Times: Shabbat starts on Friday at 5:37 pm and ends on Saturday night at 6:35 pm. The weekly Torah portion is Ki Tavo. Selichot starts on Saturday night.

Mincha in the CBD: We will seek to resume mincha at L2/430 Lt Collins when possible. Looking unlikely until after the Chagim. We will advise when the Thursday lunch, shiur & mincha at L1 Capital will resume. Join the the WhatsApp group to stay across the latest details.

Study: The Weekly Shiur continues on Wednesday at 1:10pm online. Current study: duty of care when doing a favour for another person. Details here.

Thought of the Week with thanks to Annette Charak. In a commentary on this week’s Torah reading, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks celebrates Moshe as storyteller. Indeed, much of the book of Devarim is Moshe recounting the story of the Jews to the next generation. As he stands at the end of his remarkable life and the end of a remarkable chapter in the life of the Jewish people, he is looking back, retelling the story of one generation and shaping the story that the next generation will tell in the future. Because Moshe is also looking ahead, he sets out what they must do after they enter, conquer and settle the land.

They will take their first fruits to Jerusalem to be handed to the priest and then they will make a declaration about where they have come from. Moses is looking ahead to a time when the past will not be just a generation past. He is foreshadowing a time when we will look back beyond our own memories, beyond where he was standing and remember when “my father was a wandering Aramean who went down to Egypt”. And this declaration will be a permanent reminder for us individually and collectively of how we have arrived where we are — on a journey that continues.

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