Mazal Tov to Michoel & Kate Friedman on the birth of their baby boy.
Condolences to Ezra Abrahams on the passing of his father (in Israel).

Times: Candlelighting is Friday 5:14pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 6:12pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Emor. Tuesday is Yom Ha’atzma’ut.

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha continues at our usual location at Level 5 South, 459 Collins St, at 1.00pm Mon-Thu.

Study: The Wednesday shiur at Billing Bureau has changed format. The Talmud shiur will continue after mincha at about 1.15pm as usual. The pre-mincha shiur will switch to a special topic every 3-4 weeks. Mon 12.30 @ East Melb Shule; Wed 1.15 @ Billing Bureau.

What’s New:
Introducing … the “Minyan Maven” mobile app.  The app lists all the minyanim and also includes “smart” additions such as “Favourites”, map view, next minyan in bold, add to calendar, as well as always displaying today’s minyanim with any applicable changes based on the day of the week, time of the year and special days.  Each minyan also includes an information page with contact details, distance from the user and weekly times.  It is available free of charge on iTunes for Apple iOS and Android.

Kosher Food in the CBD: Kosher sandwiches and snacks provided by Sidewalk Cafe under Kosher Australia hashgacha are available at the following locations:
-CBW Express- 181 William Street (Open late until 9pm)
-Pronto on Flinders – 335 Flinders Lane
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 Rabbi Leon Anaf. “Do not shame My holy name: sanctify Me amongst the people of Israel, I am G-d”. This is a strange juxtaposition: Shaming G-d’s name, or Chillul Hashem is the biggest sin. Sanctifying G-d’s name, or Kiddush Hashem is the biggest mitzvah.

Rav Scheinberg, ztl, put it very succinctly. Life is very confusing and decision making very complex. To make decisions easier, it is worth understanding that there is only one question that a Jew must ask himself before acting: Will my action be a Kiddush Hashem or a Chillul Hashem–it’s one or the other. Although we may resent it, as Jews we are always being judged by the world.  Every action we do as individuals or as a people is scrutinized by the world and is  either a Kiddush Hashem or a Chillul Hashem.

The papers lately in Israel are full of Kiddush Hashem and Chillul Hashem.  More than ever as a people and as individuals, we must measure our words and our actions. In the merit of our Kiddush Hashem may our people be blessed with peace and tranquility

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