Sunday 31 May 2020

SCHC - Conversation with the Cantors

South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation - Conversation with the Cantors
Join Chazzan Greg as he chats to Chazzanim Ezra Sher and Ivor Joffe!
Sunday , 31 May 2020 at 6 PM – 7 PM

Thursday 28 May 2020

Shavuos Tzetl

4:53pm - Shavuos1 Candle Lighting, Thursday
4:52pm - Shabbos/Shavuos2 Candle Lighting, Friday
5:53pm - Havdalah, Saturday
These times are for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Eruv Status: TBA
Good YomTov! 
Good Shabbos! 

On the first day of Shavuot we read from Exodus chapters 19 and 20.

A summary of the content: The Children of Israel camp opposite Mount Sinai, where they are told that G‑d has chosen them to be His "kingdom of priests" and "holy nation." The people respond by proclaiming, "All that G‑d has spoken, we shall do."

On the sixth day of the third month (Sivan), seven weeks after the Exodus, the entire nation of Israel assembles at the foot of Mount Sinai. G‑d descends on the mountain amidst thunder, lightning, billows of smoke and the blast of the shofar, and summons Moses to ascend.

G‑d proclaims the Ten Commandments, commanding the people of Israel to believe in G‑d, not to worship idols or take G‑d's name in vain, to honor their parents, keep the Shabbat, and not to murder, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness or covet another's property. The people cry out to Moses that the revelation is too intense for them to bear, begging him to receive the Torah from G‑d and convey it to them.

On the second day of Shavuot we read from Deuteronomy chapters 14-16 which detail the laws of the three pilgrimage festivals — Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot — on which all Jews came "to see and be seen before the face of G‑d" in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

First Day of Shavuot
Ezekiel 1:1-28 3:12

The haftorah for the first day of Shavuot describes Ezekiel's Vision of the Chariot reminiscent of the revelation experienced by the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, on the very first Shavuot of history.

The prophet Ezekiel son of Buzi relays the vision he had of a chariot led by four creatures that resemble men and describes their physical appearance and actions in detail, "When they [the living beings] would go, they [the wheels] would go, and when they would stand, they would stand, and when they would lift themselves up from the ground, the wheels would lift themselves correspondingly to them, for the will of the living being was in the wheels… Like the appearance of the rainbow that is in the cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness round about; that was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the L-rd, and when I saw, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice speaking."

The haftorah ends with Ezekiel's mention of the prayers of the angels to G‑d.

Second Day of Shavuot
Habakkuk 2:20, 3:1-19

The haftorah of the second day of Shavuot is a prophecy of Habakkuk

The prophet recalls the wonders that G‑d had done for Israel at the time of the Giving of the Torah at Sinai. He also speaks of the punishments that G‑d meted out to the enemies of Israel


And they camped in the desert (19:2)

In the ownerless wilderness was the Torah given to the people of Israel. For if it were given in the Land of Israel, the residents of the Land of Israel would say, "It is ours"; and if it were given in some other place, the residents of that place would say, "It is ours." Therefore it was given in the wilderness, so that anyone who wishes to acquire it may acquire it.


    When a festival day (yom tov) falls on a Friday -- as Shavuot does this year -- an "eruv tavshilin" (i.e., food for at least one "meal" that is set aside in advance for Shabbat) must be prepared prior to the festival, so that it should be permitted to prepare food for Shabbat during the festival.

    For more on Eruv Tavshilin and how it is made click here

    The Talmud relates that when G-d came to give the Torah to the People of Israel in the early morning of Sivan 6 (see "Today in Jewish History" for tomorrow), He found them sleeping. (The Chassidic masters explain that this was an attempt to connect to their subconscious, transcendent self in preparation for their reception of the divine wisdom.) To rectify this lapse, we spend the entire first night of Shavuot (which begins at nightfall tonight) studying Torah. The traditional Tikkun Leil Shavout ("Rectification for Shavuot Night") study program includes the opening and closing verses of each book of the Written Torah (Tanach), as well as of each Parshah; the entire Book of Ruth (see "Laws and Customs" for tomorrow); the opening and closing sections of each tractate of the Talmud; a list of the 613 mitzvot; and selected readings from the Zohar and other Kabbalistic works.

