Torah E-Thought: Messy Babies
 
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Torah Portion: Shlach
 
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Dear Friend,

This Tuesday is the last session of the current JLI course, The Art of Prayer. The class looks at the reasons for praying with a minyan and praying in a synagogue. We are opening the class to all and if you’d like to attend please email office@judaismlive.com.

Lubavitch Day Camp is the original and still the best! It can also be cheaper if you book in before the early bird discount ends tomorrow, Friday 28th June. Details here.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


The wandering of the Jews for forty years in the wilderness has been the source of a number of jokes, but for the Jewish people at the time, it was no laughing matter. Instigated by the spies, the Jewish people had railed against entering the Land of Israel, afraid they’d be decimated and “their wives and babies would be for spoils.” Angered, G-d decreed that the entire adult generation would die out before entering the Land, and only “your babies… I will bring there.”

The emphasis on small children – mentioned both in the Jewish people’s complaint and in G-d’s response - is noteworthy. Granted, the fear-mongers probably invoked the fate of the children to maximize the anxiety of the parents, but why did G-d emphasise the infants in His response?

By assuring the Jewish people that their babies would inherit the Land of Israel, G-d was responding to a deeper fear that they harboured.

There is a great statement in the Midrash that any parent of toddlers can relate to: When children eat, say our sages, “they crumb more than they ingest.”

Chassidic philosophy teaches that Torah study sustains the soul just like food sustains the body. In order for this G-dly nourishment to be most effective, the Torah must be studied with sincerity.

Led by the spies, the Jewish people resisted leaving the spiritual oasis that G-d had provided for them in the desert. They knew that once they entered the Promised Land, the manna would stop falling and the clouds of glory would stop protecting them. They knew that settling the Land meant most of their days would be occupied with life’s material concerns, drastically reducing the time they could devote to matters of the soul. Moreover, even their minimal engagement in Torah study and other holy activities would be tainted by motives of personal gain, not out of genuine spirituality. They feared that, like babies and toddlers, they would metaphorically crumble more of the Torah than they would ingest, and their spiritual nourishment and health would be severely compromised.

G-d reassured them: To the contrary, your babies will not only survive but thrive! The nibbles of Torah study your future generations will take despite their overwhelming preoccupation with material concerns will be of greater value than what you accomplished cocooned in the desert.

And so it is with us. Halacha rules that while a Torah scholar is expected to learn every spare minute of the day, for those who are occupied with the material world it is enough to study something morning and night.

Setting times of regular study will provide us with the morsels of Torah that our souls need for their spiritual sustenance. And a healthy soul makes for a healthy Jew.

 
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Shlach

Korach incites a mutiny challenging Moses’ leadership and the granting of the kehunah ( priesthood) to Aaron. He is accompanied by Moses’ inveterate foes, Dathan and Abiram. Joining them are 250 distinguished members of the community, who offer the sacrosanct ketoret (incense) to prove their worthiness for the priesthood. The earth opens up and swallows the mutineers, and a fire consumes the ketoret-offerers.

A subsequent plague is stopped by Aaron’s offering of ketoret. Aaron’s staff miraculously blossoms and brings forth almonds, to prove that his designation as high priest is divinely ordained.

G‑d commands that a terumah (“uplifting”) from each crop of grain, wine and oil, as well as all firstborn sheep and cattle, and other specified gifts, be given to the kohanim (priests).

 
 
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Sunday Morning Minyan
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Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
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