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Why is Shvat the Garden Month?
 
It is during this month that we celebrate Tu BShvat, the New Year for Trees which motivates a sense of appreciation for the land of Israel, its produce and all that Hashem provides in the beautiful world we live in. 
The 11th day of Shvat, this coming Sunday, is another day associated with the imagery of lush greenery in a paradise-like setting.  On that day in 1951, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson assumed the mantle of leadership with the Chassidic discourse entitled ‘Basi Legani’ based upon the discourse of the same name by his his father-in-law and predecessor Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson who had passed away on the 10th of Shvat one year prior.  
Every year on that date the Rebbe would continue to deliver a deep discourse on that very same theme of Basi Legani, (‘I have come into my garden’) helping us realise our purpose in this world when we view the world as Hashem’s garden.    
The words Basi Legani, from the Book of Shir Hashirim, Song of Songs, written by King Solomon, refers to Hashem being able to come into His garden, the world, with us cultivating the garden and making it beautiful with our Mitzvot. 
Viewing the world as a garden lifts our spirits and gives us hope that we can reveal the good and the beauty in the world for all to see and enjoy. 

Garden or Jungle?
If the world feels like a jungle at times, we can be reassured that we have been given the resources to cultivate, weed,  prune and transform the world to a beautiful garden once again.  This week’s Parsha gives us one of the many gardening tools available to us at every twist and turn.  
Hashem wants Moshe to confront Pharaoh but does not order him to ‘go’ and face this terrifying journey alone.  Instead Hashem encourages Moshe with the word ‘Bo’, ‘come’, let us go together, I am with you.  
With Hashem at our side, we will succeed in revealing the inner beauty and light of this world, Hashem’s Garden.
 
Candle Lighting times for this Shabbat Yud Shvat, Parshat Bo:  
MELBOURNE - 8.23pm
SYDNEY - 7.48pm

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Gardening,
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Why is Shvat the Garden Month?

It is during this month that we celebrate Tu B'Shvat, the New Year for Trees which motivates a sense of appreciation for the land of Israel, its produce and all that Hashem provides in the beautiful world we live in.
The 11th day of Shvat, this coming Sunday, is another day associated with the imagery of lush greenery in a paradise-like setting. On that day in 1951, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson assumed the mantle of leadership with the Chassidic discourse entitled ‘Basi Legani’ based upon the discourse of the same name by his his father-in-law and predecessor Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson who had passed away on the 10th of Shvat one year prior.
Every year on that date the Rebbe would continue to deliver a deep discourse on that very same theme of Basi Legani, (‘I have come into my garden’) helping us realise our purpose in this world when we view the world as Hashem’s garden.
The words Basi Legani, from the Book of Shir Hashirim, Song of Songs, written by King Solomon, refers to Hashem being able to come into His garden, the world, with us cultivating the garden and making it beautiful with our Mitzvot.
Viewing the world as a garden lifts our spirits and gives us hope that we can reveal the good and the beauty in the world for all to see and enjoy.

Garden or Jungle?
If the world feels like a jungle at times, we can be reassured that we have been given the resources to cultivate, weed, prune and transform the world to a beautiful garden once again. This week’s Parsha gives us one of the many gardening tools available to us at every twist and turn.
Hashem wants Moshe to confront Pharaoh but does not order him to ‘go’ and face this terrifying journey alone. Instead Hashem encourages Moshe with the word ‘Bo’, ‘come’, let us go together, I am with you.
With Hashem at our side, we will succeed in revealing the inner beauty and light of this world, Hashem’s Garden.

Candle Lighting times for this Shabbat Yud Shvat, Parshat Bo:
MELBOURNE - 8.23pm
SYDNEY - 7.48pm

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Gardening,
www.RCWC.org.au
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Shvat: The Garden Month
 
A happy month of Shvat to all!

Happy Birthday to all those who have birthdays in the month of Shvat. May the year ahead be filled with blessings from Hashem in all areas of your life. 

What a great event for Rosh Chodesh Shvat, a month of growth and potential. We certainly planted the seeds for our new project ‘A Significant Day - Your Hebrew Birthday’.  All participants at the event whether by zoom or in person received a gift of a seedling from the RCWC highlighting the theme of the month - making the world a garden for Hashem.  For more see our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/6933d8a1c988/the-garden-month-lets-celebrate-together-10855942

RCWC is now looking for women in the community who also wish to cultivate Hashem’s garden together with us.  WE NEED YOU!  We have an opening on our board and in other areas of our organisation.  Please have a look at our website www.RCWC.org.au and if what we do speaks to you please contact us ASAP.  Let us plant seeds together and watch it transform Hashem’s garden. 

Thank you to all those who helped with yesterday’s event. It was magnificent! A special thanks to Bunnings Port Melbourne for the seedlings (pictured).    