    Visit our Shavuot megasite


    Please click here to view the Yeshivah Shule Tzetel for Shavuos.

    Please click here to view the PDFs of the Weekly Publications previously distributed in Shule each Shabbos.


    No Minyonim are scheduled to be held in the Yeshivah Shule

    There are currently limited outdoor Minyonim for weekday Shacharis, Mincha and Maariv, which are by pre-arranged booking only.


    The pre-arranged minyan roster for Sunday mornings at 7:30am still has spaces. Please contact Hershel on 0416166435 if you can join the early Sunday morning minyan. 

    Wishing you a good Yom Tov and Kabbolas HaTorah Bsimcha Ubpnimius!


    Yeshivah Shule

    Kollel Menachem is pleased to present to you a collection of Torah thoughts from the Kollel Rabbis. With many stimulating and topical articles, we are sure this will brighten your Yom Tov.

    Click here to view the full publication

    The Torah reading for the 1st day of Shavuot is from Exodus 19-20, which recounts the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai (see "Today in Jewish History") and includes the "Ten Commandments" proclaimed at Sinai that encapsulate the entire Torah.

    The Shavuot Torah Readings
    About the Ten Commandments

    The Lubavitcher Rebbe urged that all children -- including infants --should be brought to the synagogue on the 1st day of Shavuot to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments in re-enactment of the Giving of the Torah at Sinai. Our sages relate that when G-d came to give the Torah to the people of Israel, He asked for a guarantee that that they will not forsake it. "The heaven and the earth shall be our guarantors," said the Jews, but G-d replied that "they will not last forever." "Our fathers will guarantee it," said the people, but G-d said that "they are busy." It was only when we promised that "our children will guarantee it" that G-d agreed, "These are excellent guarantors."

    Link: Our Children, Our Selves

    It is the custom in many communities to read the biblical Book of Ruth, which tells the story of Ruth, a Moabite princess--and ancestress of King David--who converted to Judaism.

    Text of Book of Ruth and its connection to Shavuot
    How Does One Convert to Judaism?

    It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot. Traditional Shavuot dairy foods include cheesecake and blintzes.

    Outside of the Land of Israel, Shavuot is observed for a 2nd day today.

    Links: Shavuot

    Yizkor, the remembrance prayer for departed parents, is recited today after the morning reading of the Torah.

    The Yizkor Prayer
    Honor Due to Parents
    On Breavement and Mourning

    Once a month, as the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called Kiddush Levanah, "the sanctification of the moon," praising the Creator for His wondrous work we call astronomy.

    Kiddush Levanah is recited after nightfall, usually on Saturday night. The blessing is concluded with songs and dancing, because our nation is likened to the moon—as it waxes and wanes, so have we throughout history. When we bless the moon, we renew our trust that very soon, the light of G‑d's presence will fill all the earth and our people will be redeemed from exile.

    Though Kiddush Levanah can be recited as early as three days after the moon's rebirth, the kabbalah tells us it is best to wait a full week, till the seventh of the month. Once 15 days have passed, the moon begins to wane once more and the season for saying the blessing has passed.


    Kiddush Levana: Sanctification of the Moon
    Brief Guide to Kiddush Levanah: Thank G‑d for the Moon!

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    Wednesday 27 May 2020

    Merkos shanna beis

    Merkos Women is offering a July-August shanna beis program for Australian girls aged 19 to 21.

    Please click on this link to apply.

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    2 bedroom apt for rent

    • high ceiling, art deco
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    • beautiful green (shared) front and back garden
    • Spacious, generous sized lounge, kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom
    • bathed in sunlight
    • polished floorboards
    • ample storage space
    • outdoor deck
    • well maintained, heritage listed block
    • A stone's throw away from Shuls, parks, schools, public transport and kosher shops
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    Mazal tov! Pachter (Gurewicz), It's a boy! πŸ‘ΆπŸ»


    Levi Yitzchok hakohen
    & Yehudis (nee Gurewicz) Pachter 
    (Crown Heights)

                     BABY BOY

    Mazltov to the grandparents
    Shaul and Miri Gurewicz (Kfar Chabad)
    Dov hakohen and Naama Pachter (Brunoy France)

