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This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
Candle Lighting Times for Leeds:
Friday, 21st June
8:00 pm
Shabbat, 22nd June
10:54 pm
Torah Portion: Behaalotecha
 
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Message from the Rabbi
 
 

Dear Friend,

This week is Learning Disability Week. Do you know any conscientious teenagers? The Friendship Circle of Leeds is recruiting! Any teens aged 15-18 are welcome to apply. Details here.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


As the joke goes, the Jewish people wandered for forty years in the desert and managed to end up in the only country in the Middle East without oil.

In this week’s parshah we read how the travels of the Jewish people during the stay in the desert were determined. Each of Jewish people’s journeys and encampments in the desert was by Divine bidding. When it was time to travel, the miraculous cloud that covered the Tabernacle would depart, at which point Jewish people would travel, the cloud leading the way. “And in the place where the cloud came to rest, there the Bnei Yisrael encamped. At the commandment of G-d the Bnei Yisrael journeyed, and at the commandment of G-d they encamped.”

Some of their encampments lasted for a year or more, but in some locations their stay was only one night, or a day or two. Upon their arrival at each location, the Levites would reassemble the entire Tabernacle, and then dismantle it when the cloud indicated that it was time to go. Since, “at G-d’s bidding they would encamp, and at G-d’s bidding they would travel,” there was obviously a G-dly reason to assemble the Tabernacle in that particular place at that particular time.  And since G-d and His will transcend time and space, the importance of any particular encampment was not determined by the length of time spent there. The Tabernacle was therefore assembled in each location where they camped, regardless of how long or short their stay would be.

This idea is further developed in Chassidic philosophy which explains that the world is full of sparks of G-dliness that it is our job to utilise this G-dliness in holy ways. As Jews, we know that our every step is determined by G-d’s providence - and not only in the desert, where it was plain to see. Recognising that our journeys in life are planned by G-d, Who transcends time and space, we must “create a Tabernacle” within every situation, for however long G-d determines that moment will last. Whether a circumstance seems long-term or only temporary, it is an opportunity to unite with the infinite G-d and His infinite will in a union that transcends all time and space.

The concept of these sparks is that they are not just specific to the place, but also to the person who is supposed to utilise them. Over the years when I have ended up in places that would make no sense for me to be – motorway detours via small villages in Scotland or petrol stations in the middle of Siberia – I would wonder what I was there for and make sure to study some words of Torah or to make a blessing on some food.

It also gives us a sense of mission. When G-d has seen fit that we should live in a community, big or small, it is because He knows that this is where we need to be to, for our sparks of G-dliness, to make that place, and by extension the whole world, a G-dly place. And to fulfil our individual mission and by extension, the mission of all humanity, with the coming of Moshiach now!

 
 
 
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8.30 am

Friday Night 
7.30 pm

Shabbat Day
10.00 am

 
 
Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Behaalotecha

Aaron is commanded to raise light in the lamps of the menorah, and the tribe of Levi is initiated into the service in the Sanctuary.

A Second Passover is instituted in response to the petition “ Why should we be deprived?” by a group of Jews who were unable to bring the Passover offering in its appointed time because they were ritually impure. G‑d instructs Moses on the procedures for Israel’s journeys and encampments in the desert, and the people journey in formation from Mount Sinai, where they had been camped for nearly a year.

The people are dissatisfied with their “bread from heaven” (the manna), and demand that Moses supply them with meat. Moses appoints 70 elders, to whom he imparts of his spirit, to assist him in the burden of governing the people. Miriam speaks negatively of Moses, and is punished with leprosy; Moses prays for her healing, and the entire community waits seven days for her recovery.

 

 
 
 
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Friday Night Service
Friday, Jun. 21, 2019 - 7:30 pm
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Friday, Jun. 21, 2019 - 8:00 pm
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Shabbat, Jun. 22, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
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Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Jun. 22, 2019 - 10:00 am
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Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Jun. 23, 2019 - 8:30 am
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Monday, Jun. 24, 2019 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Monday, Jun. 24, 2019 - 8:30 pm
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Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019 - 9:30 pm
Friday Night Service
Friday, Jun. 28, 2019 - 7:30 pm
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Friday, Jun. 28, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Jun. 29, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Jun. 29, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Jun. 30, 2019 - 8:30 am
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Jul. 1, 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, Jul. 1, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
 
 
 
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