Times: habbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 7:14pm; ends Saturday night at 8:15pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbos is Bereshit. Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan is on Tuesday (13/10) & Wednesday (14/10).

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha will take place at 1.45pmat Level 5, South Tower, 459 Collins St, using the SMS reminder system to confirm numbers.  

Study: Wed shiur @ Billing Bureau: about 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 Gaby Silver. As we brush the dust, sweat and food residue off our clothing after the onslaught of the High Holidays, we could be forgiven for feeling a degree of fatigue with all things Jewish as we saddle up again for Shabbat. For many the Sukkah is still standing somewhat forlornly and the lulav and etrog are still lying around the house, as the exhaustion of the chagim gives way seamlessly to the relentless march of everyday life.

Yet this is no ordinary Shabbat. The description of the creation of the universe in Bereishis is almost unnerving in its calm, quiet simplicity. For comparison, the giving of the Torah on Sinai is afforded far greater pyrotechnical pizzazz. Yet we are literally talking about the moments that absolutely everything came into being.

This is an opportunity for all of us to take a similar approach to our service of Hashem. After all the physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual drama of the past couple of months, perhaps this is Hashem’s way of telling us to focus away from the spectacular, and just find a quiet space inside ourselves for our own rebirth, to recreate our spiritual lives and rededicate ourselves to Him and His service.

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