JBD bids a fond farewell to Moshe Ajzenszmidt, a regular at one of our weekly shiurim for many years, who is retiring and making Aliya next week.

Times: Candlelighting is Friday 7:02pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 7:58pm. Early Mincha: 6:10pm; Early Candlelighting: 6:20pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Tazriah and Parshat Hachodesh. Rosh Chodesh Nissan is Monday night & Tuesday.

Upcoming Events: On Monday, 31 March, Mincha at ABL will be preceded by a Siyum on Masechta Sukka in accordance with the Daf Yomi Talmud study cycle. The siyum will be made and sponsored by Yudi New and will be accompanied by Daneli’s sandwiches. The siyum will be at 1.30pm at ABL’s offices, Level 21, 333 Collins St. Mincha will begin at 1.53pm sharp.

Pre-Pesach double header lunchtime Shiur featuring Rabbi James Kennard on Wednesday, 9th April at 12:30pm: Part 1: Non-Textual “Why start the Seder with kiddush?” and 1:00pm: Part 2: Textual: “From disgrace to almost praise” at Billing Bureau, Level 5 South Tower, 459 Collins St. RSVP for catering purposes to events@jbd.org.au by COB Monday 7th April.  For more information please click here.

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha will continue at ABL for just one more week (time next week: at 1.53pm) before we are finally rid of “daylight savings” (aka “why is it so dark in the morning?”). After DST is over, we will move back to 459 Collins.

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

Kosher Food in the CBD: Kosher sandwiches and snacks are available
at the following locations:
-CBW Express- 181 William Street (Open late until 9pm)
-Pronto on Flinders – 335 Flinders Lane
Please see below for the fresh range of kosher sandwiches and snacks delivered daily to the CBD.
SANDWICHES: egg mayonnaise and tomato, tuna mayonnaise and pickles, smoked salmon and herbed cream cheese, crisp lettuce, sliced cheese, tomato, cucumber and salad
SNACKS: natural berry yogurt with oat cluster crumble, fresh fruit salad, mixed berry muffin

Thought of the Week with thanks to Yehuda Gottlieb. This week’s Torah portion of Tazriah explains the process of being contaminated with tzara’at and the purification process. The verse describing this process explains that one must be ‘diagnosed’ by “Aron HaKohen or one of his sons the Kohanim”. Why was it necessary for a Kohen to be involved in this procedure?

The Oznayim LaTorah explains that a person contracts tzara’at because of seven of the most severe sins (outlined in Masechet Arachin 17a). Therefore, a person who has done these sins requires atonement, which is a service performed by the Kohanim on Yom Kippur. The analogy given by the Oznayim LaTorah is of a person who is not feeling ill, requires a doctor to diagnose him and advise him on the best path to health. The same is instructed of the Kohanim in the spiritual sphere – when one has committed a sin, a Kohen is required to diagnose the cause behind the tzara’at and help the individual to achieve spiritual (and in this case physical) healing.

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