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Light and joy - Then and Now
This week’s Parsha is Tetzaveh, translated as command, like the word Mitzvah, ‘commandment’. These words, in fact, come from the root ‘to connect’, showing us that by our positive actions we  
connect with Hashem as well as each other.  
Last week, Terumah, we learnt about uplifting through giving. This week, with the opening verse in Tetzaveh, we learn about connecting in the way we give: ‘… that they bring to you pure olive oil…. for the light (of the Menorah) to burn continuously’.  
We must give of our best, the purest olive oil. Thus we light our inner Menorah while igniting the sparks of others souls. Together as one, we illuminate the world.  
On Purim we can reveal what is hidden, the treasure and light within us.  We connect in unity and bring light, peace and joy revealing the light of G-dliness in the world for all to see and enjoy.
ליהודים היתה אורה ושמחה וששון ויקר
The Jews had light and joy and gladness and honour. Megillat Esther 8.16. 
 והימים האלה נזכרים ונעשים
‘Ánd that these days are remembered and kept in every generation, every family…’ Megillat Esther 9.28
We remember the light and the joy that was then and apply it now. We harness the light of the Parsha together with the light of Purim, leading straight into Shabbat, to peace, light and joy for all. 

📜 Today, Thursday Fast of Esther ends at 8:33 In Melbourne
Friday - Purim and Erev Shabbat 
Candle Lighting times in Australia
MELBOURNE - 7.46pm 
SYDNEY - 7.17pm
Shabbat - Shushan Purim

Extra Reading
When Purim is on a Friday: https://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/649207/jewish/On-a-Friday-Purim-when-do-I-perform-all-the-days-mitzvot.htm
 
How to celebrate Purim: https://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/1362/jewish/How-to-Celebrate-Purim.htm 

For more about the RCWC and our newest project A Significant Day: www.RCWC.org.au

Light and joy - Then and Now
This week’s Parsha is Tetzaveh, translated as 'command', like the word Mitzvah, ‘commandment’. These words, in fact, come from the root ‘to connect’, showing us that by our positive actions we
connect with Hashem as well as each other.
Last week, Terumah, we learnt about uplifting through giving. This week, with the opening verse in Tetzaveh, we learn about connecting in the way we give: ‘… that they bring to you pure olive oil…. for the light (of the Menorah) to burn continuously’.
We must give of our best, the purest olive oil. Thus we light our inner Menorah while igniting the sparks of others' souls. Together as one, we illuminate the world.
On Purim we can reveal what is hidden, the treasure and light within us. We connect in unity and bring light, peace and joy revealing the light of G-dliness in the world for all to see and enjoy.
ליהודים היתה אורה ושמחה וששון ויקר
The Jews had light and joy and gladness and honour. Megillat Esther 8.16.
והימים האלה נזכרים ונעשים
‘Ánd that these days are remembered and kept in every generation, every family…’ Megillat Esther 9.28
We remember the light and the joy that was then and apply it now. We harness the light of the Parsha together with the light of Purim, leading straight into Shabbat, to peace, light and joy for all.

📜 Today, Thursday Fast of Esther ends at 8:33 In Melbourne
Friday - Purim and Erev Shabbat
Candle Lighting times in Australia
MELBOURNE - 7.46pm
SYDNEY - 7.17pm
Shabbat - Shushan Purim

Extra Reading
When Purim is on a Friday: www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/649207/jewish/On-a-Friday-Purim-when-do-I-perform-a...

How to celebrate Purim: www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/1362/jewish/How-to-Celebrate-Purim.htm

For more about the RCWC and our newest project 'A Significant Day': www.RCWC.org.au
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Take a Donation!!
Parshat Terumah begins with - “and you shall take for me a donation.” Herein lies a beautiful message. Though a donor may feel as though he is the giver and the recipient the one who is taking - in truth through this opportunity he has to give, he is in fact receiving the biggest gift. He is receiving the gift of joy, purpose and meaning. What could be greater?!

The Gift of Time
The RCWC has launched a new project and with it an opportunity to sign up for ‘an hour a week - an hour a month’ as a volunteer so that we can continue to Empower. Nurture. Connect. - and grow and expand with a cross section of volunteers who enjoy communal involvement in a  variety of areas, big or small.  There is something just for you, give us a try!  For more about our Sunday Lunch Rosh Chodesh Nissan Event see our flyer and our latest newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/f7a0bde2fb8b/rosh-chodesh-adar. For expressions of interest: https://rcwc.org.au/contact-us/ 

Positions Available
In addition, we have several very part time positions available for women in the community to apply for. The suitable candidate would need to be enthusiastic about our mission - https://rcwc.org.au/about/ - and be knowledgeable in the area of technology and general admin.  An interest in social media would be helpful.   