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Va’eira
2 Shevat - January 15
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 8.26pm
SYDNEY - 7.51pm

Shvat: The Garden Month

A happy month of Shvat to all!

Happy Birthday to all those who have birthdays in the month of Shvat. May the year ahead be filled with blessings from Hashem in all areas of your life.

What a great event for Rosh Chodesh Shvat, a month of growth and potential. We certainly planted the seeds for our new project ‘A Significant Day - Your Hebrew Birthday’. All participants at the event whether by zoom or in person received a gift of a seedling from the RCWC highlighting the theme of the month - making the world a garden for Hashem. For more see our newsletter: mailchi.mp/6933d8a1c988/the-garden-month-lets-celebrate-together-10855942

RCWC is now looking for women in the community who also wish to cultivate Hashem’s garden together with us. WE NEED YOU! We have an opening on our board and in other areas of our organisation. Please have a look at our website www.RCWC.org.au and if what we do speaks to you please contact us ASAP. Let us plant seeds together and watch it transform Hashem’s garden.

Thank you to all those who helped with yesterday’s event. It was magnificent! A special thanks to Bunnings Port Melbourne for the seedlings (pictured).

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Va’eira
2 Shevat - January 15
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 8.26pm
SYDNEY - 7.51pm
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Your Name, Your Individuality

It is quite intriguing that the second Sefer, Book of the Torah, is called Shemot, names, giving great importance to a person’s Jewish name and individuality. The first book of the Torah, Bereisheet, introduced us to many extraordinary individuals and concluded last week with the reading of the family of Yaakov (Jacob) reuniting, paving the way for a new chapter in Jewish history as described in the book of Shemot, the formation of a nation, the very first Jewish community. 
 
As the story of the Jewish people becoming a nation unfolds in the coming weeks, the very name Shemot reminds us that a community is made up of individuals, who each contribute in their own unique way.
  
This Shabbat we will be blessing the month of Shvat and with that comes a reminder that the world is a beautiful place, a garden in fact, and each one of us tends to the garden in a way that only we can.  Both the 11th day of Shvat, when the Lubavitcher Rebbe accepted the mantle of leadership with a Chassidic discourse entitled  Bosi Legani (I have come into my garden), and Tu B’Shvat, the 15th day of the month, the New Year for Trees, renews our awareness that each of us, with our name and our individuality are part of a community who inhabit Hashem’s garden and cultivate it. 
  
Please join the RCWC for a Rosh Chodesh celebration for the month of Shvat where we will also launch ‘A Significant Day’ - your Jewish birthday, a brand new RCWC initiative recognising the uniqueness of the individual within the community.  

Contact us via our website https://rcwc.org.au/contact-us/ to register interest in this event.
  
Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov 

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Shemot
24 Tevet - January 8
Shabbat Mevorchim Hachodesh Shevat
Blessing of the New Month of Shevat
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 8.28pm
SYDNEY - 7.52pm

Your Name, Your Individuality

It is quite intriguing that the second Sefer, Book of the Torah, is called Shemot, names, giving great importance to a person’s Jewish name and individuality. The first book of the Torah, Bereisheet, introduced us to many extraordinary individuals and concluded last week with the reading of the family of Yaakov (Jacob) reuniting, paving the way for a new chapter in Jewish history as described in the book of Shemot, the formation of a nation, the very first Jewish community.

As the story of the Jewish people becoming a nation unfolds in the coming weeks, the very name Shemot reminds us that a community is made up of individuals, who each contribute in their own unique way.

This Shabbat we will be blessing the month of Shvat and with that comes a reminder that the world is a beautiful place, a garden in fact, and each one of us tends to the garden in a way that only we can. Both the 11th day of Shvat, when the Lubavitcher Rebbe accepted the mantle of leadership with a Chassidic discourse entitled Bosi Legani (I have come into my garden), and Tu B’Shvat, the 15th day of the month, the New Year for Trees, renews our awareness that each of us, with our name and our individuality are part of a community who inhabit Hashem’s garden and cultivate it.

Please join the RCWC for a Rosh Chodesh celebration for the month of Shvat where we will also launch ‘A Significant Day’ - your Jewish birthday, a brand new RCWC initiative recognising the uniqueness of the individual within the community.

Contact us via our website rcwc.org.au/contact-us/ to register interest in this event.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Shemot
24 Tevet - January 8
Shabbat Mevorchim Hachodesh Shevat
Blessing of the New Month of Shevat
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 8.28pm
SYDNEY - 7.52pm
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Living a Good Life
 
This weeks parsha starts off by telling us that Yaakov (Jacob) lived in Egypt for 17 years.  Our commentaries tell us that they were good years, as the numerical value of the Hebrew word tov equals 17, indeed they were the best years of his life.
 
