Mazal Tov to Daphna and David Weinberg (nee Abrahams) on the birth of their twin daughters. 

Times: Welcome back after the summer break; we hope you’ve had a good rest! Shabbat starts Friday night with candlelighting at 8:22pm; ends Saturday night at 9:24pm. Early Shabbat candlelighting is between 7:15pm-7:20pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbos is Bo.

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha is in recess; we are thinking about resuming sometime after the long weekend, depending on demand.

Study: Mon 12.30 @ East Melb Shule;
Wed shiur 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 David Werdiger. This week’s reading includes the very first mitzvah given to the nascent Jewish nation: “This month shall be for you the first of all months” – the directive to establish a calendar. It seems like an odd choice for what ought to be the most important mitzvah. But in fact, by handing control of the calendar to us, God has given us the greatest and most powerful gift.
The Jewish court decides when the new month starts, and therefore when all the Jewish Holidays are celebrated, and specifically when Yom Kippur falls and therefore when God will forgive our sins. It’s a paradoxical inversion of the power dynamic between us and our Creator. The parallel universes of physical and spiritual are closely linked – actions in one lead to consequences in the other. We are a powerful fusion between physical bodies and spiritual souls. This is the message of the very first mitzva

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