Times: Candlelighting is Friday 5:39pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 6:37pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Nitzavim-Vayeilech. Selichot start Saturday night.

Mincha in the CBD: JBD mincha minyan continues (Monday-Tuesday) at 1:00pm. There are also minyanim (Monday-Tuesday) at 1.15pm at East Melbourne shul and Chabad of the CBD.

Study: Mon 12.30 @ East Melb Shule; The Wednesday shiur is cancelled this week due to Erev Rosh Hashanah and will resume next week.

Kosher Food in the CBD: GOLD’S GOURMET are supplying delicious sandwiches to the following THREE outlets in the CBD:
Pronto on Flinders @ Ground Level, 335 Flinders Lane
CBW Express- CGU Building @ 181 William St.
Cityblend Café @ 365 Little Collins St.

Thought of the Week with thanks to Geoff Bloch. Parashat Vayelech concludes with the introduction of Moshe’s song of Ha’azinu. The introduction is in the past tense but the song has yet to be sung. The verse introducing Moshe’s song of shirat hayam also mixes both future tense and past tense “Az yashir Moshe” (Then Moshe will sing) – FUTURE TENSE- “et hashira hazot laHashem vayom’ru laymor” – PAST TENSE.  According to the Rabbis, this mixture of the tenses in Moshe’s songs reflects the fact that the wisdom they express is relevant in every age and will resonate for eternity. Following the same paradigm, Vayelech is alerting us, a week in advance, to listen carefully to the profundity expressed in Moshe’s song of Ha’azinu “ad tummam” (the concluding words of the parasha). As Rosh Hashanah approaches, may we correctly recalibrate our own lives to accord with what we will hear next week and thereby merit being judged as “tammim” and inscribed in all the preferred heavenly books.

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