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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Balak

Courtesy of Chabad.org

Balak, the king of Moab, summons the prophet Balaam to curse the people of Israel. On the way, Balaam is berated by his donkey, who sees, before Balaam does, the angel that G‑dsends to block their way. Three times, from three different vantage points, Balaam attempts to pronounce his curses; each time, blessings issue forth instead. Balaam also prophesies on the end of the days and the coming of Moshiach.

The people fall prey to the charms of the daughters of Moab, and are enticed to worship the idol Peor. When a high-ranking Israelite official publicly takes a Midianite princess into a tent, Pinchas kills them both, stopping the plague raging among the people.

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!

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 while it is broadcasting and ask questions in real time. The broadcast is at www.facebook.com/rabbielifeldman

Alternatively, you can watch the replay of this week’s class below:

Torah Studies Topic: Why do even wise people sometimes do foolish things and how can we try to protect ourselves from falling into the foolishness trap?Feel free to ask questions in the comments section during the broadcast and I will endeavor to answer them during the class! 😊

Posted by Rabbi Eli Feldman on Thursday, 18 July 2019

Shabbat Schedule


Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 4:49 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


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 5:47 PM

Weekly Insight

Balak’s Bad Day

By Rabbi Levi Avtzon (Courtesy of Chabad.org)

Moses was having a bad day. He was about to wage war against Og, king of the Bashanites, and he was afraid. After all, Og had long ago done a favour for Abraham, informing him of his nephew Lot’s kidnapping, and Moses was afraid that this good deed would stand Og in good stead and turn the tide of victory against the Jewish people.

Although afraid “in his heart,” Moses put on a brave face. “Righteous people are in control of their hearts.” There was nothing to gain by sharing his worries with the people, so he kept them to himself.

The result: the Jewish people were calm and relaxed and were, indeed, victorious in battle.

On the flip side:

What was there to gain by terrifying the people? Balak was having a bad day. The Moab State Department had just sent him a memo that the two mighty kings in the region, Og and Sichon, had been defeated and killed by the invading Hebrews. “And Balak saw all that the Jews have done to the Emorites.”

Consumed with panic, he called a press conference. With a pale face and broken voice, he broke the news of the invasion
to all the citizens of Moab, hyping them up about the “Jewish problem.” The heart was in control of the mind.

The result: “And [the nation of] Moab was afraid.”

What was there to gain by terrifying the people? Nada. The people of Moab didn’t take up arms or send messengers of peace. They just sat at home biting their nails.

Although Balak and his advisors did summon the prophet Balaam to curse the Jews, that had nothing to do with the rest of the citizens of Moab! So why did Balak frighten his nation? “Wicked people are in the control of their hearts.”

Our emotions are who we are. They can either turn molehills into mountains, causing us to lose control and creating unhealthy emotions such as hate and jealousy—Balak.

Or, when controlled by the mind, they can fill us with healthy emotions such as love and devotion to G‑d, family, community and endangered dolphins—Moses.

Let’s be a Moses.

Shabbos Chuckle

Moishe, a medieval Jewish astrologer, prophesied that the king’s favourite horse would soon die. Sure enough, the horse died a short time later. The king was outraged at the astrologer, certain that his prophecy had brought about the horse’s death. He summoned Moishe and commanded him, “Prophet, tell me when you will die!”

Moishe realized that the king was planning to kill him immediately no matter what answer he gave, so he had to answer carefully. “I do not know when I will die,” he answered finally. “I only know that whenever I die, the king will die three days later.”

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 18th, 2019