Friday 12 April 2024

Shabbos Tzetl: Tazria

5:39pm - Candle Lighting, Friday
6:35pm - Havdalah, Saturday
(Melbourne Australia)
Eruv Status: KOSHER
Good Shabbos!

Please click here to view the Yeshivah Shule Tzetel for Shabbos Parshas Tazria. Please click here to view the PDFs of Weekly Publications.



Leviticus 12:1–13:59
The name of the Parshah, "Tazria," means "conceives" and it is found in Leviticus 12:2.

The Parshah of Tazria continues the discussion of the laws of tumah v'taharah, ritual impurity and purity.

A woman giving birth should undergo a process of purification, which includes immersing in a mikvah (a naturally gathered pool of water) and bringing offerings to the Holy Temple. All male infants are to be circumcised on the eighth day of life.

Tzaraat (often mistranslated as leprosy) is a supra-natural plague, which can afflict people as well as garments or homes. If white or pink patches appear on a person's skin (dark red or green in garments), a kohen is summoned. Judging by various signs, such as an increase in size of the afflicted area after a seven-day quarantine, the kohen pronounces it tamei (impure) or tahor (pure).

A person afflicted with tzaraat must dwell alone outside of the camp (or city) until he is healed. The afflicted area in a garment or home must be removed; if the tzaraat recurs, the entire garment or home must be destroyed.

II Kings 4:42-5:19.

This week's haftorah describes how a prophet miraculously cured an Aramite general of his tzara'at ailment. The bulk of this week's Torah reading discusses this skin disease and its related impurity.

The haftorah begins with a brief mention of one of the prophet Elisha's miraculous feats. He received a paltry gift of twenty loaves of bread and a sack of grain. At Elisha's insistence, this gift was shared amongst his hundred students. The food was enough for all—and there was even leftovers.

Naaman, general of the powerful Aramite armies, contracted tzara'at. A young captive Israelite maid advised him to seek the assistance of the "prophet in Samaria." Acting on this suggestion, the king of Aram dispatched a message to the king of Israel, "Behold I have sent Naaman my servant to you, and you shall cure him of his tzara'at!"

The king of Israel panicked, until Elisha sent him a message: "Why have you rent your garments? Let him come to me now, and let him know that there is a prophet in Israel!"

Elisha advised Naaman to immerse in the Jordan River. Despite his initial reluctance to do so, Naaman carried out the prophet's orders, and was immediately healed.

Elisha refused to accept any gifts from Naaman. The general promised Elisha that he would no longer serve any deity other than the One G‑d, and he departed.


On the eighth day, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised (12:3)

Isaac and Ishmael were engaged in a controversy. Said Ishmael to Isaac: "I am more beloved to G‑d than you, since I was circumcised at the age of thirteen, but you were circumcised as a baby and could not refuse." Isaac retorted: "All that you gave up to G‑d was three drops of blood. But lo, I am now thirty-seven years old, yet if G‑d desired of me that I be slaughtered, I would not refuse."

(Midrash Rabbah)

Jewishness is not a matter of historical consciousness, outlook, ethics, or even behavior; it is a state of being. This is the deeper significance of the debate between Ishmael and Isaac. When the Jew is circumcised on the eighth day of life, he is completely unaware of the significance of what has occurred. But this "non-experience" is precisely what circumcision means. With circumcision the Jew says: I define my relationship with G‑d not by what I think, feel or do, but by the fact of my Jewishness—a fact which applies equally to an infant of eight days and a sage of eighty years.

(The Lubavitcher Rebbe)

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Thursday 11 April 2024

Invitation to a Special Hearing with Hon. Peter Dutton MP at St Kilda Shule

Please join St Kilda Shule with an exclusive and insightful event featuring the Hon. Peter Dutton MP, the Leader of the Opposition on Friday 19 April at 10.30am. This special hearing presents a unique opportunity not only to listen to Hon. Peter Dutton but also to engage with him directly. Please confirm your attendance by 17 April on

Schc - Young Adult 20's & 30's Chametz Party

Join Us for a Mimuna - Chametz Party at Mama Falafel!
Dive into post-Passover celebrations with an unforgettable evening for young adults in their 20s and 30s. Enjoy a delicious buffet of Mama Falafel's finest, with drinks available for purchase. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to connect, enjoy great food, and celebrate freedom and friendship. See you there!
Tuesday 30 April 2024 8:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Venue Upon Booking

