Times: Shabbat starts on Friday at 4:50pm and ends on Saturday night at 5:51pm. The weekly Torah portion is Shlach and Shabbat Mevarchim Tammuz. Rosh Chodesh is on Monday & Tuesday.
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 Yehuda Gottlieb. This week’s Torah reading of Shelach describes the episode of the twelve spies who were sent to scout the land of Israel. When the spies return from the journey there is a conflicting report provided by ten spies as opposed to the positive report provided by Yehoshua and Calev.
Abraham Maslow, the 20th century American psychologist, known for his famous ‘hierarchy of needs’
had an interesting lesser known theory called the “Jonah Complex”. This complex is the fear of success or the fear of being one’s best which prevents self-actualisation. The name of the complex comes from the story in the Tanach of Jonah, who ran away from his mission and responsibility in compelling the city of Ninveh to do Teshuva.
The same could be said for the ten spies that returned from their mission. They had just escaped from
Egypt and were getting comfortable living in the desert. The ten spies were on the cusp of greatness, but were suppressing the challenge of entering the land and were satisfied in remaining in their comfort zone. This is the challenge that each of us face, taking a risk to fulfill our personal and/or national visions or to remain in the ‘comfortable’ desert.