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Our Eshet Chayil Project honours our late mothers or grandmothers

View our Eshet Chayil events and find out how you can honour your mother at the RCWC.

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A SEISMIC SHIFT

It’s all lined up for you. The daily Shofar blowing, Hashem’s presence in the ‘field’, the extra charity, good deeds and prayers, bringing an opportunity for growth and change like no other month. We share with you an additional idea, an Elul exercise, which can bring about a seismic shift, a dramatic and lasting shift in the way you look at life. See ‘A Seismic Shift’ by Elissa Blaser in our latest RCWC newsletter available now.
mailchi.mp/e6ef695c658f/rosh-chodesh-elul-10885466

In addition, we could not resist the video WHO ARE YOU, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE. Enjoy it again. We might make this a yearly event. It is so powerful.

CONNECTING through CANDLE LIGHTING
rcwc.org.au/affiliates/candlelighting/

Erev Shabbat Mevorchim Hachodesh - Blessing for the New Month of Elul
Parshat Re’eh. Third Haftorah Reading of Consolation leading up to Rosh Hashanah
Candle lighting time for Melbourne Australia, August 6: 5:19pm
Rosh Chodesh is on Sunday and Monday August 8 and 9.

Shabbat Shalom,💐Chodesh Tov
May you be inscribed for a happy and sweet new year filled with Hashem’s abundant blessings,
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A MOTHER’S HUG
In this weeks Haftorah reading, the second of the Seven Weeks of Consolation leading up to Rosh Hashanah, Hashem compares His love to that of a mother towards her child:  “Can a woman forget her sucking child, or not feel compassion for the child of her womb? … I would not forget you. Behold I engraved you on My palms … ” (Isaiah 49:15-16).
What can be better than a mother’s loving embrace no matter what age, no matter what stage? 
In our Eshet Chayil series, the RCWC celebrates our late mothers’ legacies, and indeed their hugs, which continue to nurture us and strengthen us every single day.
 
CONNECTING through CANDLE LIGHTING
This Shabbat, connect with your mother at candle lighting with a physical hug or a spiritual one as you look towards Rosh Hashanah with all the blessings and renewed energy it brings. 
 
Candle Lighting Erev Shabbat for the Second Shabbat of Consolation
Friday July 30, Melbourne, Australia: (emoji 2 candles) 🕯️🕯️ 5:13 pm 
 
 To find out more about our projects and events see:  www.RCWC.org.auImage attachmentImage attachment

A MOTHER’S HUG
In this week's Haftorah reading, the second of the Seven Weeks of Consolation leading up to Rosh Hashanah, Hashem compares His love to that of a mother towards her child: “Can a woman forget her sucking child, or not feel compassion for the child of her womb? … I would not forget you. Behold I engraved you on My palms … ” (Isaiah 49:15-16).
What can be better than a mother’s loving embrace no matter what age, no matter what stage?
In our Eshet Chayil series, the RCWC celebrates our late mothers’ legacies, and indeed their hugs, which continue to nurture us and strengthen us every single day.

CONNECTING through CANDLE LIGHTING
This Shabbat, connect with your mother at candle lighting with a physical hug or a spiritual one as you look towards Rosh Hashanah with all the blessings and renewed energy it brings.

Candle Lighting Erev Shabbat for the Second Shabbat of Consolation
Friday July 30, Melbourne, Australia: (emoji 2 candles) 🕯️🕯️ 5:13 pm

To find out more about our projects and events see: www.RCWC.org.au
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THE SPIRITUAL ESSENCE  by Elissa Blaser
 
