Thursday, May 17, 2018

Why Do You Wear a Hat?


Question of the Week:

I understand the reason behind wearing a Kippah is to acknowledge the presence of G-d above you. My question is, why do chassidim also wear a hat on top of that? Isn't the Kippah enough?

Answer:

There's above, and then there's above. Indeed G-d is above us. But He's not just above us, He is above being above us. However wondrous we think G-d is, He is way beyond that. However much we think we have understood G-d, there is an infinity we haven't even come close too.

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. As beyond as G-d may be, He wants us to attempt to grasp Him as far as is humanly possible. This is why He gave us the Torah, His infinite wisdom expressed in terms that we finite beings can relate to. Through studying Torah we engage our minds in an intimate relationship with the Divine, we get to know G-d, all the while knowing that our minds can only go so far.   
 
For the Jew, faith and reason do not clash. On the contrary they are two complimentary powers within the human character. Our mind explores the limits of the finite world, and our faith takes us beyond those limits to the world of the infinite. The logic in our brain analyses what's possible, and the faith in our soul opens us up to the realm of the impossible. And the Torah is the marriage of the two - infinity in a finite package.

This is perhaps why Jews have always been at the forefront of innovation, invention and the furthering of humankind. We encourage intellectual inquiry, but are not limited by the shackles of logic. When you are propelled by faith in that which we can't understand, the possibilities are endless.

This is also the symbolism of the dual headwear, the Kippah and the hat. The Kippah covers my head snugly, fitting to the shape of the skull. This represents the recognition that G-d is above us, but in a way that we can understand, appreciate and somewhat relate to. The hat, on the other hand, surrounds my head completely. It represents that light of G-d that is beyond our understanding, beyond our imagination, that I can't grasp with my mind, but I can touch with my soul.  
 
Use your brain to think, but don't let your mind be your limit. Hats off to that.

Good Shabbos and Good Yomtov,  
May we all receive the Torah with joy and internalise it, 
Rabbi Moss 
 
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Good afternoon and welcome to another instalment of the weekly buildup.
This week we have concentrated on digging more holes and contending with more ground water. These are the footings that will be holding the weight of the building as the loads travel through beams and columns into the earth. A very crucial part of any building site. Speak again next week and hope to meet with all of you soon again in person.  
Shabbat Shalom, Brent 


 



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Candle Lighting............................................. 4:43pm
Mincha.......................................................... 4:50pm
Shabbos Service............................................. 6:00pm
Kids Program ................................................ 6:00pm
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Shabbos Day, 19 May 2018 | 5 Sivan 5778
In depth parsha class .................................... 9:00am
Shabbos Service............................ 10:00am-12:20pm
Kids Program .............................................. 10:30am
Followed by Early Mincha and Kiddush....... 12:18pm
 
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Saturday 19 May | 5 Sivan
Candle Lighting ........ (Light after)................ 5:40pm
Shavuos Evening Service............................... 6:00pm
 
All Night Learning........................... 9:30pm- 5:00am
 
Sunday 20 May | 6 Sivan
Shavuos, Day 1
Morning Service......................................... 10:00am
 
Kids Program and Ice Cream Party ............. 10:30am
EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD SHOULD HEAR THE 10 COMMANDMENTS.....................................11:00am
Followed by Dairy Kiddush sponsored by the Tsipris family in honour of Sabrina's birthday- Mazal Tov!
Early Mincha after Kiddush
 
Candle Lighting.................................... .after 5:39pm
 
Shavuos Evening Service at 128 Wellington St with Kiddush sponsored by Jack and Leyat Reuben in honour of the completion of kaddish for Nissim Chai ben Yaakov a"h....................5:40pm  
 
Monday 21 May | 7 Sivan
Shavuos, Day 2
Morning Service.......................................... 10:00am
Yizkor-Memorial Service.............................. 11:30am
Followed by Dairy Kiddush sponsored by Jack and Leyat Reuben in honour of the completion of kaddish for Nissim Chai ben Yaakov a"h
 
Mincha........................................................ 4:40 pm
Shavuos ends & Maariv................................. 5:39 pm
 
WEEKDAY SERVICES
Tues- Fri............................................ 7:00am
Latest Shema this week....................... 9:17am
 
