Mazal tov to Ari and Hayley Rosenbaum on the birth of their daughter, Olivia Ettie, and to grandfather Norman Rosenbaum. 

Times: Shabbat starts Friday night with Candlelighting at 7:28pm; Shabbat ends Saturday night at 8:28pm. The weekly torah portion is Noach. Rosh Chodesh is on Friday and Saturday.

Mincha in the CBD: New Mincha time of 1.45pm for summer season is going well with good numbers every day this week. Today, we have party pies and whisky from 1.30pm, then mincha at 1.45pm.

Study: Mon 12.30 @ East Melb Shule;
Wed 1.15 @ Billing Bureau

Kosher Food in the CBD:NEW!!! Nifla Kosher Catering is proud to offer Corporate Catering, specializing in individual and board room lunches. With a broad range to select from, we deliver direct to your door. No orders too big or too small. For further details visit
Kosher sandwiches, muffins and salads are available to city fringe-workers at the café located in the Lowe Lipman building: In a Rush –  616 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne Other outlets to follow (KA Hechsher)

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 Ezra May. The Zohar questions why the Haftarah (Isaiah 54:9) refers to the flood as “Mei Noach” – the floodwaters of Noach – as he was the righteous tzaddik spared the destruction. So why is the flood named for him, implying some kind of responsibility?

The Zohar answers that Noach was commanded to make an ark to save him and his family from the impending flood. But during its 120 years of construction, Noach neglected to pray for his contemporaries, and as a result, he was held accountable for the flood which he may have prevented through his prayers.

The Zohar teaches that although personally righteous, Noach was content to save just himself and his family. However he was not concerned enough with the welfare of those around him. We can see that Noach’s spiritual level was complex and contradictory and although he withstood joining the rest of his sinful generation and remained uniquely pious, he could have done much more to prevent the flood for others.

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