Weekly Message 12th May 2016

With great sadness we received the news of the passing of Arnold Casper this morning.

Dina and I wish Shirley and Annabelle Casper strength and comfort at this difficult time.

We also wish a blessing of a long and healthy life ahead to Eva and Alan Gold and to the entire extended family.

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Today is Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day). It is a day for every Jewish person to be incredibly proud and happy for our unbelievably thriving country. Israel belongs to every Jew whether you live in Sydney, America, Paris or London. 68 years ago, the people living in Israel cried from joy for every new advance that was made. When the train began operating they felt: “This train is actually ours!!! This beach is ours! This shopping mall is ours! This hospital is ours! Etc. Fast forward a relatively short period of 68 years and Israel has become one of the most advanced countries in the world and in many areas THE most advanced.

Now that we have set such a high standard of success we can afford to argue about how perfectly our country is operating, how perfectly our army is operating and how much room there is still for improvement.

I am personally very excited to see how much more our country will advance in the future.

Let us be extremely proud of Israel and enjoy this special day of celebration.

Happy Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) and Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Chaim and Dina Koncepolski