South Head Synagogue
Simon Henderson - Speaker's Forum
Simon Henderson Speakers Forum is this Monday night! Click here to book.
Thank You All!
My mother, sister and I, together with all our family, have been absolutely overwhelmed by the huge level of support that we have received from you, our community, over this past week and a half. Your calls, texts and emails have helped soften the pain of our father's unexpected passing. (Although our father was 92, he was regaining muscle strength after a serious fall and the week before his passing began walking again. Until the end he was mentally astute and amazingly positive notwithstanding his total blindness.)
Although it has been difficult to respond individually to all your warm messages, please be assured that we have read them all. The fact that so many of you have taken the time to write has meant a lot to us.
This week is Shabbat Nachamu. In a beautiful letter to Arik Sharon after he suffered the loss of a child, the Rebbe wrote to him explaining why we say to mourners, "May G-D comfort you among all those who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem." Read More
Faith Lost and Found
Faith Lost and Found
Tribute by Rabbi Milecki to Elie Wiesel
Friday night, 8th July
This week we mourned the loss of Elie Wiesel, one of the most passionate Jewish voices of our time. A speaker, author and teacher - he reached non-Jewish audiences in a manner that very few ever could.
Elie Wiesel’s early life was deeply plagued and tormented. He had written his now famous book Night - which as it’s name suggests - cast a pall of darkness over everything: G-d and Humanity. Because just as it is difficult to believe in G-d after the Holocaust, so too is it impossible to believe in Man. After all, the Holocaust came after well over a century of humanistic enlightenment which had largely replaced the religious focus of the Christian world. With the death of religion the world was meant to be better. But it had become worse, much, much worse. Read More
A New Vision For South Head!
This past Sunday we had our first Board Meeting. This is my opening address to the Board in which I enunciate critical elements of our vision for South Head. Below you will find a message from President James Hochroth who will, G-d Willing, be a regular contributor to South Head’s eNews.
Firstly, I would like to thank you all for being here today and for joining our Board of Management. In so doing you demonstrate your support of our Shule, our President and myself. The last two weeks have been difficult – I would say unnecessarily difficult – as a result of the unwelcome publicity in the AJN, but I believe that is behind us. I would like to say at the outset that James and our treasurer Jack have been extraordinarily supportive of me personally. Through that support they have unleashed an energy that I haven’t felt in years. Let’s say it how it is: everyone needs support. Even Moses needed support. When he had the support of the people, he ascended in greatness, when he didn’t, he descended. As of today, we turn over a new constructive leaf. We take the first steps in making our shule – South Head – all that it can be, the most vibrant shule in Sydney. Read More
A Presidential Address
I have just been elected president, to be confronted with an article in the Australian Jewish News. I want to talk to you about myself, how I see the issues and challenges facing the shul and Rabbi Milecki’s position.
I was born and brought up in New York. I am about to celebrate 40 years of marriage; my wife, Yvonne, comes from a family of Holocaust survivors in Adelaide, who were Hungarian-speaking, and very religious.
I have been a member at South Head for nearly 35 years, on the board for 23 years, thus making me the longest serving person; I served as treasurer for a few years. Read More
Simchat Yom Tov Fund
Donations to Simchat Yom Tov Fund can be made at any time to honour people for a variety of reasons - in lieu of birthday gifts; when making a pledge after an Aliyah; to show gratitude for someone's kindness or assistance; in the merit of a Refuah Sheleima .. and more
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The Jew: Beyond the Natural Order
During our glorious yet tortuous history we have risen to heights unequaled by any other nation or people...but we have also been trampled underfoot by all other nations and people. We are a nation which has given the world so much, yet has suffered so much in return.... If the lofty concept of morality exists, it is due to the Jews; and if the degrading concept of holocaust exists, then that too is due to the Jews. more..
Rabbi Benzion Milecki
Rabbi Milecki's Torah Blog
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|Adapting to Change||How, When and Why ... just because something worked before doesn't mean it will work again -You have to adapt to changing circumstances - and it takes great wisdom to know if, when and how.
|Every Jew a Shaliach||Each and every Jew, man and woman, is a shaliach - G-d’s personal emissary. With this great privilege comes the great responsibility ..||Jun-15|
The Daily Word
“The righteous man falls seven times and then he rises” - Proverbs. Failure is a necessary component of success!
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