Torah E-Thought: Timing is everything

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This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
Candle Lighting Times for
Leeds, England:
Friday, Jan 19
4:05 pm
Shabbat, Jan 20
5:19 pm
Torah Portion: Bo
Service Times
Shabbat
Friday night - 15 mins before Shabbat commences
Shabbat day - 10.00 am
Motzei Shabbat minyan - 15 mins after Shabbat ends
Weekday Shachris
Sunday - 8.30 am
Tuesday - 7.30 am
Friday - 7.30 am
Message from the Rabbi

Dear Friend,

This Tuesday JLI’s new course on communication starts. Having read through the entire course it has some phenomenal materials. If you still wish to come, please be in touch. Details here.

Wishing you a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

The first mitzvah given to the Jews after they became a nation was to determine and sanctify the first day of every month - Rosh Chodesh, thereby creating the Jewish calendar. This command is expressed in the verse “hachodesh hazeh lachem” – this month shall be for you. The words “hachodesh hazeh” – this month - can also be translated as “this renewal,” meaning that G-d showed Moshe the crescent moon and said, “this renewal - when the moon renews itself - shall be [what determines] for you the heads of the month.” This is the mitzvah of Rosh Chodesh and maintaining a Jewish calendar.


The priority given to this mitzvah suggests that sanctifying Rosh Chodesh is a model mitzvah, a paradigm of all future mitzvot.


The primary objective of all mitzvot is to transform the physical world from mundane to holy. By using any physical object to perform a mitzvah, we reveal the G-dly purpose for which that object was created, thereby sanctifying said item.


One of the enduring images of the Six Day War was the sight of the Israelis using captured Egyptian tanks, flying with Israeli flags, to drive the Egyptians out of the Sinai. The very tools that had been used to threaten Jewish life had been turned around to perform the ultimate mitzvah – that of saving a life. This truly was the purpose for which they were created.


The sanctification of Rosh Chodesh embodies this idea, for in this mitzvah time itself is elevated. The mitzvah involves taking a day that was previously like any other, and declaring it Rosh Chodesh—no longer a regular weekday, but a day replete with special offerings brought in the Beit Hamikdash. Rosh Chodesh was the first mitzvah commanded, since it is a visible act of sanctifying the mundane—the essential theme of all the mitzvot.


One of the first acts of the Greek-Selucid Empire of Antiyochus during the story of Chanukah was to try to abolish the Jewish calendar. It represented Jewish exceptionalism and bringing holiness into areas that they wished to remain secular. The Greek-Selucids are long gone but the Jewish calendar still thrives.


Apart from Yom Tov, most interactions with the calendar are unfortunately for yahrzeits. Thirty
years ago, the Lubavitcher Rebbe launched a Jewish birthday campaign in honour of his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka who passed away that year. Next time your birthday comes along, celebrate life. Check when your Jewish birthday is and mark making the mundane into the holy. We even have an easy link on our site www.JudaismLive.com/birthday.

The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Bo

The last three of the Ten Plagues are visited on Egypt: a swarm of locusts devours all the crops and greenery; a thick, palpable darkness envelops the land; and all the firstborn of Egypt are killed at the stroke of midnight of the 15th of the month of Nissan.

G‑d commands the first mitzvah to be given to the people of Israel: to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. The Israelites are also instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to G‑d: a lamb or kid goat is to be slaughtered, and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of every Israelite home, so that G‑d should pass over these homes when He comes to kill the Egyptian firstborn. The roasted meat of the offering is to be eaten that night together with matzah (unleavened bread) and bitter herbs.

The death of the firstborn finally breaks Pharaoh’s resistance, and he literally drives the children of Israel from his land. So hastily do they depart that there is no time for their dough to rise, and the only provisions they take along are unleavened. Before they go, they ask their Egyptian neighbors for gold, silver and garments—fulfilling the promise made to Abraham that his descendants would leave Egypt with great wealth.

The children of Israel are commanded to consecrate all firstborn, and to observe the anniversary of the Exodus each year by removing all leaven from their possession for seven days, eating matzah, and telling the story of their redemption to their children. They are also commanded to wear tefillin on the arm and head as a reminder of the Exodus and their resultant commitment to G‑d.

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
shabbat morning service

Jan. 20, 2018 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Jan. 21, 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
Jan. 22, 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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JWC - Tu Bishvat
Jan. 22, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Ladies Class
Jan. 22, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Tuesday Morning Minyan
Jan. 23, 2018 - 7:30 am
JLI: Communication
Jan. 23, 2018 - 8:30 pm
All new JLI course, Communication... its Art and Soul. Details, Rabbi Eli Pink - 07875320344
JLI: Communication - Its Art & Soul
Jan. 24, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Friday Morning Minyan
Jan. 26, 2018 - 7:30 am
Candle Lighting Friday Night @ 4:18pm
Jan. 26, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Jan. 27, 2018 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Jan. 28, 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 - Tu Bishvat
Jan. 28, 2018 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Jan. 29, 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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