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Parshas Mikeitz

Courtesy of Chabad.org

Joseph’s imprisonment finally ends when Pharaoh dreams of seven fat cows that are swallowed up by seven lean cows, and of seven fat ears of grain swallowed by seven lean ears. Joseph interprets the dreams to mean that seven years of plenty will be followed by seven years of hunger, and advises Pharaoh to store grain during the plentiful years. Pharaoh appoints Joseph governor of Egypt. Joseph marries Asenath, daughter of Potiphar, and they have two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.

Famine spreads throughout the region, and food can be obtained only in Egypt. Ten of Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to purchase grain; the youngest – Benjamin – stays home, for Jacob fears for his safety. Joseph recognizes his brothers, but they do not recognize him; he accuses them of being spies, insists that they bring Benjamin to prove that they are who they say they are, and imprisons Simeon as a hostage. Later, they discover that the money they paid for their provisions has been mysteriously returned to them.

Jacob agrees to send Benjamin only after Judah assumes personal and eternal responsibility for him. This time Joseph receives them kindly, releases Simeon, and invites them to an eventful dinner at his home. But then he plants his silver goblet, purportedly imbued with magic powers, in Benjamin’s sack. When the brothers set out for home the next morning, they are pursued, searched, and arrested when the goblet is discovered. Joseph offers to set them free and retain only Benjamin as his slave.

Chanukah at Newtown

Mazal Tov

Mazal tov to Gordon Ross who welcomed three great grandchildren into the world on Monday! two girls and one boy.
both mother and babies doing well, we wish him and his family many more simchot to come in the future.


We have sad news within our Newton Shul family.

Dorothy Lazarus aged 97 has passed away on Tuesday 4 December 2018  – leaving her daughter Diana Lazarus, son John Lazarus, daughter in law Marie Hayes, granddaughters Sarah lazarus and Lillia.

Funeral and Minyan on Sunday 9 Dec 18 at 10am – all details on Chevra Kadisha website  www.sck.org.au.  All welcome to attend

We extend condolences to the whole family and wish them long life.

Special Announcement

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.

Weekly Insight

“The Nile”or “De-nial”

By  Sholom Lew (Courtesy of Chabad.org)

The economic news seems to be getting worse. From Wall Street to Main Street, car makers to bankers, a recession of Biblical proportions threatens, with no end in sight.

Seasoned economists will readily admit – finally – to being absolutely stunned at the scope and the speed with which this contagion seems to have spread.

What had initially seemed a simple case of an overindulgent real-estate bubble has now spread to almost every facet of our global economy. From America to Europe, Japan, China and Russia, no one is immune to this crisis. A global age has in turn led to a global crisis, a crisis that will require a global response as well.

Joseph understands that a solution is also embedded within the dreamThis is not the first time the world has dealt with a crisis of this proportion. A similar global “recession” of sorts, is spoken about in the Torah, one that resulted in the emergence of a new world order that would forever change the course of history.

It began with a dream, an extremely vivid dream that Pharaoh experiences. In this dream, Pharaoh finds himself on the banks of the Nile River, when, behold, venturing forth from the river are seven well-endowed cows, that promptly begin to graze at the edge of the river. Disrupting this serene setting are seven emaciated cows that also venture forth from the same river, and devour the seven fat cows, at which point Pharaoh awakens with a start.

Joseph is called upon by Pharaoh to decipher the meaning of this dream. This he does brilliantly, warning Pharaoh of an impending disaster—a global seven year famine. Yet Joseph understands that a solution is also embedded within the dream: the need to prepare for this famine, by stockpiling foodstuffs during the years of plenty, ensuring that there will be enough to eat during the leaner years as well.

What is most striking about this narrative is the emphasis on Pharaoh standing on the banks of the Nile during this dream. Understanding the significance of this is perhaps the key to unlocking the inner meaning behind this entire episode.

The Nile to ancient Egypt was a deity, worthy of adoration and adulation as much as any of their pantheon, if not more so. Egypt is an arid land with no annual rainfall to speak of, and it was the Nile and its network of canals and irrigation ditches that the Egyptians relied upon to farm their land. Even today, many in Egypt will refer to the predictable flooding of the river as the “gift of the Nile.”

It was to Pharaoh’s sense of denial that the dream spoke. The very river that stoked the sense of invincibility in the Pharaohs and their subjects would be of no use when the years of famine arrived. It was only the divinely inspired foresight of Joseph, recognizing the lack of randomness in G‑d’s plan, that enabled them to not only survive the lean years, but to prosper mightily as well.

It was to Pharaoh’s sense of denial that the dream spokeAnd it was only fitting that it would be the river, the very epitome of Egyptian might and commercial power, of which Pharaoh said, “Mine is the river and I have made myself,”1 that would be rendered useless during the first of the ten plagues.

Unfreezing the credit markets and fixing the economy will require a lot more than any of us are capable of, and much, much, more than any of the so-called experts are ready to admit.

But recognizing the hand of G‑d directly engaged in the business cycle and the wheel of fortune will enable us to sooner enjoy the years of plenty. Our sustenance is thankfully entrusted into G‑d’s hands. It is essentially an unfreezing of spiritual credit that will result in a parallel easing of our monetary credit as well, which will in turn enable us utilize what we have to further enhance our divine mission.

Shabbos Chuckle

Morty Applebaum has just turned 80 and his family are holding a party to celebrate the event. But talking to his children and grandchildren during the party, Morty realises for the first time that his memory is seriously in decline. This worries him greatly and so the following day, he goes to see doctor Levy.
“I’m really worried about how my age is beginning to affect my memory,” Morty says to doctor Levy.
“In what specific way?” asks doctor Levy. “Can you give me an example?”
“Well,” replies Morty, “my memory has always been very good indeed, but lately it’s been failing me. I’m having a hard time remembering even basic things. For example, during my 80th birthday party yesterday, I couldn’t even remember the names of my grandchildren, or where they lived. It’s very worrying!”
“Well I wouldn’t worry too much about it,” says doctor Levy. “It sounds like you’ll forget all about it tomorrow.”

Issued December 11th, 2018