Subject: Torah E-Thought: When is a Seder not a Seder?

 

 

 

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Thursday night – 7.30pm

Friday morning – 10.30am

Friday night – 7.30pm

Shabbat day – 10.00am

Shabbat mincha – 6.30pm

Moshiach seudah – After Mincha

Motzei Shabbat – 8.43pm

   
 
   
   
 
Message from the Rabbi

Dear <>,

I hope you are having a great Pesach. As we look forward to the Last Days of Yom Tov, there will be services throughout Yom Tov at Chabad Lubavitch concluding with the Moshiach Seuda. There will be two Moshiach Seudas at Chabad Lubavitch, one for the community and a special Cteen Moshiach Seuda.

We are already planning some great events following Pesach. Please mark in your calendar Sunday 15th April, 7pm for the London Beth Din Kashrut Road Show when you will be able to hear from the experts what you can buy from the supermarkets and online. Details here.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos and a Good Yom Tov,

 

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

 

An astounding 97% of Jews in Israel celebrated Seder Night according to a survey by the Jewish People Policy Institute of the Jewish Agency. The survey asked 3000 Israelis from across the religious spectrum, and reported that even among respondents who defined themselves as “totally secular Jews”, 93% attended or hosted a Seder.

When I saw the survey I was reminded of the story of the two Jews who were queueing to receive honey cake and a blessing for a sweet New Year from the Lubavitcher Rebbe as was customary. In later years this was so popular the Rebbe would distribute honey cake and blessings until the last days of Sukkot. The two Jews in our story seemed very different.  One was a Chassidic Jew who had travelled from nearby Williamsburg for the occasion. Dressed in his Yom Tov finery, resplendent in his streimel, he looked askance on his fellow hippy-looking Jew queueing in front of him. Dressed in faded, cut jeans with piercings and colourful hair, the Chassid even wondered if the fellow was Jewish. As the queue inched forward the Chassid continued musing that if the Rebbe was giving blessings to such people, was this the sort of Rebbe that he wanted to bless him?!

Eventually the two Jews reached the front of the line. The Rebbe handed the hippy a piece of honey cake and a warm blessing for a sweet New Year. He beamed his thank you back to the Rebbe with a warm smile and went on his way with a spring in his step. Then the Rebbe turned to the Chassid; “tell me,” the Rebbe said, “what did your Rebbe, talk about on Rosh Hashanah?” The Chassid, who was a follower of the Satmarer Rebbe, responded; “my Rebbe quoted the Talmud which says that ‘even sinful Jews are full of mitzvot like a pomegranate is full of seeds,’ and wondered – if the Talmud asserts that they are sinful Jews, why does it say they are full of mitzvot like a pomegranate.”

“Amazing,” responded the Rebbe, “I was contemplating the same piece of Talmud and also had a question; ‘if the Talmud says that they are full of mitzvot like a pomegranate, why does it call them sinful Jews?’

This approach has become the hallmark of Chabad-Lubavitch – non-judgemental Judaism for all Jews.

The survey and the story both fit perfectly with a message someone sent me following the furore of Jeremy Corbyn at the Jewdas Seder. In all the (probably justifiable) indignation and noise, the true story was forgotten, that Judaism is for everyone as every time.

The last days of Pesach are linked to Moshiach. In Chassidic circles there is a custom to make a Moshiach Seuda and there will be two at Chabad-Lubavitch this year.

We read in the Hagaddah the response to the Wicked Son. We tell him “if you had been there, you wouldn’t have been redeemed.” The Lubavitcher Rebbe commented on this, that we tell him “there” you wouldn’t have been redeemed, but when Moshiach comes, no Jew will be left behind.

 
The Parshah In A Nutshell

On the eighth day, following the seven days of their inauguration, Aaron and his sons begin to officiate as kohanim (priests); a fire issues forth from G‑d to consume the offerings on the altar, and the divine presence comes to dwell in the Sanctuary.

Aaron’s two elder sons, Nadav and Avihu, offer a “strange fire before G‑d, which He commanded them not” and die before G‑d. Aaron is silent in face of his tragedy. Moses and Aaron subsequently disagree as to a point of law regarding the offerings, but Moses concedes to Aaron that Aaron is in the right.

G‑d commands the kosher laws, identifying the animal species permissible and forbidden for consumption. Land animals may be eaten only if they have split hooves and also chew their cud; fish must have fins and scales; a list of non-kosher birds is given, and a list of kosher insects (four types of locusts).

Also in Shemini are some of the laws of ritual purity, including the purifying power of the mikvah (a pool of water meeting specified qualifications) and the wellspring. Thus the people of Israel are enjoined to “ differentiate between the impure and the pure.”

 

 
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shabbat & yom tov times

Thursday Night – 7.30pm

Friday Morning – 10.30am

Friday Night – 7.30pm

Shabbat Day – 10.00am

Shabbat Mincha – 6.30pm

Moshiach Seudah – After Mincha

Motzei Shabbat – 8.43pm

moshiach seudah - Shabbat after Mincha
Mincha 6.30pm followed by Moshiach Seudah
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Apr. 8, 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
Apr. 9, 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
Apr. 9, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Tuesday Morning Minyan
Apr. 10, 2018 - 7:30 am
Friday Morning Minyan
Apr. 13, 2018 - 7:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Apr. 14, 2018 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Apr. 15, 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
KLBD Kashrut Workshop
Apr. 15, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Apr. 16, 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 »
Ladies Class
Apr. 16, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Tuesday Morning Minyan
Apr. 17, 2018 - 7:30 am
Friday Morning Minyan
Apr. 20, 2018 - 7:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Apr. 21, 2018 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Apr. 22, 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
Apr. 23, 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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