Thursday, July 19, 2018

Can We Have the Temple Mount Please?

 


Question of the Week:

 
I know that we pray for Moshiach to come and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. But isn't there a slight technical problem with that? Currently there is a building which stands on the Temple Mount that belongs to another religion. I somehow can't imagine that they would be willing to give up the real estate and knock down their house of worship to make way for ours... So what's the plan with this?

Answer:

The rebuilding of the Temple is not just about renovating and landscaping. It's a complete renovation of the world's spiritual landscape.

The Messianic era, which we have been waiting for ever since the Temple was destroyed 2000 years ago, will usher in an unprecedented reign of peace. All nations will unite under one G-d with a singular moral purpose. There will be no more war, no famine, and no slow internet. While religious and national identities will remain, the hatred between them will be gone.

No blood need be shed to achieve this. The force of ideas, not the force of weapons, will bring about the redemption. This means some ideologies will need to be adjusted and certain beliefs rejected. But this can be done through introspection from within rather than attacks from without. When truth shines, falsehood falls away.

Sounds impossible? Look at history. Cultures do change. Even religions can reform. Within living memory Germany was a murderous terrorist state, and Japan was a mortal enemy of the west. Those two nations are nothing like that today. Okay, it took losing a World War to get there. But go back a bit further in history. Christianity once condoned the slaughter of non-believers, and that changed without a war. Had you lived in pre-war Germany or medieval Christendom you would have never believed that such change is possible. But it happened.

The Jewish people have always known that the impossible just takes a bit longer. After 2000 years, the time is ripe. We are living in an age of surprises. So don't be surprised if Moshiach comes and renovates the landscape. Those who were previously classified as enemies will become allies. They will willingly and joyously watch the rebuilding of the Temple on its ancient site.

Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss
 
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Well, it seems that we have reached a milestone: The Earth is finally prepared for our concrete pour. It has been a long hard run to this point but G-d willing we should now be out of the dirt and going up!
Shabbat Shalom,
Brent 
 

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Where is My Father's Soul Now?


 
Question of the Week:
 
There is something that has been eating at me since my father's funeral. Immediately after the burial, everyone came to wish me and my family condolences, then after a few minutes, we all left the cemetery. For me this was the hardest moment of the whole day. I felt as if we were leaving my father behind all by himself. Was his soul lonely? Is it as hard for the dead to part from the living as it is for the living to part from the dead? Or has he moved on? What does Judaism say about the soul right after burial?
 
Answer:
 
There is a striking parallel between a soul's journey to its place of rest in heaven, and the grieving process experienced by the mourners down here on earth. Both the departed soul and the loved ones left behind have to walk a slow and measured progression towards a new reality.
 
For seven days after a funeral, the family stay home in mourning, what is called sitting Shiva (Hebrew for the number seven). The kabbalists describe the departed soul during this time as being in a state of flux between the world of the living and the world of the dead. For that week, the soul commutes back and forth from the grave to the house of mourning and back again. It fluctuates, sometimes being in the home with the family, other times returning to the gravesite.
 
This explains the roller coaster of emotions often experienced by grieving relatives. At one moment they feel as if nothing has happened, as if their loved one is about to walk into the room. At the next moment the pain of loss hits, and they feel the void left by the death of their beloved. The pendulum of emotion is a reflection of the to and fro of the soul of the departed. The feeling that he may walk into the room is real, for his soul is there in the home. But then the soul leaves, and the sharp feeling of separation returns in its place.
 
On each day a part of the soul is left behind at the grave, and less of the soul returns to the home, until a week has passed, and the soul stops its commute. It then begins its journey upwards to higher realms. But a part of the soul always remains at the gravesite.
 
After your father's funeral, as the family was leaving the cemetery, you were not leaving your father's soul behind. His soul accompanied you home. Just as you could not let him go all at once, he could not leave you so suddenly either. The Jewish mourning process - seven intense days, thirty days of lesser intensity, and an entire year of subdued remembrance - is not only a way for you to gradually adjust to the new reality, it is a mirror image of the steps your father's soul takes towards reaching final rest.
 
So don't feel guilty as you slowly make your way back into life. It is a sign that your father's soul is finding peace. You will never leave him behind, and he will never leave you.
 
Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss

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A letter of thanks to a door (a message to all)

When you were made more than 30 years ago you were just an ordinary door. You were fitted to an ordinary opening and used in an ordinary manner for a very very long time. You soon became neglected, dirty, rotten and unusable, and you were replaced.
 
By chance someone happened to keep you just in case they needed a spare old door. Then one day you were required for a job and you became a special door. We used you to hold up the concrete foundations. Without foundations we have nothing. You are now part of one of the most important buildings in the Eastern Suburbs.  
 
Let this be a lesson to all the other doors out there. There is always hope. Even when you think you're nothing more than a useless rotten old piece of timber, you just never know what plans Hashem has for you.

Thank you Door for all of your help, we could not have done it without you. And now you'll be laid to rest.  
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Brent 
 

 
 
   

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Can't We Just Have One Restaurant?


 
Question of the Week:

Why are there so many different synagogues in our community? I know of six within a one kilometre radius of my house! Wouldn't it be more economical if we pool our resources into one big shul rather than so many smaller ones?

Answer:

I was just thinking a similar question: Why are there so many restaurants in our neighbourhood? Shouldn't there just be one place to go eat? I have counted a dozen on one street!

Would we be better off with just one big restaurant? I don't think foodies would agree. Some love Thai, others prefer Italian. The formal dining experience in one place suits some, while others seek a casual night out. Family friendly fast food joints will not attract the fine diners, and fancy plates with a tiny little gourmet morsel in the middle will not be popular with hungry adolescents. Vegans don't seem to enjoy steak houses. Carnivores don't always go for quinoa burgers.

The wide choice of restaurants caters to all the varied tastes and moods. There can't be a one-size-fits-all eatery.

It's the same with synagogues. Each one presents Yiddishkeit with a different taste and unique angle. There are Sephardi and Ashkenazi variants, shuls that sing and shuls that don't, informal and intimate communal synagogues and grand pompous ones, kid friendly and mature audience only. Long sermon, short sermon, no sermon. Every community style fills a niche and attracts different souls. Each custom has its customers. This is not factionalism or doubling resources. It is opening doors and giving options.

The Jewish people are made up of twelve tribes. Each had their own slightly different way of praying, and yet were all one people with one common Torah. Even the Temple in Jerusalem had twelve different gates for each tribe to enter in their own way. But everyone ended up in the same Holy Temple. Every shul, with its unique style, is a gateway to that Temple.

Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss
 
PS. The answer above applies to sizable communities with a critical mass that can sustain many shuls. Smaller communities may not have that luxury. Either way, when we are committed to Torah observance and Jewish unity, we can pray all together or in our own communities and remain one people. 
 
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Welcome to our kitchen! Thanks to the clear weather we were able to successfully fit off the plumbing. The black pipes are made of an extremely high grade (and expensive) plastic used in laboratories that can withstand the chemicals and other products and wastes that go through commercial kitchens on a weekly basis.
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Mincha....................................................... 4:50pm
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Kids Program ............................... 10:30am
Shabbos Service............................ 10:00am-12:20pm
Communal Lunch and Farbrengen with special guest Rabbi Mendel Polichenco in honour of the Nefesh Bochrim graduating and receiving their semicha - Mazel Tov!
 
Mincha and with Pirkei Ovos Chapter 1
followed by Seudah Shlishis ........................ 4:40pm
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Brian Schwartz for his late mother Rebecca (Becks) Schwartz
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