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This week’s Torah portion is Devarim, the opening section of the last book of the Torah known in English as Deuteronomy. This Shabbat, however, is known as Shabbat Chazon, after the opening words of the special Haftarah reading: “Chazon Y’Shayahu”, “[This is] the vision of [the prophet] Isaiah”. 

The origins of the tradition of the Haftarah, the supplementary biblical reading associated with the weekly Torah portion, are obscure. Normally, the selection is tied to the content of the Torah portion, or to a key word or personality found in the Torah reading. 

However, the rhythm of the Jewish calendar also helps to determine the Haftarah reading, as is the case this week. This Shabbat comes just before the fast day of Tisha B’Av on which we commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 BCE and 70 CE). It is the last of three special Haftarot of “rebuke”, in which the prophets of ancient Israel warn the people to repent lest their sins bring national ruin. 

Tisha B’Av was, throughout the centuries, a day of serious sorrow and reflective repentance. It’s negative gravitational pull attracted other historical disasters of Jewish history, regardless of whether they occurred on that specific day.

But as we have learnt across the centuries, the key to understanding Jewish history is not in accepting the explanations of why, but in studying the ways of how: how, following disaster after disaster, the Jewish people found the courage to start anew, to recommit to Torah, and to reaffirm that life had — or at least could have — meaning, notwithstanding the evil that was so often manifest. 

I hope you will have an opportunity to join with our community this Shabbat as we explore the “how” of Jewish life.
Our celebrations on Shabbat begins this Friday with Bubs & Bagels at 10am led by Natalie Stone. A unique program of playtime and music and designed specifically for grandparents, parents and guardians with children aged 0 - 2 years. 
We are looking forward to services at Emmy Monash which begin with a meet and greet at 3.45pm and then services at 4.15pm with Rabbi Gersh Lazarow and Sharon Mattatia. This multi-generational service is a truly meaningful experience for all.

Following that, Sharon will be join Cantor Michel Laloum in the Main Sanctuary for Kabbalat Shabbat which begins as at 6.15pm in the Main Sanctuary.

Join Rabbi Fred Morgan and Denise Same for Gesher Shacharit at 10am in the Friedlander. 

The main service in the sanctuary begins at 10am and we warmly welcome Rabbi Aviva Kipen as Darshanit, leading services.

Ian Kaplan celebrates his bar mitzvah at our Minchah service on Saturday at 3pm .  We wish the Kaplan family a huge mazal tov on their simcha!
Together with Shira, Leo Baeck Centre, Etz Chayim, Kedem & Kehilat Nitzan, join us for the fourth annual cross-communal Tisha B'Av Commemoration. We will remember the destruction wrought by the Sinat Chiman (baseless hatred) of our past and committed for pursuing a future defined by Ahavat Chiman (unconditional love).
Saturday 10th August
7:00pm Maariv
7:30pm Eicha Reading & Study Program to follow

Hosted by Shira: 222 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield North VIC 3161
The King David School invite you to their Senior School Information Evening to meet with Principal, Marc Light and hear from senior staff about their approach to teaching and learning and Jewish Life. There will also be a tour of the campus at the end of the session. I can highly recommend that all the parents take the educational opportunity that this evening offers. Please register your attendance by clicking HERE.
Come and celebrate love at the Next Dor Tu B'Av dinner and drinks! Open to all in their 20's and 30's, whether single or coupled. For more information or to join this group visit their Facebook page. 

Lunch and Learn with Bill Appleby
12.30pm Saturday 17th August

Bill Appleby, CEO – JewishCare.

Jewish Care Victoria has an ambitious agenda to change the face of aged care, disability and community services for our community.
Investing $200 million dollars in six projects over ten years, Bill Appleby will talk about some of these exciting projects and how they will help our community.

Fertility, Genetics & Judaism Panel
3pm, Sunday 18th August

A compelling conversation exploring the challenges and achievements of fertility, technology and Jewish tradition. Moderated by Rabbi Ettlinger. RSVP to

Happy Birthday to:

Elphine Bridgeman, David Efron, Howard Elton, Joseph Freidin, Yair Frid, Nikki Grinstein, Rodney Hartman, Stella Jeong, David Kingston, Izak Kiven, Estelle Newmark, Michael Marks, Stan Saks, Karen Spernat, Joshua Starr, Elad Tal & Sylvia Turella

Happy Anniversary to:

Peter and Anna Berkovits
Di and Steven Morton
Mishkan T'shuvah, our new machzorim for the High Holy Days are almost here. There are limited quantities available for sale in the office. Order your set today, or sponsor a set for the community. Look out for special opportunities to learn about the Machzor in August & September during Lunch 'n Learn.
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Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Gersh Lazarow
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