Saturday, June 23, 2018

I'm sorry, I can't answer this

Question of the Day:

Do you actually read these emails?

I have often wondered how many people do. If you are reading this, can I ask you something? I try to respond to people's questions, but this time I am the one asking.

I need your help. We are building for the future and making history. Can you be a partner with us?

Nefesh is building a centre for spreading joy the Jewish way. You've seen our video   explaining our vision. You've watched the progress reports in our weekly build up. And you've heard how far Nefesh reaches.

If you have gained from reading my weekly answers, please consider responding to this request for help.

We need to raise $1 million today to fund the next stage of our building.

For 24 hours only, every tax deductible dollar you donate will be quadrupled. But it's all or nothing. If we don't reach our target in time, we get nothing.

Go to www.charidy.com/nefeshsydney and give me your response.

I thank you deeply,
Rabbi Moss


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Are You Up for This Challenge?

 
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Question of the Week:

I've just seen a disturbing post of a young man I know. We once acted in a play together but we've kept in minimal touch since. He's just posted a very distressing message: "I'm sorry everyone. I am giving up. Thanks for trying." It appears he has been suffering from depression, and is now institutionalized. They are monitoring him closely and he is getting whatever treatment he needs. But as a friend, what words of encouragement or wisdom could I possibly offer that might make a difference?

Answer:

Firstly may I commend you for reaching out to him. Any message of support, just saying you care and you are there, has immense power. Anything but silence is already a positive step.

But maybe there is another way to make a difference. Rather than help him, you can turn it around. Ask him for help.

When you contact him, put aside the illness as if it didn't exist for a moment, and ask him for some advice. Think of his area of expertise and talent and tell him you need his assistance.

He is an actor and you are working on a drama piece. Ask him how he would approach a difficult scene or how to present a particular character. This will be more than just telling him "you matter and you are needed", it will be actually making him needed.

Now obviously we are dealing here with some serious health issues. They will not go away with one little conversation. It might not work at all. He may not even be receptive to being asked, or incapable of responding. But if you have even a slight chance of getting through to him, it is worth a try. It might give him a moment of not being absorbed in his own issues. If he can focus on someone else for even a short time, that may serve as a little gasp of air, and he may be lifted, if even momentarily, above his darkness.

Sometimes the trap of depression is the self-absorption it brings. The best antidote for that is serving others. Give him a chance to do that. If nothing else, you will have expressed to him that whatever he is going through, he can still contribute to the world, and you value him enough to ask. That may be just what he needs to hear.

Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss
 
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An unfinished manuscript, the chazan in Gan Eden and super sensory perception 

 
Welcome to a very special edition of the weekly buildup. This is the week that you have the power to make a difference and put a lifelong stamp on our community. We are blessed with the unique ability to be a part of something that rarely comes around. This is your chance to help make a communal 'home base' and meeting point for our children and G-d willing, many more generations to come.  

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This week we have battled the rain, wind and other natural conditions to complete the placement of water tanks and the block work in the basement. This was a very trying task and thank G-d not only did we complete it but we were given the opportunity to work through many testing situations... AND SUCCEEDED!!!   
 
Shabbat Shalom!
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Friday, 22 June 2018 | 9 Tammuz 5778
Candle Lighting......................... 4:36pm
Mincha..................................... 4:45pm
Learning with the Bochrim.......... 5:30pm
Kids Program ........................... 6:00pm
Shabbos Service....................... 6:00-6:50pm 
Followed by Kiddush sponsored by Tom Moss, Ron Moss and Kathy Penn in honour of the yorzheit for their late mother, Bluma Miriam bas Binyomin Zev on 9 Tammuz- Long Life.
 
Shabbos Day, 23 June 2018 | 10 Tammuz 5778
In depth parsha class ..................... 9:00am
Kids Program ................................ 10:30am
Shabbos Service............................ 10:00am-12:20pm
Kiddush sponsored by Ivan, Carole and Michael Basserabie in honour of Ivan's Bar Mitzvah anniversary- Mazal Tov!
L'Chaim in honour of Michael Singer's Bar Mitzvah anniversary - Mazal Tov!
 
