Torah E-Thought: A humbling experience
 
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This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
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Friday, 22 Feb
5:11 pm
Shabbat, 23 Feb
6:20 pm
Torah Portion: Ki Tisa
 
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Dear Friend,

Mazel tov! Dabrushy safely gave birth to a baby boy last night! Boruch Hashem all well. Please join us for Sholom Zochor on Friday Night in our home, from 8.30pm.

This Sunday is the Torah Tots prepares for Shabbat UK with crafts and a challah bake! On Tuesday is the start of the new JLI course, Crime and Consequence and on Thursday evening is the JMT Chabad Young Professionals Challah Bake. It’s a busy week!

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

 


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


The smashing of the Ten Commandments is one of the defining moment of Jewish history. The Midrash relates that Moses was distressed over having broken the Tablets, until G-d said to him, “Do not be pained over the first tablets, which contained only the Ten Commandments. The second tablets that I will give will be accompanied by halachot, midrash, and aggadot.” Implied is that the extensive and multifaceted Oral Torah - “halachot, midrash, and aggadot” –  was gifted to the Jewish people only as a result of Moshe breaking the first set of Tablets.

How did such a negative event yield such positive results?

The Torah is Divine wisdom. Therefore, like G-d Himself, the wisdom of the Torah transcends any definition or limit. This is particularly evident in the Oral Torah. Whereas the Written Torah contains an exact amount of letters and words - even one extra letter renders a Torah scroll invalid - the Oral Torah is limitless: Aside from its myriad details, we are obligated to constantly extrapolate new details and applications of the law following the guidelines set out in the Torah, rendering the Oral Torah, truly dynamic and endless.

The human being, however, is fundamentally finite and limited. How can we be the arbitrators of law, the conduit for G-dly infinitude?  The Talmud teaches that a person must utterly remove his own limited identity from the equation. Simply put, he must rid himself of any sense of pride or ego - not only before G-d, but also before man.

The Jewish people attained this sense of humility only after the humbling experience of the Golden Calf. When Moses shattered the Tablets before their eyes, driving home the devastating reality of what they had done, they were utterly broken and humbled. Now, said G-d to Moses, I can finally bestow upon them the limitless gift of the Torah. Now I can grant them the halachot, midrash and aggadot of the Oral Torah that will accompany the Second Tablets.

Humility is hard to come by these days, social media is empowering people to be even more forceful in their opinions than previously. How can we achieve humility? By letting G-d into our lives.

Watching the process of pregnancy and childbirth is an extremely humbling experience. In Chabad Lubavitch, during established labour and childbirth we have a tradition to say certain psalms. Because we are acknowledging that ultimately everything is in the hands of G-d.

 
 
 
Service Times

Sunday Morning 
8.30 am

Friday Night 
15 minutes before Shabbat

Shabbat Day
10.00 am

 
 
Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Ki Tisa

The people of Israel are told to each contribute exactly half a shekel of silver to the Sanctuary. Instructions are also given regarding the making of the Sanctuary’s water basin, anointing oil and incense. “Wise-hearted” artisans Betzalel and Aholiav are placed in charge of the Sanctuary’s construction, and the people are once again commanded to keep the Shabbat.

When Moses does not return when expected from Mount Sinai, the people make a golden calf and worship it. G‑d proposes to destroy the errant nation, but Moses intercedes on their behalf. Moses descends from the mountain carrying the tablets of the testimony engraved with the Ten Commandments; seeing the people dancing about their idol, he breaks the tablets, destroys the golden calf, and has the primary culprits put to death. He then returns to G‑d to say: “If You do not forgive them, blot me out from the book that You have written.”

G‑d forgives, but says that the effect of their sin will be felt for many generations. At first G‑d proposes to send His angel along with them, but Moses insists that G‑d Himself accompany His people to the promised land.

Moses prepares a new set of tablets and once more ascends the mountain, where G‑d reinscribes the covenant on these second tablets. On the mountain, Moses is also granted a vision of the divine thirteen attributes of mercy. So radiant is Moses’ face upon his return, that he must cover it with a veil, which he removes only to speak with G‑d and to teach His laws to the people.

 
 
Featured Event

 
 
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Friday Night Service
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 - 4:55 pm
15 minutes before Shabbat
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Feb. 23, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Feb. 23, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 - 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 Challah Bake
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 - 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
Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
JLI
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Friday Night Service
Friday, Mar. 1, 2019 - 5:10 pm
15 minutes before Shabbat
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Mar. 2, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Mar. 2, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019 - 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
Monday, Mar. 4, 2019 - 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
Monday, Mar. 4, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
JLI
Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2019 - 8:00 pm
 
 
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