6 Iyar 5779 – Kedoshim

By | May 9th, 2019|

I was honoured to partake in a number of Yom Hashoa, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut communal events this past week. For me, most moving was the honour I received in singing the blessing for the State of Israel, "Avinu Shebashamyim", at the JNF and Zionist Council of NSW's Yom

29 Nisan 5779 – Acharei Mot

By | May 2nd, 2019|

Responding to tragedy - You have nothing to fear As we commemorate Yom Hoshoah this week (Thursday), we remember the 6 million who were mercilessly murdered for one reason alone. Because they were Jewish. Sadly, this anti-jew hatred has far from gone. On the last day of Passover as Jews gathered

8 Nisan 5779 – Metzora

By | April 11th, 2019|

Israel is on the verge of becoming the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the moon! Incredible that Israel, one of the smallest countries, and indeed the Jewish people, one of the smallest nations, defies the odds and, again, shoots for the stars!  The Babylonians, the ancient Greeks, Romans,

1 Nisan 5779 – Tazria-Hachodesh

By | April 4th, 2019|

This week we will be taking out three Torah's in Shul. The first is for the regular Parasha, Tazria. The second is for Rosh Chodesh, being the new month of Nissan. The third is for Parashat Hachodesh in which we will read about the very first Mitzvah given to the

23 Adar II 5779 – Shemini

By | March 28th, 2019|

With Purim behind us, it is now full steam ahead for Pesach! We had a good start to the season of freedom with the first of our three-week course taking place at my home this past Tuesday. We tasted the various food staples of Pesach and discussed the many customs,

16 Adar II 5779 – Tzav

By | March 20th, 2019|

As I write this message we are about to usher in the most joyous Jewish holiday of Purim. My daughter Penina performed this morning at a COA pre-Purim party, and Chana Raizel filmed as two Auschwitz survivors met and discussed their stories (see pic). They survived some of the darkest

9 Adar II 5779 – Vayikra

By | March 14th, 2019|

I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy Purim and I hope to see you at the many events that our Shul will be hosting this coming week!  Purim gives us the opportunity to reflect on the dangers to Jewish existence today and how we overcame

2 Adar II 5779 – Pekudei

By | March 6th, 2019|

We had a fabulous weekend last Shabbat with a sold-out Shabbat dinner and a stimulating talk by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach! This week, I would like us to consider the following. We all have two sets of lives. The lives of our dreams and the lives of our reality. The lives

25 Adar 1 5779 – Vayakhel

By | February 28th, 2019|

I am excited to welcome my sister and brother-in-law, Rabbi Shmuley and Debbie Boteach to our shule for this coming weekend. Rabbi Shmuley will be speaking on Thursday night for a communal lecture (topic: Israel and anti-semitism) and also at our Shabbat dinner (topic: Jewish success). Rabbi Shmuley brings with him