    Mazltov to the great grandparents
    Shmuel and Chava Gurewicz (Melbourne)
    Pinchos Gedalia hakohen and Henia Sara Pachter (Paris)
    Aharon & Aliza Chaya Eliav (Paris)
    Zvi Menashe OBM Lipshitz
    Esther Katz (nee Lipshitz) Israel

    Tuesday 26 May 2020

    New Inkerman Drycleaners Re-opened

    is pleased to announce that we have RE-OPENED.
    Int Centres for Disease Control have declared that dry cleaning is an essential service, effective in the removal of potential Covid-19 virus from clothing.
    Tallisim, Tzitzit and Capote are our speciality.
    Trading hours:
    MONDAY - FRIDAY: 8am - 5pm;
    Closed on Shabbat & Sunday.
    We are located at:
    (just around the corner from the Yeshiva & opposite The Ink Hotel)
    Phone: 03 9527 6227

    Mazel Tov Gouraries, It's a Boy! πŸ‘ΆπŸ»


    We would like to wish Mazel tov to

    Levi & Chaya Gourarie (Sydney)

    on the birth of their baby boy.

    A warm Mazel tov to the grandparents
    Michoel & Dina Gourarie (Sydney) 
    Hershel & Debbie Herbst

    and also a warm Mazel tov to the great-grandparents
    Ilona Herbst 
    Reuben & Ruth Wein 
    Winnie Gourarie (Johannesburg) 
    Libby Zweibel (Morristown, N.J.)

    May the newborn be a source of nachas to his parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. May he grow up to be zocheh to Torah, chuppah and maasim tovim.

    The information contained in this email may be based on information provided directly to the Yeshivah Centre, or based on information circulated on other sites.

    Wishing you a Happy Shavuos, Kabbolas HaTorah Bsimcha Ubpnimius!


    Jewish Care Rabbi recruitment - Carnegie

    Jewish Care is currently in the process of recruiting a new Rabbi for the Carnegie Senior Living Community, which is currently under construction and due for completion this year.


    HAMAYAN presents: Tikkun Leil erev;) Shavuot 'live!!'

    HAMAYAN presents:
    Tikkun Leil erev;) Shavuot
    Wednesday 27 May 8.30PM

    A live/ lively conversation with a rabbi, Jewish convert and someone on the path to conversion

    with Rabbi Chaim Cowen

    with Zac Gomo

    6 fascinating members of Hamayan share a powerful 3-minute Torah message

    EJC Tikkun Leil: Conversion - an insider's perspective

    EJC (Erev) Tikkun Leil Program: 
    Conversion - an insider's perspective 
    Wednesday 27 May, 8.00pm - 9.30pm 
    Featuring EJC's very own Pirrie Simai, Craig Hespe, Judy & Mark Kras and Elka Gaensler together with internationally acclaimed, scholar, teacher, writer, translator and developer of the new conversion curriculum David Solomon
    Rav Mark 0422 718 026

    Caulfield Shule's Yizkor service on zoom

    Chabad Youth Shavuos

    Shavuot at St Kilda Shule - Tikun Leil and services

    An impressive line-up of authoritative speakers will lead St Kilda Shule's pre-Shavuot Tikun Leil program tomorrow night, Wed 27 May, 8 pm on Zoom. There's something for everyone, with topics ranging from organ donation to body image and botox; and from Jewish conversion and identity to the showing of kindness. Presenters are St Kilda Shule's Rabbi Yaakov Glasman, psychologist Toni Pikoos, outreach rabbi and medical student Rabbi Avi Bart and Torah scholar Rabbanit Lydia Rosenberg. Shule board member and freelance journalist Rachelle Unreich will moderate.

    Shavuot services on Friday May 29 and Saturday May 30 are by pre-registration only. For further details call Harold Sternfeld 0422 369 963.

    Caulfield Shule invites you to Tikkun Leil Shavuot...

    Brighton Shule Pre Shavuot Events

    Tuesday 26 May at 5 pm
    Back by popular demand. Even if we can't get together for Shavuot lunch, we can still enjoy the Rabbi's cheesecake! Come and bake with Rabbi Alex on Tuesday 26/5 at 5pm and have a wonderful (large) cheesecake ready for Shavuot. Ingredients and equipment required below:

     Email shule for the ingredients list or find this in our facebook event below (

    Flyer attached or click on facebook event -  

    Wednesday 27 May at 8 pm onwards
    Since we can't get together over cheesecake and coffee on Shavuot night itself, we can at least learn something together the night itself on Zoom. Come and hear from three incredible speakers about the various issues in Jewish culture, history, and philosophy, starting from 8PM on Wednesday 27 May.