The beit hamikdash (Holy Temple) holds the spiritual essence of the Jewish people. Generations of Jews have faced the holy site of the temple, the beit hamikdash for prayer.
It is our focal point, the place we turn to, and return to, always.. 
G-ds presence hovers there.
This month, Jews everywhere mourn the loss of our beit hamikdash. The enormity of this loss defies understanding.
Oy lanu, woe is us, we say on Tisha bAv, as we re-live and remember past days when our Holy Temple in Jerusalem was a place of Hashem’s Glory.   We can only hope and pray for the time when the beit hamikdash will be restored in our midst, for it is irreplaceable.
Meanwhile, we are instructed to build a mikdash meat, a small mikdash.
Where? How?
It is our homes, our dining tables. Each family re-enacts, in a small way, the turning and returning to our spiritual essence - that is, the Jewish home, with its cycles of family growth and yearly cycles of holy celebrations.
Yes, the Jewish home is that significant.
Building the Jewish home is a sacred task, entrusted to us, the Jewish women. Every candle lighting, every coin in the charity box, every blessing on food, every kind word, every guest welcomed, brings us closer to the day when we can participate in a future with the  beit hamikdash. 

LOOK OUT FOR THE RCWC NEWSLETTER

Our newsletter for Rosh Chodesh Av has gone to print. Our first attempt. The printed word can be so powerful and our content can be read on Shabbat. You can read it again and again. We are open to receiving content as well as suggestions for an improved newsletter once you have read it. Look out for it at different shops and venues around the area.  If you would like some copies for distribution or would like to receive the print version by email please let us know. Sponsorship opportunities available. 

CONNECTING through CANDLE LIGHTING

The fourth Sefer, the Book of Bamidbar ends with the joint Parshiot of Matot-Massei after which we say in unison Chazak Chazak Venitchazek, may we be strengthened together.  If ever we needed to be blessed with strength it is now.  The weekly Torah portion always gives us strength just when we need it. These two Parshiot that are read in Shule this week speak of the journeys and stages the Jewish people endured since the exodus from Egypt and prepares them for entering the land of Israel. We too have been through journeys and stages, challenges and confusion but we continue to be strengthened and prepared for the next and final stage of our journey – entering into the Holy Land of Israel in peace, joy and good health.

Parshat Matot – Massei, Shabbat Rosh Chodesh, Shabbat Chazak  
Shabbat Candle Lighting for Melbourne, Australia Friday July 9: 4.58pmImage attachmentImage attachment

THE SPIRITUAL ESSENCE by Elissa Blaser

The beit hamikdash (Holy Temple) holds the spiritual essence of the Jewish people. Generations of Jews have faced the holy site of the temple, the beit hamikdash for prayer.
It is our focal point, the place we turn to, and return to, always..
G-d's presence hovers there.
This month, Jews everywhere mourn the loss of our beit hamikdash. The enormity of this loss defies understanding.
"Oy lanu", "woe is us", we say on Tisha b'Av, as we re-live and remember past days when our Holy Temple in Jerusalem was a place of Hashem’s Glory. We can only hope and pray for the time when the beit hamikdash will be restored in our midst, for it is irreplaceable.
Meanwhile, we are instructed to build a mikdash me'at, a small mikdash.
Where? How?
It is our homes, our dining tables. Each family re-enacts, in a small way, the turning and returning to our spiritual essence - that is, the Jewish home, with its cycles of family growth and yearly cycles of holy celebrations.
Yes, the Jewish home is that significant.
Building the Jewish home is a sacred task, entrusted to us, the Jewish women. Every candle lighting, every coin in the charity box, every blessing on food, every kind word, every guest welcomed, brings us closer to the day when we can participate in a future with the beit hamikdash.

LOOK OUT FOR THE RCWC NEWSLETTER

Our newsletter for Rosh Chodesh Av has gone to print. Our first attempt. The printed word can be so powerful and our content can be read on Shabbat. You can read it again and again. We are open to receiving content as well as suggestions for an improved newsletter once you have read it. Look out for it at different shops and venues around the area. If you would like some copies for distribution or would like to receive the print version by email please let us know. Sponsorship opportunities available.

CONNECTING through CANDLE LIGHTING

The fourth Sefer, the Book of Bamidbar ends with the joint Parshiot of Matot-Massei after which we say in unison Chazak Chazak Venitchazek, may we be strengthened together. If ever we needed to be blessed with strength it is now. The weekly Torah portion always gives us strength just when we need it. These two Parshiot that are read in Shule this week speak of the journeys and stages the Jewish people endured since the exodus from Egypt and prepares them for entering the land of Israel. We too have been through journeys and stages, challenges and confusion but we continue to be strengthened and prepared for the next and final stage of our journey – entering into the Holy Land of Israel in peace, joy and good health.

