Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 5:19pm, ends Saturday night at 6:16pm. The weekly Torah portion is Tazria-Metzorah.

Upcoming Lecture: Monday, 1 May: Lunchtime lecture with Chaim Guggenheim onHow to Sharpen Your Cognitive Tools to Become More Efficient, Flexible Thinkers”. 12:45pm at Wingate, Level 48, 101 Collins Street. RSVP for catering purposes by COB today to events@jbd.org.au. For more information click here for the JBD website and here for Facebook.

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha continues at 1:00pm. using the SMS system. On Monday there will be mincha at 1.15pm after the lecture at Wingate, and also at 1.00pm at Billing Bureau.

Study: Wednesday shiur & lunch is on Wednesday at about 1.15pm at Billing Bureau, following mincha.

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

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 David Prins. This week’s Torah reading discusses the physical manifestation in houses, garments and human bodies of spiritual malaise caused by speaking gossip. The simple lesson of the Torah is to behave properly in the first place so as to avoid one’s innermost character defects being put on public display.

Nowadays, the physical manifestation of spiritual malaise no longer occurs in the precise form set out in the Torah. Rather, the underlying inappropriate, unethical, immoral or simply illegal behaviour of individuals and of institutions comes out through WikiLeaks, whistle blowers, Royal Commissions, and others who expose that which the perpetrators would rather keep hidden. The message today is the same. All of us must understand that we are accountable both to the One Above and to society at large here on earth. We would all be well advised to take the advice of Psalm 34: “He who desires life, who loves days of seeing good, should guard his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Turn from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it”.

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