Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 7:41pm, ends Saturday night at 8:43pm. Early Shabbat – light candles between 6:35pm-6:40pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbat is Chayei Sarah.

Upcoming Event: Thursday, 12th of November: Lunchtime lecture with Zalli Jaffe, The New Geopolitical Situation and its Effect on the Economy at Juilliard Group, Level 31, 459 Collins Street, Melbourne.12:45pm with Mincha to follow at 1:45pm. Please RSVP to events@jbd.org.au by Tuesday, 10th November.

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha will continue Mon-Wed 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 Rabbi James Kennard. The near-sacrifice of Isaac is usually considered the last and greatest of Abraham’s ten tests. But the medieval sage, Rabbeinu Yonah, lists the struggle to buy a burial place in the Cave of Machpelah as the final trial. Why should buying a piece of real estate be so significant?

It’s called “the Promised Land” precisely because the first promise to Abraham, and subsequently to the Jews, was that they would inherit the land of Israel. Yet Abraham saw no realisation of this vow in his lifetime. Not only did he not inherit any land, even a small grave was only acquired after extended negotiations and for an exorbitant price.

Yet he did not doubt the validity of God’s word. He understood that the time would come when the Jewish people would live peacefully in their land, without war or conflict. He was prepared to wait. We must do so too.

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