Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 7:27pm, ends Saturday night at 8:23pm. Early Shabbat – light candles between 6:30pm-6:35pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbat is Pekudei.

Upcoming Event: 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.  Lawyers may be able to claim 1 CPD point for attendance. Limited Spaces so RSVP by Thursday, 17 March early to events@jbd.org.au

Wednesday, 6 April: Feed your soul and feed your body with a lunchtime lecture from Rabbi Davey Blackman.  12:30pm-1:30pm with Mincha following lecture at Wingate Level 48, 101 Collins Street.  RSVP for catering purposes to events@jbd.org.au by Monday, 4th April.

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha is in recess today – will return next Friday with a ripper cholent!

Study: Wed Shiur @ Billing Bureau: summer time of 1:40pm, followed by mincha at 1.59pm 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 Ezra May. Rashi explains that the repetition of the word ‘mishkan’ in the beginning of this week’s Torah portion of Pekudei (Exodus 38:21) alludes to the Temple being taken from us by G-d as collateral (mashkon) for our sins.

However, the law states (Exodus 22:25) that if you take security from a borrower, such as clothing, you are required to return it before sunset so that the borrower may use it. If so, why then hasn’t G-d acted legally and returned our secured property – the Temple – as the Torah says we are required to?

Rabbi Zalman of Volozhin explains that the reason a lender must return the security item is because it is critical to the debtor. As he might have no replacement for his garment, he will be left with nothing to sleep in at night. He therefore suggests that the reason the Temple hasn’t been returned to us can only be because we don’t assign its absence sufficient significance, like a borrower without his clothing. And as we don’t feel lost and hopeless without it, and we may have even become accustomed to life without it, G-d is yet to return it to us.

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