Times: Candlelighting is Friday 5:55pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 6:53pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Netzavim-Vayelech.

Rosh Hashanah is Wednesday night (Sept. 24th)-Shabbat (Sept. 27th) Candlelighting for Erev Rosh Hashanah is 6:00pm; Light candles for Second day Rosh Hashanah after 6:58pm. Light Candles for Shabbat (Sept 26th) 6:01pm; Shabbat Ends (Sept 27th) at 6:59pm.

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!
No Mincha Minyan Wednesday (Sept. 24th)- Friday (Sept. 26th)

Study: Mon 12.30 @ East Melb Shule; Wed 1.15: No Shiur due to Erev Rosh Hashanah

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 Dovid GutnickIsn’t it depressing to be a Richmond supporter? Every year at the beginning of the year they talk it up. A better list, a better coach, a better captain … And they all think and hope that this year will be THE year. So much hope at round one. And every year they finish just out of the finals or when they do make the finals they are the first team bundled out usually by a massive margin.

There is a ‘Poilishe vort’ on the verse which ends “mereishis Hashanah v’ad acharis shanah” – “… from the beginning of the year ’till end of year”. Why does the word year when linked to the word beginning have ‘the’ before it creating the definite article but year linked to the word end is without ‘the’ in an indefinite manner?

The explanation offered is that human nature has us always saying at the beginning of the year that this year will be THE year but sadly by the end its just another year and not THE year at all.

But this is not the truth. Indeed it’s likely a tactic of our slothful and selfish selves. In truth it’s never too late to make this year THE year. While there is life there is hope. Before we start getting caught up in planning and aspiring for next year, let’s finish this season with a big win and on a high. There’s still time to make 5774 THE year.

Unless of course you are Richmond (or Carlton et al).

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