Projects: Connecting through Candle Lighting

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Here’s one of the ways

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Our Eshet Chayil Project honours our late mothers or grandmothers

View our inaugural event and find out how you can honour your mother at the RCWC.

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LIGHT UP YOUR SURROUNDS

The Torah Reading portion begins by telling us that our forefather Yaakov left Be’er Sheva, and he went to Haran. On the surface, this sentence doesn’t tell us anything new, we already know that he left Be’er Sheva from the previous Parsha. Rashi explains that this teaches us that the leaving of a tzaddik, righteous person, from any place, is a noteworthy event. While a tzaddik is in a city, ‘he is its beauty, he is its splendor, he is its majesty’, he brings holiness to the place with his strong connection to Hashem and his influence on others. When he departs, the place is left with a void. Each of us, too, by looking out for others, doing Mitzvot, staying positive and encouraging those around us, and as women, by observing the Mitzvah of lighting Shabbat candles, draw down infinite, G-dly energy to our surroundings with each positive action we do. This brings light and blessings to our surrounds.

……. SO PLEASE JOIN US

Our efforts to spread light through the RCWC with our Connecting through Candle Lighting project, among others, is enhanced by those who play a meaningful part in our organisation. Our Treasurer, Mushka and our Admin PA, Esther are both leaving to move overseas leaving a void in the RCWC and in effect in Melbourne. We wish them both all the best and Hatzlacha Rabba in their move. Now would be a great time for you to express interest in joining us at the RCWC so that we can continue our communal activities in the best way possible. Please contact us through our website www.RCWC.org.au or send us an email info@RCWC.org.au.

Have a great Shabbat

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Vayeitzei
11 Kislev - November 27
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 8.05pm
SYDNEY - 7.30pm
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Kislev Welcomed 1:

The ladies of Ohel Devorah welcomed the month of Kislev, on Rosh Chodesh, with a beautiful Zoom event, their first program this year. The event began earlier in the day when the women were invited to pick up their welcome gift from the RCWC beautifully prepared by BCOD. Mrs Lifshy Ajzenszmidt, co-director of Chabad on Campus Melbourne and the first female Jewish chaplain at Monash University, presented her inspirational story to an appreciative local and international audience. Rebbetzin Rivkah Groner opened the evening with the RCWC Message of the Month written by Kaminetzky’s Dvar Torah, which celebrated the unique abilities and strengths of the Jewish woman as evidenced by Yehudit, heroine of the Chanukah story. The evening was true to its theme of women finding their inner strength and resilience with a powerful take-home message.

Kislev Welcomed 2:

As we light the Shabbat candles this week, bringing the gift of Shabbat into our home, ponder this:

“…….This month we have been gifted with light – with the light of unadulterated Judaism and the light of the deeper understanding of Torah – a gift to be shared and spread bringing a glow, warmth and healing to our surroundings.

As women we are no strangers to this beautiful concept as we have been blessed with the task of transforming our homes every Friday night with the spiritual light of the Shabbat candles. The light spreads, the transformation spreads, the spirituality spreads – from our homes to the outside world with the light of Shabbat, the light of Chanukah and the light of deeper Torah study.”

Short excerpt from the RCWC Kislev newsletter, Dvar Torah from Miriam Abenaim. To read the entire article and newsletter: mailchi.mp/f5d636627a52/rosh-chodesh-kislev.

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Toldot
4 Kislev - November 20
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 7.58pm
SYDNEY - 7.23pm
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OUR MOTHERS SARA AND RIVKA
The Power of Prayer

Our mothers, our legacy 
Wisdom and grace 
The hallmarks they hold 
More valued than pearls 
More precious than gold 
 
No cheap imitations 
No puff of hot air 
They take on the pressures 
And still persevere 
 
Sara, a mother 
To souls far and wide 
Supporting her husband 
She stood by his side 
Reaching out and welcoming 
Strangers inside 
 
Teaching them to recognise 
before whom they stand, 
To be gracious and grateful 
For the fruit of the land 
Showing the world 
We are all in G-ds hand 
 
So many years she ached 
for a child of her own 
For when the busy days passed 
It felt empty in their home 
 
Six days a week she focuses on 
The life that flows before her eyes 
But on the seventh day allows herself 
To close them and she cries 
 
G-d Above Im grateful for 
The work I get to do 
And I know your plan is perfect 
And I know your ways are true 
 
But while I guide your children 
With all my heart each day 
Still I long to be a mother 
So I will never stop to pray 
 
