Torah E-Thought: It's not just about how much
 
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This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
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Shabbat, 18 May
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Torah Portion: Emor
 
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Dear Friend,

This Sunday is Pesach Sheini, the opportunity for another opportunity. And Thursday is Lag Baomer! There will be a Torah Tots this Sunday.

JLI’s upcoming course on Prayer promises to be another great course, answering classic questions such as why we are talking to G-d? Is He listening? Why don't I pray in English? And what is actually going on in shul? Details here.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

 

 

 

Charity is a mitzvah that everyone is familiar with, but some of the ways that the Torah instructs us to give charity are perhaps less well known. In this week’s parshah we read about the mitzvah of Peah. “You shall not reap all the way to the edges [Peah] of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger.” The Torah attributes extraordinary significance to the charitable gifts of “peah” - leaving unharvested produce for the poor at the edge of your field, “leket” – leaving the stalks of grain that fell during the harvest, and “shikcha” - leaving the forgotten sheaves. The Midrash teaches “...One who gives leket, shikcha, and peah to the poor appropriately—it is considered as if he had built the Beit Hamikdash and offered up his sacrifices in it!”

Why does the Torah so strongly emphasis these gifts among the numerous other forms of charity we are obligated to give?

The general comparison of gifts to the poor and sacrifices is clear: in both instances, one parts with one’s possessions at G-d’s command - offering animals for sacrifices or and money to the poor.
The gifts of the field are unique, however, in the degree of sacrifice required. Money can sometimes be earned with relative ease, or received as a gift or inheritance, but when a farmer would leave produce from their field to the poor, they were giving not only the actual grain, but also the blood, sweat, and tears it took to plow, plant, and grow.

The toil involved in farming makes the challenge of parting from the grain and giving it to the needy even more challenging, making it all the more comparable to offering sacrifices in the Temple. Taking it a step further, the Midrash equates giving these gifts with also having built the Beit Hamikdash - a labour-intensive endeavor.

But there is yet another unique quality to these gifts: when separating leket, shikcha and peah one could not mix any personal interests into their distribution; they must be left in the field for any needy person. This too is analogous to building the Beit Hamikdash, and even more so than bringing a sacrifice: a sacrifice is offered on behalf of the supplicant, whereas participation in building the Beit Hamkidash was behalf of the nation as a whole.

 
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Emor

On the mountain of Sinai, G‑d communicates to Moses the laws of the Sabbatical year: every seventh year, all work on the land should cease, and its produce becomes free for the taking for all, man and beast.

Seven Sabbatical cycles are followed by a fiftieth year—the Jubilee year, on which work on the land ceases, all indentured servants are set free, and all ancestral estates in the Holy Land that have been sold revert to their original owners.

Behar also contains additional laws governing the sale of lands, and the prohibitions against fraud and usury.

 
 
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Upcoming Events
Friday Night Service
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Shabbat Time
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 7:40 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, May 18, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, May 18, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Sunday, May 19, 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 Lag Baomer
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, May 20, 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.
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Ladies Class
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Friday Night Service
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:00 pm
15 minutes before Shabbat
Shabbat Time
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:45 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, May 25, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, May 25, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, May 27, 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.
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Ladies Class
Monday, May 27, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
JLI: With all my heart
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 9:30 pm
 
 
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