Times: Shabbat Chanukah starts tonight with candlelighting at 8:17pm, ends Saturday night at 9:23pm. Early Shabbat – First light Chanukah candles after 7:02pm and then light shabbos candles. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbat is Miketz.
Chanukah ends Monday (14/12). Rosh Chodesh Tevet is on Shabbat (12/12) and Sunday (13/12)

Past Event: To listen to Rabbi Kennard’s Chanukah shiur from this past Thursday on “Lighting and re-lighting” How an Argument between two medieval Biblical commentaries sheds light on our light” click here

Mincha in the CBD: Special mincha today for Chanukah at 1.50pm, confirming with SMS. Next week, mincha will continue Mon-Thurs at 1.53pm at Level 5, South Tower, 459 Collins St, using the SMS reminder system to confirm numbers. Whisky and something special for our last day on Thurs. After that, mincha will go into recess until the end of DST in early April 2016.

Study: Wed shiur @ Billing Bureau: 1:15pm- Please note this is the last shiur for the year; we will resume in mid-January.

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 Menachem Wolf. The theme of ‘forcing things to go further than they should’ is a reccurring one in the Chanukah story. A tiny displaced national army not only fended off the enemy, it reconquered its homeland and temple. A broken assimilated people did more than survive, they rebuilt their empire and temple. A small flask of oil didn’t burn for one night but rather eight. A miracle didn’t just save the Jews, it allowed us to exist and thrive 2,000 years later.

The message is clear: we can all identify moments in which we worked hard and were granted a miracle that took us and our efforts to the next level. It is so important that we not see miracles and success as trophies, but rather as opportunity to force something to go even further. Chanukah is about recognising the miracles in life and building on them not just savouring the.

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