Parshat Matot – Massei, Shabbat Rosh Chodesh, Shabbat Chazak
Shabbat Candle Lighting for Melbourne, Australia Friday July 9: 4.58pm
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On Shabbat we blessed the new month of Av, ‘for life and for peace’, ‘for joy and for happiness’, ‘for salvation and for comfort’, while espousing the fact that we are all friends, united as one people, whether in Israel, in Florida, wherever we are found. This week on Shabbat, the new month begins and we hope and pray that it will be as promised from the first day, with all the blessings that a new month can bring.

One thing we, the Jewish people, are blessed with, are the many opportunities to re-energise, reconfigure and reassess how to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and move forward with positivity and hope. Rosh Chodesh, with its new moon, is one such occasion. Do not be discouraged that you can hardly see that sliver on the first day. Know that it can only get brighter and better, and it will.

May Hashem transform the month to Menachem Av, as it is traditionally called, where we are truly comforted as the word menachem means.

Our RCWC Av newsletter has now reached our subscribers. We connect with you through our newsletters and bring you original material to inspire you for the month. To read the newsletter please click on this link: mailchi.mp/46ba9ab4267f/rosh-chodesh-av-newsletter-10882322

To subscribe to our newsletter please click here: eepurl.com/dAN-S9

To connect with the RCWC please see our website: www.RCWC.org.au

Chodesh tov
The RCWC Team

Further Reading: www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/5174198/jewish/Faith-After-Surfside.htm#utm_medium=email&u...

Credits: Chabad.org / Faith After surfside / Rabbi Tzvi Freeman;
A Full Moon Video /JLI / Jewish Learning Institute.
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Making Tammuz Great Again!

What a special month Tammuz is for women in general and for the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle in particular.  It was in Tammuz that the Jews in the desert, in a moment of blind desperation and miscalculation built a golden calf. The women, however, with their clear insight, refused to take part in it. 
In the merit of this spiritual strength, G-d rewarded women with the holiday of Rosh Chodesh. Every Rosh Chodesh is a reminder that knowing, sensing and seeing is a gift embedded within woman’s nature.  This Divine attribute of women’s wisdom and intuition is there to be used always - to lead, to guide and to bring joy and freedom to our people very soon.  What better time than in the month of Tammuz, also called Chodesh Hage’ulah, (the month of redemption) for the faith and the merit of the Jewish women throughout the ages to be rewarded with freedom and joy for all our people with the final redemption.
 
Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
Thursday and Friday June 10 and 11
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Read more about Rosh Chodesh and women
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/607803/jewish/How-does-a-Jewish-woman-celebrate-Rosh-Chodesh.htm

Making Tammuz Great Again!

What a special month Tammuz is for women in general and for the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle in particular. It was in Tammuz that the Jews in the desert, in a moment of blind desperation and miscalculation built a golden calf. The women, however, with their clear insight, refused to take part in it.
In the merit of this spiritual strength, G-d rewarded women with the holiday of Rosh Chodesh. Every Rosh Chodesh is a reminder that knowing, sensing and seeing is a gift embedded within woman’s nature. This Divine attribute of women’s wisdom and intuition is there to be used always - to lead, to guide and to bring joy and freedom to our people very soon. What better time than in the month of Tammuz, also called Chodesh Hage’ulah, (the month of redemption) for the faith and the merit of the Jewish women throughout the ages to be rewarded with freedom and joy for all our people with the final redemption.

Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
Thursday and Friday June 10 and 11
www.rcwc.org.au

Read more about Rosh Chodesh and women
www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/607803/jewish/How-does-a-Jewish-woman-celebrate-Rosh-Chode...
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If your Jewish birthday is in Tammuz, do let us know so that we can connect on your special day. If you're not sure we'll help you find out! 🎈

My Hebrew birthday is the 8th Tammuz - Esther Bartak

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