Times: Candlelighting is Friday 7:44pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 8:46pm. Early Shabbat times – Mincha: 6:20pm; Candlelighting 6:35pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Vayetze.

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.
CBW Express has arguably the largest range of fresh and packaged kosher products in the CBD!
-Cityblend Café @ 365 Little Collins St.

Thought of the Week with thanks to Rabbi James Kennard. After twenty years of being exploited in the house of his uncle Laban, Jacob finally has the courage and the opportunity to flee with his family. But Laban chases after him and quickly overtakes the fugitive band. The conclusion is a non-aggression pact symbolized by a mound of stones placed between them, delineating a boundary that neither will cross. They swear an oath: Laban invokes the names of the gods of his grandfather and of Jacob¹s grandfather. Given that the former is an idol and the latter is G-d Himself, Laban¹s oath is wonderfully pluralist, courteously giving legitimacy to all opinions and faiths. But Jacob response is different. He swears only in the name of his father’s G-d (Genesis 31:53). Jacob does not invoke idolatry since for him the name of the true G-d cannot be sullied by co-existence with its antithesis. Truth and falsehood cannot co-exist.

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