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Light and Healing

The acronym of Iyar (אייר) is a phrase from the Book of Shemot - ‘Ani Hashem Rof’echa’ (אני י‑י רפאך), I am G-d your Healer.  This indicates that Iyar is a time for healing. 
We can also see in Iyar the connection to the word ‘ohr’ (אור) light.  When doing a Mitzvah we bring spiritual light and healing to the world.  We do a Mitzvah every day in Iyar as we count the Omer as we prepare to receive the Torah next month.
With the celebration of Pesach just passed we can feel for the Jews as they hastily left the long slavery of Egypt with all its trauma and crossed the Red Sea to freedom.  They too had the month of Iyar to heal spiritually and physically to ready themselves to receive the Torah, the guiding light of the world.  
It is a tradition to start saying Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers) every Shabbat afternoon after Pesach completing the sixth chapter on the Shabbat before Shavuot, the Festival of the Giving of the Torah.  This too brings healing to the soul, refinement to our relationships and a stronger connection to Hashem and the Torah.   
As women, we have our very own special Mitzvah of lighting the Shabbat candles and our very own feminine ways of bringing light and healing around us. 
We welcome the month of Iyar with its healing powers, with its light and with its blessings
📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Shemini
27 Nissan - April 9
Shabbat Mevorchim Hachodesh Iyar
Blessing of the New Month of Iyar
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 5.44pm
SYDNEY - 5.22pm

RCWC NEWS:  For our project A Significant Day - Your Jewish Birthday, please contact us if your birthday is in the new month of Iyar which starts this coming Tuesday.  We’d like to invite you to a special birthday event.  
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Light and Healing

The acronym of Iyar (אייר) is a phrase from the Book of Shemot - ‘Ani Hashem Rof’echa’ (אני י‑י רפאך), I am G-d your Healer. This indicates that Iyar is a time for healing.
We can also see in Iyar the connection to the word ‘ohr’ (אור) light. When doing a Mitzvah we bring spiritual light and healing to the world. We do a Mitzvah every day in Iyar as we count the Omer as we prepare to receive the Torah next month.
With the celebration of Pesach just passed we can feel for the Jews as they hastily left the long slavery of Egypt with all its trauma and crossed the Red Sea to freedom. They too had the month of Iyar to heal spiritually and physically to ready themselves to receive the Torah, the guiding light of the world.
It is a tradition to start saying Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers) every Shabbat afternoon after Pesach completing the sixth chapter on the Shabbat before Shavuot, the Festival of the Giving of the Torah. This too brings healing to the soul, refinement to our relationships and a stronger connection to Hashem and the Torah.
As women, we have our very own special Mitzvah of lighting the Shabbat candles and our very own feminine ways of bringing light and healing around us.
We welcome the month of Iyar with its healing powers, with its light and with its blessings
📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Shemini
27 Nissan - April 9
Shabbat Mevorchim Hachodesh Iyar
Blessing of the New Month of Iyar
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 5.44pm
SYDNEY - 5.22pm

RCWC NEWS: For our project A Significant Day - Your Jewish Birthday, please contact us if your birthday is in the new month of Iyar which starts this coming Tuesday. We’d like to invite you to a special birthday event.
www.RCWC.org.au
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International Women’s Week
The theme for the March International Women’s Week 2021 is ‘Choose to Challenge’. Indeed an appropriate theme for Pesach time when Miriam, who challenged all the norms of the slavery in Egypt, encouraged the redemption by her every action of leadership.
Judaism gives women many opportunities for leadership and recognition and Rosh Chodesh is only one of them. You, as a Jewish woman, have it in your DNA to challenge and to make a difference in your own special way. This is what we’ll be celebrating at the RCWC with our new project ‘A Significant Day - your Jewish birthday’.
Your birthday is a significant day in the Jewish Calendar. You are a unique individual with your own set of talents and capabilities which no one else in the whole world has the way you do. No one that came before or that will come after you is like you. Another significant day in the Jewish calendar is Rosh Chodesh, especially for women and especially Rosh Chodesh Nissan.

Women and Rosh Chodesh
Our new project will also be highlighting women’s relationship with Rosh Chodesh and with each individual month, with a monthly posting on Facebook. For more about our new project and how you you may wish to be involved, or to receive invites to our events, see our latest newsletter mailchi.mp/f816fc3b9d52/rosh-chodesh-nissan-5781, visit our website www.rcwc.org.au or email to info@rcwc.org.au.

