Torah E-Thought: Tefillin, Brit and Shabbat all in one
 
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Torah Portion: Vayak'hel
 
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Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


This morning, as every Thursday morning, we read from the Torah in synagogue. As is the custom, we read the first part of Parshat Vayakhel, which will be read in full on Shabbat. The occasion was even more special as it was the brit of our baby, Shneur Zalman Pink. The Talmud teaches that we have three covenants with G-d: Brit, Tefillin and Shabbat. We read in the Torah about Shabbat while wearing our Tefillin and then celebrated the Brit.

It is also timely as this Shabbat is Shabbat UK.

The first time that the Torah states the mitzvah of Shabbat observance is in the Ten Commandments: “Six days you shall work and perform all your labour, but the seventh day is a Shabbat to G-d, your L-rd.”

The Torah reiterates the command to observe Shabbat in Parshat Vayakhel, albeit with a number of differences. Most notably, in the Ten Commandments, the Torah says directly, “Six days you shall work,” whereas in Parshat Vayakhel the Torah states, “For six days, work shall be done” - as though the work in the six days happens on its own. In addition, unlike in the Ten Commandments, where the Torah calls the seventh day a “Shabbat to G-d,” here the Torah refers to it as “Shabbat Shabbaton - a Shabbat of Shabbats to G-d.”

With these two variations, the command to observe Shabbat as it appears in Parshat Vayakhel calls attention to the effects of Shabbat observance on the other six days of the week as well.

We rest on Shabbat to remember that G-d created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. Through this remembrance, says the Sefer Hachinuch, “we ingrain in ourselves belief in the world’s deliberate creation.” This acknowledgment and faith that G-d deliberately created the entire world and conducts all that transpires within it, fundamentally affects the way we approach our work throughout the entire week. Knowing that G-d alone provides our sustenance, and the work we do serves merely as a conduit for G-d’s blessings, enables a person not to attach himself emotionally to his work, nor to allow it to consume his mind and heart. It becomes as though the work of the six weekdays happens passively, not actively—“for six days, work shall be done.”

This, in turn, affects our Shabbat experience as well. For after six weekdays that pass under the spell of the previous Shabbat, the Shabbat that follows becomes Shabbat Shabbaton, “a Shabbat upon Shabbat.”

 
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Vayak'hel

Moses assembles the people of Israel and reiterates to them the commandment to observe the Shabbat. He then conveys G‑d’s instructions regarding the making of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). The people donate the required materials in abundance, bringing gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool; goat hair, spun linen, animal skins, wood, olive oil, herbs and precious stones. Moses has to tell them to stop giving.

A team of wise-hearted artisans make the Mishkan and its furnishings (as detailed in the previous Torah readings of Terumah, Tetzaveh and Ki Tisa): three layers of roof coverings; 48 gold-plated wall panels, and 100 silver foundation sockets; the parochet ( veil) that separates between the Sanctuary’s two chambers, and the masach ( screen) that fronts it; the ark, and its cover with the cherubim; the table and its showbread; the seven-branched menorah with its specially prepared oil; the golden altar and the incense burned on it; the anointing oil; the outdoor altar for burnt offerings and all its implements; the hangings, posts and foundation sockets for the courtyard; and the basin and its pedestal, made out of copper mirrors.

 
 
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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
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Shabbat, Mar. 2, 2019 - 10:00 am
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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.
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Friday, Mar. 8, 2019 - 5:23 pm
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Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Mar. 9, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Mar. 9, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Sunday, Mar. 10, 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. 11, 2019 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Monday, Mar. 11, 2019 - 8:30 pm
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