Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Raining in the Sukkah

Question of the Week:

 If it rains during Sukkos, we don't have to sit in the Sukkah, correct? So why have I seen people who continue to sit in the Sukkah, even when it is pouring?

Answer:

Sitting in the Sukkah is the only mitzvah that if you're bothered by it, you're exempt from it. Usually, even if a mitzvah is hard, you have to do it. Like fasting on Yom Kippur. Some people are bothered by not eating or drinking for 25 hours. But you still have to do it. And yet if sitting in the Sukkah bothers you, like in wet weather, you can leave the Sukkah and eat inside the house. 

But many will never eat out of the Sukkah, no matter what the weather is. For them, eating inside in a dry home would bother them more than eating outside in a leaking Sukkah. When you understand what the Sukkah is, you'll see why.

The Sukkah is a holy space. You are sitting in a divine abode, under the heavens, with the stars shining down on you, surrounded by angels and the souls of our forefathers. Our sages teach that we are only worthy enough to enter the Sukkah straight after Yom Kippur, when our souls have been cleansed and we are at our spiritual peak. And the mystics say that the Sukkah may look like a hut made out of wood and branches, but in truth it is a made of holy names of G-d.

The weather may be a little unpleasant, it may be a little squashy in there, and your palm allergy may be flaring up. But the inner serenity, the love and feeling of connection with those around you, the sense of being embraced by G-d, all that should override any physical discomfort. If you're still not enjoying the Sukkah, then you're not really in the Sukkah in the first place, and you can go inside. But if you know what your missing, you won't want to leave.

There are moments when we are called upon to transcend the material world. Sitting in the Sukkah is one of those moments. A little rain, or even a lot, can't stop that.

Good Yomtov,
Rabbi Moss

NOTE: On the first night of Sukkos, even if it is pouring with rain, we make Kiddush and eat a piece of Challah in the Sukkah according to all customs.

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NEFESH SUKKOS SERVICES
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Erev Sukkos
Wednesday 4 October 2017
Light Candles....... 6:42pm
(Remember Eruv Tavshilin)
Mincha ................ 6:45pm
Evening service .... 7:00pm
Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah sponsored by Tom Moss, Ron Moss & Kathy Penn in honour of their father's yahrzeit Leslie Moss - Mordechai ben Aron Halevi a"h on 9 Tishrei- Long Life
 
First Day Sukkos
Thursday 5 October, 2017
Morning service ...  10:00am
Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah sponsored by Peter Irving and Libby Moss in honour of the Yorztheits of their late great-grandmother, Leah Bernhardt  on 6 Tishrei/ 26 September, and late father Henry Irving, Tzvi ben Reuven on 20 Tishrei/ 10 October- Long Life
 
Light Candles ................................. after 7:38pm
Mincha .......................................... 6:45pm
Evening service............................... 7:00pm
Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah
 
Second Day Sukkos
Friday 6 October, 2017
Morning service ..... 10am
Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah sponsored by Shirley Sher in honour of her father, Samuel Smulowitz Ben Chava's yortzheit on 15 Tishrei- Long Life. 
 
Candlelighting...................... 6:43pm (*Earliest 5:46pm)
Friday Night Evening Service.. 6:30pm
Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah sponsored in honour of the Bat Mitzvah of Lila Greenberg- Mazal Tov!
 
Shabbos Chol HaMoed Sukkos
Shabbos, 7 October, 2017
Shabbos Morning Service...... 10:00am- 12:20pm
Children's program.............. 10:45am
Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah sponsored by the Assouline family
 
Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishis ......  6:40pm
Gematria and story by Rev Amzalak....... 7:00pm
Shiur with Rabbi Moss........................... 7:20pm
Shabbos ends and Maariv.......................7:40pm
Followed by Havdalah
SIMCHAS TORAH
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One of the highlights of the Nefesh year is Simchas Torah, this year on Thursday night October 12 and Friday October 13.

Thursday 7:15pm Evening service
Huge Kiddush, Dancing, Somersaults, Festive meal, Dancing.

Friday 10am Morning service
Huge Kiddush, Dancing, Ending and beginning Torah, Festive Meal.

