Pesach
at Chabad North Shore

Pesach: March 30-April 7, 2018

Message from the Rabbi

Dear Member,

 

On Friday night Jews all over the world will sit down to a Seder which might be the most popularly celebrated Jewish tradition.

The Torah commands us to “remember the day you went out of Egypt”. If one has a strong imagination one can sometimes re-experience an event that happened to him/her as if it was happening again. Therefore in the Haggada we read that one is meant to see himself as if he went out of Egypt, that is we should “re-live” the story of the oppression and liberation as if it was happening to us now. We must to the best of our abilities imagine ourselves in Egypt and experiencing the liberation.

What is the purpose of this memory?

One reason is that if we relive it in the physical world Hashem once again relates to us in this miraculous manner of liberation helping us become liberated from our inner “Egypt” i.e. our inner constriction and enslavement, whether it be ill health, lack of essential needs, addictions, inner turmoil, lack of spiritual meaning and sense of purpose etc.

One of the most well-known parts of the Haggada is Vehi Sheomda - many actually sing this paragraph which reads: And this (Hashem’s blessings and the Torah) is what kept our fathers and what keeps us surviving. For, not only one arose and tried to destroy us, rather in every generation they try to destroy us, and Hashem saves us from their hands.

The message is clear just as G‑d saved us in the past, He will surely save us again for He stands with us always.

I would like to recommend that in addition to remembering the exodus from Egypt, remember and relive a personal exodus from a personal Egypt where you thought you were in a pickle - a difficult situation in any of the above ways, yet have managed to get out of it and are now in a better state. Everyone has many such moments they could relive in their own life, and let the past be prologue, for just as Hashem helped you then, surely Hashem will once again be there for you and help you out of your present Egypt as well.

Fruma and I wish you a very Kosher and happy Pesach.

Rabbi Nochum Schapiro

PS Click here for some Vehi Sheamda tunes  soulful traditional and  contemporary.

 

FEW IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Chametz Deadline 
Finish eating Chametz by: 11:00 am
Burn your chametz before: 12:00 pm

> Sale of Chametz
Please ensure to send in your Chametz form by Thursday, 29 March by 5:00 pm either by bringing it into the office, or online at
ChabadHouse.org.au/chametz.

> Burning of the Chametz
We will have a communal burning of Chametz on Friday morning, 30 March at 11:00 am at Chabad. Feel free to come and bring your last few crumbs and the 10 pieces from the Search for Chametz. DO NOT BRING LARGE AMOUNTS OF CHAMETZ.

> Shule Services
Pesach Evening Services: 6:30 pm (30-31 March 2018) 
Pesach Morning Services: 9:30 am (31 March, 1 April 2018)

> Fast of the Firstborn
We will have a Siyum on Friday morning, 30 March, following the Shacharit service (commencing at 8:15 am). 

> Assist the Needy for Pesach  
With your help, we have already given out food packages and money to many families in need of assistance for Pesach. If you haven't yet, you can still participate in this most important Mitzvah. 
Click here to donate.

> Shmurah Matzah
If you would still like to purchase Shmurah Matzah for your Seder we may still have a few boxes available. Please contact the office. 
If you have not yet received your complimentary Matzah, please come into the office to collect.

> Communal Seder
We only have 8 places for our fully-catered Communal Pesach Seder. Please books by clicking here 
www.chabadhouse.org.au/register

> Yizkor
The Yizkor Memorial Service will be recited in Shule on the last day of Pesach, Shabbat, 7 April at approximately 11:00 am.

> Moshiach Seudah
On the last day of Pesach, 7 April, the customary 'Moshiach's Seudah' - 'Meal of Moshiach' will take place (following Mincha) at 4:15 pm

 
Community Seder

Join us for a Passover Seder you will remember for a lifetime!

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First Seder: Friday, 30 March 2018

Second Seder: Saturday, 31 March 2018

Location: Chabad North Shore

Details: Relive the exodus, discover the eternal meaning of the Haggadah, and enjoy a community Seder complete with hand-baked Shmurah Matzah, wine and a wonderful dinner spiced with unique traditional customs.

 
Service times 2018
Friday – 30 March 2018

 

Finish eating Chametz by: 11:00 am
Burn and Sell your Chametz by: 12:00 pm
Candle lighting: 6:32 pm
Pesach/Shabbat Evening Service: 6:30 pm
followed by First Seder

Shabbat – 31 March 2018

 

Morning Service: 9:30 am
Candle Lighting (from a pre-existing flame): after 7:18 pm 
Evening Service: 6:30 pm
followed by Second Seder

Sunday – 1 April 2018

 

Clock change - Daylight saving time ends

Morning Service: 9:30 am (10:30 am)
Holiday Ends: 6:28 pm

 
Thursday – 5 April 2018

 

Eruv Tavshilin
Candle Lighting: 5:28 pm
Evening Service: 6:00 pm

Friday – 6 April 2018

 

Morning Service: 9:30 am
Candle Lighting (from a pre-existing flame) before: 5:22 pm
Evening Service: 6:00 pm

Shabbat – 7 April 2018

Morning Service: 9:30 am
Yizkor (Memorial Service): after 11:00 am
Mincha: 4:15 pm
followed by Seudat Moshiach
Pesach Ends: 6:20 pm

Join us for services at Chabad, 27 College Crescent, St Ives

Sell your chametz

 

Use this online form to sell your chametz for Passover.

Any chametz left undisposed must be sold to a non-Jew. Since there are many legal intricacies involved in this sale, a rabbi acts as our agent both to sell the chametz to the non-Jew on the morning before Passover and also to buy it back the evening after Passover ends. Use this online form to quickly delegate a rabbi to sell your chametz for you.

 
Order Matzah

Traditional handmade shmurah matzah is recommended for Seder use.

Shmurah means watched, and it is an apt description of this Matzah, the ingredients of which (the flour and water) are watched from the moment of harvesting and drawing.

Shmurah matzot are round, kneaded and shaped by hand, and are similar to the matzot that were baked by the Children of Israel as they left Egypt. It is thus fitting to use Shmurah Matzah on each of the two Seder nights for the matzot of the Seder plate.

Click on the link below to order your matzah today!

 
Meal of Moshiach

 

Shabbat, 7 April 2018, 4:15 pm (starting with Mincha)

Just when you thought you had seen it all! This day, the final day of Passover, emphasizes an even higher Freedom! It is dedicated to our imminent and final redemption.

Following the custom of the Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chassidism, Passover concludes with a "Feast of Moshiach." This festive meal complete with Matzah and, yes, four cups of wine, begins before sunset. It is the perfect way to spiritually take leave of Passover and open our consciousness to the coming redemption.

 
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