Newsletter

04/07/2019

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


Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Korach

Courtesy of Chabad.org

Korach incites a mutiny challenging Moses’ leadership and the granting of the kehunah (priesthood) to Aaron. He is accompanied by Moses’ inveterate foes, Dathan and Abiram. Joining them are 250 distinguished members of the community, who offer the sacrosanct ketoret (incense) to prove their worthiness for the priesthood. The earth opens up and swallows the mutineers, and a fire consumes the ketoret-offerers.

A subsequent plague is stopped by Aaron’s offering of ketoret. Aaron’s staff miraculously blossoms and brings forth almonds, to prove that his designation as high priest is divinely ordained.

G‑d commands that a terumah (“uplifting”) from each crop of grain, wine and oil, as well as all firstborn sheep and cattle, and other specified gifts, be given to the kohanim (priests).


Mazal Tov!

This Shabbat is Terry Newman’s 60th barmitzvah anniversary.

Terry will be called to the Torah and will be reading the Haftarah this Shabbat morning in Shul.

Terry and his family have made offerings to the Shul in honour of this special occasion and they are sponsoring the Kiddush.

All are invited to attend and participate in this joyous Simchah.

Mazal Tov!


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 6:30pm 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.

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

There is a suggested donation of $20 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 smile as great as the ones in this picture!


Shabbat Schedule

Friday

Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 4:41 PM

Pre-service L’chaim in the Hall 5:30 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat Service  in the Synagogue 6:00 PM

Shabbat Dinner book online here 7:00 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 12:35 PM

Shabbat Ends 5:40 PM


Weekly Insight

A Mezuzah on the Door

By Yitschak Meir Kagan (Courtesy of Chabad.org)

This week’s Torah reading relates how Korach, a member of the priestly tribe of Levi, rebelliously challenged the leadership of Moses and the high priesthood of Aaron.

The Midrash relates that Korach confronted Moses with several questions. One of them concerned a Mezuzah. According to Torah law, every house must have affixed on its right doorpost, a Mezuzah, a small scroll of parchment containing the first two paragraphs of the Shma Yisroel. Korach demanded of Moses: “Does a house filled with scrolls of the Torah require a Mezuzah?” Moses replied that the contents of the house were immaterial; a “Mezuzah” was required on every doorpost.

What is the logic of Moses’ reply to Korach? A Mezuzah, after all, contains only two portions of the Torah. Why indeed should a house full of scrolls of the entire Torah require a Mezuzah? And what if one has a Mezuzah in a beautifully ornamented case lying on his shelf; why is this not good enough? What is the significance of having a Mezuzah nailed to the doorpost?

The answer is that although the bookshelves of a house may be filled with Torah scrolls or other holy books, this may not ensure the religious behaviour of its inhabitants. It is the Mezuzah on the door which symbolizes the active awareness of G‑d’s presence.

The Mezuzah is placed on the doorpost, where one enters his home and leaves it. Symbolically, he takes its teachings of G‑d with him wherever he goes. Our Torah is not consigned to a bookshelf, to a place of study alone, to an intellectual exercise. It is a factor in his life at all times, and all his actions are guided by the realization that… “The L-rd our G‑d is One,” as written in the Mezuza.

We are told of someone boasting to his Rabbi about all the Torah he had learned and mastered. The Rabbi replied, “You tell only of the Torah that you have learned, but what has the Torah taught you? Ask not, ‘How much Torah knowledge have I acquired?’ Ask rather, ‘How much has Torah trained, educated and refined me?'”


Shabbos Chuckle

Little Moishie Rosenberg is at his cousin Hadassah’s wedding and asks his mom, “Mommy, why does the bride wear white on her wedding day?”

Moishie’s mom replies, “The bride is in white because she’s happy and this is the happiest day of her life.”

Moishie thinks about this, and then says, “Well then why is the groom wearing black?”

Newtown Shul Recycling Scheme

Newtown Shul is joining the Return and Earn Scheme to raise money for the Synagogue and help the environment. When you go to Synagogue, you’ll see a blue bin near the stair to the ladies section in the courtyard. This blue bin is for Recyclable Containers Only. When it is nearly full, that bin will be swapped for an empty bin and the money will go into the synagogue’s bank account. 

This is a way to help with the running costs of the shul. When you bring your empty soft drink tins, water bottles, beer bottles, etc., you will be contributing to the costs of the shul. Every ten items will bring $1 to the shul, so save your bottles, ask your neighbours, family and friends and help sustain our shul.

It is important that only correct items are placed in the bin. Please refer to the picture below and make sure that you bring in acceptable items for recycling next time you come to shul. 

Issued July 4th, 2019