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Terumah
Zachor - Special Reading
7 Adar - February 19
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 7.55pm
SYDNEY - 7.25pmImage attachmentImage attachment

Take a Donation!!
Parshat Terumah begins with - “and you shall take for me a donation.” Herein lies a beautiful message. Though a donor may feel as though he is the giver and the recipient the one who is taking - in truth through this opportunity he has to give, he is in fact receiving the biggest gift. He is receiving the gift of joy, purpose and meaning. What could be greater?!

The Gift of Time
The RCWC has launched a new project and with it an opportunity to sign up for ‘an hour a week - an hour a month’ as a volunteer so that we can continue to Empower. Nurture. Connect. - and grow and expand with a cross section of volunteers who enjoy communal involvement in a variety of areas, big or small. There is something just for you, give us a try! For more about our Sunday Lunch Rosh Chodesh Nissan Event see our flyer and our latest newsletter: mailchi.mp/f7a0bde2fb8b/rosh-chodesh-adar. For expressions of interest: rcwc.org.au/contact-us/

Positions Available
In addition, we have several very part time positions available for women in the community to apply for. The suitable candidate would need to be enthusiastic about our mission - rcwc.org.au/about/ - and be knowledgeable in the area of technology and general admin. An interest in social media would be helpful.

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Terumah
Zachor - Special Reading
7 Adar - February 19
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 7.55pm
SYDNEY - 7.25pm
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Joy through Giving
by Mousia Antian

This week we enter the month of Adar which is a time of added happiness. Through observing the conduct of Purim we can come to understand what we define happiness as.

Happiness is not simply a feeling of having and enjoying what we have been blessed with.  It is closely connected with sharing and giving and thus spreading the happiness and the blessings. Hence on Purim, we occupy ourselves with giving.  

Interestingly, this week we read a special Parsha, Shekalim, and we remember the concept that no person is ever whole. One achieves completion by constantly giving and sharing.

On a similar note the Torah Reading of the week, Parshat Mishpatim, discusses the nitty gritty rules of litigation and interpersonal laws. By perfecting our conduct with our friends we attain real joy.

May we all be blessed with a joyous month!

Moussia Antian, Melbourne born mother of three, has  passion in Jewish mysticism and writing and connecting Torah concepts to self growth.  At present she is involved in a mobile library project, Jewish outreach and enjoys raising her children. She has recently started helping the RCWC.Image attachmentImage attachment

Joy through Giving
by Mousia Antian

This week we enter the month of Adar which is a time of added happiness. Through observing the conduct of Purim we can come to understand what we define happiness as.

Happiness is not simply a feeling of having and enjoying what we have been blessed with. It is closely connected with sharing and giving and thus spreading the happiness and the blessings. Hence on Purim, we occupy ourselves with giving.

Interestingly, this week we read a special Parsha, Shekalim, and we remember the concept that no person is ever whole. One achieves completion by constantly giving and sharing.

On a similar note the Torah Reading of the week, Parshat Mishpatim, discusses the nitty gritty rules of litigation and interpersonal laws. By perfecting our conduct with our friends we attain real joy.

May we all be blessed with a joyous month!

Moussia Antian, Melbourne born mother of three, has passion in Jewish mysticism and writing and connecting Torah concepts to self growth. At present she is involved in a mobile library project, Jewish outreach and enjoys raising her children. She has recently started helping the RCWC.
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The Living Shall Take to Heart
Today is the yahrzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka the wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Mendachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memories. Due to her humility she chose to remain out of the limelight, yet her greatness was evident in her every action of bravery, of sacrifice, of sensitive caring and concern for others. Although a scholar of note with a regal bearing and position in life, all felt comfortable in her presence, that they mattered, feeling heard and understood.

