Here's the weekly update from JBD:
- Candlelighting is Friday 5.06pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 6.07pm
- The weekly Torah portion is Matot
- Capital Jewish Forum (CJF) and JBD - Jews of the Melbourne CBD together with GMK Partners are pleased to invite you to have lunch with the US Ambassador to Australia, HE JEFF BLEICH and hear him discuss the topic"From Obama ’08 to the Arab Spring – the Political Impact of Social Media". Wednesday 27th July 2011 from 12.15 at GMK Partners. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by COB Monday 25th July. Click here for more details.
- The recording from yesterday's Talk of the Town on Blazing new spiritual pathswith Rabbi Jacks is now available for download on the podcasts page.
- Summary of weekly shiurim: Mon 12:30 @ East Melb Shul; The Weekly Parsha & Talmud Shiur will be taking a recess this week but will be back next Wed 12:45 @ Billing Bureau
- Talk of the Town will be taking a recess for the next 2 weeks but will be back on 11/8 with Rabbi Jacks at Wingate Group - 9/333 Collins St.
- Mincha is held daily at 1:15pm. Click here for details.
- Two-minute dvar Torah for busy people: This week’s Torah portion is called “Matos”. “Matos” means ”tribes”. Moshe spoke to the leaders of the tribes and instructed them on the laws of vows. Moshe singled them out to show that clearly leaders must take responsibilityfor their flock at all times. Even when making a vow which is seemingly personal between husband and wife, father and child, a leader must help that person, especially when a vow was made that affects the other members of the household/community. There were once two people who both made vows contradicting each other’s vow. A decision was reached where the person who had never made a vow in their lifetime, even for truthful purposes, would have their vow fulfilled. One must be careful when promising to do something, that they correctly assess the situation and the impact it will have on others. Even when a person does an action which is seemingly personal, one must keep in mind that this may affect others. During these days of mourning for the destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh it is a time to be more considerate to others and create a positive environment around us.
With thanks to Rabbi Benyomin Serebryanski.
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