Torah E-Thought
This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
Candle Lighting Times for Leeds:
Friday, 18th Oct.
5:45 pm
Shabbat, 19th Oct.
6:50 pm
Sunday, 20th Oct.
5:41 pm
Monday, Oct. 21
6:33 pm
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Message from the Rabbi


Dear Friend,

We’ve had a great Sukkot with the Sukkah mobile making visits to schools and offices as well as Torah Tots and Cteen Sukkot parties. You can see pictures here.

Simchat Torah at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds is always a special atmosphere and you are welcome to join us for a dance and a lchaim.

Bookings are coming in for Camp Gan Israel Mini Camp but there are still places available. Details here.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos and a Good Yom Tov.

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

The festival of Sukkot is referred to in the Talmud as an ‘easy mitzvah’, yet as the rain came down and, even in Israel, strong winds sent Sukkot and schach flying, we could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. ‘A mentsch tracht un G-t lacht – a man plans and G-d laughs,’ seemed perhaps a more apt statement this Sukkot.

Although the 18th century sage the Chasam Sofer maintained that rain on Sukkot during a Jewish leap year was not a sign of G-d’s displeasure, merely in keeping with the seasons, in Jewish teachings the word ‘coincidence’ does not appear in the dictionary, and these winds too were meant to teach us a lesson.

On Sunday evening we will celebrate the festival of Shmini Atzeret. After a week of celebrating Sukkot, G-d wishes us to remain one more day with Him, like a parent who is reluctant to see their children depart. Rashi, quoting the Midrash writes that G-d requests of us; ‘kashe alai pridatchem,’ ‘your separation [leave-taking] is difficult on Me.’ Can it be right however to place the onus fully on us? Surely a more accurate request would be ‘our separation is difficult on Me?’

One of the themes of Sukkot is Jewish unity. The four species represent all four types of Jew, and the Sukkah is open to all to enter and does not differentiate between levels of religiosity or commitment. Indeed, after losing their Sukkot to an act of G-d, Jews across Israel were welcomed into the Sukkot of their neighbours without hesitation.

When G-d tells us that ‘your separation’ is difficult on Me,’ He is not just referring to the separation of the Jews from G-d after the month of festivals, but also of the separation of Jews from each other. After seeing our love for one another over Sukkot, He does not wish this spirit of harmony to come to an end. The festival of Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah is another chance to continue this unity. Simchat Torah is not celebrated through study or symposiums on the value of the Torah in our lives; we celebrate by dancing. Our feet, our lowest common denominator, unite us as we all dance together, continuing our sense of unity for a little longer.

As we look to the year ahead and wonder what the winds of change will bring over the coming months, we can be assured of one thing – through increased unity among Jews we will be able to weather all the storms.



Service Times

Sunday Morning 
8.30 am

Friday Night 
15 minutes before Candle Lighting

Shabbat Day
10.00 am

Parshah in a Nutshell

The Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret Torah readings are from Leviticus 22-23, Numbers 29, and Deuteronomy 14-16. These readings detail the laws of the moadim or " appointed times" on the Jewish calendar for festive celebration of our bond with G-d; including the mitzvot of dwelling in the sukkah (branch-covered hut) and taking the " Four Kinds" on the festival of Sukkot; the offerings brought in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem on Sukkot, and the obligation to journey to the Holy Temple to "to see and be seen before the face of G-d" on the three annual pilgrimage festivals -- Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

On Simchat Torah ("Rejoicing of the Torah") we conclude, and begin anew, the annual Torah-reading cycle. First we read the Torah section of Vezot Haberachah, which recounts the blessings that Moses gave to each of the twelve tribes of Israel before his death. Echoing Jacob's blessings to his twelve sons five generations earlier, Moses assigns and empowers each tribe with its individual role within the community of Israel.

Vezot Haberachah then relates how Moses ascended Mount Nebo from whose summit he saw the Promised Land. "And Moses the servant of G-d died there in the Land of Moab by the mouth of G-d... and no man knows his burial place to this day." The Torah concludes by attesting that "There arose not a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom G-d knew face to face... and in all the mighty hand and the great awesome things which Moses did before the eyes of all Israel."

Immediately after concluding the Torah, we begin it anew by reading the first chapter of Genesis (the beginning of next Shabbat's Torah reading) describing G-d's creation of the world in six days and His ceasing work on the seventh--which He sanctified and blessed as a day of rest.


Featured Event

Upcoming Events
Candle Lighting
Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 - 5:45 pm
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 - 8:00 am
Mincha & Maariv
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 - 5:41 pm
Candle Lighting
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 - 5:41 pm
Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 - 10:30 am
Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 - 11:45 am
Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 - 5:40 pm
Candle Lighting
Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 - 6:33 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 - 10:30 am
Mincha & Hakafot
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 - 5:40 pm
Candle Lighting
Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 - 5:30 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Oct. 26, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Oct. 26, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Cteen girls night out
Shabbat, Oct. 26, 2019 - 7:45 pm
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Living the Holidays
The Day I Was an Angel
It had been a drizzly morning, gray and overcast, and I stood like a soldier outside a local bagel shop.

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