Our condolences to the Rubinstein and Spigler families on the passing of Mrs. Betty Rubinstein, mother of Philip Rubinstein & Beverly Spigler.  HaMakom Yenachem Etchem Betoch She’ar Aveilei Tzion Vi Yerushalayim.

Our condolences to the Zajac family on the passing of Max Zajac, father of Philip Zajac.  HaMakom Yenachem Etchem Betoch She’ar Aveilei Tzion Vi Yerushalayim.

Times: Candlelighting is Friday 7:29pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 8:29pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Chayei Sarah.

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 Gaby Silver. Chayei Sarah provides the first detailed account of a “shidduch”. Abraham’s loyal servant Eliezer travels to Haran seeking a bride for his master’s son, Yitzchak. He finds Rivkah and promptly schleps her back to Canaan for the wedding. This seemingly simple story serves as a practical and spiritual template for Jewish relationships and marriage. Firstly, many laws governing betrothal and marriage are derived from aspects of this narrative. Next, we clearly see G-d’s hand in the miraculous nature of the match. Finally, the couple’s partnership is rooted in the traditions, faith and righteousness of their predecessors. Eliezer’s appeal to Rivkah’s family is as much based on Avraham’s greatness as Yitzchak’s qualities, while immediately after the nuptials, Rivkah becomes the conduit through which Sarah’s spiritual legacy continues. We thus learn that a great match is based on adherence to our traditions, shared values and faith in G-d’s providence in our lives.

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