3 Tamuz 5779 – Korach

By | July 4th, 2019|

I had the immense honour this week of participating in the induction service of the new Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force. One of the qualities that struck me about the incoming chief, was his sense of humility. In his speech, he mentioned one of his primary goals was

26 Sivan 5779 – Shelach

By | June 27th, 2019|

The ONLY perspective that breeds SUCCESS! How often have you not achieved something because you told yourself: "I can't do it"? To what extent does our own thinking contribute towards the achievement of our goals?  A lot. When Moses sends the 12 tribal leaders (known as the '12 spies')

Community Growth & Education Officer / Associate Rabbi

By | June 27th, 2019|

Maroubra Synagogue is searching for a Community Growth & Education Officer / Associate Rabbi. This is a new role and a part-time position – initial 12-month contract. We are seeking to engage a passionate and pro-active adult educator to enhance our offering and to support the vision of the Rabbi and the Board.

19 Sivan 5779 – Beha’alotecha

By | June 21st, 2019|

Is humility just a glorified way of referring to someone with low self-esteem? In this week's Parasha Moshe is described as "exceedingly humble", more than any other person on earth. Now, it's true that Moshe was an accomplished man, a man of many talents. It was he whom G-d

12 Sivan 5770 – Nasso

By | June 13th, 2019|

How do we inject new feeling into the daily, and sometimes repetitive, actions of life? The Torah portion of this week, Naso, contains over three columns of repetition when it comes to relating the details behind the offerings brought by each of the tribes. Each offering was identical, yet the

5 Sivan 5779 – Bamidbar

By | June 7th, 2019|

Shavuot message 2019 Can you be coerced into a relationship? Your gut feel is probably, no. That’s not the right way to enter a relationship. Relationships should be mutually acceptable and respectful. If so, then the following episode is really quite strange. The Talmud (Shabbat 88a) relates that at

27 Iyar 5779 – Bechukotai

By | May 30th, 2019|

In order to cause real change in our lives we must implement our dreams through real action. The prophet Jeremiah witnessed the destruction of the Temple and foretold the exile of our people. And yet, he went out and bought land in Jerusalem! He was he a man who truly

20 Ilyar 5779 – Behar

By | May 23rd, 2019|

Do you live to work or work to live? Where do the true priorities of our lives lie? Most of us spend so much of our week, in fact, the majority of it, away from our families and devoid of those things that we really want to do. We

13 Iyar 5779 – Emor

By | May 16th, 2019|

Do we cry or celebrate after the passing of a person? This coming week on Wednesday night we will be ushering in the joyous day of Lag B'omer. After Pesach we count down 49 days until the festival of Shavuot. Yet most of these days are days of sadness