Torah E-Thought
This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
Candle Lighting Times for Leeds:
Friday, 4th Oct.
6:18 pm
Shabbat, 5th Oct.
7:22 pm
Yom Kippur
Tuesday, 8th Oct.
6:09 pm
Fast Ends
Wednesday, 9th Oct.
7:12 pm
Torah Portion: Vayelech
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Message from the Rabbi

Dear Friend,

I hope you had a great Rosh Hashanah!

As Yom Kippur approaches we will again be hosting Rabbi Dovid Tzvi Weinman who will be helping lead the services. Our shluchos Chani and Sarah will be running children's services on Yom Kippur. All welcome, lunch provided for children!

We are already looking forward to Sukkot and beyond. This Sunday, 6th October, we will be hosting Rabbi Yoel Niasoff who will be selling Lulav and Esrog sets. Please be in touch to register your interest.

We are looking to run Mini Camps this year during school holidays. At this stage we are asking people to register their interest and provide opinions on when would be most beneficial for them during the October half term. Please be in touch if you would be interested.

This week’s Torah E-Thought is the sermon that I gave on Second Day Rosh Hashanah that is pertinent to these days.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos, a Gmar Chasima Tova and an Easy Fast.

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

The two days of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah – this Sunday evening until Tuesday night – are part of the three “Days of Awe”.

These days are not sad ones, but solemn. There is a definite serious attitude in the atmosphere of Jewish circles during this time. Days of awe, indeed.

Yet, feelings of hope, optimism, and even joy are also definitely there. Indeed we are told it is a mitzvah to eat a festive meal on Rosh Hashanah.

Brewing in the background, however, is this concern that many have. People worry about the coming year, and whether they will make it. People tend to concentrate and focus on the nature of “fate,” the unknown, what’s going to be?

The story is told about a follower of the Maggid of Mezritch, the second leader of the Chassidic movement. The follower who came for a visit was poor, lived a troubled life, and struggled with maintaining a positive demeanor and attitude, worried about his plight in the unrelenting poverty and other challenges of Eastern Europe.

The Maggid, directed the poor man to the Ukrainian village of Anipoly, home of a student of his, Reb Zushe, to receive guidance and direction in the art of being satisfied with his lot.

The man duly arrived at Reb Zushe’s home, and it was not a pretty sight. The residence was not much more than a rundown hovel at the edge of the town. A few rickety chairs around a very old table were the only pieces of furniture in this shack. The walls were wobbly, and the roof leaked. I’ve been to Anipoly and the village hasn’t much improved in the last 200 years…

After spending a day or two in the presence of Reb Zushe, the follower shared with his host that he had been sent at the Rebbe’s suggestion, to learn how to deal with difficult situations. “Oh,” said Reb Zushe, “it is such a great honor that the Rebbe thought of me. I just don’t quite understand why the Rebbe would send you to me to learn how to deal with difficulty when I don’t have anything difficult in my life to deal with?”

Reb Zushe had internalised the point that, although simple, seems to be elusive to many: nothing good comes from worrying.

We’ve leined today about the story of Avraham and Yitzchak at the akeida. Avraham being told to sacrifice his beloved son at age 137. Yitzchak himself was 37 years old, fully cognisant of what was happening. Yet we don’t read of them being worried. In fact, throughout the many trials and tribulations of the Jewish people in the Torah the word “daagah” – worry – is not mentioned once.

To be sure, there are times when people are afraid. In politics, personal lives, and as a community we are constantly being assailed by news that we are told should worry us. Do we have a future here? What will be for the Jewish people?

So how do we avoid worry?

The word daagah – worry – is made up from an alef, gimel and daled. There is no beit. Beit symbolizes bitachon – trust in G-d. With bitachon there is no worry.
In the prayers for Rosh Hashanah there are some pretty blunt and straight-forward descriptions of the Day of Judgment and calls for awareness of the seriousness of the day. All of those prayers, however, conclude with words of encouragement and optimism. At no time, in any part of the prayers, are we left hanging with a threat over our heads to worry us.

When we are putting our trust in G-d, so much is easier. No time to put tefillin on in the morning? No time to fix for regular learning Torah? G-d will provide the time. Worried what will be if you stop working on Shabbos? Worried about giving the required 10% to tzedokah? G-d will provide the parnoso!

We are about the blow the shofar. According to Jewish law, the Shofar, the ram’s horn through which one fulfills the commandment to hear the sounds on Rosh Hashanah, must not be flat like a flute. It must be curled upwards. The Shofar does not necessarily come from the animal curling upwards. Great effort must be invested to bend it upwards, unnaturally.

The reason for the curl is to direct everyone’s attention towards the heavens. By curling the Shofar, though, it now creates the shape of a smile! It is as if the Shofar is saying: Smile, be happy, be confident! Live your lives in a way that makes you the best you can be! And think of a resolution that, until now, you were too worried to take on.

And then we will all be blessed with a year in which we will all be inscribed and sealed for good things; a year in which we will be productive and fruitful, amidst a spirit of happiness and contentment.

Service Times

Sunday Morning 
8.30 am

Friday Night 
6.00 pm

Shabbat Day
10.00 am

Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Vayelech

The Parshah of Vayelech (“ and he went”) recounts the events of Moses’ last day of earthly life. “I am one hundred and twenty years old today,” he says to the people, “and I can no longer go forth and come in.” He transfers the leadership to Joshua, and writes (or concludes writing) the Torah in a scroll which he entrusts to the Levites for safekeeping in the Ark of the Covenant.

The mitzvah of hak’hel(“ gather”) is given: every seven years, during the festival of Sukkot of the first year of the shemittah cycle, the entire people of Israel—men, women and children—should gather at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, where the king should read to them from the Torah.

Vayelech concludes with the prediction that the people of Israel will turn away from their covenant with G‑d, causing Him to hide His face from them, but also with the promise that the words of the Torah “ shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their descendants.”


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Candle Lighting
Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 - 6:18 pm
JMT First Fridays
Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Oct. 5, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Oct. 5, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 - 8:30 am
Lulav and Esrog Sale
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Contact Rabbi Eli Pink to register your interest or for details on 07875 320 344.
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Oct. 7, 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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Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 - 8:00 am
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 - 2:30 pm
Kol Nidre
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 - 6:09 pm
Yom Kippur Begins
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 - 6:09 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 - 10:00 am
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 - 12:15 pm
Mincha followed by Neilah
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 - 4:45 pm
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