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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Shelach

Courtesy of Chabad.org

Moses sends twelve spies to the land of Canaan. Forty days later they return, carrying a huge cluster of grapes, a pomegranate and a fig, to report on a lush and bountiful land. But ten of the spies warn that the inhabitants of the land are giants and warriors “more powerful than we”; only Caleb and Joshua insist that the land can be conquered, as G‑d has commanded.

The people weep that they’d rather return to Egypt. G‑d decrees that Israel’s entry into the Land shall be delayed forty years, during which time that entire generation will die out in the desert. A group of remorseful Jews storm the mountain on the border of the Land, and are routed by the Amalekites and Canaanites.

The laws of the menachot (mealwine and oil offerings) are given, as well as the mitzvahto consecrate a portion of the dough (challah) to G‑d when making bread. A man violates the Shabbat by gathering sticks and is put to death. G‑d instructs to place fringes (tzitzit) on the four corners of our garments so that we should remember to fulfil the mitzvot (divine commandments).

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 by clicking on the image below:

Torah Studies Topic: What is the significance of the Jewish tradition to pray at the graves of righteous people?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, 27 June 2019

Shabbat Schedule


Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 4:38 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 5:37 PM

Thought for the Week

Three Challenges

By Yitschak Meir Kagan (Courtesy of Youngadultchabad.org)

The Parshah tells us how Moses selected twelve emissaries and sent them on a mission to ascertain the strength and weaknesses of the Canaanites, preparatory to fulfilling G‑d’s command to conquer Canaan. Caleb and Joshua were true to their mission, but the other ten brought back distorted reports in an attempt to discourage the Jews from proceeding to the Holy Land. They raised three basic objections to the attempt to conquer the land.

The first was a general objection: the overwhelming strength of the Canaanites. Though G‑d had shown them miracles in the past, would divine aid be powerful enough to overcome these mighty nations?

Second: was Israel worthy of miracles? The spies pointed out the presence of the Amalekites, who had previously attacked Israel when the Jews demonstrated an unworthy lack of faith.

Third: though G‑d might show miracles at the conquest of the Holy Land itself, would He do so in the preparatory stages to the conquest, at the approaches to the land where the Hittites, Jebusites, etc. lay in wait?

Hearing the remarks of the ten spies, the Jews began to seethe with rebelliousness. Caleb then reminded them that G‑d had (a) split the Red Sea, (b) brought down for them the quails and (c) given them the manna. In these few simple words there lay profound answers to all three discouraging claims!

Red Sea: At the Red Sea, the position of the trapped Israelites appeared hopeless before the superior forces of the Egyptians. However, Caleb reminded them, Moses “split for us the Red Sea,” and no war ensued; G‑d Himself fought on their behalf. He could do likewise with the mighty inhabitants of Canaan.

Quails: As to the “Amalek claim” of the Jews’ unworthiness, Caleb reminded them that even when they capriciously asked Moses for meat, and were simply looking for trouble, G‑d nonetheless miraculously supplied them with the quails. Now, too, G‑d would show them miracles despite their unworthiness.

Manna: The Israelites’ journey through the desert was only in preparation for, and incidental to, their entry into the Holy Land. Yet the Almighty performed for them the daily miracle of the manna, refuting the spies’ claim that G‑d might not show miracles on the approach to Canaan.

Every one of us is an emissary of G‑d to transform his environment into a “holy land.” We, too, face discouraging “reports” from our own evil inclination. In some, it induces the fear that one’s environment is particularly materialistic, more so than anywhere else; one’s surroundings are therefore uniquely inimical to the spread of Torah (“the inhabitants of the land are mighty”).

In others, the evil inclination evokes a feeling of unworthiness to pursue so sacred a mission (“mentioning Amalek”); while to yet a third, the inclination makes it appear that there are hindrances to prevent even the approach to the object of his life’s mission.

Our response to the evil inclination is clearly indicated by Caleb’s reply. Though the environment is strongly materialistic, though we are not perfect and have sinned, though there are extraneous distractions and hindrances, the Almighty nevertheless gives us—individually and collectively—the strength to break all barriers, overcome all obstacles and fulfil our life’s mission.

Shabbos Chuckle

Moishe came home from work to find his wife Miriam crying. “Your mother insulted me,” she sobbed.

“My mother? How could she do that when she is on vacation on the other side of the world?” Moishe asked.

“I know. But this morning a letter addressed to you arrived. I opened it because I was curious.”

“What?! “

“At the end of the letter your mother wrote: P.S. Dear Miriam, when you have finished reading this letter, don’t forget to give it to my son.”

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 June 27th, 2019