Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 7:56pm, ends Saturday night at 8:54pm. Early Shabbat – light candles between 6:55pm-7:00pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbat is Tetzaveh. Purim Katan is on Tuesday (23/2) and Shushan Purim Katan is on Wednesday (24/2)

Past Event: To listen to the lunchtime lecture with Rabbi Davey Blackman on “The Portrait of Moses” from this past Wednesday click here.

Upcoming Event: Wednesday, 2 March: Lunchtime lecture with Captain Ophir Anidjar and Nati Hakashur “For Nati and Ofir the war didn’t end when the fighting stopped.” Hear their miraculous stories of survival and success.  1:00pm at Arnold Bloch Leibler, Level 21, 333 Collins Street. Space is limited so please RSVP early to events@jbd.org.au by Thursday, 25 February. For more information click here.

Mincha in the CBD: Special cholent and whisky today from 1.50pm today, then mincha at 2.07pm using the SMS system to confirm numbers. A hard-earned thirst needs a good hot cholent. Please respond so we can sustain the Friday summer mincha minyan.

Study: Wed Shiur @ Billing Bureau: new time of 1:40pm, followed by mincha at 2.05pm using the SMS system to confirm numbers.

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. You’ve probably all seen the announcement of the discovery of the enormous black holes that are purported to prove Einstein’s theory of relativity. Black holes are the ultimate cosmic takers. They are ravenous, dark, destructive, selfish entities that suck in everything around them. Even light cannot escape. Contrast this with the building of the Mishkan, its implements and Priestly garments, the account of which continues in this week’s parshah. All were created with materials lovingly donated by the Jewish people. No one was forced, and no stipulation was made as to the quantity each person should contribute. And yet they gave, and kept right on giving until Moshe had to tell them to stop. It was the ultimate selflessness.

The precious metals, jewels, fabrics and hides were deserved rewards for centuries of slavery, yet the Jews unreservedly gave them up for an invisible deity to demonstrate their love, devotion and faith. They gave it up for the Mishkan, the seat of G-d’s manifest presence, the ultimate source of light, goodness, and wellspring of blessings that spread throughout the entire world. In this world we constantly face choices between light and dark, black holes and holiness. Like our ancestors, we should all have the love and devotion to always choose holiness and giving.

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