Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candle lighting at 7:43 pm, and ends Saturday night at 8:39 pm. The weekly Torah portion is Vayak’hel, Parshat Shekalim, and Shabbat Mevarchim. Rosh Chodesh Adar II is on Thursday and Friday.
Mincha in the CBD: Mincha has resumed (currently 2.05pm) and is using a WhatsApp group until the end of DST. Message 0412-389-389 to join.
Study: The Wednesday shiur and lunch has resumed and continues at 1.30 pm.
Thought of the Week with thanks to David Werdiger. Three words could summarise this week’s Torah reading, Vayak’hel: “they did it”. It describes all the steps taken to construct the tabernacle in the desert.
Another way to look at the reading is with a helicopter view. The three previous portions contained the details of the design. This section described the execution. And the next one (Pekudei) described the audit. This was an important lesson about any major project. Spend plenty of time on the design, so you don’t miss any details during execution. And when the project is complete, do an audit and compliance review. This ensures correct use of resources, as well as a report back to funders and stakeholders.