Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candle lighting at 7:16pm, and ends Saturday night at 8:15pm. The weekly Torah portion is Noach

Mincha in the CBD: Whisky and Kugel Fridays is on today at 1.30pm (mincha 1.45pm) using the SMS system to confirm numbers. Mincha (Mon-Fri) continues next week at 1.45pm with the SMS reminder.

Study: The Wednesday shiur & lunch continues this week at Billing Bureau, beginning at 1.20pm with mincha to follow at 1:45pm.

Thought of the Week with thanks to Rabbi James Kennard. “Terach took Avraham . . . and they went with him from Ur Casdim to go to the land of Cana’an and they came to Charan and stayed there” (Bereishit 11:31). When Avraham journeyed the wording is strikingly similar: “Avraham took . . . and they went to go to the land of Cana’an and they came to the land of Cana’an” (Bereishit 12:5). The Torah points us to the contrast between the failure of Terach to reach his destination and Avraham’s success. But there is also hope. In this case, as in so many others throughout history, a parent does not complete a task for themselves, but can take comfort when it is completed by the next generation. In our times, the journey is often precisely the same as Terach’s; if the parents do not realise their dream of making aliya, it is often their children who do.

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