Thursday, September 27, 2012

There's a Branch Right Near You



Question of the Week:

Someone asked me why we wave the Lulav in six directions - right, left, forward, up, down, backward. I didn't really know how to answer. Is there a simple way to explain this?


The four species that we bless on Sukkos correspond to the four letters in G-d's Hebrew name. Waving them in all six directions signifies our faith that G-d is everywhere. Specifically, we are saying that on every level, at every stage of life, in all that happens to us, G-d is there.

Right and left represent Chesed and Gevurah, the power of love and the power of discipline. G-d, like a parent, can be loving and can also be strict. Sometimes G-d's light shines on us and we feel close to Him, other times He seems distant, we feel left in the dark and have to find our own way through. Whether we receive G-d's closeness and love, or whether He gives us space to grow on our own, it is all coming from G-d. He knows exactly what we need, and that's what we get.

Up and down symbolize the highs and lows of life. When we feel we are on top of the world, we need to remember that G-d enabled us to get there. When we feel down in the dumps, we need to have faith that G-d is with us there. There is no success without help, and there is no failure without hope.

Forward and backward stand for the future and the past. We don't know what tomorrow holds, but we have faith that G-d will guide us through whatever lies ahead. And as for the past, all that has happened to us is a part of the plan. All our past experiences, even those that we would rather forget, made us who we are today. We are where we are now because that is exactly where G-d wants us to be. Our entire past was a lead up to this moment. G-d brought you here for a reason.

So the four species are waved around, to recognise that G-d is everywhere, in the good and the bad, in the ups and the downs, in the uncertain future and the turbulent past. And in the middle of all that is you. You are doing the waving. Because G-d will be there for you in all you do, if only you let Him in.

Good Shabbos, 

Rabbi Moss


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Sunday 14 Tishrei / 30 September

Erev Sukkos

8:00am Shachris

5:39pm Candle Lighting

5:50pm Mincha

6:30pm Yomtov Evening Service, first night Sukkos


Monday 15 Tishrei / 1 October

1st Day Sukkos

10:00am Morning service followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah

5:45pm Mincha followed by Divrei Torah

6:35pm Maariv Second night

Candle Lighting for second night must be after 6:35pm


Tuesday 16 Tishrei / 2 October

2nd Day Sukkos

10:00am Morning service followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah

5:45pm Mincha followed by Divrei Torah

6:36pm Motzei Yom Tov


Wednesday and Thursday 17 and 18 Tishrei / 3 and 4 October

Chol Hamoed

7:00am Shachris


Friday 19 Tishrei / 5 October

Chol Hamoed & Erev Shabbos

7:00am Shachris

5:43pm Candle Lighting

5:45pm Mincha

6:00pm Shabbos service followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah


Shabbos 20 Tishrei / 6 October

Shabbos Chol Hamoed

10:00am Morning service followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah

5:15pm Mincha

6:39pm Shabbos ends


Sunday 21 Tishrei / 7 October

Hoshana Rabba

8:00am Shachris

6:44pm Candle Lighting

6:55pm Mincha

7:30pm Shmini Atzeres evening service, followed by Kiddush and Hakofos dancing


Monday 22 Tishrei / 8 October

Shemini Atzeres

10:00am Morning service followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah

6:55pm Mincha

7:30pm SIMCHAS TORAH SERVICE, huge Kiddush and Hakofos dancing till late


Candle Lighting for second night must be after 7:40pm


Tuesday 23 Tishrei / 9 October

Simchas Torah

10:00am Morning service, Kiddush, Hakofos dancing, completing Torah and starting again

2:30pm (approx) Simchas Torah Lunch - $15 per person, $40 per family of four, book by emailing


6:30pm Mincha followed by Farewell to the Yomim Tovim

7:41pm Yom Tov ends


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