Mazal tov to Zach and Claire Gomo (nee Wesson) on the birth of their son.  Mazal tov to the grandparents and great-grandparents.

Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 7:19pm, ends Saturday night at 8:18pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbat is Ha’azinu. Sukkot starts on Sunday night with candlelighting at 7:20pm; Second night light candles after 8:20pm. First days of Sukkot end on Tuesday evening at 8:21pm. Chol Hamoed Sukkot is Wednesday – Sunday. Shabbat Chol Hamoed starts on Friday with candlelighting at 7:25pm, and ends on Saturday night at 8:25pm. Shemini Atzeret starts next Sunday night 23/10 with candlelighting at 7:27pm. Simchat Torah starts on Monday evening with candlelighting after 8:28pm, and ends on Tuesday night at 8:29pm.

Sukkahs in/near the CBD:
Here is a list of Sukkah’s available to the public over Chol Hamoed.
1. 459 Collins Street, Melbourne (corner Williams Street):
Wed-Fri 12:00pm-2:00pm, mincha approx 1:45pm on the roof.  Accessible other times please contact David on 0412 389 389 or
2. East Melbourne Shule, 488 Albert Street, East Melbourne:
Open Wed-Thurs 12:00pm-3:00pm. BBQ with shiur led by the Rabbi. Mincha at 1:50pm.
Sukkah accessible other times please contact Rabbi Gutnick 0430 384 948.
3. Herzog Group, 196 Normanby Road, Southbank:
Sukkah at rear (access from Munro St.) Parking available at DFO South Warf
BBQ lunch Wed-Thurs 12:00pm-2:00pm. Sukkah is open during business hours.

Friday Mincha in the CBD: Friday “mincha & kugel” at Billing Bureau will be on today at 1.45pm (food from 1.30pm), using the SMS reminder system to confirm numbers.

Mincha in the CBD: From Wed 26th, daily mincha at 1.45pm will revert to Billing Bureau – Level 5 South/459 Collins – until late December, using the SMS system to confirm numbers..

Study: Wednesday shiur will resume on 2 November.

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  Geoffrey Bloch. The Talmud tells us that the schach for the roof of our succot should be made of psolet goren v’yekev – the refuse and waste of the threshing floor and the wine vat. Material normally thrown out is instead used for a holy purpose.

The Kotzker Rebbe poses the question: What most valuable commodity, which should be used for a holy purpose, is regularly thrown out and wasted more than any other? His answer: Time.

In one sense, the holiness of time is what the succah is all about. As we abandon our homes and expose ourselves to the elements in the humble succah, we learn that the perceived permanence of the material world is illusory whereas faith in G-d is the reason the Jewish nation will endure forever.

What can be applied in the succah can perhaps also be applied more generally. That which is perceived to be permanent – our homes and other fixed assets – carry limited inherent value. That which is most portable – for example our timeless principles and values we carry within – should be valued above all.

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