Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 5:47pm, ends Saturday night at 6:42pm. The weekly Torah portion is Tzav- Shabbat HaGadol. Pesach begins Monday night (10/4) with candlelighting at 5:42pm. Second Night of Pesach (11/4) light candles after 6:38pm. First days of Pesach finish on Wednesday night (12/4) at 6:37pm. Chol Hamoed is Thursday-Sunday. Seventh Night of Pesach begins on Sunday (16/4) with candlelighting at 5:34pm. Eighth Night of Pesach is on Monday (17/4) light candles after 6:30pm. Pesach ends Tuesday night (18/4) at 6:29pm.

Mincha in the CBD: There will be a Mincha minyan on Monday Erev Pesach (10/4) at 1:00pm (using the SMS system to confirm numbers) and on Thursday, Chol Hamoed (13/4) at 1:00pm. Daily Mincha at 1.00pm will resume on Wednesday (19/4).

Study: Shiur is on break over Pesach and will resume on Wednesday (19/4) at Billing Bureau after Mincha.

Kosher Food in the CBD: Nifla Kosher Catering (KA Hechsher)
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New Stockist- PRONTO ON FLINDERS– 335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
Tel. 96297724 stocking sandwiches and pastas.
New Stockist- CBW Express – Corner Little Bourke and William Streets Melbourne.
Tel. 96421491-stocking sandwiches, bagels , muffins and fruits salads.

Thought of the Week with thanks to Rabbi James Kennard. Rabban Gamliel says that in order to fully tell the story of the Exodus, we must mention three things: the Pesach sacrifice, matzah and maror (bitter vegetables).

We do a great job of bringing maror into our story. We remind our children continually of the litany of pogroms and persecutions that are strewn throughout Jewish history. But we’re not so good at talking about matzah – which represents liberation, triumph and hope. Our saga is full of wonderful events and achievements, but too often we let them be eclipsed into invisibility by the blood and death.

And, especially in our day, we forget all about the Pesach sacrifice. Judaism only makes sense if we are able to, at times, put aside our own desires, even our own ideologies, and commit to serving G-d in the way that He asks of us. Without the idea of sacrifice, we ultimately serve only ourselves.

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