Times: Shabbat starts on Friday at 5:25 pm and ends on Saturday night at 6:21 pm. The weekly Torah portion is Acharei-Kedoshim. Pesach Sheni is on Sunday night & Monday.
Mincha in the CBD: Based on current numbers, we are not operating a mincha minyan. On Thursdays, there is mincha at L1 28/101 Collins at 1.50pm following the shiur & lunch. Join the the WhatsApp group to stay across the details.
Study: The Weekly Shiur continues on Wednesday at 12:45pm via zoom. BYO lunch. We can switch to combined zoom/in-person based on demand. Details here..
Thought of the Week with thanks to Rabbi Menachem Wolf. Have you ever done something, immediately regretted it and wished that you could go back in time and live the moment differently? If your answer is yes, know that you are not alone – this is a very common feeling amongst humans.
You may be pleased to know that there is something called Pesach Sheini, the opportunity of Second Chances. No, unfortunately it doesn’t help you bring the dead back to life or to retroactively lodge government forms …. But it does help you in other ways.
If you ever experience regret, you have taken the first step in a series of steps of character refinement that if taken will change your habits and set you up to make better decisions in future similar moments which impacts your mazal (energy/luck), destiny and even future reincarnation.
Second chances are not re-enacted moments from our past, rather they are scenarios that contain key elements that replicate a past situation that was used to do wrong or just wasn’t able to be utilised.
This coming Monday is the 3,333rd annual celebration of the minor festival of Pesach Sheini, the day group Jewish people complained to Moses that it was unfair that they had missed out on participating in the very first Pesach sacrifice. I suggest that when you eat some matzah you not only consider an area of growth but who in your life you feel you can give a second chance to.