Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 7:38pm, ends Saturday night at 8:34pm. Early Shabbat – light candles between 6:40pm-6:45pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbat is Vayakhel. Rosh Chodesh Adar II is on Thursday (10/3) and Friday (11/3).

Past Event: To watch a video from this past Wednesday’s lecture with Captain Ophir Anidjar and Nati Hakashur click the link https://transfer.abl.com.au/filevista/public/99/abl-jbd-beit-haolchem.mp4 (this link expires in 30 days). The podcast will be up shortly.

Upcoming Event: Tuesday, 8 March: Lunch and learn with Rabbi Doron Perez “Solving the Arab Israel conflict- 5 political solutions and one spiritual”. 1:00pm lunch and 1:15pm shiur at L1 Capital, Level 51, 101 Collins Street.  RSVP for catering purposes to mbm@mizrachi.com.au.

Thursday, 10 March: Lunch and learn with Rabbi Yechiel Wasserman “Making a Beracha on sending Mishlochei Manot”. 1:00pm lunch and 1:15pm shiur at L1 Capital, Level 51, 101 Collins Street.  RSVP for catering purposes to mbm@mizrachi.com.au.Monday, 21 March: Purim themed Lunchtime Lecture with The Honourable Ray Finkelstein QC, “Punishment and the Law” 1:00pm at Marshalls and Dent, Level 21, 570 Bourke Street.  Limited Spaces so RSVP early to events@jbd.org.au

Mincha in the CBD: Kugel and whisky today from 1.50pm today, then mincha at 2.04pm using the SMS system to confirm numbers. Please respond so we can sustain the Friday summer mincha minyan.

Study: Wed Shiur @ Billing Bureau: summer time of 1:40pm, followed by mincha at 2.03pm 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  Avi Teleki. The Hebrew name for this week’s parsha, Vayakhel, is of extreme significance. In context, Moshe gathered the people together, however the Torah could have used other words, such as Vayasof etc. Nonetheless, “vayakhel” demonstrates the gathering of individuals in a fundamental bond. This is in contrast to other words which simple denote gathering individual elements, which may come apart again. The purpose of this union was to collect donations towards the construction of the Sanctuary. This could not have been built by individuals, but rather required a collective body.

This provides a deep lesson for all of us, especially for our community here in Melbourne. Let us all strive to stand together, united as one, for the purpose of increasing G-dliness and goodness into the world, and through that, may we merit to build together once more, the Sanctuary in Yerushalayi.

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