ISRAELI RESPONSE TO OBAMA this Sunday at Nefesh - see below
Question of the Week:
I often hear rabbis complain that the Jewish people is shrinking due to intermarriage and assimilation. But it is you rabbis who are the major obstacle to Judaism growing! If you would make conversion a bit easier, many more non-Jews would join us. Why do you stubbornly insist on a long and difficult conversion process, when you are closing the door to many potential converts?
I would like to nominate you to be the next Secretary General of the UN. You have come up with a brilliant formula that could greatly benefit the world.
You argue that the Jewish people would grow if only it were easier to become Jewish. Let's apply that logic to some other world issues, and most of our problems could easily be solved.
- Poverty could be reduced immediately. Simply lower the poverty line.
- There would be many more millionaires around if you didn't need so much money to be one.
- The crime rates would drop dramatically if we just legalise criminal activity.
- If we dropped the life-expectancy age from 70 down to 50, people would on average live much longer.
Either Judaism is truth, or it is not. If it is truth, then truth can't be saved by diluting it. And if it isn't, why bother saving it at all?
The road to conversion is a challenging one. Jewish law doesn't make it easy to convert, because becoming a Jew is a serious commitment. If someone is not ready for that commitment, then they shouldn't convert.
But bending the laws to allow quickie conversions makes a joke of the whole thing. If a law can be bent, then what significance does it have in the first place? To paraphrase Marx (Groucho that is): "I would never join a club that changed the rules to let me in."
SHAVUOS ALL-NIGHTER AT NEFESH ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Celebrate the giving of the Torah at our all night learning program. Come for part or come for the whole night, there will be coffee and cake and plenty of inspiration
First night Shavuos, Tuesday June 7 at Nefesh, 54 Roscoe St Bondi Beach
9pm - 9:45pm Tales of Another World with R' Aaron Amzalak
10pm - 10:45pm Hair! - a mystical study of locks, tresses, curls and manes with Rabbi Moss
11pm - 11:45pm Souls that Were Never Lost
the surprise resurgence of Jewish identity in Europe today
with international guest speaker Zev Nagel
Former speechwriter for Ambassador Dan Gillerman at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN, Zev was recently appointed by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee as one of the Ralph I. Goldman Fellows in International Jewish Service. As a Fellow, Zev will serve in multiple locations around the world, and is currently in the midst of his first placement in Budapest, Hungary.
1am - 2:30am Guided Talmudic study - hands on grappling with a text
2:30am - 4am Ask the rabbi - you won't believe what comes up at this time of night
4am - 5am Short speeches from community members (more volunteers needed)
Meet the Artist Saturday June 18
NEFESH SERVICES - 54 Roscoe St Bondi Beach
4:50pm Mincha followed by shiur
6:30pm - 7:15pm Shabbos Service followed by Kiddush sponsored by Lynette Masters in honour of her parents Margaret and Bede both turning 80 this year - Mazel tov!
9am Class on Weekly Parsha 10am -12:15pm Morning Service with kids program followed by Kiddush sponsored by Sassoon, Adee and Moshe Hai Moses in honour of the first Yorzheit of their wife and mother Matilda Moses z"l - long life
Mincha 4:35pm followed by Seudah Shlishis sposnored by the Barukh and Caustill families in honour of the Yorzheit of Mrs Esther Malka bat Yakov Caustill z"l - long life
Shabbos ends 5:36pm
8am Shachris followed by beginners Talmud and breakfast