Mazal Tov to Yechiel & Chanie Belfer (née: Benchemhoun) on the birth (in Melb) of their daughter.  Mazel tov to the grandparents Barbara &  Michi Belfer, Adina & Yehuda Benchemhoun.  Mazel tov to the great-grandmothers, Mrs Sadie Goldsmith (Melb), Mrs Sara Belfer (Israel), Mrs Benchemhoun (France)

Times: Candlelighting is Friday 7:22pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 8:21pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Veyeirah .

Mincha in the CBD: JBD mincha continues until the end of November at 1.45pm.

Study: Mon 12.30 @ East Melb Shule; Wed 12.30 Special @ Billing Bureau.

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 Rabbi Binyomin Serebryanski.  “And behold he saw three men..” These words describe the incredible love Avraham had for other people. Avraham had just fulfilled G-d’s command to circumcise himself – bris milah. On the third day following his bris, G-d Himself paid a visit to him as he was unwell – Bikur Cholim. At that moment Avraham noticed three men approaching and with quickness greeted them. G-d watches as Avraham greets his guest and feeds them instead of engaging the greatest spiritual experience for himself. The Gemorah learns a lesson from this remarkable situation that welcoming guests is in fact greater than any spiritual revelation. Having guests in our home is greater than entertaining G-d Himself. My grandfather, Reb Zalman Serebryanski A”H once asked me if I had guests for Shabbos. He clarified his question. “I don’t mean your friends, I mean guests.” He was conveying to me the importance of having people over who are not necessarily from my social circle or from my close acquaintances, but rather people who are not part of my inner circle. To reach out beyond, to ”three men”, who I have never met before, and welcome them to feed them and see to their needs. This is what is greater than the revelation of G-dliness.

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