Times: Shabbat starts Friday night with candlelighting at 7:46pm; ends Saturday night at 8:43pm. Early Shabbat candlelighting is between 6:45pm-6:50pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbos is Tetzaveh and Parshat Zachor.
Taanis Esther is Wednesday, 4th of March. Fast Begins 5:46am; Fast Ends 8:24pm; Purim starts that night and continues on Thursday, 5th of March.

Upcoming Events: JBD would like to invite you to a Purim Party on Thursday, 5th March from 12:30pm-2pm. Delicious finger food and appropriate drinks will be served. Megillah will be read at 1.00pm sharp. Juilliard Boardroom, Level 31, 459 Collins Street, Melbourne.  Please RSVP for catering purposes to events@jbd.org.au by COB Tuesday, 3rd March.

Two more meditation sessions left to help you perform better at work as well as minimise distraction and anxiety. It is ideal for both experienced and inexperienced meditators alike. March 12th, March 19th.  1pm start time. Fee $10.00. Mercure Grand Hotel, 195 Swanston St (or enter from 265 Lt Bourke St) Lower Ground Floor, Harmony Room. We’d like to get an estimate of how many will attend, so RSVP admin@jbd.org.au but note that this is not required to secure a place.

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha has resumed and will continue using the SMS system (start time is now 2:04pm). We will have a minyan with Sefer Torah on Wed for the fast, and the minyan will take place at Juilliard following the Purim party on Thurs.

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

Kosher Food in the CBD: NIFLA KOSHER CATERING (KA Hechsher) 
Offers Corporate Catering, specializing in individual and board room lunches. For further details visit www.nifla.com.au
10% Discount on your first website purchase. Enter promo code “FIRST TIME”.
Kosher sandwiches, muffins and salads are available at the following locations:
CUPP- Manchester Unity Building- Ground Floor-220 Collins Street
CBW EXPRESS-181 William Street.(Entrance Little Bourke St)
IN A RUSH CAFE-616 St Kilda Road-(Ground Floor-Lowe Lippmann Building)
Fawkner Express Convenience Store-431 St Kilda Road (Toorak road end)

Spot On (KA Hechsher) 
Kosher sandwiches and snacks are available at the following location: 
Pronto on Flinders -335 Flinders Lane
Smoked salmon and cheese sandwich, Tuna sandwich,Cheese and salad sandwich, Egg and tomato sandwich. Natural yoghurt with berries and granola clusters, Mixed berry muffin, Seasonal fresh fruit salad, Pesto pasta salad (new), Greek salad (new).

Thought of the Week with thanks to Yehuda GottliebThis week’s parsha (Tetzaveh) is the only parsha in the life of Moshe Rabbeinu where his name does not appear explicitly. The reason for this is explained by the Ba’al HaTurim who says that when Moshe appeals to save the Jewish people in the aftermath of the golden calf, he asks that Hashem erase him from the Torah should He destroy the Jewish people. This request from Moshe, despite being conditional, was still upheld in this week’s parsha.

The Oznaim L’Torah has an interesting explanation as to why Moshe’s absence is specifically put in this Torah portion. Moshe Rabbeinu’s yahrtzeit (7 Adar) always falls out in the week of Parshat Tetzaveh. The Jewish people are not like other religions who deify their leaders and even celebrate specific life events of these individuals as religious holidays. There is a concern that placing too much emphasis on our leaders would turn our attention and focus away from Hashem and into someone who is acting as His agent. This is why Moshe does not appear in this Parsha – to teach us that despite his giant stature both in a spiritual sense and as a leader – our focus must remain on Hashem.

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