Times: Candlelighting is Friday 5:20pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 6:20pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Vaetchanan.
Upcoming Events: Tuesday, 19th August: A lunchtime lecture from Roy Doliner “Kabbalistic Secrets in Italian Art and Architecture” 12:45pm at Wingate Group, Level 48, 101 Collins Street (mincha will follow the event at 1:45pm) RSVP for catering purposes to email@example.com by COB Friday, 15th August. For more information click here.
Mincha in the CBD: Mincha continues at our usual location at Level 5 South, 459 Collins St, at 1.00pm Mon-Thurs.
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 Yudi New. Hashem refuses Moshe’s entreaties to cross the Jordan but allows him to gaze into Israel from the peak of a mountain in Jordan. To what aim? Could this possibly satisfy Moshe’s longing?
Our Sages teach that had Moshe entered Israel, anything he touched would have been eternal. Had he have built the Temple it could not have been destroyed. For whatever reason, G-d was not yet prepared to allow an eternal Temple and land not susceptible to conquest.
Based on this, the Chasam Sofer explains that even Moshe’s gaze upon Israel had an eternal quality. It is not what he saw but his longing which is then bequeathed to each Jew in every generation. It is that longing that has kept our faith throughout the millennia of Tisha B’avs and seen the return and rebuilding of our Holy Land in preparation for the ultimate redemption and peace. It is that longing that, albeit incredibly painful, comforts us that each and every death of our Holy soldiers is not in vain and we will speedily experience true comfort as a nation. Shabbat Shalm