Times: Candlelighting is Friday 5:50pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 6:47pm.
The weekly Torah Portion is Ki Tavo.
Yesterday’s lecture with Justice Michael Sifriswas concise and insightful, as he considered the issue of religious freedom and the power of governments to enact laws. The podcast will be on the web site shortly, and we will be following up with further lectures in this series.
Mincha in the CBD: Mincha continues at our usual location at Level 5 South, 459 Collins St, at 1.00pm Mon-Friday. We launched Friday mincha last week with a very good attendance, and we are following up today with some delicious hot Yerushalmi kugel and whisky. Your Friday afternoon will only get better after that!
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 Parsha- Ki Tavo focuses on the covenantal bond between G-d and the Jewish people. This covenant was made only once with the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai many years earlier. The verse (27:9) nevertheless says “Today you have become a people bound by covenant to G-d”. What does this mean? G-d renews the connection with each one of us on a daily basis. Moshe told the people that they become G-d’s people anew every single day. We should therefore view the daily personal renewal of our relationship with G-d with as much interest and enthusiasm as if it were the first time – for indeed it is.Our daily desire for novelty is an intrinsic component of our humanity. Our connection to G-d and Judaism should also be on that level.