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See and Choose
On the very Shabbat that we bless the new month of Elul, we are told to open our eyes and see clearly the many blessings that Hashem has bestowed upon us and to choose the path towards a meaningful life. This is a timely Elul message as we embark on our preparations for the New Year. Gratitude leads to kindness and positive action and to choosing the ways of Torah.
It is also a timely message for us at the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle as we approach our AGM with gratitude and ‘choose life’ with the light of Torah and Mitzvot for the coming year.
Will you join us?
Have a look and ‘see’ what we are doing and what we are trying to achieve. Although our website is currently undergoing updating, we invite you to take a few moments to get to know the RCWC and to contact us via our website. rcwc.org.au/
Please ‘choose’ us for your communal activities and together let us herald in a New Year of ‘Life’ filled with blessings and light as exemplified by our special mitzvah of candle lighting.
Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov!
📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Re’eh
Shabbat Mevorchim Hachodesh Elul
Blessing of the New Month of Elul
24 Menachem Av - August 14
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 5.26pm
SYDNEY - 5.07pm
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Although it is only commemorated as a minor festival now, the Mishna tells us that Tu B’Av (fifteenth of Av) was so festive that no festival was greater. Kabbalah states: "The greatness of the Fifteenth of Av is that it coincides with the full moon." But what about the other festivals that coincide with the full moon such as Pesach and Sukkot?
We know that it was celebrated as a matchmaking day; a day when young women danced and celebrated. Although a young couple setting up a Jewish home is cause for celebration, it still doesn’t explain it.
Kabbalah seems to be saying that somehow the fifteenth of Av captures the essence of the full moon more than any other festival. Each month in our Jewish lunar calendar begins on Rosh Chodesh when the new moon becomes visible, which in itself is a cause for celebration, especially for women. Women see the potential of the tiniest of beginnings and value the goodness that can come out of it with nurture and care. The moon progresses and grows and by mid-month the full moon represents the full potential of all that the month has to offer. Each month has a quality uniquely of its own and on the 15th that quality is fully expressed and signifies an occasion of special power.
The uniqueness of Av is that the full moon is preceded by the greatest darkness of exile culminating in Tisha B’Av and as our Sages teach "greater is the light that emerges from darkness."
Tu B’Av is a full moon that has yet to shine in its fullest glory. But it will. The very women that celebrate Rosh Chodesh as a day of potential will be instrumental in bringing that potential into fruition and rejoice and dance on Tu B’Av once again.
Our mitzvah of candle lighting with joy in our hearts and a prayer on our lips, preceded by tzedaka, whether lighting on time or a few calm moments early, will help bring the full luminosity of the moon closer and closer as our Shabbat lights spread further and further.
📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Eikev
17 Menachem Av - August 7
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 5.20pm
SYDNEY - 5.02pm

For further reading on Tu B’Av read: The 15th of Av: Love and Rebirth www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/53680/jewish/15th-of-Av.htm
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CONNECTING through CANDLE LIGHTING
This Shabbat, after the sad ‘three weeks’ culminating with Tisha B’Av, called Shabbat Nachamu, is a Shabbat of comfort beginning the seven weeks of consolation leading up to the High Holidays.  
Nachamu, Nachamu Ami…. ‘be comforted’ says Hashem in the Haftorah for this week from the Book of Isaiah.
How are we comforted?
The double wording of comfort, that Hashem will comfort us both for the future and for the past is reassuring.  Pains of the past will be erased and the future will be bright. May we openly see and feel deeply this comfort in a way that leaves no doubt that good times are beginning.
Another way of looking at it is that these words regarding comfort are a directive to us to  comfort each other.  With loving kindness to others we can bring light and hope to any dark moments. Both in a spiritual and practical sense too, the lighting of the Shabbat candles, accompanied by prayers and charity, serves as a comfort and a connection to Hashem and to each other, bringing solace and light to our hearts.   

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Va’etchanan Shabbat Nachamu
 10 Menachem Av - July 31
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 5.14pm
SYDNEY - 4.57pm

CONNECTING through CANDLE LIGHTING
This Shabbat, after the sad ‘three weeks’ culminating with Tisha B’Av, called Shabbat Nachamu, is a Shabbat of comfort beginning the seven weeks of consolation leading up to the High Holidays.
Nachamu, Nachamu Ami…. ‘be comforted’ says Hashem in the Haftorah for this week from the Book of Isaiah.
How are we comforted?
The double wording of comfort, that Hashem will comfort us both for the future and for the past is reassuring. Pains of the past will be erased and the future will be bright. May we openly see and feel deeply this comfort in a way that leaves no doubt that good times are beginning.
Another way of looking at it is that these words regarding comfort are a directive to us to comfort each other. With loving kindness to others we can bring light and hope to any dark moments. Both in a spiritual and practical sense too, the lighting of the Shabbat candles, accompanied by prayers and charity, serves as a comfort and a connection to Hashem and to each other, bringing solace and light to our hearts.

