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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of the transaction confirmation.
Account Name: Newtown Synagogue INC, BSB: 032036, Account No: 960034
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
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!
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
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.
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.”