Second Night Seder at Caulfield Shule

Ride to Sydney requested

A lovely young lady living in Melbourne is looking to join a ride to Sydney for Pesach and back after Pesach (with her small dog on her lap). She is willing to pay. Please contact Hila on 0424 180 220 if you are driving to Sydney anytime from now until Pesach. Thanks

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Invitation - Weekly Women's Zoom Shiur 14/4/24

You are invited to join our interactive women's study group exploring foundations of Judaism.
This week, we will be exploring *'Insights into Pesach- Part 3*
When: Sunday 14th of April 2024
Time: 6pm-7pm
Speaker: Zipporah Oliver O.A.M.
In memory of Mrs Raizl Cylich OBM
Please join on Zoom: Meeting ID: 892 0846 8031
Passcode: 613770
Enquiries: 0438-345-770
I look forward to seeing you then!
Warmest regards,

Pesach's KLP kashering on Ercildoune

Pots with libun
Cutlery & silverware with hagolo
9-11am, 14 April @ 53 Ercildoune 
Click the link to join...
All utensils must be sparkling clean, no brown patches. Scrub, clean & rinse thoroughly. No teflon utensils.
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Furnished 2 bedroom, ground floor, spacious, with a terrace, in a secure building, kosher kitchen (not Pesach).

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Introduction to Starting a Small Business - MAY 2024

When: EVERY Wednesday 8 May - 5 June (5 week series)

Time: 10am - 1.00pm

Venue: Manders Villas, 311 - 313 Glen Eira Road, Caulfield          

Cost: $40 (Subsidised places available)

Contact: For registration and enquiries, please contact Efrat Goldberg at Jewish Care on 8517 5999 or

Monday 8 April 2024

SCHC - 2nd Night Community Pesach Seder

SCHC - 2nd Night Community Pesach Seder
Join us for an insightful and joyous Pesach Seder led by Rabbi Mendy Ajzenszmidt, hosted at the South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation filled with song, feasting and celebrating!
The Seder will occur on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 7 PM (preceded by Maariv at 6:20 PM). Everyone is welcome to attend!

Please note that this year, there has been a significant increase in catering and service costs. However, we have worked hard to keep the price as low as possible without incurring a significant loss for the Shul.
To attend the Seder, there are several payment options available:
You can pay the cost we are being charged by our caterer per person.
You can also sponsor a seat for someone who is unable to pay for the Seder.
Children aged 3 and under can attend at no charge.
Tuesday 23 April 2024 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM 

CIVL Mechiras Chometz

CIVL - Sale of Chometz  - 5784/2024

The sale of Chomez ('Mechiras Chometz') is effective only if one truly commits to sell his/her Chometz in an unconditional and absolute sale. It is therefore customary to perform a Kinyan (act of acquisition) when authorising the Rav to sell the Chometz. However, this Kinyan is not an absolute requirement.

In the sale, one includes all Chometz and Chometz utensils. Since the actual location of the Chometz is leased as well, one should list the full address of each of his personal and business properties, including common-owned properties.

Anything included in Mechiras Chometz should be securely stored away before Bedikas Chometz, either by placing it in a closed area such as a closet, which should be locked or marked, or by completely barricading it with a sturdy Mechitzah [partition] at least ten Tefachim [80cm] tall. A curtain that is easily slung aside does not suffice. [When extremely necessary, one may access these areas during Pesach, but must avoid remaining there for any length of time, and must not touch the Chometz nor open any boxes containing them.]

The form must be submitted before 9:00am, Monday 22nd April 2024, after which time this online facility will expire.

The Chometz from the sale will be permitted for use once again after 6:45pm on Tuesday 30th April 2024

This online form is suitable only for people resident in Melbourne for the duration of Pesach. If one intends travelling to a different time-zone for Pesach, he should inform the Rav of his situation for further guidance.

For further information about Mechiras Chometz, or Pesach in general, please visit: (generously prepared by RabbI Shmuel Lesches, Rabbi of Young Yeshivah)


CIVL (Chabad Institutions of Victoria Ltd)