Mazal Tov to JBD board member Shifi (nee Bendet) and Mic Cohen on their

Times: Candlelighting is Friday 4:52pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 5:53pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Chukat. Rosh Chodesh Tammuz is Shabbat & Sunday. Happy Financial New Year!

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 Rafi Goodman. This week’s Torah portion Chukas begins discussing the “chok” – super-rational command of the Para Aduma – the Red Heifer and the preparation of its ashes for the purpose of purifying the Jewish people.

One portion was left in the Temple for the priests to use, another on Mount of Olives for usage, and the third portion was place outside the wall of the Temple courtyard as a “secure reminder for the children of Israel”.

There are many people in the community who work extremely hard for many good causes. One of the lessons here is that when a person dedicates themselves to reaching out and helping others (“purification” of others), he/she may come to neglect their own spiritual standing. To prevent such a mistake, the Torah teaches us to keep a portion of the ashes of the Red Heifer as a secure reminder that it is crucial to dedicate some time to oneself as well as others.

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