Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 4:51pm, ends Saturday night at 5:53pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbat is Beha’Alotcha.

Friday mincha in the CBD with Cholent: To celebrate the last Friday Mincha of this financial year, mincha is at 1.00pm at 5/459 Collins (not at St James) with cholent& 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 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 Geoffrey Bloch. In this week’s Torah readinf of Beha’alotcha, Moshe was unconcerned about the apparent insurrection of elders Eldad and Meidad. Whereas in stark contrast, in Korach (which we read 2 weeks later), Moshe strongly objected to Korach’s insurrection. As Chief Rabbi emeritus, Lord Jonathan Sacks points out, each episode is concerned with only one of the two dimensions of leadership,namely power and influence. When Yehoshua feared that Eldad and Meidad were threatening Moshe’s authority, he had confused power with influence, a distinction which Moshe well understood. Eldad and Meidad neither sought nor gained power. By prophesying – by exerting their influence as disciples of Moshe – Moshe’s influence was actually magnified.

Power, however, is precisely what Korach and his followers sought and this posed a grave threat to Moshe’s authority. Had Moshe not taken decisive action against Korach, he would have damaged the leadership role which Hashem had commanded him to undertake. We should understand this distinction as it lies at the very root of our role as Or Lagoyim – a light unto the nations. Jews have hardly ever had political power, but our influence over civilisation throughout the ages has been profound as every civilised society is based on the principles first revealed in our Torah. Each of us can participate in that role within our own sphere of influenc.

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