Newsletter

14/03/2019

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


Purim at Newtown

Our Purim Celebration will be on Thursday 21 March 5:30 pm as per the details in the above Flyer.

To register for the event please click here: www.tinyurl.com/newtownpurim

It is customary to hear the Megillah twice on Purim, so Newtown Synagogue will be joining forces with Dover Heights Shule for the Megillah Reading and celebration on Wednesday 20 March 6:00pm. Details in the Flyer Below.

Pesach at Newtown

Pesach begins with first night Seder on Friday April 19th.

We are gearing up for an awesome Pesach here at Newtown and we need all hands on deck to help make it happen! There will be a cleaning bee in the next few weeks, a cooking marathon not long after that and lots of setup required over the Pesach period.

Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshas Vayikra

Courtesy of Chabad.org

G‑d calls to Moses from the Tent of Meeting and communicates to him the laws of the korbanot, the animal and meal offerings brought in the Sanctuary. These include:

• The “ascending offering” (olah) that is wholly raised to G‑d by the fire atop the altar;

• Five varieties of “meal offering” (minchah) prepared with fine flour, olive oil and frankincense;

• The “peace offering” (shelamim), whose meat was eaten by the one bringing the offering, after parts are burned on the altar and parts are given to the kohanim (priests);

• The different types of “sin offering” (chatat) brought to atone for transgressions committed erroneously by the high priest, the entire community, the king or the ordinary Jew;

• The “guilt offering” (asham) brought by one who has misappropriated property of the Sanctuary, who is in doubt as to whether he transgressed a divine prohibition, or who has committed a “betrayal against G‑d” by swearing falsely to defraud a fellow man.


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.


Shabbat Schedule

Friday

Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 6:56 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 12:15 PM

Shabbat Ends 7:50 PM


Thought of the Week

Go the Extra Mile

By Avrohom Altein (Courtesy of Chabad.org)

The first chapters of Leviticus describe the offerings that Jews brought to the Sanctuary. It sums it all up with the statement: “Offer the best of everything to G‑d.”1 This phrase serves as the basis for a beautiful concept in Jewish teaching.

A building that serves as a synagogue or as a centre of Jewish learning should be more beautiful than the personal homes of the community members. The furniture donated to a synagogue should be more comfortable and more luxurious than those in its members’ personal homes.

When we offer food to a starving poor person, the food should be of better quality than the food that we eat ourselves. The clothing donated to the poor should be nicer than those we wear ourselves.
We put all our energy and resources into the things that we truly love

A similar thought is expressed in a verse that the Jews sang when they crossed the Red Sea: “This is my G‑d, and I will do beautiful things for Him.”2 The Talmud interprets this to mean that one should strive to acquire the most beautiful etrog and lulav, a beautiful sukkahtallit and tefillin, a neatly written Torah scroll, and so on.

These verses convey a teaching that is contrary to contemporary practice. People tend to donate things only when they no longer need them. Old, rickety furniture and used clothing are the typical stuff for donations. The Torah, however, teaches us to do a mitzvah with heart and soul.

A person who thinks of his religious obligations as a burden and nuisance will do the bare minimum that is required by Jewish law. Once he is “off the hook,” he will no longer exert any effort in doing more. But the Jew who appreciates how Judaism enriches his life with depth and meaning does mitzvot with love. And when a mitzvah is done out of love, it is done with care and beauty.

The extent of how much effort a person puts into mitzvot is a pretty good barometer to measure his attitude towards Judaism.

When given an opportunity to earn more dollars, few people will say, “Why bother? I can manage with the bare necessities.” Why would the spiritual quality of life be any less important? A Jew with a healthy attitude towards Judaism will “go the extra mile” and strive to do mitzvot in the very best way possible.

The mitzvah itself is only half its value. The same mitzvah that is done with a good attitude has double the value.


Shabbos Chuckle

Motty goes to the rabbi and says, “I committed a sin and I want to know what I can do to repent.”

“What was the sin?” the rabbi asked.

“It happened just once,” Motty assures him. “I didn’t wash my hands and recite the blessing before eating bread.”

“Nu, if it really only happened once,” the rabbi said, “that’s not so terrible. Nonetheless, why did you neglect to wash your hands and recite the blessing?”

“I felt awkward Rabbi,” said Motty. “You see, I was in an un-kosher restaurant.”

The rabbi’s eyebrows arch. “And why were you eating in an un-kosher restaurant?”

“I had no choice,” Motty said. “All the kosher restaurants were closed.”

“And why were all the kosher restaurants closed?” the rabbi asked.

Motty replied, “It was Yom Kippur.”

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Issued March 14th, 2019