Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 5:37pm; ends Saturday night at 6:35pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbos is Ki Tetzei.

Upcoming Events: Tuesday, 1 September: Lunchtime discussion featuring Rabbi Yonason Johnson and Rebecca Goldman on “Child Custody in Family Law – A comparison of the approach in Halacha and the Australian legal system” 1:00pm Mincha and 1:10pm Lecture at Kliger Partners, 280 Queen Street, Melbourne.  Space is limited- RSVP TODAY to events@jbd.org.au For more information click here for Facebook or here for the JBD website.

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha continues at 1.00pm Monday-Thursday. On Tuesday, mincha will be held at Kliger Partners.

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)

Thought of the Week with thanks to David Prins. This week’s Torah reading begins with instruction that is said to apply “when you go out to war against your enemies”. This seems to include unnecessary wording. The Torah need only have written “when you go out to war”, because obviously wars are fought against enemies. I suggest that the wording is intended to teach two important lessons. First, we need to know that war sometimes is justifiable. Not all conflicts can be settled peacefully, and we must be prepared to go out to war against our enemies when the need arises. Second, we live in a world where too often, through an inappropriate word or deed, people create unnecessary conflict and hatred between friends or within their family. The Torah wording reminds us to ensure that we wage war only against enemies, and never against friends.

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