Thursday, February 15, 2018

Unicorns Are Real. You're Looking at One


 
Question of the Week:

Do we believe in unicorns? I once heard the Torah says they really do exist....

Answer:

Yes we do. I have seen one. And I bet you have too.

The Torah relates that the Israelites made a Mishkan, a portable Temple in the desert. G-d instructed them to make the outer walls out of the skin of a mysterious animal called a Tachash.

Our sages described the Tachash as a desert animal with a stunning multi-coloured hide and one horn in the middle of its head. The Tachash suddenly appeared when the Mishkan was being built, then disappeared without a trace, never to be seen again.

There is a powerful message behind this enchanting little episode. The building of the Temple is a symbol of our life mission, to create a home for G-d in this world, to shape our lives into a sanctuary where holiness can dwell.

Life is made up of many fleeting moments. The years fly by, the days come and go, and opportunities appear and disappear. Like the Tachash, here today and gone tomorrow.

Each one of these moments is multi-coloured, multi-faceted and multi-layered. We have good days and not such good days. Even on a good day there can be some challenges too, and on a not such good day there are blessings as well.

As many as the colours of the day are, there is only one horn pointing straight ahead. Everything we face, every day of our lives, all point in one direction. We are all here for a short while, to fulfil our mission to make our world kinder and happier. Every interaction we have, every experience we go through, every person we meet and every place we go, they all come to one point - make this moment a holy moment.

So you have seen the mysterious Tachash. It is the beautiful moment you are living right now. It will soon disappear. Grab it by the horn.

Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss

Sources:
Exodus 25:5
Midrash Tanchuma 6
Talmud Yerushalmi Shabbos 2:3
Talmud Bavli Shabbos 28a


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Attraction - can we ignore it?
Attraction - can we ignore it?


 

 
 
 



Capping beam is now complete! We will now wait for the concrete to cure and begin to excavate down to create the basement. This can be a little tricky and may take some time, so please bear with us whilst we complete this delicate and complex process. Shabbat Shalom!


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Friday, 16 February 2018 | 2 Adar 5778
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In depth parsha class .................................... 9:00am
Shabbos Service............................ 10:00am-12:20pm
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Kiddush Lunch to welcome back community members who returned from inspirational trips and hear some highlights!  
 
Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishis ......... 7:25pm
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Shiur by Rabbi Moss............................... 8:10pm
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Craig Deubler... 8 Adar/ Friday 23 February
Iliana Lavecky... 8 Adar/ Friday 23 February
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Precious Loneliness


 
Question of the Week:

I know everything happens for a reason, but I am struggling to understand this. For the last three weeks I have been very sick with the flu. It has kept me from my many activities, not the least being my weekly mitzvot that I do. I usually attend shul every Shabbat. Missed that. I visit the retirement home to bring some cheer to the residents. Missed that. An old acquaintance passed away, and I missed the funeral. And I can't look after my grandchild as I am contagious. Please understand I am not complaining (well, maybe a little) but I am trying to understand what G-d wants me to learn from this. Why would He stop me from doing good deeds?

Answer:

I am sorry to hear you have been unwell. I hope the following story that I heard from the Rebbe may be helpful.

There was once a Jew who lived on a farm, far away from any Jewish community. He was a devout and pious man, and he and his wife did their best to create a Jewish home for his children. But he yearned to be surrounded by Jews, to be able to pray in a shul, study Torah with like-minded people and be part of a community. Day in and day out for years he would sit alone with his prayer book and his volume of Talmud, wishing he could share them with others.

After many years, his dream started to come true. Slowly, more Jews moved to his area. It took decades, but he did build a community. Forty years after his arrival, that remote country town boasted a shul with daily services, regular Torah classes, a mikvah and a warm little community. He was no longer praying alone.

But the Rebbe said something astounding about this.

This Jew certainly got more pleasure from the vibrant latter years than the lonely early ones. But we don't know which G-d enjoyed more. It could be G-d took pleasure from his lonely prayers of yearning, all those years of wishing and pining, even more than the communal satisfaction that came later.

A sincere desire to do good is itself a holy moment. When you wish you could help someone but circumstances don't allow it, or when you truly would love to do a mitzvah but your health prevents you from doing it, that pure intention is precious to G-d. And who knows, maybe more precious than when you do a mitzvah with ease.

May you have a full recovery and get back to all your good deeds with full strength. And when things are good, remember your precious loneliness.

Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss

Sources:
Sichos Kodesh 5716 p349. The lonely Jew referred to by the Rebbe was R' Moshe Feiglin, the first chossid in Australia.
Based on the Baal Shem Tov's explanation of the verse, "My soul thirsts for You in a parched and tired land without water. So I should look for you in holy times...." Tehillim 63:2

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Now that the steel cages have been formed, we shall start doing the formwork and G-d willing be finished pouring before the end of next week.
Shabbat Shalom!



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Friday, 9 February 2018 | 24 Shevat 5778
Candle Lighting............ 7:36pm (Not before 6:33pm)
Mincha........................ 6:15pm
Shabbos Service........... 6:30-7:20pm 
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Shabbos Day, 10 February 2018 | 25 Shevat 5778
In depth parsha class ........ 9:00am
Shabbos Service.............. 10:00am-12:20pm
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Mincha and Aufruf of Barry Segel.........4:45pm  
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Shai Diamond................... 27 Shvat/ Monday 12 February
Amiell Gold...................... 28 Shvat/ Tuesday 13 February
Dylan Glick...................... 28 Shvat/ Tuesday 13 February
Michaela Waine................ 28 Shvat/ Tuesday 13 February
Robert Dabscheck............. 29 Shvat / Wednesday 14 February
Linda Isdale..................... 29 Shvat/ Wednesday 14 February
Aliya Eichenblatt............... 30 Shvat/ Thursday 15 February
 
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Michael & Linda Lenn ........ 23 Shvat/ Thursday 8 February
Jackie & Les Regos............ 25 Shvat/ Saturday 10 February
 
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Could Chocolate be the Secret of Faith?


 
Question of the Week:

I envy you. You have faith. I can see how people with faith have clarity and strength that others don't, especially in hard times. I don't have that strength and I want some of it. Is there a quick fix for faith?

Answer:

There is a quick fix for faith. You should eat a piece of chocolate every day. Seriously.

This is an ancient Jewish remedy for strengthening faith. It is a pity so few people know about it, because if they did, their lives would be so much better. And it really isn't so hard. Just eat a piece of chocolate.

But before you eat the chocolate, you should say the blessing on chocolate. It goes like this:

"Blessed are you Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, for everything exists by Your word."

If you say these words and actually think about them for a few seconds, you will shift your entire perspective on life. Everything exists by His word. What G-d says goes. Nothing happens by accident. We didn't make ourselves. We are not alone. We are in good hands.

Contemplate those words for a minute a day, and you will have the strength to face whatever life throws at you. Because it's not life throwing it at you, it's G-d.

So go eat some chocolate.

Note: Technically, you don't need to eat chocolate. The same blessing is said on a glass of water, a mushroom, a piece of herring and many other foods. But you have to consume something after saying the blessing. Faith needs to be ingested.

Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss

Sources:
See Nesivos Sholom Yesod Hatorah Maamar 2:3 "The Saba Kadisha of Lechovitch would say, "When things are tough, make a brocha Shehakol, and trust that everything happens by His word. This sweetens all harshness and miracles will happen!"
See Shevet HaLevi 7:27 why we say Shehakol on chocolate when it should be Haetz.

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This week site preparation and cleaning has continued to get rid of the huge 'sandpit' that has been made by the displacement of the sand from the piers. We have accepted the steel delivery and organised to begin creating the 'cages' that will sit in the capping beam after we clear the land and align the tops of all the piers to create a flat surface for the beam to sit on.
Although it doesn't seem it, about 100 tons of sand and dirt was removed from site this week.

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Candle Lighting............ 7:42pm (Not before 6:38pm)
Mincha........................ 6:15pm
Shabbos Service........... 6:30-7:20pm 
Kids Program .............. 6:30pm
Kiddush sponsored by The Rosenberg and Bermeister families in honour of Peter Eliovson's yortzeit and the safe return of David, Gail, Joshua and Rebecca Eliovson from their 6 month trip around Australia.
 
Shabbos Day, 3 February 2018 | 18 Shevat 5778
In depth parsha class ..................... 9:00am
Shabbos Service............................ 10:00am-12:20pm
Kids Program ................................10:30am
Kiddush in honour of Vitali Broyda's Aufruf and his upcoming marriage to Karen Uziel - Mazal Tov!!
 
Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishis ......... 7:40pm
Gematria and story by Rev Amzalak......... 8:10pm
Shiur by Rabbi Moss............................... 8:25pm
Shabbos ends........................................ 8:39pm
Followed by Havdalah 
 
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Mitchell Deubler....... 18 Shvat / Saturday 3 February
 
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Janet & David Kessler.......... 20 Shvat/Monday 5 February
Robert & Natalie Dabscheck ..23 Shvat/Thursday 8 February
Michael & Linda Lenn........... 23 Shvat/Thursday 8 February
 
LONG LIFE
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