Friday 19 April 2024

Shabbos Tzetl: Metzora, HaGadol

5:30pm - Candle Lighting, Friday
6:26pm - Havdalah, Saturday
(Melbourne Australia)
Eruv Status: KOSHER
Good Shabbos!

The Shabbat before Passover is termed Shabbat HaGadol ("The Great Shabbat") in commemoration of the "great miracle" that happened in Egypt on this day, heralding the Exodus from Egypt five days later (see "Today in Jewish Hstory"). Shabbat HaGadol customs include reading a portion of the Haggadah (from "Avadim hayinu..." to " kol avonotainu"), which tells the story of the Exodus; it is also customary that the rabbi of the community delivers a lecture in which he elaborates on the laws of Passover and their significance, in preparation for the festival.

Please click here to view the Yeshivah Shule Tzetel for Shabbos HaGodol, Parshas Metzora and Pesach. Please click here to view the PDFs of Weekly Publications.     

Leviticus 14:1–15:33
The name of the Parshah, "Metzora," is often translated as "leper" and it is found in Leviticus 14:2.

Last week's Parshah described the signs of the metzora (commonly mistranslated as "leper")—a person afflicted by a spiritual malady which places him or her in a state of ritual impurity. This week's Torah reading begins by detailing how the recovered metzora is purified by the kohen (priest) with a special procedure involving two birds, spring water in an earthen vessel, a piece of cedar wood, a scarlet thread and a bundle of hyssop.

A home can also be afflicted with tzaraat by the appearance of dark red or green patches on its walls. In a process lasting as long as nineteen days, a kohen determines if the house can be purified, or whether it must be demolished.

Ritual impurity is also engendered through a seminal or other discharge in a man, and menstruation or other discharge of blood in a woman, necessitating purification through immersion in a mikvah.

II Kings 7:3-20

This week's haftorah discusses the story of four men stricken by tzara'at, a skin ailment caused by sins — one of the main topics of this week's Torah reading.

Haftorah's backdrop: King Ben-Hadad of Aram besieged Samaria (the Northern Kingdom of Israel). The resulting famine was catastrophic, reducing many to cannibalism. King Jehoram of Israel wanted to execute the prophet Elisha, considering that his prayers could have prevented the entire tragedy. Elisha reassured the king: "So has G‑d said, 'At this time tomorrow, a seah of fine flour will sell for [merely] a shekel, and two seahs of barley will sell for a shekel in the gate of Samaria.'" One of the king's officers present scoffed at the prophecy: "Behold, if G‑d makes windows in the sky, will this thing come about?" Elisha responded, "Behold, you will see with your own eyes, but you shall not eat there from."

Now, four men suffering from tzara'at dwelled in quarantine outside the city. They too were hungry, victims of the famine. They decided to approach the enemy camp to beg for food. They arrived only to find a deserted camp. For "G‑d had caused the Aramean camp to hear the sound of chariots and the sound of horses, the sound of a great army. And they said to one another, 'Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us.'" The entire enemy army fled, leaving behind their tents, horses, donkeys and provisions.

The four men went to the city and reported their findings to the gatekeepers who, in turn, informed King Jehoram. Though originally thinking that this was an ambush planned by the enemy, the king sent messengers who confirmed the miracle. The people swarmed out of the city and looted the enemy camp, thus breaking the famine and fulfilling Elisha's prophecy.

And the officer? The king placed him in charge of the city gates. He was trampled to death by the rampaging crowds — after seeing the fulfillment of the prophet's words...


I will put the plague of tzaraat in a house (14:34)

So is it when leprous plagues come upon man: First they come upon his house. If he repents, it requires only the removal [of the affected stones]; if not, it requires tearing down the entire house. Then the plagues come upon one's clothes. If he repents, they require washing; if not, they require burning. Then the plagues come upon his body. If he repents, he undergoes purification; if not, "he shall dwell alone."

(Midrash Rabbah)

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Thursday 18 April 2024

NEW TIME: Pesach's KLP kashering on Ercildoune & Biur Chametz 🔥

KLP Kashering
Friday 19 Apr, 8:30am–10:30am 
(no latecomers sorry,  I have to rush off to a job)
53 Ercildoune St, Caulfield North 
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Pots with libun
Cutlery & silverware with hagolo
All utensils must be sparkling clean, no brown patches. Scrub, clean & rinse thoroughly. No teflon utensils. Hagolo items must not have been used for 24hrs.
Pesach 0413055718

BIUR CHAMETZ on Ercildoune 
Monday 22 Apr • 9:00am–11:23am  
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Prewrapped Flower Bouquets for Shabbos and Yom Tov

Tuesday 16 April 2024

EJC Pre Pesach Lunch with Joel Burnie

You're invited to join EJC for our annual Pre-Pesach Lunch with higly sought after guest speaker Joel Burnie, Executive Manager of AIJAC.
Joel will be reflecting on his recent visits to Israel as well as the implications of the escalation in the situation with Iran.
Bookings (essential for catering purposes) via

Rav Mark Steiner (0422 718 026 /

Taking the Lead Dog Walks

Don't leave your dog waiting - call Taking the Lead Dog Walks and make sure they get the exercise they need.

Special address by South Africa's Chief Rabbi

St Kilda Shule is proud to host a special online presentation by South Africa's Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein. 

Chief Rabbi Goldstein had been an outstanding advocate for Israel and the Jewish Diaspora community, especially in the wake of the 7 October terrorist attack.

All are invited to hear this special address to Australia's Jewish community. 

Date: Wednesday 17 April 2024
Time: 7:00pm sharp (until 7:30pm)

Monday 15 April 2024

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Last minute reminder… Cleaning and polishing of jewels

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Pesach's KLP kashering on Ercildoune & Biur Chametz 🔥

KLP Kashering
Friday 19 Apr • 09:00–11:00
53 Ercildoune St, Caulfield North 
Click the link to join...
Pots with libun
Cutlery & silverware with hagolo
All utensils must be sparkling clean, no brown patches. Scrub, clean & rinse thoroughly. No teflon utensils.
Pesach 0413055718

BIUR CHAMETZ on Ercildoune 
Monday 22 Apr • 09:00–11:23 • Rabbi Pesach Steinberg
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SCHC - 2nd Night Community Pesach Seder

Gmach Centre, Wednesday

Sunday 14 April 2024

Manchester MegaMart - Preparing for Pesach

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Burd Eggs for Pesach

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A Pesach of Redemption (Seders)

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