Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 4:58pm, ends Saturday night at 5:57pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbat is Emor. Pesach Sheni is on Sunday (22/5) Lag B’Omer is on Thursday (26/5)

Upcoming Event: Wednesday, 25 May: Lunchtime lecture with Rabbi Davey Blackman at 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, 23rd 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. Note change to first minyan time.
Buffet Lunch from 12.30pm-2.00pm.
Mincha at 12.45pm, 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 Yudi New. Iyar is the month of counting sefira and spiritual growth. Uniquely for the Jewish calendar, every single day carries its own specific mitzvah. Not by chance, the sefira commandment appears in this week’s Torah reading. The pasuk directs “you should count for yourselves from the day after Shabbat, seven complete weeks”.

The Holy Ruzhiner gives us a deeper insight. He interprets, the words of the pasuk as follows:

· “usfartem” beyond “to count”, this phrase can also mean “to refine”;
· “lachem” – for yourselves, refers to the physical aspects of a person’s existence;
· “mimochorat” – from the day after, refers to faith in G-d because the future is unknown and calls for faith.

Put together, the pasuk is telling us that by drawing upon our faith that G-d will navigate us through the unknown, we can refine our physical beings and dedicate ourselves to G-d, particularly in the lead up to receiving the Torah on Shavuot. Shabbat Shalom.

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