Thursday, December 10, 2009

Do You Really Need a Change of Scenery?

NOTE: Tonight Mincha 6pm, go home to light Chanukah Candles and Shabbos Candles after 6:30pm, Shabbos service and lighting in shul 7pm
Question of the Week:
My life has come to a standstill. I'm bored at work, and my relationship is going nowhere. I think I need a change of scenery. Should I move away, or do you think a career change will be enough?
There's only one problem with changing scenery. Wherever you go, you'll still be there. Even if everything around you changes - your address, your job, your partner, your car - as long as you are the same old you, you will be living the same old life.
The human soul has a deep need for growth. Stagnation is poison to the soul. What was good enough yesterday is insufficient for today, and the me of the past will not satisfy us in the future. We need to be constantly adding new insights, facing new challenges and charting new territory. To achieve this, we need not go anywhere. We need just to look inside ourselves and change our inner scenery.
You don't need a career move. You need a soul move. Embark on some new challenges in your spiritual life. Go and buy an inspiring and meaningful book and read a little every day. Feed your mind with new ideas. Challenge yourself to work on a character weakness, like being more patient with your kids or with your parents, or thinking before you speak. Take on a new mitzvah, like putting on Tefillin in the morning or saying a blessing before and after eating.
The changes need not be big and dramatic, but they must be consistent. We learn this lesson from the Chanukah candles.
On the first night of Chanukah we light one candle, on the second two, and we continue to add one new candle each night, until the eighth and final night when we light eight candles. This means that what was enough yesterday is not enough today. If on the fourth night of Chanukah I light four candles, I have fulfilled the mitzvah perfectly. But if I light the same four candles on the fifth night, I am lacking, I have fallen behind. Every new day requires another new candle.
If you aren't growing spiritually, if you haven't added more light, you are stagnating and falling. Not even a new iPhone can fill that void. But if you just add one candle, a single spiritual challenge and one solitary step further in your soul journey, then you have changed from within, and the whole world changes with you.
Good Shabbos and Happy Chanukah,
Rabbi Moss

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*Create and decorate your very own Menorah* Chanukah games and songs* Sufganyot/donuts and Chocolate coins*
For children ages 3-9, $5 per child
Sunday December 13, 3:00-4:30pm at Nefesh 54 Roscoe St Bondi Beach
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First Session: 10am - 11 am.  A choice of:
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Friday Dec 25 - Thursday Dec 31  The Mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem - What can and cant you endanger your life for Torah observance? with Rabbi Michoel Gourarie
Women's Shiurim: at 47 Bellevue Rd, in the dining room
Friday, Dec 25 "The Meeting" - Insights into Parshas Vayigash, with Dina Gourarie
Monday, Dec 28 Tzelofchod's daughters - Five women in their forties find their soulmates, with Nechama Dina Moss
Tuesday, Dec 29 Yaakovs Life- Insights into Parshas Vayechi, with Dina Gourarie
Wednesday, Dec 30 Developing your Character - Why is it necessary and how to go about it, with Renee Mill
Thursday, Dec 31 Women Passive and Active - A closer look at Chanukah, Purim and Pesach, with Dr Lionee Jacobs
Bet You Didn't Know For Men & Women: at 47 Bellevue Rd, in the family room.  All lectures by Rabbi Aron Moss
Friday, Dec 25 Yizkor - Its history and meeting
Monday, Dec 28 Meat and Fish - Why can't we mix them?
Tuesday, Dec 29 Crypto Jews - Those who kept the faith under wraps
Wednesday, Dec 30 Tzedakah - The limits of Charity
Thursday, Dec 31 The Rabbi Who Became a Heretic

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Topical Lectures for men and women
Friday, Dec 25 Polygamy - Why one wife wasn't enough? with Rabbi Aron Moss
Monday, Dec 28 "My Name is..." - Exploring the origins and custom of Jewish names and surnames, with Rabbi Michoel Gourarie
Tuesday, Dec 29 "Missionary Impossible" - Understanding the threat of missionaries today, with Rabbi Eli Cohen
Thursday, Dec 31 Speaking of Angels - A five step plan to get a little more out of life, with David Shaw
Friday, Jan 1 The South African Takeover - Should Sydney become the next Jo'berg?
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Rabbi Aron Moss: Negative
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