Times: Candlelighting is Friday 5:01pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 6:00pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Bechukotai. Lag B’Omer is on Sunday.

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

Study: Mon 12.30 @ East Melb Shule; Wed 1.15 @ Billing Bureau.

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 James Kennard. “If you walk in my chukim and keep my mitzvot” then various blessings will come your way, according to the first verse of the parasha. This delineation into chukim and mitzvot is common in the Torah, with the usual understanding that chukim (often translated as “statutes”) are instructions for which we cannot understand the reason whereas mitzvot (“commandments”) are those which are logical to our human perspective.

But this verse separates the two categories further. Mitzvot are merely to be “kept”, but chukim are to be “walked in”.
The Torah requires loyalty to both types of commands. Accepting the mitzvot is (relatively) easy; we are all pretty good at keeping rules that make sense to us. But following the chukim requires orientating one’s whole world-view to accept that if God requires it, then it’s worth doing, even if we can’t understand why. That’s the way we have to “walk”.

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