Torah E-Thought
This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
Candle Lighting Times for Leeds:
Friday, 25th Oct.
5:30 pm
Shabbat, 26th Oct.
6:35 pm
Torah Portion: Bereishit
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Message from the Rabbi

Dear Friend,

It’s hard to believe, but the Yomim Tovim are now behind us and the winter months are looming large! It is time to package up all our inspiration from an amazing month and carry it through the coming year.

We’ve had an amazing month of activities, you can see our updated photo album here.

On Tuesday we begin our Autumn CGI Mini Camp. We’ve got spaces left on some days for some ages, so please be in touch. Details here.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

The cycle of the weekly Torah reading begins again this Shabbat with the Book of Genesis.

At the conclusion of its account of the first day of creation, the Torah sums up the day saying, “It was evening and it was morning, one day.” On the second day it concludes, “It was evening and it was morning, a second day.” On the third day, “…a third day,” and so on. On the sixth day of Creation, however, the Torah concludes saying, “It was evening and it was morning, the sixth day.”

The Talmud explains that the Torah is hinting to another well-known and important “sixth day” - the 6th day of the Month of Sivan, the day the Jewish people accepted the Torah, 2448 years after Creation. “G-d stipulated with all of creation” the Talmud teaches, “that its existence was contingent on the Jewish people accepting the Torah, which would eventually take place on the 6th of Sivan.”

All of existence was in abeyance, waiting for thousands of years to see what the decision of the Jewish people would be regarding the acceptance of the Torah. It makes the delay over a Brexit deal seem negligible!

In truth, unlike the creation that waited in suspense, “uncertain” if the Jewish people would accept the Torah, for G-d, there were no doubts. G-d knows the future just as He knows the present and the past, and the Jewish people’s future acceptance of the Torah was already an established fact. Yet despite His advance knowledge, G-d still “marked” the significance of “the sixth” day of Sivan - hinted in “the sixth day” of Creation - demonstrating the importance of this future date. Because despite G-d’s knowledge that the Jewish people would accept the Torah, and the significance of their future acceptance of the Torah before Him, nothing can compare to the moment in earthly time when the Jewish people actually accepted the Torah.

By marking the date, the Torah also seeks to demonstrate the unparalleled greatness and significance before G-d of the actual deeds and accomplishments of a Jew in this world.

Though the future is as real to G-d as the present and the past, He still “looks forward” to the moment that a Jew in this world will act, and realise his potential.

Service Times

Sunday Morning 
8.30 am

Friday Night 
15 minutes before Candle Lighting

Shabbat Day
10.00 am

Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Bereishit

G‑d creates the world in six days. On the first day He makes darkness and light. On the second day He forms the heavens, dividing the “upper waters” from the “lower waters.” On the third day He sets the boundaries of land and sea, and calls forth trees and greenery from the earth. On the fourth day He fixes the position of the sun, moon and stars as timekeepers and illuminators of the earth. Fish, birds and reptiles are created on the fifth day; land animals, and then the human being, on the sixth. G‑d ceases work on the seventh day, and sanctifies it as a day of rest.

G‑d forms the human body from the dust of the earth, and blows into his nostrils a “ living soul.” Originally Man is a single person, but deciding that “it is not good that man be alone,” G‑d takes a "side" from the man, forms it into a woman, and marries them to each other.

Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden, and commanded not to eat from the “ Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” The serpent persuades Eve to violate the command, and she shares the forbidden fruit with her husband. Because of their sin, it is decreed that man will experience death, returning to the soil from which he was formed, and that all gain will come only through struggle and hardship. Man is banished from the Garden.

Eve gives birth to two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain quarrels with Abel and murders him, and becomes a rootless wanderer. A third son, Seth, is born to Adam; Seth’s eighth-generation descendant, Noah, is the only righteous man in a corrupt world.


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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
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
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 - 8:30 am
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Oct. 28, 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, Oct. 28, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
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