Similarly in our Parsha it says, “and it was the day after; Moshe went down from the mountain, he began to judge the people.” Although Moshe reached the pinnacle of closeness with G-d having just been with G-d on the mountain for 40 days until Yom Kippur it did not make him complacent or detached from the nation. The very next day he sat among the people and began the ongoing task of guiding, clarifying and adjudicating in all manner of Torah law to individuals who sought his counsel.
As the Lubavitcher Rebbe said after the passing of his wife: And the living shall take to heart. When we emulate the ways of truly great and noble people to care for the individual even with hands-on routine daily tasks, then we have perpetuated their memory and brought light and joy into the world.
This Shabbat when we bless the new month of Adar with increasing joy, we invite you to be part of the RCWC and its joyful activities. To find out which positions are available (some urgently) at the RCWC or how you can donate time - ‘an hour a week,an hour a month’ please contact us via Facebook or via our website www.RCWC.org.au.

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Yitro
23 Shevat - February 5
Shabbat Mevorchim Hachodesh Adar
Blessing of the New Month of Adar
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 8.11pm
SYDNEY - 7.39pm
Have a joyful Shabbos
From the team at the RCWC
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FRUIT AND SONG
 
FRUIT: Today is Tu B’Shvat, New Year for Trees, a day which expresses love of the produce of Israel and the land of Israel itself.
Who was in the forefront of their love of the land? 
The women!
How do we know that?
There were five courageous sisters who approached Moshe Rabeinu (Moses our Leader) for a share in the inheritance of the land of Israel because they had no brothers.  Moshe was unsure how to deal with this situation but Hashem unequivocally agreed with the sisters.  The Torah records this story in its details to champion women’s sense of justice and love of Israel. 

SONG: The Israelites rejoiced with song after they crossed the Red Sea in the Exodus from Egypt.
Who was in the forefront with the joy of redemption? 
The women!
How do we know that?
This week’s Parsha, Beshalach, tells us that after Moses and the children of Israel sang their song, “Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the tambourine in her hand; and all the women followed her with tambourines and dances. And Miriam called to them: ‘Sing to G-d, for He is most exalted… ’’ It was Miriam, with women’s capacity for endurance and faith as exhibited throughout the exile, who led the women with even greater joy than the men with the addition of the tambourines, the symbols of their faith.
 
We, the Jewish Women, have inherited the love of Israel, love of our Jewish people, trust in Hashem, faith and hope for a better tomorrow, a deep joy and appreciation for life and so much more.  Let us rejoice!  
Candle Lighting this week for Parshat Beshalach, Shabbat Shira
MELBOURNE - 8.18pm
SYDNEY - 7.44pm
Joyful Shabbat wishes
www.RCWC.org.au 
 
For more reading from the Chabad.org library: 
Tu b’Shvat and the environment: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/255536/jewish/The-Unity-and-Purposefulness-of-Creation.htm
About Shabbat Shira and Women: https://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/3587054/jewish/On-the-Haftarah-The-Greatness-of-Jewish-Women.htmImage attachmentImage attachment

FRUIT AND SONG

FRUIT: Today is Tu B’Shvat, New Year for Trees, a day which expresses love of the produce of Israel and the land of Israel itself.
Who was in the forefront of their love of the land?
The women!
How do we know that?
There were five courageous sisters who approached Moshe Rabeinu (Moses our Leader) for a share in the inheritance of the land of Israel because they had no brothers. Moshe was unsure how to deal with this situation but Hashem unequivocally agreed with the sisters. The Torah records this story in its details to champion women’s sense of justice and love of Israel.

SONG: The Israelites rejoiced with song after they crossed the Red Sea in the Exodus from Egypt.
Who was in the forefront with the joy of redemption?
The women!
How do we know that?
This week’s Parsha, Beshalach, tells us that after Moses and the children of Israel sang their song, “Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the tambourine in her hand; and all the women followed her with tambourines and dances. And Miriam called to them: ‘Sing to G-d, for He is most exalted…' ’’ It was Miriam, with women’s capacity for endurance and faith as exhibited throughout the exile, who led the women with even greater joy than the men with the addition of the tambourines, the symbols of their faith.

We, the Jewish Women, have inherited the love of Israel, love of our Jewish people, trust in Hashem, faith and hope for a better tomorrow, a deep joy and appreciation for life and so much more. Let us rejoice!
Candle Lighting this week for Parshat Beshalach, Shabbat Shira
MELBOURNE - 8.18pm
SYDNEY - 7.44pm
Joyful Shabbat wishes
www.RCWC.org.au

For more reading from the Chabad.org library:
Tu b’Shvat and the environment: www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/255536/jewish/The-Unity-and-Purposefulness-of-Creation.htm
About Shabbat Shira and Women: www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/3587054/jewish/On-the-Haftarah-The-Greatness-of-Jewish-Wom...
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