Mincha and with Pirkei Ovos Chapter 5
followed by Seudah Shlishis ................. 4:30pm
Gematria and Story by Rev Amzalak...... 4:55pm
Shiur with Rabbi Moss.......................... 5:15pm
Shabbos ends..................................... 5:34pm
Followed by Havdalah
 
WEEKDAY SERVICES
Sunday ................................ 8:00am
Mon- Fri................................ 7:00am
Latest Shema this week........... 9:26am
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Adam Pisk............ 10 Tammuz/ Saturday 23 June
Esti Regos............ 11 Tammuz/ Sunday 24 June
Ethan Klein........... 13 Tammuz/ Tuesday 26 June
Greg Schreeuwer... 15 Tammuz/ Thursday 28 June
Finley Zev Hasofer..16 Tammuz/ Friday 29 June
 
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
Brian & Arlene Schwartz... 10 Tammuz/ Saturday 23 June
Eric & Carol Melman......... 13 Tammuz/ Tuesday 26 June
 
LONG LIFE
Ron Moss, Tom Moss and Kathy Penn for their late mother 
Bluma Miriam bas Binyomin Zev.. 9 Tammuz/ Friday 22 June

Jack Reuben for his late uncle Nissim Chai Nasiem
Nissim Chai ben Yaakov... 9 Tammuz/ Friday 22 June
 
Michael Franks for his late mother Rose Franks... 10 Tammuz / Saturday 23 June
 
Robert Dabscheck for his late father Ronald Samuel Dabscheck
Shmuel Hanan Ben Yisroel... 11 Tammuz Sunday 24 June
 
Tom Meyer for his late step-mother Eva Meyer
Chava bat Avraham... 11 Tammuz / Sunday 24 June
 
Sam Sharp for his late father Monty Sharp
Monish ben Zelik Ha'Cohen... 12 Tammuz/ Monday 25 June
 
Carol Melman for her late mother Miriam Shapiro
Miriam bat Zoendal... 13 Tammuz/ Tuesday 26 June
 
Jacqueline Eliovson for her late father Victor Behrman
Avigdor ben Dov Getzel... 14 Tammuz / Wednesday 27 June
 
Moshe Moses and Adee Moses for their late father Sasoon Moses
Sason Hai ben Mazal... 14 Tammuz / Wednesday 27 June
 
David Kessler for his late sister Nanette Kessler
Genenda bat Avraham...15 Tammuz/ Thursday 28 June
 
Ruth Cromer and Erna Frankfurter for their late father and husband Harold Frankfurter
Yehoshua Leib ben Shlomo Meir... 16 Tammuz / Friday 29 June
 
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Rebbe, the Soldier and the Sikh

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The Rebbe, the Soldier and the Sikh
in honour of Gimmel Tammuz, 24th anniversary of the passing of the Rebbe

"The beard has to go!"

So an Israeli soldier was told by his commanding officer during the Yom Kippur War. There was a serious fear that the Egyptians were poised to mount a chemical attack against Israel. Long facial hair would obstruct the gas mask that the soldiers would need to wear.

A religious Jew, he knew that in a case of mortal danger one would be allowed to shave off the beard. The commandment to grow a beard is overridden by the commandment to preserve life. But the question was, is this indeed a situation of mortal danger? And if so, is shaving absolutely necessary?

The soldier was given permission to seek rabbinical advice. So he asked these questions to the Rebbe. In his brief but brilliant response, the Rebbe wrote four points:

1. It is clear that there will be no chemical attack
2. Even if there would be, it is very easy to wear a gas mask over a beard. You should demonstrate this to your commander.

3. If these arguments are not accepted, then you can agree to carry around with you a pair of scissors, so if the need arises you can quickly cut off your beard, which will take no more than a minute.

4. During World War I, poison gas was widely used and all armies including the British used gas masks. Yet the Indian Sikhs, who fought in the British Army, were allowed to keep their beards and distinguished themselves in battle.

