Torah E-Thought: A Jewish Chieftain
 
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Torah Portion: Vayikra
 
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Dear Friend ,

Purim is under a week away, our preparations are in full swing! Please remember to book in for Purim in the Jungle, it promises to be a great evening for all ages!

If you know anyone who would appreciate a visit during Purim or needs help to get out to a Megillah reading, please be in touch.

Please see below for a list of Megillah readings and events that we will be coordinating across Leeds and Harrogate.

You can learn more about Purim, watch videos, games and even find recipes on our Purim megasite, www.JudaismLive.com/Purim

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


This week we started to read a new book of the Torah, the Book of Leviticus, called after the services of the Levites and Priests that makes up the majority of the book. In Hebrew however the book is called Vayikra, after the opening word of the book.

The letter “aleph” at the end of the word Vayikra, “And He called,” is laden with paradox.

On the one hand, the name of the letter aleph, is related to the Hebrew word aluph,  - best translated as “chieftain” and alluding to G-d, “Chieftain of the Universe” In addition, the letter aleph is what distinguishes G-d’s communication with Moshe from His communication with the non-Jewish prophets, such as Bilaam; G-d’s communications with Bilaam are introduced with the term, “Vayikar”, “And He happened upon”, instead of “Vayikra”, “And He called.” As Rashi explains, the word “vayikar” denotes coincidence and impurity, whereas “vayikra” denotes affection.

On the other hand, despite its prominence, the letter “aleph” of the word “vayikra,” is written in smaller script than all the other letters, suggesting that this aleph is trifling and insignificant.

 

These conflicting implications can be understood in light of the message conveyed by the word, vayikra - to call out. Vayikra is the mission that G-d asks of every Jew, to call out to others who may be distant, and draw them close to the Torah and its observance.

One must know that a person who accepts upon himself the holy task of vayikra is imbued with an “aleph”, representing the “Chieftain of the Universe” who empowers them to act on His behalf. They therefore can - and must! - go about their G-dly mission with a spirit of strength, authority, and confidence in their ability to positively impact their environment.

At the same time, however, the person calling out recognizes that their strengths and accomplishments are not their own; they are theirs only by virtue of being an agent of the “Chieftain of the Universe.” Thus, the presence of the aleph in his activities makes them modest and small.

To call attention to the humility that the empowerment by the “Aluph-Chieftain” imbued in of the agent of “vayikra,” the aleph of vayikra is smaller than all the other letters in the Torah.

As we approach Purim, let us think of a friend of colleague who may not be celebrating the fullest extent and call out, in humility, to encourage them in the four mitzvot of Purim.

 
 
 
Service Times

Sunday Morning 
8.30 am

Friday Night 
15 minutes before Shabbat

Shabbat Day
10.00 am

 
 
Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Vayikra

G‑d calls to Moses from the Tent of Meeting, and communicates to him the laws of the korbanot, the animal and meal offerings brought in the Sanctuary. These include:

• The “ascending offering” (olah) that is wholly raised to G‑d by the fire atop the altar;

• Five varieties of “meal offering” ( minchah) prepared with fine flour, olive oil and frankincense;

• The “peace offering”(shelamim), whose meat was eaten by the one bringing the offering, after parts are burned on the altar and parts are given to the kohanim (priests);

• The different types of “sin offering” (chatat) brought to atone for transgressions committed erroneously by the high priest, the entire community, the king or the ordinary Jew;

• The “guilt offering”(asham) brought by one who has misappropriated property of the Sanctuary, who is in doubt as to whether he transgressed a divine prohibition, or who has committed a “betrayal against G‑d” by swearing falsely to defraud a fellow man.

 
 
Featured Event

 
 
Upcoming Events
Friday Night Service
Friday, Mar. 15, 2019 - 5:37 pm
15 minutes before Shabbat
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Mar. 16, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Mar. 16, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Sunday, Mar. 17, 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. 18, 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. 18, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
JLI
Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Purim in the Jungle
Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019 - 5:30 pm
Megilah Reading
Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019 - 6:55 pm
Friday Night Service
Friday, Mar. 22, 2019 - 5:50 pm
15 minutes before Shabbbat
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Mar. 23, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Mar. 23, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Sunday, Mar. 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
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Mar. 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, Mar. 25, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
 
 
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