Times: Candlelighting is Friday 7:13pm; Shabbat ends Saturday 8:09pm. Early Mincha: 6:10pm; Early Candlelighting: 6:20pm. The weekly Torah Portion is Shemini and Parshat Parah.

Upcoming Events: Pre-Pesach double header lunchtime Shiur featuring Rabbi James Kennard on Wednesday, 9th April at 12:30pm: Part 1: Non-Textual “Why start the Seder with kiddush?” and 1:00pm: Part 2: Textual: “From disgrace to almost praise” at Billing Bureau, Level 5 South Tower, 459 Collins St. RSVP for catering purposes to events@jbd.org.au by COB Monday 7th April.  For more information please click here.

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha minyan is still going along well at ABL – Level 21, 333 Collins St, and will continue next week at 1.56pm. The weekly Wednesday JBD shiurim have also moved, and we will continue to monitor things and adjust if necessary. After DST is over, we will move back to 459 Collins.

Study: Mon 12.30 @ East Melb Shule; Wed 1.00 @ ABL.

Kosher Food in the CBD: Kosher sandwiches and snacks are available
at the following locations:
-CBW Express- 181 William Street (Open late until 9pm)
-Pronto on Flinders – 335 Flinders Lane
Please see below for the fresh range of kosher sandwiches and snacks delivered daily to the CBD.
SANDWICHES: egg mayonnaise and tomato, tuna mayonnaise and pickles, smoked salmon and herbed cream cheese, crisp lettuce, sliced cheese, tomato, cucumber and salad
SNACKS: natural berry yogurt with oat cluster crumble, fresh fruit salad, mixed berry muffin

Thought of the Week with thanks to Geoff Bloch. Parashat Parah describes the purification process whereby a red heifer is burned and then cedar wood and hyssop grass are thrown into the fire as integral ingredients.What is it about the mighty cedar and the lowly hyssop that brings them into the purification process? What special attribute does each have and should those be emulated? The cedar grows tall, straight and strong and will withstand the most violent storm. The hyssop, on the other hand, blows and bends with the merest puff of wind.

According to the Doveiv Meisharim, on matters of religious principle we should be strong, unbending and resolute like the cedar but when it comes to interpersonal relationships, we should bend like the hyssop grass: we should be considerate, caring, thoughtful and sensitive to the needs of others. Emulating these polar opposite attributes enable us to confront life’s storms as mere zephyrs and is the secret to living a happy and honourable life.

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