Torah E-Thought: 3000 Suffragettes

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Dear <>,

Our Purim calendar is filling up. You can see all our upcoming events here.

Wishing you a good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

On the 25th of Adar, 1976 (5736), Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson’s birthday, the doorbell rang while she was having dinner with the Rebbe at their home on President Street in Brooklyn, New York. 

Their attendant, Rabbi Chesed Halberstam, answered the door and was handed a bouquet of flowers which Chabad Lubavitch Women’s Organisation had sent the Rebbetzin along with a letter containing the names of people in need of blessings.

Rabbi Halberstam went to the dining room, presented the flowers to the Rebbetzin, and gave the letter to the Rebbe. The Rebbe told him. "It's for the Rebbetzin."

Rabbi Halberstam responded, "It's for the Rebbe. It's a letter requesting brochos." The Rebbe said, "She can also bless."

That this story will seem unremarkable to many is testament to the change in the landscape that the Rebbe has brought to the world of Jewish women.

This week, after marking the 30th yahrzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, over 3000 Chabad Lubavitch Shluchot have gathered in New York for their annual conference. Even the name itself is indicative. The widely used title Rebbetzin is viewed by many as being an honourific bestowed on a woman who is married to a Rabbi, not necessarily recognising them for their own merits. A Shlucha - literally “one who has been sent” – is the female equivalent of the Shliach. The Shluchim and Shluchot around the world are co-directors of their Chabad Houses. In Chabad Lubavitch women have not just been studying Torah for many years, they have been teaching it.

Yet, if you would ask many Chabad Lubavitch Shluchot if they were feminists, they would have difficulty identifying with the common definition of that term.

An indication into the reasons behind this is found in this week’s parshah. Kabballah explains that reason behind the prohibition of eating milk and meat together that we read this week, is because the milk and meat represent two different spiritual energies.

The stated aim of Torah is to “make peace in the world.” To make peace is to unify and integrate; to bring divergent elements and peoples together as one. Yet we see so many demarcations in Judaism: milk and meat, wool and linen, men and women. Does the Torah come to differentiate and distinguish or to overcome these differences?

In truth, there is no contradiction. Peace is not about the blurring of borders and the obliteration of individual identities. Such peace is artificial, enforced and short lived. True peace is a state in which diverse entities join forces towards a common goal, each contributing its distinct qualities to the achievement of their harmonious endeavour.

The success of so many Chabad Houses around the world is not because the Shluchos want to do the men’s jobs or the men the women’s but rather because each is comfortable in their own role and, with each working to their strengths, they achieve great things.

P.S. I asked Dabrushy if she would write this week’s E-Thought but she is currently in New York at the conference while I am trying to be both father and mother to our children!

The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Mishpatim

Following the revelation at Sinai, G‑d legislates a series of laws for the people of Israel. These include the laws of the indentured servant; the penalties for murder, kidnapping, assault and theft; civil laws pertaining to redress of damages, the granting of loans and the responsibilities of the “Four Guardians”; and the rules governing the conduct of justice by courts of law.

Also included are laws warning against mistreatment of foreigners; the observance of the seasonal festivals, and the agricultural gifts that are to be brought to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem; the prohibition against cooking meat with milk; and the mitzvah of prayer. Altogether, the Parshah of Mishpatim contains 53 mitzvot—23 imperative commandments and 30 prohibitions.

G‑d promises to bring the people of Israel to the Holy Land, and warns them against assuming the pagan ways of its current inhabitants.

The people of Israel proclaim, “We will do and we will hear all that G‑d commands us.” Leaving Aaron and Hur in charge in the Israelite camp, Moses ascends Mount Sinai and remains there for forty days and forty nights to receive the Torah from G‑d.

Featured Event
Celebrate Purim with your family and friends at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds!
 

Join us for our event!

When: Thursday, 1st March  at  4.00 pm.

Where: Lubavitch Centre of Leeds

A family event - all are welcome! Hope to see you there.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Friday Morning Minyan
Feb. 9, 2018 - 7:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Feb. 10, 2018 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Feb. 11, 2018 - 8:30 am - 9:30 am
The weekly Bagels, Lox & Tefillin minyan will commence at 8.30am on Sunday Dec 3rd followed by a bagel breakfast.
Tefillin will be provided for those who need and women are also welcome.
Where: Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Feb. 12, 2018 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bagels and brain storming on the weekly Parshah and contemporary events. Weekly excluding public Holidays at Ward Hadaway Solicitors, Wellington Street.
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Ladies Class
Feb. 12, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Tuesday Morning Minyan
Feb. 13, 2018 - 7:30 am
JLI: Communication
Feb. 13, 2018 - 8:30 pm
All new JLI course, Communication... its Art and Soul. Details, Rabbi Eli Pink - 07875320344
JLI: Communication - Its Art & Soul
Feb. 14, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Friday Morning Minyan
Feb. 16, 2018 - 7:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Feb. 17, 2018 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Feb. 18, 2018 - 8:30 am - 9:30 am
The weekly Bagels, Lox & Tefillin minyan will commence at 8.30am on Sunday Dec 3rd followed by a bagel breakfast.
Tefillin will be provided for those who need and women are also welcome.
Where: Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Feb. 19, 2018 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bagels and brain storming on the weekly Parshah and contemporary events. Weekly excluding public Holidays at Ward Hadaway Solicitors, Wellington Street.
More Info »
JWC - Pre Purim
Feb. 19, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Ladies Class
Feb. 19, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Tuesday Morning Minyan
Feb. 20, 2018 - 7:30 am
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