04/04/2019

04/04/2019

By the Grace of G-d
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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 Tazria

Courtesy of Chabad.org

The Parshah of Tazria continues the discussion of the laws of tumah v’taharahritual impurity and purity.

A woman giving birth should undergo a process of purification, which includes immersing in a mikvah (a naturally gathered pool of water) and bringing offerings to the Holy Temple. All male infants are to be circumcised on the eighth day of life.

Tzaraat (often mistranslated as “leprosy”) is a supra-natural plague, which also can afflict garments. If white or pink patches appear on a person’s skin (dark red or green in garments), a kohen is summoned. Judging by various signs, such as an increase in size of the afflicted area after a seven-day quarantine, the kohen pronounces it tamei (impure) or tahor (pure).

A person afflicted with tzaraat must dwell alone outside of the camp (or city) until he is healed. The afflicted area in a garment is removed; if the tzaraat spreads or recurs, the entire garment must be burned.


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.


Special Announcements

Newtown Synagogue is proud to be supporting Infertility Awareness Shabbat this week and will be giving out baby challot to everyone who comes on behalf of the AJFN. 

For those couples struggling to achieve their dreams of having a baby, the Australian Jewish Fertility Network is a beacon of hope, offering financial and emotional support and encouraging open and honest conversations about infertility within the Jewish community.

The AJFN believes that no couple should ever feel alone on their journey and through the generosity of their supporters, the organisation provides a range of services to Jewish couples struggling to conceive. Since its inception in 2006, the AJFN has helped to create 21 miracles babies, with the hope of creating many more Jewish families.

For more information about AJFN, visitajfn.org.au


Shabbat Schedule

Friday

Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 7:23 AM

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 8:18 PM


Thought for the Week

The Last Creation

By Lazar Gurkow (Courtesy of Chabad.org)

This week’s Parshah enumerates the laws of ritual impurity as they pertain to human beings. The Midrashnotes that the previous Parshah enumerated laws of ritual impurity as they pertain to animals. The Midrash thus posits that man’s laws were enumerated after that of the animal for the same reason that man was created after the animal.

Two reasons are offered for this:

  1. It is fitting that the king enters the banquet hall only after the tables are fully set. Man, the king of all creation, appropriately entered existence only after the stage of creation was fully set.
  2. Should we grow haughty we are to be remember that we were preceded, in creation, by the most insignificant of insects.

At first glance these reasons appear contradictory. The first reason posits that man is king and most superior creature, while the second reason suggests that man is inferior to all other creatures.

Best and Worst

In truth, both reasons are correct, for man is an amalgam of body and soul. The soul is a fragment of the Creator while the body is a part of creation. The soul is lofty and transcendent while the body is inferior and mundane. We cannot take credit for our spirituality for the spirit flows from our soul, which is granted from on high. We can however take credit for our self-discipline and refined characters, for that is the fruit of our own labor.

A child is by nature untamed, drawn to self-appeasement and selfish pleasure. Without instruction and discipline, the child stands at odds with the rigorous laws of our Torah. Even the lowly insect looks down on the untamed human and boasts a superior quality, for the insect cannot and would not defy its Creator’s will.

Yet we humans are able to cast our unshaped characters in the mold of the divine, and when we do, we stand at the apex of morality and achievement, at the peak of creation’s pyramid. When we master ourselves we are superior to all.


Shabbos Chuckle

A congregant asks his rabbi, “Rabbi, you’re a man of God. So why is it that you are always talking about business, when I, a businessman, am always talking about spiritual matters?”

“You have discovered one of the principles of human nature,” the rabbi replies.

“And what’s that Rabbi?”

“People like to discuss things they know nothing about.”


Issued April 4th, 2019