Times: Shabbat starts Friday night with candlelighting at 8:05pm; Shabbat ends Saturday night at 9:10pm. Early Shabbat candlelighting (between) 6:55pm-7:00pm The weekly Torah portion is Vayetzei.

Mincha in the CBD: By popular demand, mincha will continue next week Mon-Thu at 1.47pm using the SMS system to confirm numbers, so please respond promptly if you can come. We will decide at the end of next week whether to continue another week.

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

Kosher Food in the CBD: NEW!!! Nifla Kosher Catering (KA Hechsher)
is proud to offer Corporate Catering, specializing in individual and board room lunches. For further details visit www.nifla.com.au
Kosher sandwiches, muffins and salads are available at the following locations:
-Lowe Lipman building- In a Rush –  616 St Kilda Rd
-Toby’s Estate in Flinders Lane -325 Flinders Lane
-Cupp-220 Collins Street (in the Manchester Unity building)
Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Sandwiches, Salmon and Salad Bagels, Continental Cheese and Tomato sandwiches, and Sushi Platters

Sidewalk Cafe (KA Hechsher)
Kosher sandwiches and snacks 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 James Kennard. The names that Leah gives her children are a study in tragedy and faith. The less loved wife calls her first Reuven, hoping that her husband will “see” (re’u in Hebrew) her distress. Then Shimon, praying that her torment will be “heard” (Shema). Next is Levi, being an exhortation that her husband will accompany (“lev’a”) her. But all to no avail. Yakov’s primary affection remained with Leah’s younger sister, Rachel.

But then there’s a fourth son, whom Leah calls Yehuda saying “now I will thank (Hoda) G-d. Even though she has not won the love of her husband and her prayers remain unanswered, she still is thankful because she is the mother of four children. “Yehuda” is an expression of acknowledgement and thanks for what we have, even if it’s not all we want. And we are Yehudim, Jews, because to be Jewish is to know how to acknowledge.

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