Times: Candlelighting is Friday 5:03pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 6:04pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Matot.

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 Leon Anaf“If a man shall vow, a vow to Hashem, or swear an oath to invoke a prohibition upon himself, he shall not dishonour his word” (30.3)

Interestingly  regarding vows the Torah speaks of vows to Hashem whereas with oaths it talks of “invoking a prohibition on oneself“. The Brisker Rav invokes the classic subject/object paradigm and explains that a vow is effected by declaring an object to be off limits to oneself as if it were consecrated to G-d. With an oath, the prohibition takes hold on the individual who makes the oath, not on the object.
Therefore says the Brisker Rav, a vow is called a “vow to Hashem” because the object is consecrated to Hashem but with a vow there is no holiness imparted on the object affected by the oath, and the oath therefore takes effect only “upon oneself”

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