Times: Shabbat starts tonight Friday 26th March; light candles at 7:05pm. Pesach starts on Saturday 27th, light candles after 8:00pm from a pre-existing flame. On Sunday 28th, light candles at 7:58pm from a pre-existing flame. Start counting Sefirat Ha’Omer. Yom Tov ends on Monday night 29th at 7:57pm.

For the second days of Pesach, on Friday 2nd April, light candles at 6:54pm. On Saturday 3rd, light candles after 7:50pm from a pre-existing flame. Pesach ends on Sunday 4th at 6:48pm AEDT. Daylight savings technically finishes on Saturday night, so change the clock back one hour after Yom Tov ends.

Mincha in the CBD: Woo Hoo! After a year break, mincha is set to resume at 1.00pm on Tuesday 6th at Level 7, 276 Flinders St. We will use the WhatsApp group to count numbers and confirm the minyan. Please see https://www.jbd.org.au/mincha/ for latest details.

Study: Weekly Shiur is on recess during Pesach and will resume on 7th April on winter schedule – 1.10pm after mincha. If we get the numbers, it will be in person and with lunch (and zoom for those who can’t make it)! URL and notes are here.

Thought of the Week with thanks to Levi Rosenbaum. This past year has been challenging for everyone, but every challenge teaches us valuable lessons. Tomorrow night at the seder we all read “In every generation, one must see oneself as if one had personally experienced the Exodus from Egypt.” The Pesach story involves a governor setting always changing restrictions and hiring many experts to understand once-in-a-lifetime events. There were plagues, fire and other inclement weather. There were even scientists forecasting wildly different outcomes 80 years in advance.

We can take one positive from 2020; we have never had a more relatable Seder night (even though 2020 was about sourdough and challah)!

Pesach teaches us that every obstacle we encounter is a chance to grow and break through our boundaries. May we merit to see the miracles of the exodus this year too, as the haggadah explains that these words also refer to the coming of Moshiach.

Chag Kasher v’Sameach.

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