Mazal Tov to Davey and Lori Rubinek on the occasion of their wedding!

Times: Candlelighting is Friday 8:10pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 9:09pm. Early Mincha: 6:50pm; Early Candlelighting: 7:05pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Tetzaveh.

Upcoming Events: Tuesday, 18th February: A lunchtime lecture from Rabbi Yossy Goldman The Evil Eye: Are Jews Superstitious?” 1:00pm at Juilliard Group, Level 31, 459 Collins Street, Melbourne. RSVP for catering purposes to by COB Friday 14th February. For more information click here.

Friday, 7th March: JBD and AIJAC would like to invite you to a lunchtime lecture from Dr. Mordechai Kedar“New realities in the Middle East” 1:00pm at ABL, Level 21, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne. RSVP for catering purposes to by COB Monday 3rd March.  For more information click here.

Mincha in the CBD: Our mincha minyan has moved to ABL – Level 21, 333 Collins St – for the next few weeks to improve availability at this time of year when mincha is very late. The weekly JBD shiurim have also moved, and we will continue to monitor things and adjust if necessary. After DST is over, we will move back to 459 Collins (or thereabouts). We hope this move doesn’t inconvenience anyone, and leads to a more reliable minyan during the next few weeks.

Study: Mon 12.30 @ East Melb Shule; Wed 1.00 @ ABL.

Kosher Food in the CBD: Deliveries have not yet resumed and will advise when they do.

Thought of the Week with thanks to Gaby Silver. The seemingly excruciating detail with which the Torah describes the construction, implements, garments, and sacrifices of the Mishkan in this, last and subsequent weeks’ sections begs the question: Why devote so much scriptural real estate to this (16 chapters), as opposed to the creation of the universe (a mere 3)? The answer lies in G-d’s preliminary statement: “They shall make for Me a sanctuary, and I shall dwell among them”. “them” – not “it”. We inhabit the world, but it is external to our true, spiritual essence. Conversely, G-dliness is internal to every Jew. In our interactions with the world around us, G-d tells us that the details are vitally important. It is when we are mindful that every single one of our thoughts, words and actions accords with the Divine Will, that we can truly create a “Tent of Meeting”  – an intersection of physical and divine – within ourselves.

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