Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 8:10pm, ends Saturday night at 9:15pm. Early Shabbos candle lighting is between 6:55pm-7:00pm. The weekly Torah portion is Toldot.

Past Event: To listen to the lecture from this past Tuesaday, with Professor Shlomo Biderman and Liat Weiss-Shahaf on “Beyond the Startup Nation: How Social Business Entrepreneurship is used to fight social disparities and improve solidarity in Israel” click here.  For more information about this lecture click here for the JBD website.

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: Daily mincha is slowly getting later, and next week is at 1.48pm at Billing Bureau – Level 5 South/459 Collins – using the SMS system to confirm numbers for as long as people keep coming.

Study: Wednesday shiur & lunch continues on Wednesday at 1.15pm at Billing Bureau.

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 Avi Gordon. In this week’s Torah reading we read about the birth of Yakov and Eisov. The Torah is generally very concise so why does it go out of its way to describe the physical characteristics of the babies including the fact that Eisov was hairy (like an adult) and that Yakov was holding the heal of Eisov.

One obvious difference between children and adults is that children are always curious and interested in learning. They are not set in their ways and are open to hearing from others. This characteristic is so important in Judaism that even the ark in the Holy of Holies had the keruvim – two childlike figures – to impart this message.

So too with Yakov and Eisov. Eisov came out hairy, symbolically representing that he was arrogant and not interested in learning. By contrast, Yakov lived his whole life thinking he was only the heel and had a huge desire to always learn and grow.

May we all constantly thirst for learning and growth.

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