Times: Shabbat starts on Friday at 4:49pm and ends on Saturday night at 5:50pm. The weekly Torah portion is Beha’alotecha.

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha is still virtual as we await people returning to work in the city. That means we all daven at an agreed time, which is 1.00pm. Details at the WhatsApp group.

Study: Weekly Shiur continues on Wednesday at 1:10pm via zoom, following mincha at 1.00pm. BYO lunch. Details here.

Thought of the Week with thanks to Levi Rosenbaum. Recently, the importance of strong leadership has become more pronounced. Following announcements on every decision, everyone seems to have views and opinions on how they would do a better job. The toughest job for leaders is to stick with decisions, knowing they will be criticised regardless of past success. This sets apart true leaders; those who trust their long-term policies and believe in their followers.

Leadership is the theme of Parshas Baha’alotcha. Aharon – the Kohen Gadol – fulfilled his mission of lighting the menorah by igniting every Jewish soul, making them ‘lamplighters’. The peaceful protesters for Pesach Sheni changed the law and taught the valuable lesson of a second chance. Moshe chose ‘divide and conquer’ by appointing 70 elders to litigate according to their expertise. These instances represent various leadership styles, but each leader caused meaningful change and enhanced their followers’ quality of life through genuine love and care.

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