Times: Candlelighting is Friday 6:52pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 7:47pm. Early Mincha: 5:45pm; Early Candlelighting: 6:00pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Metzorah. Turn clocks back one hour on Saturday night and enjoy daylight in the morning!

Upcoming Events: Pre-Pesach double header lunchtime shiur featuring Rabbi James Kennard this coming 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. Mincha will follow that day only at 1.30pm.
RSVP for catering purposes to events@jbd.org.au by COB Monday 7th April.  For more information please click here.

Mincha in the CBD: With the end of DST, mincha returns to our usual location at Level 5 South, 459 Collins St, at 1.00pm Mon-Thu. A big thank you to ABL for hosting the minyan and helping sustain it over the last few months.

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

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 Rafi Goodman. This week’s Torah portion Metzora continues discussing the spiritual skin malady known as tzaraas.The Holy Rabbi Moshe Alshich of 16th century Tzfat in fact says that only when the Jews are in an advanced spiritual state do they merit to have the miraculous sign of tzaraas.

By virtue of the fact that tzaraas physically appears on a person’s exterior i.e. the skin – it is a superficial affliction, and indicates that the victim is in a healthy spiritual state internally and has merely erred in a superficial manner. Consequently, those who are not in a good spiritual state do not require a miraculous sign that something is wrong superficially, since there are more serious deeper problems that needs to be addressed first – which is why tzaraas is not present nowadays. Accordingly, tzaraas is not specifically connected to gossip or slander, but to the more subtle abuse of speech itself. Speech is a precious and uniquely human faculty which should be valued and not squandered.

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