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HEAVEN AND EARTH

Water is essential to life. It nourishes, hydrates, cleanses. Rain connects heaven and earth and is rightly called ‘gishmei bracha’, rains of blessings. 

This coming week, on 7th Cheshvan, we begin including a request for rain in the Amidah prayers. The winter season in Israel actually begins at the end of Sukkot, but the whole nation waits a full two weeks to beg Hashem for nourishing rain. Why? 
 
While farmers might rejoice in the downpour, travellers would still be on the road, returning home to the far ends of the land after journeying to Yerushalayim to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. The entire nation waits until the last of the straggling travelers would get home, knowing the inconvenience of rain on the road, before starting to pray for something so essential to their survival. This day of prayer for rain represents Ahavat Yisroel, love of a fellow Jew, being willing to sacrifice your needs for the comforts of a fellow Jew.
 
Cheshvan brings to mind rain as the Flood of Noach took place during this Hebrew month. And the story of the flood is read in this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Noach. How could we say that this rain is a blessing? It was, in fact, set to be a rain of blessing, starting with a trickle, if only the people would have understood the warnings and messages that they needed to be kind and good to each other.  
 
We can, individually and collectively invoke the blessings of Hashem, whether it be via rain or other gifts He sends our way.  
 
One of the ways women can bring the blessings down from Hashem to our people is with candle lighting. By giving charity just before lighting the candles and by praying at that auspicious moment for the welfare of others, we have shown love and caring reminiscent of the farmers of days of old. 
 
Each one of us has a role to play in bringing light to the world through the acts of loving kindness.  
 
📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Noach
5 Cheshvan - October 23
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 7.27pm
SYDNEY - 6.57pmImage attachmentImage attachment

HEAVEN AND EARTH

Water is essential to life. It nourishes, hydrates, cleanses. Rain connects heaven and earth and is rightly called ‘gishmei bracha’, rains of blessings.

This coming week, on 7th Cheshvan, we begin including a request for rain in the Amidah prayers. The winter season in Israel actually begins at the end of Sukkot, but the whole nation waits a full two weeks to beg Hashem for nourishing rain. Why?

While farmers might rejoice in the downpour, travellers would still be on the road, returning home to the far ends of the land after journeying to Yerushalayim to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. The entire nation waits until the last of the straggling travelers would get home, knowing the inconvenience of rain on the road, before starting to pray for something so essential to their survival. This day of prayer for rain represents Ahavat Yisroel, love of a fellow Jew, being willing to sacrifice your needs for the comforts of a fellow Jew.

Cheshvan brings to mind rain as the Flood of Noach took place during this Hebrew month. And the story of the flood is read in this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Noach. How could we say that this rain is a blessing? It was, in fact, set to be a rain of blessing, starting with a trickle, if only the people would have understood the warnings and messages that they needed to be kind and good to each other.

We can, individually and collectively invoke the blessings of Hashem, whether it be via rain or other gifts He sends our way.

One of the ways women can bring the blessings down from Hashem to our people is with candle lighting. By giving charity just before lighting the candles and by praying at that auspicious moment for the welfare of others, we have shown love and caring reminiscent of the farmers of days of old.

Each one of us has a role to play in bringing light to the world through the acts of loving kindness.

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Noach
5 Cheshvan - October 23
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 7.27pm
SYDNEY - 6.57pm
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WE’RE ON OUR WAY
 
It is the custom for many communities to announce this Shabbat, ‘Ve’Yaakov halach le’darko! Yaakov went on his way!’ The mega-infusion of inspiration of Tishrei, leaves us on a spiritual high, celebrating holiday after holiday, experiencing many moments of intense clarity and connection, during candle-lighting, prayer and beyond.
 
The return to everyday life, mundane and ordinary as it is, can leave us feeling stranded. How do we transition, and not lose our deep sense of connection to Hashem?
 
Like Yaakov, our forefather, we go forth to meet our challenges with strength and joy. We take the spiritual boost that Tishrei gives us and use it to propel us into the year, carrying it with us to help us bring the moments of inspiration into our everyday lives.
 
Every Shabbat, as we light our candles and usher in the holy day of peace and joy, we are reminded of the Divine and recenter our lives, the gift of Shabbat giving us constant connection and drawing blessings into the lives of every Jew.
 
Shabbat Shalom, and wishing you a year of growth and blessing!