And for so many years 
Her faith held, undeterred 
Though her prayers went unanswered 
They were never unheard 
 
Hashem at last collected 
Every precious tear 
And showed the world that she was 
Answered with a miracle so clear 
And the news of her joy 
Reached people everywhere 
 
A woman of valour
Her husband did proclaim 
Praising G-d’s princess 
Who first lit the flame 
And within each of her daughters 
Her light remains the same 
 
Keep asking, keep praying
For your deepest desire 
It reveals who you are 
For it fuels your fire 
Dont ever doubt the blessing 
Your words can inspire 
 
Even when it seems like your 
Prayers are rejected 
Still dont lose your courage 
And dont get dejected 
Let your happiness and hope 
Be always reflected 
 
There is a place above 
Where all prayers are treasured 
One day the ones who offered them 
Will know joys unmeasured 
 
Then Rivka grasped the reins 
Passed into her hands 
She was the first to form the chain 
Each Jewish woman understands 
The yoke of continuity, 
Of the precious stars and sands 
 
A woman of strength 
Knowing Hashem was by her side 
She faced pain with poise 
And she served Him with pride 
She recognised the challenges 
And took them in stride 
 
Like Rivka, pursue with confidence 
What you know is true 
And when the truth is challenging, 
Do what you must do 
 
She prayed with her son 
Like a mother only could 
Employing her senses 
To bring about good 
 
Sparing her husband 
the truth of his wicked son 
With elegance and ease, 
the matter was done 
 
She smooths the rough edges 
and brings out the shine 
Not letting pain unravel her, 
She turns to the Divine 
 
She does what must be done 
And asks of G-d to do the rest 
And her efforts and prayers 
Made her life truly blessed 
 
Our Mothers, our legacy 
Wisdom and grace 
The hallmarks they hold 
More valued than pearls 
More precious than gold 
 
No cheap imitations 
No puff of hot air 
They take on the pressures 
And still persevere 
 
They knew the danger of despair 
Dooming downward spiral slips 
They taught us to look upward 
In our hearts and on our lips 
 
In times of trouble in times of joy 
The prayers ground us as they spill 
They bequeathed to us this treasure 
And they pray beside us still 
 
A woman of valour 
Look inward to find 
You are Sara, wise nurturer 
You are Rivka, brave and kind 
 
We are the links that follow 
The many souls before 
We take their words 
And clear our hearts 
And ask of G-d for more 
 
More goodness revealed 
More grace from above 
More blessings expressing 
His Fatherly love 
 
For we are the children 
And we are the mothers 
We feel hope and pain 
Far deeper than others 
 
Allow us to praise You 
For the fruit of our land 
Bless us with goodness 
Our eyes understand 
Fulfill now your promise 
Of the stars and sand! 

- 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘢 𝘒𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘵𝘻𝘬𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘊𝘞𝘊 𝘌𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘵 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘭 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘚𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 2020
𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘪 𝘚𝘢𝘳𝘢
© 𝘊𝘰𝘱𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 2020 

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sarah
Shabbat Mevorchim Hachodesh Kislev
Blessing of the New Month of Kislev
26 Cheshvan - November 13
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 7.50pm
SYDNEY - 7.16pm

OUR MOTHERS SARA AND RIVKA
The Power of Prayer

Our mothers, our legacy
Wisdom and grace
The hallmarks they hold
More valued than pearls
More precious than gold

No cheap imitations
No puff of hot air
They take on the pressures
And still persevere

Sara, a mother
To souls far and wide
Supporting her husband
She stood by his side
Reaching out and welcoming
Strangers inside

Teaching them to recognise
before whom they stand,
To be gracious and grateful
For the fruit of the land
Showing the world
We are all in G-d's hand

So many years she ached
for a child of her own
For when the busy days passed
It felt empty in their home

Six days a week she focuses on
The life that flows before her eyes
But on the seventh day allows herself
To close them and she cries

G-d Above I'm grateful for
The work I get to do
And I know your plan is perfect
And I know your ways are true

But while I guide your children
With all my heart each day
Still I long to be a mother
So I will never stop to pray

And for so many years
Her faith held, undeterred
Though her prayers went unanswered
They were never unheard

Hashem at last collected
Every precious tear
And showed the world that she was
Answered with a miracle so clear
And the news of her joy
Reached people everywhere

A woman of valour
Her husband did proclaim
Praising G-d’s princess
Who first lit the flame
And within each of her daughters
Her light remains the same

Keep asking, keep praying
For your deepest desire
It reveals who you are
For it fuels your fire
Don't ever doubt the blessing
Your words can inspire

