Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 5:09pm, ends Saturday night at 6:07pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbat is Acharei, and Shabbat Mevarchim Iyar. Rosh Chodesh Iyar is on Sunday (8/5) and Monday (9/5).

Upcoming Event: Wednesday 11 May: Lunchtime lecture with Rabbi Davey Blackmanat 12:30pm-1:30pm with mincha following lecture. Wingate, Level 48, 101 Collins Street.  RSVP for catering purposes to events@jbd.org.au by COB Monday, 9th April.

Friday Mincha in the CBD: Mincha on Friday is at 1.00pm at 5/459 Collins (not at St James) with kugel & whisky and using the SMS reminder system to confirm numbers.

Mincha in the CBD: Melbourne CBD’s minyan factory is continuing, with an amazing three minyans per day, every day. Thank you for your attendance and participation.
Buffet Lunch from 12.30pm-2.00pm.
Mincha at 12.50pm, 1.00pm, and 1.15pm.
Melbourne Room of St. James complex near the corner of Little Collins Street and Church St. Click here for a map. For more information click here.
Email stjames.mincha@gmail.com to be added to the list for any daily updates.

Study: Wednesday shiur will take place after the 1.15pm mincha at St James.

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:
IMPORTANT NOTE: the two CBD locations are not reliably stocking kosher products due to low demand. One of two things will happen: either they will stop carrying them, or more people will start buying and it will be worthwhile for them.
1932 Café- Ground floor –Manchester Unity Building- 220 Collins Street. Melbourne.
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 David Prins. This week’s Torah reading includes the specification of forbidden relationships. The Torah allows a man to have more than one wife at the same time, though this is no longer practiced. One of the forbidden relationships is for a man to marry two sisters. The commentator Rashi notes that this prohibition applies as long as the first married sister is still alive, even if she had been divorced. Only after the death of the first sister is the husband allowed to marry the surviving sister.

Ramban explains that the reason for the prohibition is that sisters should live in love and harmony, not rivalry and strife. This is why the prohibition is removed on the death of the first sister. The first book of the Torah – Bereishis – was replete with sibling rivalry, resulting in horrible consequences, including murder, and the selling of a sibling as a slave. The Torah is now teaching a lesson for all time, to avoid situations that might lead to unnecessary destructive fighting and hatred between siblings. Though sometimes challenging, it is important that siblings should instead get along with each other, and live in harmony.

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