Mazel tov to the Honourable Ray Finkelstein QC and Daniel Teller on their Queen’s birthday awards.

Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 4:50pm, ends Saturday night at 5:51pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbat is Nasso.

Upcoming Event: Wednesday, 22 June: Lunchtime lecture with Rabbi Davey Blackman “Family Feud – Miriam’s critique of Moses” at 1:00pm with mincha at 1:50pm. Wingate, Level 48, 101 Collins Street. RSVP for catering purposes to by COB Monday, 20 June.

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 1.00pm, and 1.15pm for this week.
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 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, specialising in individual and board room  lunches. 10% Discount on your first website purchase. Enter promo code “FIRST TIME”. For further details visit
IN A RUSH CAFE-616 St Kilda Road-(Ground Floor-Lowe Lippmann Building)

Thought of the Week with thanks to Rabbi Menachem Wolf. In this week’s Torah reading, Moshe is told to ‘raise up’ (count) members of the Jewish nation. But this week it is not just the downtrodden that need raising but rather a segment of the tribe of Levi – the Jewish aristocracy and spiritual leaders. The very ones who one would assume never need help being ‘raised up’.

Kabbalah explains that everyone’s soul has a component of Moshe in it, so every instruction to Moshe in the Torah is an instruction to us all. From time to time we are placed in situations where there is an opportunity to raise someone up just like Moses. The person will not fit the common ‘pick me up’ case like homeless or persecuted ones, it will be the Levite, the person who seems externally to have everything going for them. It will be the person who doesn’t stand out as needing help but needs the help and ‘raising up’ as much as the ‘obvious’ cases. So look out for the ‘Levites’ and their mental health challenges, social exclusion difficulties and relationship anxieties and help ‘raise them up’.

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