Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 5:24pm; ends Saturday night at 6:21pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbos is Tazria-Metzorah.

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha continues at 1.00pm Monday-Thursday.

Study: Wed shiur @ Billing Bureau: 1:15pm

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)

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 Rabbi Menachem Wolf “Mindful Gossip”
The metzora was a person who engaged in anti-social behaviour and subsequently contracted a skin disease called tzara’as. For a period of a week or so the metzorah was exiled from the Jewish encampment until a Kohen and a specialist cleared him for re-entry into the community.

While the notion of a spiritual disease that manifests in the physical realm is incredible, what is truly fascinating was the cause, the ‘anti social behavior’- Lashon Harah, gossip.

Remarkably, if today one were to not speak Lashon Harah in our society, they would find them selves socially exiled. Not only is it acceptable to speak about others, but it is almost a social requirement.

While we do not have the tzara’as symptom any more (thankfully!) we can still consider our conversations and be aware of the impact of gossip on ourselves as well as those around us. We can also choose to ‘exile’ ourselves from such conversation momentarily.

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