah is such a beautiful name – the Torah even tells us that another lovely Sarah was the wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac.”

“OK, mommy,” says Sarah.

Later that week, a Rabbi is visiting Sarah’s class at school and as soon as he sees Sarah, he goes over to her and says, “Hello, aren’t you Mrs Freedman’s daughter?”

“I thought I was,” replies Sarah, “but my mommy says I’m not.”


ATTENTION REQUIRED
Newtown Shul Membership 2019-2020

The NEW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 2019 – 2020 is now on.

Please join up or renew your membership, thereby enabling Newtown Synagogue to keep on being unique, beautiful, and blessed.

PLEASE SIGN UP OR RENEW TODAY! Details are available on the following link.
https://shul.org.au/membership-application/