I believe these four points are emblematic of the Rebbe's uniqueness. Each one expresses a different aspect of his majestic character and gives us a glimpse of his muitilayered personality.

Only the Rebbe could say unequivocally "there will be no chemical attack." To take responsibility for the safety of thousands of people on your shoulders, you had better know what you're talking about. And the Rebbe did. History proved the accuracy of the Rebbe's prophetic vision again and again. There were indeed no chemical attacks.

The Rebbe deeply believed that living a life consistent with the Torah and its commandments need not be contradictory to living a life in the here-and-now of the modern world. An observant Jew can contribute to society without compromising on their Judaism one little bit. You can keep your beard and wear a gas mask too. 

While the Rebbe was a heavenly figure, he was also extremely down to earth. He was at once a man of unquestioning faith and a man of hard logic.  "Carry a pair of scissors." Who can argue with that? Some dilemmas are not dilemmas at all if you think a bit out of the box.

And then, he cites the case of Indian Sikhs fighting for the British in World War I to prove that a Jew can keep his beard. This is a shining example of the Rebbe's acute awareness of the world outside of his milieu, and his ability to learn from everyone and everything.

A man with higher vision, uncompromising values, clear logic and worldly wisdom. That, and so much more, is the Rebbe.

Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss
The Holy Korach a rebel's sincere intentions
The Holy Korach
a rebel's sincere intentions
 
Source:
For more details see "My Story" (JEM) p107
Perhaps the Rebbe's four points correspond to the four worlds Atzilus, Briyah, Yetzirah and Asiyah. In Atzilus you don't need a gas mask, in Briyah you wear the mask and keep the beard, in Yetzirah you may need to shave the beard to save life, and in Asiyah the world itself tells you to keep the beard. 
 
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Going up!!!
      Shabbat Shalom everyone- Have a great week!
 Brent. 
 

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Friday, 15 June 2018 | 2 Tammuz 5778
Candle Lighting................................... 4:35pm
Mincha............................................... 4:45pm
Learning with the Bochrim.................... 5:30pm
Kids Program ..................................... 6:00pm
Shabbos Service................................. 6:00-6:50pm 
Followed by Kiddush.
 
Shabbos Day, 16 June 2018 | 3 Tammuz 5778
In depth parsha class ..................... 9:00am
Kids Program ............................... 10:30am
Shabbos Service............................ 10:00am-12:20pm
Special Gimmel Tammuz Lunch and Farbrengen sponsored in honour of the first yorzheit of Nissim Chai ben Yaakov a"h;
Lechaim in honour of the yorzheit of Bluma Miriam bas Binyomin Zev
Lechaim in honour of the birthday of Nechama Dina Moss.
 
Mincha and with Pirkei Ovos Chapter 4
followed by Seudah Shlishis .............. 4:30pm
Gematria and Story by Rev Amzalak... 4:50pm
Shiur with Rabbi Moss....................... 5:10pm
Shabbos ends.................................. 5:34pm
Followed by Havdalah
 
WEEKDAY SERVICES
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Mon- Fri................................. 7:00am
Latest Shema this week........... 9:24am
 
MAZAL TOV
Jeremy & Nikki Kinstlinger on the birth of a boy!
Ralph Zeltzer & Jacqui Gubanyi on their upcoming wedding
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Nechama Dina Moss........ 6 Tammuz/ Tuesday 19 June
Eli Moshe Lowinger......... 9 Tammuz/ Friday 22 June
 
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
Gail & Danny Stein.......... 8 Tammuz/ Thursday 14 June
 
LONG LIFE
Jodi Lowe for her late grandmother Violet Irene Collins,
Tsipora bat Moshe... 2 Tammuz/ Friday 15 June
Stephen Etkind and Di Moritz for their late father 
David Julius Etkind...2 Tammuz/ Friday 15 June
Ron Moss, Tom Moss and KAthy Penn for their late mother 
Bluma Miriam bas Binyomin Zev... 9 Tammuz/ Friday 22 June

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