In addition, Yaakov’s best years were also the seventeen years that he spent with his son Yosef (Joseph) before he was sold by his brothers. The implication is that in the first 17 years Yaakov was imparting his beliefs and traditions, his ‘spiritual legacy’, to Yosef, while the last 17 years he enjoys the ‘nachas’ that Yosef stayed true to his traditions despite being in Egypt and with all the challenges that he experienced.  So much so, that to this day we bless our sons to be like Ephraim and Menashe, Yosef’s sons, that no matter where they find themselves, to stay true to the traditions of the ‘old home’. 
 
We don’t find anywhere in the Parsha the Hebrew word ‘met’ (died) in association with Yaakov, to show us that with this type of ‘goodness’, we continue to live on through our descendants and those we have had an impact on. 
 
This week, why not beautify and add joy to your candle lighting experience.  Share the joy and the meaning with others, young and old. Continue the chain of tradition for everlasting ‘life’. 
  
Shabbat Shalom

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Vayechi
17 Tevet - January 1
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 8.27pm
SYDNEY - 7.51pmImage attachmentImage attachment

Living a Good Life

This week's parsha starts off by telling us that Yaakov (Jacob) lived in Egypt for 17 years. Our commentaries tell us that they were good years, as the numerical value of the Hebrew word 'tov' equals 17, indeed they were the best years of his life.

In addition, Yaakov’s best years were also the seventeen years that he spent with his son Yosef (Joseph) before he was sold by his brothers. The implication is that in the first 17 years Yaakov was imparting his beliefs and traditions, his ‘spiritual legacy’, to Yosef, while the last 17 years he enjoys the ‘nachas’ that Yosef stayed true to his traditions despite being in Egypt and with all the challenges that he experienced. So much so, that to this day we bless our sons to be like Ephraim and Menashe, Yosef’s sons, that no matter where they find themselves, to stay true to the traditions of the ‘old home’.

We don’t find anywhere in the Parsha the Hebrew word ‘met’ (died) in association with Yaakov, to show us that with this type of ‘goodness’, we continue to live on through our descendants and those we have had an impact on.

This week, why not beautify and add joy to your candle lighting experience. Share the joy and the meaning with others, young and old. Continue the chain of tradition for everlasting ‘life’.

Shabbat Shalom

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Vayechi
17 Tevet - January 1
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 8.27pm
SYDNEY - 7.51pm
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A Time for Prayer
This week’s parsha tells us that at the reunion of Yosef with his father Yaakov, Yosef hugged his father while Yaakov was reciting the Shema.  
Why did Yaakov recite the Shema? What can we learn about prayer?
At that moment when Yaakov saw his beloved son Yosef, serving as Viceroy over Egypt, he clearly understood how everything that had transpired during the past years, with all the hardships, suddenly all fit into place. Yaakov was therefore moved to spontaneously thank Hashem for all his goodness and kindness by saying the Shema and showing acceptance of His Kingship and Oneness.  
Another suggestion is that Yaakov said the Shema when he perceived the frightening exile which was beginning for his people with his descent into Egypt.  Yaakov sought to ensure that the Egyptian exile would commence with a declaration of faith in the unity of G-d, the Shema, which would guarantee that the Children of Israel remain strong. 
Prayer to express gratitude and prayer to seek help when times are tough. Prayer for having seen the Hand of Hashem and prayer for wanting to experience the Hand of Hashem.  
Place a coin in the charity box and pray at candle lighting both in appreciation and in anticipation and may all your prayers be answered in the best possible way.   
Shabbat Shalom
📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Vayigash
10 Tevet - December 25
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 8.26pm
SYDNEY - 7.49pmImage attachmentImage attachment

A Time for Prayer
This week’s parsha tells us that at the reunion of Yosef with his father Yaakov, Yosef hugged his father while Yaakov was reciting the Shema.
Why did Yaakov recite the Shema? What can we learn about prayer?
At that moment when Yaakov saw his beloved son Yosef, serving as Viceroy over Egypt, he clearly understood how everything that had transpired during the past years, with all the hardships, suddenly all fit into place. Yaakov was therefore moved to spontaneously thank Hashem for all his goodness and kindness by saying the Shema and showing acceptance of His Kingship and Oneness.
Another suggestion is that Yaakov said the Shema when he perceived the frightening exile which was beginning for his people with his descent into Egypt. Yaakov sought to ensure that the Egyptian exile would commence with a declaration of faith in the unity of G-d, the Shema, which would guarantee that the Children of Israel remain strong.
Prayer to express gratitude and prayer to seek help when times are tough. Prayer for having seen the Hand of Hashem and prayer for wanting to experience the Hand of Hashem.
Place a coin in the charity box and pray at candle lighting both in appreciation and in anticipation and may all your prayers be answered in the best possible way.
Shabbat Shalom
📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Vayigash
10 Tevet - December 25
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 8.26pm
SYDNEY - 7.49pm
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