Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 5:02pm, ends Saturday night at 6:03pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbat is Chukat.

Grand Opening of the IDF Training Centre in the CBD: The home of authentic Krav Maga opens its new IDF training centre at 446 Collins Street, Melbourne on October 13, 2016 from 5:30pm. For more information or to sign up for the foundation special offer click here or for the Facebook page event click here.

Friday Mincha in the CBD: Mincha on Friday is back on this week 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 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, specialising in individual and board room  lunches. 10% Discount on your first website purchase. Enter promo code “FIRST TIME”. For further details visit www.nifla.com.au
IN A RUSH CAFE-616 St Kilda Road-(Ground Floor-Lowe Lippmann Building)

Thought of the Week with thanks to  Rafi Goodman. This weeks Torah reading “Chukas” discusses the unique mitzvah and paradox of the Red Cow – Parah Adumah. The ashes of the cow purify the defiled, but these same ashes also defile the pure. Specifically this means that the Cohen who prepares and administers the ashes to purify an impure person, himself will become impure and must be prepared to  leave the Mishkan and be excluded from the holy service in the process.
It is this self-sacrifice, the Cohen’s willingness to transcend their own personal interest, that brings down God’s holiness and effects purification. Clearly God rewards all good deeds and the Cohen knows that they will only gain from this experience – but in order for this ritual to work their motives must be pure.

From this example we learn firstly how willing we should be to help another person re-enter the space of purity and holiness even if doing so requires us to be temporarily defiled ourselves. Also, how much care we must take to ensure that our motives are always pure.

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