Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 8:21pm, ends Saturday night at 9:27pm. Early Shabbat candle lighting is between 7:05pm-7:10pm. The weekly Torah portion is Vayishlach.

Friday Mincha in the CBD: Friday “mincha & kugel” at Billing Bureau will be on today at 1.52pm (food from 1.30pm), using the SMS reminder system to confirm numbers. Next Friday (23/12) will be the last Friday Mincha before summer recess.

Mincha in the CBD: Daily mincha is slowly getting later, and next week is at 1.53pm at Billing Bureau – Level 5 South/459 Collins – using the SMS system to confirm numbers for as long as people keep coming. Next week is the last week of daily mincha before summer recess.

Study: Wednesday shiur & lunch continues on Wednesday at 1.15pm at Billing Bureau. Next Wednesday (21/12) is the last Shiur before summer recess.

Kosher Food in the CBD: Nifla Kosher Catering (KA Hechsher)
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Thought of the Week with thanks to Avi Teleki. After fighting with an angel, Yaakov acquires a new name, Yisroel. One would think that after a name change, he would always be called by the new name, however that is not the case. The Torah continues to refer to him by both names. One reason which is given is because of what each name represents. Yaakov symbolises the fight with Esau, but Yisroel embodies the overpowering of the angel. On a more daily basis, Yaakov is our continual fight with materialistic pleasures and other obstacles which prevent us from further refinement. Yisroel however shows our special relationship with G-d. We all have our ‘Yaakov’ and ‘Yisroel’ moments throughout our lives. As we continue to refine ourselves and reach the level of ‘Yisroel’, we face new challenges and find ourselves on a higher level of ‘Yaakov’. Thus, the Torah recognises this and continually uses both names to demonstrate our constant battles and victories.

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