Torah E-Thought: Powerful Words

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This Week at chabad lubavitch Leeds
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5:14 pm
Shabbat, Feb 24
6:22 pm
Torah Portion: Tetzaveh
Service Times
Friday night - 10 mins before Shababt commences
Shabbat day - 10.00 am
Motzei Shabbat - 15 mins after Shabbat concludes
Weekday Shachris
Sunday - 8.30 am
Tuesday - 7.30 am
Friday - 7.30 am
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This Wednesday Night and Thursday is Purim! You can find everything you need to know about Purim on our megasite
We have a full array of events across the city and for all ranges, you can see details here.

Wishing you a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

Celebrities holding power over their fans and followers is not a new phenomenon, but we reached new heights yesterday when a single tweet managed to wipe $1.3 billion dollars off the value of Snapchat when an American celebrity moaned about how she no longer uses it.

This Tuesday we will be concluding the current JLI course, Communication, It’s Art and Soul. We have discussed why the human is defined in Kabballah as a “speaker”, responsible speech and when and how to speak.

In this week’s parshah we learn about the Inner Mizbe’ach, the golden altar for incense that stood in the sanctuary of the Tabernacle, which is described at the conclusion of Parshas Tetzaveh. Its placement here is somewhat peculiar, considering that the construction of the Tabernacle as well as the other holy vessels found in the sanctuary were described last week in the previous parshah.

Another thing that stands out about this altar is that unlike the altar for animal offerings, which stood in the courtyard, the altar for burning incense stood in the sanctuary, hidden from the public eye. In fact, no one other than the Kohen offering the incense that day could be present in the sanctuary or near its entrance when the incense was offered. According to the Jerusalem Talmud even the angels could not be present in the Tabernacle at that time!

The offering of incense in the privacy and seclusion of the sanctuary represents the good deeds we do “out of sight” from others—without publicity and fanfare. By describing the incense altar only after the commands regarding the Sanctuary’s structure and contents, and after describing the Kohanim’s uniforms and inauguration, the Torah indicates that the offering of incense on this altar represents the ultimate form of Divine service performed in the Tabernacle. Alternatively, to put it another way, the height of Torah and mitzvah observance is when one merits that only he and G-d are aware of his great and many achievements.

As human beings we have the immense power and responsibility to communicate responsibly. As the Chassidic aphorism goes, “not everything that is said needs to be written down and not everything that is written down needs to be printed.”

The Talmud says, “the ability to do good is much more powerful than the ability to cause harm”. If one person has such immense power at their fingertips imagine if that power is harnessed for the good.

The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Tetzaveh

G‑d tells Moses to receive from the children of Israel pure olive oil to feed the “ everlasting flame” of the menorah, which Aaron is to kindle each day, “from evening till morning.”

The priestly garments, to be worn by the kohanim (priests) while serving in the Sanctuary, are described. All kohanim wore: 1) the ketonet—a full-length linen tunic; 2) michnasayim—linen breeches; 3) mitznefet or migba’at—a linen turban; 4) avnet—a long sash wound above the waist.

In addition, the kohen gadol (high priest) wore: 5) the efod—an apron-like garment made of blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool, linen and gold thread; 6) the choshen—a breastplate containing twelve precious stones inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; 7) the me’il—a cloak of blue wool, with gold bells and decorative pomegranates on its hem; 8) the tzitz—a golden plate worn on the forehead, bearing the inscription “Holy to G‑d.”

Tetzaveh also includes G‑d’s detailed instructions for the seven-day initiation of Aaron and his four sons— Nadav, Avihu, Elazar and Itamar—into the priesthood, and for the making of the golden altar, on which the ketoret (incense) was burned.

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Celebrate Purim with your family and friends at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds!
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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Friday Morning Minyan
Feb. 23, 2018 - 7:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Feb. 24, 2018 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Feb. 25, 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
Torah Tots - Pre Purim
Feb. 25, 2018 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Feb. 26, 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. 26, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Tuesday Morning Minyan
Feb. 27, 2018 - 7:30 am
JLI: Communication
Feb. 27, 2018 - 8:30 pm
All new JLI course, Communication... its Art and Soul. Details, Rabbi Eli Pink - 07875320344
Fast Ends & Megillah
Feb. 28, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Megillah Reading @ Chabad
Feb. 28, 2018 - 6:30 pm
Megillah Reading @ Chabad on Campus
Feb. 28, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Every Hour from 7pm!
JMT Purim Party
Feb. 28, 2018 - 7:30 pm
JMT Megillah Reading @ Chabad 
Feb. 28, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Late Night Megillah Reading - Location TBC
Feb. 28, 2018 - 10:30 pm 
Megillah Reading @ Chabad
Mar. 1, 2018 - 7:30 am
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