Torah E-Thought: Yud Shevat

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BH

Dear Friend,


Today is the 10th of Shevat. A very special day in the Chabad Lubavitch Calendar and this week’s Torah E-Thought is content taken from Chabad.org about this day.

On Wednesday we celebrate Tu BShvat. There was a Jewish Women’s Circle event this week (pictures here) and there is a Torah Tots on Sunday (see here) and a JMT Friday Night Dinner next Friday (see here).

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

 

On Shabbat morning, 10th Shevat 5710, 28th January 1950, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, passed away.

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, was overcome with grief; for months afterwards, his every reference to his father-in-law would summon forth a well of tears. Though he was the natural choice for succession, he steadfastly refused to take on the role of "Rebbe." It was a full year before he agreed and officially accepted the mantle of leadership.

But from the very start, it was clear that he meant to carry on his father-in-law's work to reach out and embrace every Jew, no matter how geographically or spiritually distant from their people.

On February 7, a mere ten days after Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak's passing, the Rebbe appointed Rabbi Michoel Lipsker as his emissary, "shliach," to the Jews of Morocco.

The institution of sending emissaries is without doubt the Rebbe's most revolutionary contribution to Jewish life today. It is no exaggeration to say that it transformed the face of Judaism in the second half of the 20th century.

The concept is both profound and simple. The Rebbe wished to reach every Jew on the face of the earth and to inspire in them an increased commitment to Judaism. But to reach every Jew is a task technically impossible for a single human being. So he raised an army of young men and women and said to them: I empower you to act in my stead. When you go out there - to New Jersey or to Alaska, to Belo Horizonte, Brazil or to Chelyabinsk, Siberia, it will be as if I myself am going there; as if I myself am giving that class, koshering that kitchen, or conducting that Passover Seder.

On the 10th Shevat 5711, 17th January 1951, the Rebbe formally accepted the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch by delivering the traditional discourse of Chassidic teaching, maamar, at a gathering marking the first anniversary of his father-in-law’s passing. On that occasion, the Rebbe said (free translation):

"Here in America people like to hear things expressed in the form of a "statement" - preferably a provocative and shocking statement. I don't know if this is the best approach, but as our Sages have said, "When you come to a city, do as its custom."'

The three loves - love of G-d, love of Torah and love of one's fellow - are one. One cannot differentiate between them, for they are of a single essence. And since they are of a single essence, each one embodies all three.

This is our "statement": If you see a person who has a love of G-d but lacks a love of Torah and a love of his fellow, you must tell him that his love of G-d is incomplete. And if you see a person who has only a love for his fellow, you must strive to bring him to a love of Torah and a love of G-d - that his love toward his fellows should not only be expressed in providing bread for the hungry and water for the thirsty, but also to bring them close to Torah and to G-d."

At that gathering, the Rebbe also laid down what was to become the underlying theme of all his teachings and activities: that ours is the generation entrusted with the task of bringing to fruition the very purpose of creation, which Chassidic teaching defines as “making a dwelling for G-d in the physical world.” Ours is the generation, said the Rebbe, which will herald the Age of Moshiach - the era of goodness and perfection which is the end-goal of man’s millennia-long effort to bring to light the divine image in which he was created.

(Courtesy of chabad.org)

The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Beshalach

Soon after allowing the children of Israel to depart from Egypt, Pharaoh chases after them to force their return, and the Israelites find themselves trapped between Pharaoh’s armies and the sea. G‑d tells Moses to raise his staff over the water; the sea splits to allow the Israelites to pass through, and then closes over the pursuing Egyptians. Moses and the children of Israel sing a song of praise and gratitude to G‑d.

In the desert the people suffer thirst and hunger, and repeatedly complain to Moses and Aaron. G‑d miraculously sweetens the bitter waters of Marah, and later has Moses bring forth water from a rock by striking it with his staff. He causes manna to rain down from the heavens before dawn each morning, and quails to appear in the Israelite camp each evening.

The children of Israel are instructed to gather a double portion of manna on Friday, as none will descend on Shabbat, the divinely decreed day of rest. Some disobey and go to gather manna on the seventh day, but find nothing. Aaron preserves a small quantity of manna in a jar, as a testimony for future generations.

In Rephidim, the people are attacked by the Amalekites, who are defeated by Moses’ prayers and an army raised by Joshua.

 
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Jan. 27, 2018 - 10:00 am
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Jan. 28, 2018 - 8:30 am - 9:30 am
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Tefillin will be provided for those who need and women are also welcome.
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Feb. 2, 2018 - 7:30 am
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Feb. 3, 2018 - 10:00 am
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Feb. 4, 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. 5, 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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