Special honours for the day:
Chosson Torah (last call up of the entire Torah) $1800 SOLD
Chosson Bereishis (first call up of the new reading) $900 SOLD
Chosson Kol Hanearim (call up with all the children) $770 SOLD
Chosson Maftir (final call up of the day) $360 SOLD
Hagbaah x2 (lifting the Torahs) $180 AVAILABLE
 
We are doing a second Kids Hakofos and Torah reading on the afternoon of Simchas Torah. Honours available:
Chosson Torah (last call up of the entire Torah) $500 AVAILABLE
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Kiddush sponsors: $180 x 10

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Together with Nechama Dina, I wish you a meaningful and easy fast, may you be sealed in the book of life for a year of abundant good!
Rabbi Moss

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SHABBOS SERVICES TIMES AND COMMUNITY INFO 
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Erev Yom Kippur
Friday, 29 September, 2017 |9 Tishrei 5777
Mincha..................... 3:00pm
Candle Lighting......... 5:38pm 
Fast begins............... 5:38pm
Kol Nidrei Service...... 6:00pm- 8:00pm
Children's Service...... 6:00pm
 
Yom Kippur
Shabbos Day 30 September | 10 Tishrei 5777
Morning Service......... 9:30am
Children's Program.... 10:30am
Yizkor...................... 12:15pm
 
Mincha........................... 4:20pm
Neilah............................ 5:20pm
Final Shofar.................... 6:34pm
Yom Kippur & Fast ends.... 6:34pm
Followed by Maariv & Havdalah
 
WEEKDAY SHACHARIS SERVICES
Sunday ................................... 7:00am
Mon - Wednesday...................... 7:00am
SEE BELOW FOR SUKKOS TIMES
Latest Shema this week.............. 8:44am
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
Yvonne Coburn......... 11 Tishrei/ Sunday 1 October
Amielle Hedges......... 11 Tishrei/ Sunday 1 October
Joshua Lever............ 16 Tishrei/ Friday 6 October
 
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO
Todd Gothelf & Suzy Moss 13 Tishrei/ Tuesday 3 October
 
LONG LIFE TO
Tauba Tanchum for her late mother Rose Kaplan
Rose bat Avraham... 13 Tishrei/ Tuesday 3 October
Magda Schaffer for her late father
Chayim Ben Avraham... 13 Tishrei/Tuesday 3 Oct
Libby Moss & Peter Irving for their late father Henry Irving, 
Tzvi ben Reuven ...20 Tishrei/ Tuesday 10 October

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NEFESH SUKKOS SERVICES
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Erev Sukkos
Wednesday 4 October 2017
Light Candles....... 6:42pm
(Remember Eruv Tavshilin)
Mincha ................ 7:00pm
Evening service .... 7:30pm
Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah sponsored by Tom Moss, Ron Moss & Kathy Penn in honour of their father's yahrzeit Leslie Moss (Mordechai ben Aron) on 9 Tishrei- Long Life
 
First Day Sukkos
Thursday 5 October, 2017
Morning service ...  10:00am
Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah sponsored by Peter Irving and Libby Moss in honour of the Yorztheits of their late great-grandmother, Leah Bernhardt  on 6 Tishrei/ 26 September, and late father Henry Irving, Tzvi ben Reuven on 20 Tishrei/ 10 October- Long Life
 
Light Candles ................................. after 7:38pm
Mincha .......................................... 7:00pm
Evening service............................... 7:30pm
Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah
 
Second Day Sukkos
Friday 6 October, 2017
Morning service ..... 10am
Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah - (2 x sponsors still needed @ $200 ea)
 
Candlelighting...................... 6:43pm (*Earliest 5:46pm)
Friday Night Evening Service.. 6:30pm
Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah sponsored in honour of the Bat Mitzvah of Lila Greenberg- Mazal Tov!
 
Shabbos Chol HaMoed Sukkos
Shabbos, 7 October, 2017
In depth Parsha Class............ 9:00am
Children's program.............. 10:45am
Shabbos Morning Service...... 10:00am- 12:20pm
Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah - (2 x sponsors still needed @ $200 ea)
 
Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishis ......  6:40pm
Gematria and story by Rev Amzalak....... 7:00pm
Shiur with Rabbi Moss........................... 7:20pm
Shabbos ends and Maariv.......................7:40pm
Followed by Havdalah
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Are You Pregnant? Me Too...


Question of the Week:
 
I was wondering about the Torah readings on Rosh Hashanah. Why do we read about our matriarch Sarah giving birth at age 90? I love that story but I don't see the direct connection to Rosh Hashanah?

Answer:

We are all pregnant. Everyone of us.

Every person has within a life that is waiting to emerge. We have ideas, dreams, ambitions and yearnings within our souls. Some have been there for years and not yet come to the surface.

There are so many reasons why we haven't given birth to our dreams. We lack the confidence in ourselves, or listen too much to the discouragement of others. We tried and failed too many times, or we are scared to change the status quo.

But you can't just stay pregnant forever. You need to give birth to your potential. There comes a time when you have to look at all the obstacles, assess all the risks, face all the fears, and say YOU CAN ALL GO JUMP. I'M DOING THIS.

This is the symbolism of the different sounds of the shofar. We do a long blast called Tekiah, followed by broken wails called Shevarim-Teruah, and then finally a long solid blast called Tekiah Gedolah. The first blast represents our vision, our dream, the deep calling of our soul. The broken blasts are the obstacles stopping us from fulfilling the dream. The final long blast is when we break through and in spite of everything standing in our way, we take a leap and give birth to the dream.

