Nothing natural about disasters
 
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This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
Candle Lighting Times for
Leeds, England:
Friday, 26 Oct
5:27 pm
Shabbat, 27 Oct
6:33 pm
Torah Portion: Vayeira
 
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Message from the Rabbi
 
 
Dear Friend ,

This Sunday is the launch event for a new year of Friendship Circle. If you know any teenagers in years 11-13 who would like to be involved, please get in touch!

We are excited to have opened bookings for our Torah Tots Family Weekend. This amazing weekend away is open to families with children in primary school or younger. Details here.

JLI’s new course, Wrestling with Faith begins this Tuesday and we can still fit you in if you want to attend. Details here.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
 
It seems that every few weeks we are reading about another natural disaster. A hurricane in America, an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.

This week we read in the parshah about the destruction of Sodom and Gemorrah and just a few weeks ago we read about Noah’s flood - the Torah has a number of stories of fire and brimstone.

There was nothing natural about those disasters. The cities of Sodom and Gemorrah were so evil that Abraham, when pleading with G-d to spare them, could not even find ten righteous people out of their entire populations.

When G-d wants to send us a message, He does just that. Wherever we read of tales of biblical destruction, whether Noah's flood, the destruction of the Sodom and Gemorrah or the Jewish exiles from the Holy Land, the people of the time were warned well in advance in order to encourage them to change their ways.

Without a definite warning and message from a certified prophet of G-d however, far be it from us to attribute cause and blame for modern day disasters.

In fact the very rationalizing of these events does the victims a disservice. G-d allows us to question His ways and demand that they are improved. In my upcoming course, Wrestling with Faith, we will be studying Elie Wiesel's description of a trial that took place in Auschwitz.

"Three great Jewish scholars - masters of Talmud, Halachah and Jewish jurisprudence - put G-d on trial, creating, in that eerie place,  ‘a rabbinic court of law to indict the Almighty.’ The trial lasted several nights. Witnesses were heard, evidence was gathered, conclusions were drawn, all of which issued finally in a unanimous verdict: the L-rd, G-d Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth was found guilty of crimes against creation and humankind. And then, after what Wiesel describes as an ‘infinity of silence,’ the Talmudic scholar looked at the sky and said, "it's time for evening prayers," and the members of the tribunal recited Maariv, the evening service." [The Trial of G-d, p.VII]"

We do not need to be accepting or attributing when disasters happen. We can ultimately not understand G-d's ways. But we can also not allow it to diminish from our ongoing service of G-d or care for one another.

How do we reconcile the two? Are there ever answers? Join us on Tuesday evening for the first session of Wrestling with Faith to find out!
 
 
 
Service Times

Sunday Morning 
8.30 am

Friday Night 
15 minutes before Candle Lighting

Shabbat Day
10.00 am

 
 
Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Vayeira

G‑d reveals Himself to Abraham three days after the first Jew’s circumcision at age ninety-nine; but Abraham rushes off to prepare a meal for three guests who appear in the desert heat. One of the three—who are angels disguised as men—announces that, in exactly one year, the barren Sarah will give birth to a son. Sarah laughs.

Abraham pleads with G‑d to spare the wicked city of Sodom. Two of the three disguised angels arrive in the doomed city, where Abraham’s nephew Lot extends his hospitality to them and protects them from the evil intentions of a Sodomite mob. The two guests reveal that they have come to overturn the place, and to save Lot and his family. Lot’s wife turns into a pillar of salt when she disobeys the command not to look back at the burning city as they flee.

While taking shelter in a cave, Lot’s two daughters (believing that they and their father are the only ones left alive in the world) get their father drunk, lie with him and become pregnant. The two sons born from this incident father the nations of Moab and Ammon.

Abraham moves to Gerar, where the Philistine king Abimelech takes Sarah—who is presented as Abraham’s sister—to his palace. In a dream, G‑d warns Abimelech that he will die unless he returns the woman to her husband. Abraham explains that he feared he would be killed over the beautiful Sarah.

G‑d remembers His promise to Sarah, and gives her and Abraham a son, who is named Isaac (Yitzchak, meaning “will laugh”). Isaac is circumcised at the age of eight days; Abraham is one hundred years old, and Sarah ninety, at their child’s birth.

Hagar and Ishmael are banished from Abraham’s home and wander in the desert; G‑d hears the cry of the dying lad, and saves his life by showing his mother a well. Abimelech makes a treaty with Abraham at Beersheba, where Abraham gives him seven sheep as a sign of their truce.

G‑d tests Abraham’s devotion by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount) in Jerusalem. Isaac is bound and placed on the altar, and Abraham raises the knife to slaughter his son. A voice from heaven calls to stop him; a ram, caught in the undergrowth by its horns, is offered in Isaac’s place. Abraham receives the news of the birth of a daughter, Rebecca, to his nephew Bethuel.

 

 
 
 
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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Chassidus Class
Oct. 27, 2018 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Oct. 27, 2018 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Oct. 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
Friendship Circle Launch
Oct. 28, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Oct. 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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Ladies Class
Oct. 29, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Tuesday Morning Minyan
Oct. 30, 2018 - 7:30 am
JLI
Oct. 30, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Chassidus Class
Nov. 3, 2018 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Nov. 3, 2018 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Nov. 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
Nov. 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.
More Info >>
Ladies Class
Nov. 5, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Tuesday Morning Minyan
Nov. 6, 2018 - 7:30 am
JLI
Nov. 6, 2018 - 8:00 pm
 
 
 
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