    8pm-8:40pm: Dr Sue Silberberg on "The History for the Jews in Melbourne"*
    8:45pm-9:45pm: Rabbi Jeremy Wieder on "When Science and Torah Collide: on the non-Literal Interpretation of Scripture in Jewish Tradition"
    9:50pm-10:50pm: Professor Chaviva Levin on "What to Do with Something New? Coffee, Coffeehouses and Early Modern Jewry"
    * This will be a  Q&A moderated by Gary Max  

    Flyer attached or click here for facebook event -


    Part time - Sunday and flexible 1/2 day for lady who is delicate and has special needs on ndis - this lovely lady enjoys eating out ! Loves social activities and loves art and writing - please ask me any questions 

    Shavuos Flower Arrangements

    Monday 25 May 2020

    Women Standing at Sinai

    Wednesday Morning Parsha Shiur

    "Following in the Footsteps of our Forefathers"

    the weekly Parsha Shiur in memory of 

    Shuli Mehlman, Liba Gutnick & Yael Bloch A"H 

    Wednesday mornings at 11am.

    All ladies & girls welcome.


    Wednesday May 27th – Riva Cohen


    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 364 393 514

    Dial by your location
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    The shiur will be recorded and I will send out the link for the audio recording after the shiur. I believe it will be accessible for a week after the shiur.


    Yeshivah Shavuos Minyonim Plan

    Please click here to view a joint statement from the Shules in Yeshivah Centre with the plan for Minyonim on Shavuos.

    For your convenience: Please click here to view the guidelines for re-opening and please click here for the link to the booking document.

    Wishing you a Happy Shavuos, Kabbolas HaTorah Bsimcha Ubpnimius!


    Yeshivah Shule

    Fwd: Bloom Bar Shavuot Flowers

    Pre-order your Shavuot flowers with us! 
    Taking orders now until Monday, May 25th. 
    Choose your floral option from our flower bar menu today! 
    To order, email us, message us on Facebook or on Instagram. 
    Weekly Shabbos bouquets also available!

    Shavuos Books @ Golds

    Final call for Shavuos orders!

    It's nearly Shavuos, so it's time to finalise that Eli's Deli order!

    Sushi, PokΓ© bowls, Gravlax and Herring are all available to order to at enhance your Yom Tov table! 

    Don't forget to check out our new Kiddush pack which includes an array of our products, plus the option of sending a greeting card if sending to a loved one.

    All our products are certified by Kosher Australia.

    Final orders close at 5pm on *Wednesday*, so don't delay! Order from Eli's Deli today πŸ˜‡

    Wishing all our customers a wonderful Chag!

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    2 bathrooms (incl. master en suite) 
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    Modern kitchen with 2 ovens and walk-in pantry 
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    Sunday 24 May 2020


    Summer, Winter, Rain, Hail or Shine 
    Get your Modest Clothes @ LOVE2LAYER

    Modest Layering & Fashion for girls and women

    During these times will be open by Appointment Only

    Available during the week and Sundays!!!

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    Re-Opening Yeshivah Centre Shules

    Please click here to view a joint statement from the Shules in Yeshivah Centre with the plan for reopening. 

    Wishing you a good Shabbos and Kabbolas HaTorah Bsimcha Ubpnimius!


    Yeshivah Centre Administration

    Shu-Mart - Closing Down - All Stock Must Go

    All Stock Must Go! 

    Trading Hours 
    Monday - Thursday - 10am - 6pm 
    Sunday - 12pm - 4pm 
    Kind regards 
    Team @ Shu-Mart

    Shavous Special From Haymisha Bakery

    For Sale: Unopened S26 Soy Baby Formula

    Looking to sell 5 unopened containers of S26 Soy Baby Formula. Selling as baby is no longer using formula. 
    $23ea or $100 for the lot, OBO. 
    Please call/text 0482028677 if interested.