Rosh Hashanah is the time for all this because Rosh Hashanah is a new beginning. Maybe I failed in the past. Maybe I never tried. It doesn't matter. Today's a new day, a new year and a new world. Today's the day for giving birth. Listen to the shofar and make it happen.

So do it. Change your lifestyle. Write the book. Pop the question. Have the baby. Our mother Sarah  gave birth at age 90. It's not too late for you.

Good Shabbos and a sweet new year!
Rabbi Moss

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SHABBOS SERVICES TIMES AND COMMUNITY INFO 
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Friday, 15 September, 2017 |24 Elul 5777
Candle Lighting................. 5:29pm 
Mincha............................. 5:40pm
Friday Evening Service....... 6:00pm
Kiddush sponsored by the Moss family in honour of Libby's birthday- Mazal Tov!
 
Shabbos, 16 September, 2017 | 25 Elul 5777
In depth Parsha class......... 9:00am
Children's program........... 10:45am
Shabbos Morning Service 
with Bar Mitzvahs of Aron & Mendel Sufrin  10:00am- 12:20pm 
Followed by Kiddush in honour of the Bar Mitzvahs of Mendel & Aron Sufrin- Mazal Tov!
 
Mincha with Pirkei Ovos Ch 5 & 6
followed by Seudah Shlishis ............  5:25pm
Gematria and story by Rev Amzalak...5:45pm
Shiur with Rabbi Moss.......... ............6:05pm
Shabbos ends and Maariv................. 6:24pm
Followed by Havdalah
Farbrengen - Sushi, Stories and Song 10pm
Selichos service 11:50pm-12:20am
 
WEEKDAY SHACHARIS SERVICES
Sunday. .....................................8:00am
Mon - Tue (Selichos).....................6:40am
Wednesday................................. 6:30am
Latest Shema this week................8:50am
 
MAZAL TOV TO
Rabbi Chanoch & Sarah Chana Sufrin and their families on the occasion of Aron & Mendel's Bar Mitzvahs!
Israel and Girgee Barukh and family on the wedding of Dinah to Ben Lobel!
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
Nisan Krimhand.. 25 Elul/ Saturday 16 September
Lior Hedges........ 28 Elul/ Tuesday 19 September
Eli Jones............ 29 Elul/ Wednesday 20 September
Brian Schwartz. ..29 Elul/ Wednesday 20 September
 
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO
Andrew & Lee-Anne Whitten. 26 Elul/ Sun 17 Sept

LONG LIFE TO
Jeanette Kidron for her late father Ken Sorger
Menachem Mendel ben Jacob.................... 25 Elul/ Saturday 16 September
David Conway & Jeffrey Conway for their late mother Suzanne Conway
Rivka bat Yisrael .................................... 25 Elul/ Saturday 16 September
David Conway & Jeffrey Conway for their late father Lawrence Conway Eliazer ben Yehuda ha'Cohen            27 Elul/ Monday 18 September
Mark Gindin & Faina Strier for their late mother Yevgenia Gindin
Hannah bat Leib ...................................28 Elul/ Tuesday 19 September
Reverend Amzalak for his late mother Fanny Amzalak,
Fanny bat Yitzchak .................................28 Elul/ Tuesday 19 September
Anne Sarzin for her late grandmother Fanny Lev,  
Feige ....................................................29 Elul/ Wednesday 20 September
 
CAN YOU HELP US SET UP FOR YOM TOV?
 
Please email RabbiSufrin@nefesh.com.au if you can lend a hand to set up Nefesh for Rosh Hashana, or in a few weeks' time for Sukkos.

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NEFESH HIGH HOLYDAYS SERVICES
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Erev Rosh Hashana
Wednesday 20 September, 2017 remember eruv tavshilin
Light Candles ................................... 5:31pm
Mincha ............................................ 5:40pm
Rosh Hashana evening Service: .......... 6:00-6:30pm
 
First Day Rosh Hashana
Thursday 21 September, 2017 
Morning Service: .............................. 9:00am - 1:00pm
Children's Program, ages 0-12 yrs: ......10:30am 
Sermon followed by Shofar: ............... 11:00am
 
Late Shofar Blowing .......................  5:00pm
Mincha............................................ 5:00pm followed by Tashlich
Evening Service............................... 6:30pm 
 
Second Day Rosh Hashana
Friday 22 September, 2017
Morning Service: ................................ 9:00 am - 1:00pm
Children's Program, ages 0-12 yrs:....... 10:30am
Sermon followed by Shofar: ................ 11:00am
 
Candlelighting.................................. 5:33pm
Mincha ................... ....................... 5:40pm
Friday Night Evening Service.............. 6:00pm





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