Even when it seems like your
Prayers are rejected
Still don't lose your courage
And don't get dejected
Let your happiness and hope
Be always reflected

There is a place above
Where all prayers are treasured
One day the ones who offered them
Will know joys unmeasured

Then Rivka grasped the reins
Passed into her hands
She was the first to form the chain
Each Jewish woman understands
The yoke of continuity,
Of the precious stars and sands

A woman of strength
Knowing Hashem was by her side
She faced pain with poise
And she served Him with pride
She recognised the challenges
And took them in stride

Like Rivka, pursue with confidence
What you know is true
And when the truth is challenging,
Do what you must do

She prayed with her son
Like a mother only could
Employing her senses
To bring about good

Sparing her husband
the truth of his wicked son
With elegance and ease,
the matter was done

She smooths the rough edges
and brings out the shine
Not letting pain unravel her,
She turns to the Divine

She does what must be done
And asks of G-d to do the rest
And her efforts and prayers
Made her life truly blessed

Our Mothers, our legacy
Wisdom and grace
The hallmarks they hold
More valued than pearls
More precious than gold

No cheap imitations
No puff of hot air
They take on the pressures
And still persevere

They knew the danger of despair
Dooming downward spiral slips
They taught us to look upward
In our hearts and on our lips

In times of trouble in times of joy
The prayers ground us as they spill
They bequeathed to us this treasure
And they pray beside us still

A woman of valour
Look inward to find
You are Sara, wise nurturer
You are Rivka, brave and kind

We are the links that follow
The many souls before
We take their words
And clear our hearts
And ask of G-d for more

More goodness revealed
More grace from above
More blessings expressing
His Fatherly love

For we are the children
And we are the mothers
We feel hope and pain
Far deeper than others

Allow us to praise You
For the fruit of our land
Bless us with goodness
Our eyes understand
Fulfill now your promise
Of the stars and sand!

- 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘢 𝘒𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘵𝘻𝘬𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘊𝘞𝘊 𝘌𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘵 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘭 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘚𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 2020
𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘪 𝘚𝘢𝘳𝘢
© 𝘊𝘰𝘱𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 2020

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sarah
Shabbat Mevorchim Hachodesh Kislev
Blessing of the New Month of Kislev
26 Cheshvan - November 13
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 7.50pm
SYDNEY - 7.16pm
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SARA’S DEEP WISDOM

In this week’s Torah portion, Hashem confirms women’s intuitive wisdom when He says, “Regarding all that Sara tells you, listen to her.”
 
“G-d has bestowed extra gifts on women, an uncanny ‘womans intuition’, an extra measure of compassion, and an innate desire for modesty. This spiritual nature builds the other people around into stronger people. An early example of this was in our experience, as a people, during the crisis of the golden calf in the desert. The men, perceiving a desperate situation, collapsed into a previous weakened state. The women, understanding the temporary nature of the crisis and holding hope for a real future, did not fall alongside. The women held back and did not participate. The crisis passed. The wisdom of women was enhanced as a result.
We see this paradigm of life played out again and again in subsequent generations. The wisdom of women builds the home. Women navigate every day through choppy waters. Delicate, invisible, steadfast work builds families, communities, and institutions.
… Like the wind and rain and sun, women provide the essential elements that allow the world to grow. How is this done?
By doing the small things every day, again and again. By understanding and applying grace to the ordinary tasks of living. By knowing that the day is long and full of demand, and that the years fly by. Each day is important. Each day is worthy of a full heart and a dedicated mind. The days add up. Another world is created.”
 
From the writings of Elissa Blaser
Co-founder and VP of the RCWC
 
Gather in that ‘binah yeseira’, - the extra measure of deep understanding you have been gifted with, as you gather in the light and holiness of the Shabbat candles into your heart and into your home.  
 
📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Vayeira
19 Cheshvan - November 6
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 7.42pm
SYDNEY - 7.10pm

SARA’S DEEP WISDOM

In this week’s Torah portion, Hashem confirms women’s intuitive wisdom when He says, “Regarding all that Sara tells you, listen to her.”