MAZEL TOV
Rob and Lana Goldshaft on the birth of a baby girl!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Lilah Hedges.....................5 Sivan/Saturday 19 May
Wayne Kaplan.................. 6 Sivan/ Sunday 20 May
Nicholas Maksimovich....... 9 Sivan/ Wed 23 May
Alison Brown.................. 10 Sivan/ Thursday 24 May
 
LONG LIFE
Gabor Palanszky for his late sister-in-law Georgina Palansky,
Georgina Bat David...... 5 Sivan/ Saturday 19 May
Judi Berman and Martine Springer for their late grandfather Hyman (Ray) Segal
Chaim ben Leib........... 6 Sivan/ Sunday 20 May
Richelle Goldshaft and Rob Goldshaft for their late father and grandfather Leon Israel Rosenthal Leib Yisrael ben Shmuel..... 7 Sivan/ Monday 21 May
Mark Gindin & Faina Strier for their late father Ilya Gindin
Eliyahu ben Mordechai........ 7 Sivan/ Monday 21 May
Rosalie Cohen, Lee-Anne Whitten and Gilda Cohen-Shapira for their late husband, father and brother Edward Cohen, Tuvia ben Moshe ... 8 Sivan/ Tuesday 22 May
Nicholas Levy for his late grandmother, Ruby Levy, 
Rifka ben Daniel....8 Sivan/ Tuesday 22 May
Allen Rosenberg for his late wife Anita Louise Rosenberg,
Channah bat Laizer.......... 9 Sivan/ Wednesday 23 May
Abie Greengarten for his late mother Musia Greengarten,
Chana Miriam bas Shlomo Halevi.... 10 Sivan/ Thursday 24 May
Tina Moddel for her late mother Grace Tovah Bat Michael... 10 Sivan/ Thursday 24 May
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg Faces the Book of Books?


Question of the Week:

Everything has always come easy to me. But recently something's changed. I've been exploring my spiritual side, and while I feel a strong pull to it, I also feel a certain heaviness comes with it. I thought praying and studying Torah would bring me peace. But in many ways it has made my life more complicated and hard. So my question is: if it's all so hard, maybe that means it's not for me?

Answer:

There is a story told by the great chassidic teachers, and it goes like this.

There was once a simple villager who won the lottery. In the olden days, this meant literally winning a pot of gold. So with excitement and anticipation, he set out on foot for the three day journey to the big city to collect his winnings.  
 
When he came to the lottery office and saw his prize, he realized he could not possibly carry such a heavy pot of gold home. So with some of his new wealth he hired a wagon driver with a strong horse to carry him and his pot back to his village.

The journey took several hours. Along the way they stopped off at the side of the road for a little rest. The wagon driver parked the wagon in what seemed to be a safe spot and the villager had a little nap under a tree.  
 
Refreshed and ready to go, they jumped back onto the wagon to continue the journey. But after a short while the wagon driver stopped and said, "I think your pot of gold has been stolen." The villager quickly went to check. To his great distress he saw that indeed the pot was gone.

The villager immediately turned suspiciously to the wagon driver and asked him accusingly, "How did you know that the pot was stolen without even looking into the back of the wagon?"

The wagon driver answered, "It was obvious. When we were traveling earlier, before we stopped for a break, the horse was struggling under the heavy load. But since we resumed our journey the horse is galloping so easily and effortlessly that I could tell that he's not pulling a heavy weight any more. Only an empty load is easy to carry. When you have a pot of gold in your wagon, it takes effort to carry it."

My friend, the same applies to you. When life seems tough, when you need to put effort in and struggle to keep on moving, it means that you are carrying a treasure inside. The smooth and easy times may be pleasant, but the riches of life come when things are hard work.

So keep pulling the load. And be thankful for it. Only a horse is happy with an empty wagon. You are carrying a pot of gold. 

Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss

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Good afternoon and welcome to another instalment of the weekly buildup.
This week we have concentrated on digging more holes and contending with more ground water. These are the footings that will be holding the weight of the building as the loads travel through beams and columns into the earth. A very crucial part of any building site. Speak again next week and hope to meet with all of you soon again in person.  
Shabbat Shalom, Brent 


 




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Friday, 11 May 2018 | 26 Iyar 5778
Candle Lighting....................................4:48pm
Mincha................................................5:00pm
Class with Rabbi Moss...........................5:30pm
Shabbos Service.................................. 6:00-6:50pm 
Kids Program ...................................... 6:00pm
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Shabbos Day, 12 May 2018 | 27 Iyar 5778
In depth parsha class ...... 9:00am
Shabbos Service..............10:00am-12:20pm
Kids Program ..................10:30am
Kiddush sponsored by the Klein and Singer families in honour of the recent yortzheit of Shimon Klein - Long life.
 