Nissan - A Gift for You
"This month shall be the first of months for you".
"For you" foreshadows the individual relationship to the Passover experience."In every generation, each Jew is required to feel that he or she left Egypt." 'Bechol dor vador chayav adam lirot et atzmo keheeylu hoo yatza meemitzrayim' (Haggadah of Pesach). As we read the Haggadah and tell the story of the Nation, the Jewish people, we still must understand, and feel, that the redemption is individual. "This month is for you..."
Don't forget: Every woman counts. It is because of the righteousness of women that G-d sends redemption. "This month shall be for you..."

Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat March 13: Blessing of the New Month
Sunday March 14: Rosh Chodesh - 1 day only
Birthday Blessings for the month of Nissan to: Miriam G, Denise L, Devorah S, Ahuva G, Ronit AL, Elina K.

Have a happy month and a Happy Pesach

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Vayak’hel-Pekudei
28 Adar - March 12
Shabbat Mevorchim Hachodesh Nissan
Blessing of the New Month of Nissan
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 7.26pm
SYDNEY - 6.59pm

Would you like to know more about Miriam? Miriam - Jewish History (chabad.org)
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From Project to Project

Soon we will be moving our emphasis on our year long Connecting through Candle Lighting project to our newest project ‘A Significant Day - Your Jewish Birthday’.  We encourage you to have a look at our flyer below and check out the details on our website events page https://rcwc.org.au/events-blog/. Perhaps you will want to become a volunteer with us and contribute to our important work in whichever way you can. To RSVP use our website contact page or email info@RCWC.org.au or WhatsApp  0401 612 075.
 
We will still be in touch about candle lighting as this is a most important Mitzvah for women who bring light and healing to the world. Our feedback tells us that our Facebook messages, our WhatsApp broadcast and our special edition newsletters have inspired many and enhanced their candle lighting experience.   Today we include an article on the giving of charity before candle lighting https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1217380/jewish/On-Giving-Charity-before-Kindling-Shabbat-Candles.htm#utm_medium=email&utm_source=72_the_jewish_woman_en&utm_campaign=en&utm_content=content 
Have a great Shabbat. 

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Ki Tisa
Special Reading - Parshat Parah 
21 Adar - March 5
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 7.36pm
SYDNEY - 7.09pm
www.RCWC.org.au

From Project to Project

Soon we will be moving our emphasis on our year long Connecting through Candle Lighting project to our newest project ‘A Significant Day - Your Jewish Birthday’. We encourage you to have a look at our flyer below and check out the details on our website events page rcwc.org.au/events-blog/. Perhaps you will want to become a volunteer with us and contribute to our important work in whichever way you can. To RSVP use our website contact page or email info@RCWC.org.au or WhatsApp 0401 612 075.

We will still be in touch about candle lighting as this is a most important Mitzvah for women who bring light and healing to the world. Our feedback tells us that our Facebook messages, our WhatsApp broadcast and our special edition newsletters have inspired many and enhanced their candle lighting experience. Today we include an article on the giving of charity before candle lighting www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1217380/jewish/On-Giving-Charity-before-Kindling-Shabbat-C...
Have a great Shabbat.

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Ki Tisa
Special Reading - Parshat Parah
21 Adar - March 5
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 7.36pm
SYDNEY - 7.09pm
www.RCWC.org.au
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Light and joy - Then and Now
This week’s Parsha is Tetzaveh, translated as command, like the word Mitzvah, ‘commandment’. These words, in fact, come from the root ‘to connect’, showing us that by our positive actions we  
connect with Hashem as well as each other.  
Last week, Terumah, we learnt about uplifting through giving. This week, with the opening verse in Tetzaveh, we learn about connecting in the way we give: ‘… that they bring to you pure olive oil…. for the light (of the Menorah) to burn continuously’.  
We must give of our best, the purest olive oil. Thus we light our inner Menorah while igniting the sparks of others souls. Together as one, we illuminate the world.  
On Purim we can reveal what is hidden, the treasure and light within us.  We connect in unity and bring light, peace and joy revealing the light of G-dliness in the world for all to see and enjoy.
ליהודים היתה אורה ושמחה וששון ויקר
The Jews had light and joy and gladness and honour. Megillat Esther 8.16. 
 והימים האלה נזכרים ונעשים
‘Ánd that these days are remembered and kept in every generation, every family…’ Megillat Esther 9.28
We remember the light and the joy that was then and apply it now. We harness the light of the Parsha together with the light of Purim, leading straight into Shabbat, to peace, light and joy for all. 