    Friday 22 May 2020

    Shabbos Tzetl: Bamidbar & Mevarchim

    4:56pm - Candle Lighting, Friday.
    5:56pm - Havdalah, Saturday.
    These times are for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
    Eruv Status: KOSHER
    Shabbat Shalom! 

    This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim ("the Shabbat that blesses" the new month): a special prayer is recited blessing the Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") of the upcoming month of Sivan, which falls on Sunday (tommorow).

    Prior to the blessing, we announce the precise time of the molad, the "birth" of the new moon. See molad times.


    Please click here to view the Yeshivah Shule Tzetel for Shabbos Mevorchim Sivan Parshas Bamidbar.

    Please click here to view the PDFs of the Weekly Publications previously distributed in Shule each Shabbos.

    Wishing you a a good Shabbos, a good Chodesh and Kabbolas HaTorah Bsimcha Ubpnimius!

    In the Sinai Desert, G‑d says to conduct a census of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses counts 603,550 men of draftable age (20 to 60 years); the tribe of Levi, numbering 22,300 males age one month and older, is counted separately. The Levites are to serve in the Sanctuary. They replace the firstborn, whose number they approximated, since they were disqualified when they participated in the worshipping of the Golden Calf. The 273 firstborn who lacked a Levite to replace them had to pay a five-shekel "ransom" to redeem themselves.

    When the people broke camp, the three Levite clans dismantled and transported the Sanctuary, and reassembled it at the center of the next encampment. They then erected their own tents around it: the Kohathites, who carried the Sanctuary's vessels (the Ark, menorah, etc.) in their specially designed coverings on their shoulders, camped to its south; the Gershonites, in charge of its tapestries and roof coverings, to its west; and the families of Merari, who transported its wall panels and pillars, to its north. Before the Sanctuary's entranceway, to its east, were the tents of Moses, Aaron, and Aaron's sons.

    Beyond the Levite circle, the twelve tribes camped in four groups of three tribes each. To the east were Judah (pop. 74,600), Issachar (54,400) and Zebulun (57,400); to the south, Reuben (46,500), Simeon (59,300) and Gad (45,650); to the west, Ephraim (40,500), Manasseh (32,200) and Benjamin (35,400); and to the north, Dan (62,700), Asher (41,500) and Naphtali (53,400). This formation was kept also while traveling. Each tribe had its own nassi (prince or leader), and its own flag with its tribal color and emblem.

    Hosea 2:1-22.

    This week's haftorah begins with the words, "The number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea [shore], which can be neither measured nor counted." An appropriate reading for the first Torah reading of the Book of Numbers.

    Hosea first prophesies about the eventual reunification of the houses of Judah and Israel. During the Messianic Era, these two perennial antagonists will make peace and appoint a single leader. Hosea then rebukes the Jewish people for their infidelity, abandoning their "husband," G‑d, and engaging in adulterous affairs with pagan deities. He describes the punishments they will suffer because of this unfaithfulness.

    Eventually, though, Hosea reassures the Jews that they will repent, and G‑d will accept them back wholeheartedly. The haftorah concludes with the moving words: "And I will betroth you to Me forever, and I will betroth you to Me with righteousness and with justice and with loving-kindness and with mercy."


    G‑d spoke to Moses in the desert of Sinai (Numbers 1:1)

    The Torah was given to the people of Israel in the ownerless desert. For if it were given in the Land of Israel, the residents of the Land of Israel would say, "It is ours"; and if it were given in some other place, the residents of that place would say, "It is ours." Therefore it was given in the wilderness, so that anyone who wishes to acquire it may acquire it.

    (Mechilta d'Rashbi)

    Why was the Torah given in the desert? To teach us that if a person does not surrender himself to it like the desert, he cannot merit the words of Torah. And to teach us that just as the desert is endless, so is the Torah without end.

    (Pesikta d'Rav Kahana)



      In preparation for the festival of Shavuot, we study one of the six chapters of the Talmud's Ethics of the Fathers ("Avot") on the afternoon of each of the six Shabbatot between Passover and Shavuot; this Shabbat being the Shabbat before Shhavuot, we study Chapter Six. (In many communities -- and such is the Chabad custom -- the study cycle is repeated through the summer, until the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah.)

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