Mincha with Pirkei Ovos Chapter 5
followed by Seudah Shlishis ....................... 4:45pm
Gematria and Story by Rev Amzalak............ 5:00pm
Shiur with Rabbi Moss................................ 5:30pm
Shabbos ends........................................... 5:44pm
Followed by Havdalah
 
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Peter Goldshaft.............. 28 Iyar/ Sunday 13 May
Sabrina Tsipris................ 2 Sivan/ Wednesday 16 May
 
LONG LIFE
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Lesley Judelman for her late brother David Ivan Steinhard Itzchak Dovid ben Zalman ... 1 Sivan/ Tuesday 15 May
Mrs Amzalak for her late father Moshe Tuvia ben Abraham Aaron ... 2 Sivan/ Wednesday 16 May
Eric Borecki for his late brother David Borecki David Ben Osher..................... 4 Sivan/ Friday 18 May
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Can You Stop Flip-Flopping?


Question of the Week:

We all know that the Jewish future is under threat, with many of our youth leaving the fold. In all streams other than the fervently orthodox, the outlook is grim. We can't all be religious. So other than Torah observance, what can we teach the next generation to inspire them to stay Jewish?
 
Answer:
 
Sometimes a question itself contains the answer. Like when a fish asks, "Other than in the water, where else can I survive?" You have the answer, you just would prefer a different answer. But there is none.
 
A fish out of water does not die immediately. In fact, a fish out of water seems quite lively. It flips and flops and dances around, seemingly more active than it was before. An ignorant observer may think that the fish is better off on dry land, free from the confines of the sea. Just look how vibrant and energetic it has become!
 
But we know the truth. This tragic dance will not last. All that intense movement is not an indication of good health, it is a desperate and hopeless grasp at life.
 
A Jew without Torah is a fish without water. We can flip flop for a while, jumping from one ideology to another, this save-the-universe cause or the next, but it won't last. You can only stay Jewish without Torah for a generation, maybe two. Then the flipping and flopping stop altogether.
 
There has always been one and only one answer to Jewish continuity. And that is Torah observance. A kosher home that keeps Shabbos and festivals, an authentic Jewish education taught by people who live it, a direct and personal connection with G-d through studying His Torah, and an active community spirit through shul attendance - this is the water that the Jewish soul needs to survive.
 
This is not about being ultra-orthodox. It's about being immersed in genuine Judaism. And that is open to anyone. In your own way, with your critical mind and passionate heart, engage in the conversation of Torah and bring it into your home. That will ensure the Jewish future, just as it has defined the Jewish past. Everything else is just flip flopping.
 
Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss

Source:
Rabbi Akiva, Talmud Brochos 61b 
 
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Friday, 4 May 2018 | 19 Iyar 5778
Candle Lighting............... 4:54pm
Mincha........................... 5:05pm
Class with Rabbi Moss.......5:30pm
Shabbos Service............. 6:00-6:50pm 
Kids Program ................. 6:00pm
Kiddush in honour of Michael & Linda Lenn's baby boy Levi - Mazal Tov!
 
Shabbos Day, 5 May 2018 | 20 Iyar 5778
In depth parsha class............... 9:00am
Shabbos Service..................... 10:00am-12:20pm
Kids Program ........................ 10:30am
Kiddush/Lunch and Meet the Builder Q & A, sponsored by Brent & Simona Maksimovich.
 
Mincha with Pirkei Ovos Chapter 4
followed by Seudah Shlishis ......4:50pm
Shiur with Rabbi Moss................ 5:30pm
Shabbos ends........................... 5:49pm
Followed by Havdalah
 
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Latest Shema this week..... 9:09am
 
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Michael & Linda Lenn on the birth and bris of their son Levi
Mark and Olga Toyb on the birth of a boy! 
 
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Suzy Moss............... 23 Iyar/ Tuesday 8 May
Andrew Whitten....... 25 Iyar/ Thursday 10 May
 
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