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Bereisheet
Shabbat Mevorchim Hachodesh Cheshvan
Blessing of the New Month of Cheshvan
28 Tishrei - October 16
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 7.20pm
SYDNEY - 6.51pmImage attachment

WE’RE ON OUR WAY

It is the custom for many communities to announce this Shabbat, ‘Ve’Yaakov halach le’darko! Yaakov went on his way!’ The mega-infusion of inspiration of Tishrei, leaves us on a spiritual high, celebrating holiday after holiday, experiencing many moments of intense clarity and connection, during candle-lighting, prayer and beyond.

The return to everyday life, mundane and ordinary as it is, can leave us feeling stranded. How do we transition, and not lose our deep sense of connection to Hashem?

Like Yaakov, our forefather, we go forth to meet our challenges with strength and joy. We take the spiritual boost that Tishrei gives us and use it to propel us into the year, carrying it with us to help us bring the moments of inspiration into our everyday lives.

Every Shabbat, as we light our candles and usher in the holy day of peace and joy, we are reminded of the Divine and recenter our lives, the gift of Shabbat giving us constant connection and drawing blessings into the lives of every Jew.

Shabbat Shalom, and wishing you a year of growth and blessing!

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Bereisheet
Shabbat Mevorchim Hachodesh Cheshvan
Blessing of the New Month of Cheshvan
28 Tishrei - October 16
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 7.20pm
SYDNEY - 6.51pm
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Yizkor on Shemini Atzeret - What are we remembering?

Chag HaSukkot continues as a holiday of rejoicing, tempered with a little bit of nostalgia on Shemini Atzeret when we reflect on the legacies we have been fortunate to receive by our parents, grandparents and elders before us. Legacies of faith and tradition of strength gained from Torah traditions and a deep connection with G-d.

As we light our Shabbat candles, we remember theirs, and tune in the stories of determination and resilience they tell.

Where did they light their candles? Was it in the beautiful comfort of their traditional homes in freedom or was it under tyranny and in secret? Today we face our own unique challenges. Let’s draw our strength from theirs, and forge on with renewed energy, optimism, and faith passing down the mantle to the younger generation.

See this article about the last days of Sukkot, with the candle lighting blessings: www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1288672/jewish/How-to-Celebrate-Shemini-Atzeret.htm

IMPORTANT: The prohibitions of the holiday are still in effect when we light candles on the second night, so care should be taken to use a pre-existing flame, as creating a new flame by striking a match is forbidden. The candles must be lit AFTER the time printed, NOT BEFORE.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Same’ach!

📜 Candle lighting times for the second days of Sukkot
Erev Shabbat Shemini Atzeret
21 Tishrei - October 9
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 7.14pm
SYDNEY - 6.46pm

Simchat Torah
22 Tishrei - October 10
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 8.13pm
SYDNEY - 7.42pm
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Rosh Chodesh Women's Circle
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This week, ‘Connecting through Candle Lighting’ is honoured to join with ‘Unite with Light’, set on bringing as much light to the world as we can with the power of the Shabbat and holiday candles.

Jewish tradition highlights Sukkot as the festival of joy. Ancient Israel had beautiful festivities, so that according to the Mishna, ‘Anyone who has not seen Simchas Bais Hashoeva (the rejoicing on Sukkot) has never seen real joy...’. As we, the Jewish women, light candles to usher in the holy day, let’s feel the joy in the air and be totally embraced by the Divine Light of the moment, using it to propel us ever forward.

HOLIDAY BLESSINGS

For the Jewish woman, candle lighting represents a unique opportunity to usher in the upcoming holiday with joy and blessing. The blessings recited when lighting the holiday candles is different than for a regular Shabbat, so please take the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the appropriate blessings: www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/209835/jewish/Light-Festival-and-Shabbat-Candles.htm

IMPORTANT: The prohibitions of the holiday are still in effect when we light candles on the second night, so care should be taken to use a pre-existing flame, as creating a new flame by striking a match is forbidden. The candles must be lit AFTER the time printed, NOT BEFORE.

G’mar Tov, Shabbat Shalom and Chag Same’ach!

📜 Erev Shabbat Sukkot
First night Sukkot
14 Tishrei - October 2
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 6.07pm
SYDNEY - 5.41pm

Second night Sukkot
15 Tishrei - October 3
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 7.06pm
SYDNEY - 6.37pm
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