“G-d has bestowed extra gifts on women, an uncanny ‘woman's intuition’, an extra measure of compassion, and an innate desire for modesty. This spiritual nature builds the other people around into stronger people. An early example of this was in our experience, as a people, during the crisis of the golden calf in the desert. The men, perceiving a desperate situation, collapsed into a previous weakened state. The women, understanding the temporary nature of the crisis and holding hope for a real future, did not fall alongside. The women held back and did not participate. The crisis passed. The wisdom of women was enhanced as a result.
We see this paradigm of life played out again and again in subsequent generations. "The wisdom of women builds the home". Women navigate every day through choppy waters. Delicate, invisible, steadfast work builds families, communities, and institutions.
… Like the wind and rain and sun, women provide the essential elements that allow the world to grow. How is this done?
By doing the small things every day, again and again. By understanding and applying grace to the ordinary tasks of living. By knowing that the day is long and full of demand, and that the years fly by. Each day is important. Each day is worthy of a full heart and a dedicated mind. The days add up. Another "world" is created.”

From the writings of Elissa Blaser
Co-founder and VP of the RCWC

Gather in that ‘binah yeseira’, - the extra measure of deep understanding you have been gifted with, as you gather in the light and holiness of the Shabbat candles into your heart and into your home.

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Vayeira
19 Cheshvan - November 6
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 7.42pm
SYDNEY - 7.10pm
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LECH LECHA - Go Forth in Gratitude
 
The gift of life is so much more meaningful when we appreciate the blessings, small and big, that Hashem grants us. Gratitude is embedded throughout our daily prayers, and can be the main starting point of a real, positive, relationship with Hashem, even just a happier state of mind.
 
When Sara, our matriarch, began to spread the truth of monotheism and the values of morality together with her husband, our forefather Avraham, she focused on influencing women to recognise all the good Hashem did for them. From family, friends and community, to food, health, and even the gorgeous weather, the list is endless! As the greatness of Hashem and the majesty of His creation would dawn on the women, they would resolve, with their hearts full of gratitude, to live more upright lives, placing their trust in the One Creator.
 
Today, the eleventh of Cheshvan, is the day of the passing of our matriarch Rachel. When our People were descending into exile, and the souls of our holy forefathers and leaders appeared in front of Hashem, one by one, to plead for mercy, it was Rachel’s prayers Hashem accepted, comforting her with the promise of the final redemption for her precious children. 
 
Candle lighting is a time of prayer and gratitude. It’s a moment during which we stop and connect to the Divine, recognising with utmost clarity that it is Hashem Who creates the world and provides us with all we have, and it is in Him we place our trust. With this, we usher in the peace and joy of Shabbat, and infuse holiness into the week to come, following the lead of Sara Imeinu. It’s a moment of deep connection with Hashem, a fitting time for prayer, and many women use it to pray for the freedom of the entire Jewish nation from our present exile. The pleas of the present-day Jewish mothers join forces with the tears of our righteous mother Rachel, and we wait for the final and complete redemption, may it be very soon.
 
📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Lech-Lecha
12 Cheshvan - October 30
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 7.35pm
SYDNEY - 7.03pmImage attachmentImage attachment

LECH LECHA - Go Forth in Gratitude

The gift of life is so much more meaningful when we appreciate the blessings, small and big, that Hashem grants us. Gratitude is embedded throughout our daily prayers, and can be the main starting point of a real, positive, relationship with Hashem, even just a happier state of mind.

When Sara, our matriarch, began to spread the truth of monotheism and the values of morality together with her husband, our forefather Avraham, she focused on influencing women to recognise all the good Hashem did for them. From family, friends and community, to food, health, and even the gorgeous weather, the list is endless! As the greatness of Hashem and the majesty of His creation would dawn on the women, they would resolve, with their hearts full of gratitude, to live more upright lives, placing their trust in the One Creator.

Today, the eleventh of Cheshvan, is the day of the passing of our matriarch Rachel. When our People were descending into exile, and the souls of our holy forefathers and leaders appeared in front of Hashem, one by one, to plead for mercy, it was Rachel’s prayers Hashem accepted, comforting her with the promise of the final redemption for her precious children.

Candle lighting is a time of prayer and gratitude. It’s a moment during which we stop and connect to the Divine, recognising with utmost clarity that it is Hashem Who creates the world and provides us with all we have, and it is in Him we place our trust. With this, we usher in the peace and joy of Shabbat, and infuse holiness into the week to come, following the lead of Sara Imeinu. It’s a moment of deep connection with Hashem, a fitting time for prayer, and many women use it to pray for the freedom of the entire Jewish nation from our present exile. The pleas of the present-day Jewish mothers join forces with the tears of our righteous mother Rachel, and we wait for the final and complete redemption, may it be very soon.

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Lech-Lecha
12 Cheshvan - October 30
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 7.35pm
SYDNEY - 7.03pm
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