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Va’etchanan Shabbat Nachamu
10 Menachem Av - July 31
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 5.14pm
SYDNEY - 4.57pm
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New Beginnings
Every Month is a new beginning, an opportunity for introspection and growth utilising the special powers of the month.  What special powers would a month like Av have? The attachment name to this month, the word ‘Menachem’ which means ‘comfort’, empowers us with an awareness that Hashem is with us, providing hope and consolation. Our Sages taught that the saddest day of the month and of the year, Tisha B’Av itself, will undergo a total transformation and become a holiday.  Hence, the prayer of sorrow, Tachanun, is not recited on Tisha B’Av just like it is not recited on Shabbat and all the festivals. 
Another new beginning: Last week we completed the Sefer of Bamidbar in the weekly Torah readings with proclamations of strength - Chazak! Chazak! Vnitchazek!  Now, the Book of Devarim will start to be read this Shabbat, reminding us that we are getting closer to our High Holidays.  Devarim is unique in the 5 Books of Moses in that it’s a review of the past and encouragement for the future, which is exactly what we need leading up to the holy month of Tishrei.
May we have a  productive month of transformation and encouragement with blessings gleaned from this week’s Torah Reading Parshat Devarim 2:7: 
כי ה’ אלקיך ברכך בכל מעשה ידך 
‘For Hashem has blessed you in all your handiwork’.

Chodesh Tov, Shabbat Shalom

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Devarim 3rd Menachem Av - 24th July
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 5.08pm
SYDNEY - 4.52pm

New Beginnings
Every Month is a new beginning, an opportunity for introspection and growth utilising the special powers of the month. What special powers would a month like Av have? The attachment name to this month, the word ‘Menachem’ which means ‘comfort’, empowers us with an awareness that Hashem is with us, providing hope and consolation. Our Sages taught that the saddest day of the month and of the year, Tisha B’Av itself, will undergo a total transformation and become a holiday. Hence, the prayer of sorrow, Tachanun, is not recited on Tisha B’Av just like it is not recited on Shabbat and all the festivals.
Another new beginning: Last week we completed the Sefer of Bamidbar in the weekly Torah readings with proclamations of strength - Chazak! Chazak! V'nitchazek! Now, the Book of Devarim will start to be read this Shabbat, reminding us that we are getting closer to our High Holidays. Devarim is unique in the 5 Books of Moses in that it’s a review of the past and encouragement for the future, which is exactly what we need leading up to the holy month of Tishrei.
May we have a productive month of transformation and encouragement with blessings gleaned from this week’s Torah Reading Parshat Devarim 2:7:
כי ה’ אלקיך ברכך בכל מעשה ידך
‘For Hashem has blessed you in all your handiwork’.

Chodesh Tov, Shabbat Shalom

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Devarim 3rd Menachem Av - 24th July
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 5.08pm
SYDNEY - 4.52pm
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Parshat Matot-Masei  - ‘The Stops and Starts in our Journey of Life’
As we travel through life, the stops are as important as the travels.  
The stops do not delay ones destiny.  On the contrary, they enhance it and are therefore listed under the umbrella of journeys in this week’s Parsha. 
The stops give us time to regroup. Time to re-energise.  
The journey of your soul longs for the peaceful pause of Shabbat, beginning with the special light which connects us to G-d and to our purpose in life. Light candles on time with calm.  Feel edginess melt away and bring peace to your life, to your home, to your community and beyond.  
It’s a gift for you from Hashem. 
Enjoy it. Absorb it. Internalise it. Share it.   

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Matot-Masei 25th Tammuz - 17th July
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 5.03.pm
SYDNEY - 4.48pmImage attachment

Parshat Matot-Masei - ‘The Stops and Starts in our Journey of Life’
As we travel through life, the stops are as important as the travels.
The stops do not delay one's destiny. On the contrary, they enhance it and are therefore listed under the umbrella of journeys in this week’s Parsha.
The stops give us time to regroup. Time to re-energise.
The journey of your soul longs for the peaceful pause of Shabbat, beginning with the special light which connects us to G-d and to our purpose in life. Light candles on time with calm. Feel edginess melt away and bring peace to your life, to your home, to your community and beyond.
It’s a gift for you from Hashem.
Enjoy it. Absorb it. Internalise it. Share it.

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Matot-Masei 25th Tammuz - 17th July
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 5.03.pm
SYDNEY - 4.48pm
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