📜 Today, Thursday Fast of Esther ends at 8:33 In Melbourne
Friday - Purim and Erev Shabbat 
Candle Lighting times in Australia
MELBOURNE - 7.46pm 
SYDNEY - 7.17pm
Shabbat - Shushan Purim

Extra Reading
When Purim is on a Friday: https://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/649207/jewish/On-a-Friday-Purim-when-do-I-perform-all-the-days-mitzvot.htm
 
How to celebrate Purim: https://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/1362/jewish/How-to-Celebrate-Purim.htm 

For more about the RCWC and our newest project A Significant Day: www.RCWC.org.au

Light and joy - Then and Now
This week’s Parsha is Tetzaveh, translated as 'command', like the word Mitzvah, ‘commandment’. These words, in fact, come from the root ‘to connect’, showing us that by our positive actions we
connect with Hashem as well as each other.
Last week, Terumah, we learnt about uplifting through giving. This week, with the opening verse in Tetzaveh, we learn about connecting in the way we give: ‘… that they bring to you pure olive oil…. for the light (of the Menorah) to burn continuously’.
We must give of our best, the purest olive oil. Thus we light our inner Menorah while igniting the sparks of others' souls. Together as one, we illuminate the world.
On Purim we can reveal what is hidden, the treasure and light within us. We connect in unity and bring light, peace and joy revealing the light of G-dliness in the world for all to see and enjoy.
ליהודים היתה אורה ושמחה וששון ויקר
The Jews had light and joy and gladness and honour. Megillat Esther 8.16.
והימים האלה נזכרים ונעשים
‘Ánd that these days are remembered and kept in every generation, every family…’ Megillat Esther 9.28
We remember the light and the joy that was then and apply it now. We harness the light of the Parsha together with the light of Purim, leading straight into Shabbat, to peace, light and joy for all.

📜 Today, Thursday Fast of Esther ends at 8:33 In Melbourne
Friday - Purim and Erev Shabbat
Candle Lighting times in Australia
MELBOURNE - 7.46pm
SYDNEY - 7.17pm
Shabbat - Shushan Purim

Extra Reading
When Purim is on a Friday: www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/649207/jewish/On-a-Friday-Purim-when-do-I-perform-a...

How to celebrate Purim: www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/1362/jewish/How-to-Celebrate-Purim.htm

For more about the RCWC and our newest project 'A Significant Day': www.RCWC.org.au
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Take a Donation!!
Parshat Terumah begins with - “and you shall take for me a donation.” Herein lies a beautiful message. Though a donor may feel as though he is the giver and the recipient the one who is taking - in truth through this opportunity he has to give, he is in fact receiving the biggest gift. He is receiving the gift of joy, purpose and meaning. What could be greater?!

The Gift of Time
The RCWC has launched a new project and with it an opportunity to sign up for ‘an hour a week - an hour a month’ as a volunteer so that we can continue to Empower. Nurture. Connect. - and grow and expand with a cross section of volunteers who enjoy communal involvement in a  variety of areas, big or small.  There is something just for you, give us a try!  For more about our Sunday Lunch Rosh Chodesh Nissan Event see our flyer and our latest newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/f7a0bde2fb8b/rosh-chodesh-adar. For expressions of interest: https://rcwc.org.au/contact-us/ 

Positions Available
In addition, we have several very part time positions available for women in the community to apply for. The suitable candidate would need to be enthusiastic about our mission - https://rcwc.org.au/about/ - and be knowledgeable in the area of technology and general admin.  An interest in social media would be helpful.   

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Terumah
Zachor - Special Reading
7 Adar - February 19
Candle Lighting times in Australia: 
MELBOURNE - 7.55pm
SYDNEY - 7.25pmImage attachmentImage attachment

Take a Donation!!
Parshat Terumah begins with - “and you shall take for me a donation.” Herein lies a beautiful message. Though a donor may feel as though he is the giver and the recipient the one who is taking - in truth through this opportunity he has to give, he is in fact receiving the biggest gift. He is receiving the gift of joy, purpose and meaning. What could be greater?!

The Gift of Time
The RCWC has launched a new project and with it an opportunity to sign up for ‘an hour a week - an hour a month’ as a volunteer so that we can continue to Empower. Nurture. Connect. - and grow and expand with a cross section of volunteers who enjoy communal involvement in a variety of areas, big or small. There is something just for you, give us a try! For more about our Sunday Lunch Rosh Chodesh Nissan Event see our flyer and our latest newsletter: mailchi.mp/f7a0bde2fb8b/rosh-chodesh-adar. For expressions of interest: rcwc.org.au/contact-us/

Positions Available
In addition, we have several very part time positions available for women in the community to apply for. The suitable candidate would need to be enthusiastic about our mission - rcwc.org.au/about/ - and be knowledgeable in the area of technology and general admin. An interest in social media would be helpful.

📜 Erev Shabbat Parshat Terumah
Zachor - Special Reading
7 Adar - February 19
Candle Lighting times in Australia:
MELBOURNE - 7.55pm
SYDNEY - 7.25pm
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