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Dear Friend,

This week is Cteen’s Shabbat 50! If you’ve not yet booked in yet, details here.

We’re planning some great events for Chanukah so stay posted for more details. We’ve also got an amazing new JLI course starting next month. Details to follow.

Next Sunday, 17th November is the Community Conversation event. If you have an idea, come make sure your voice is heard. Details here.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

It was our Matriarch Sarah who suggested that Abraham marry her maid Hagar, an Egyptian Princess. Hagar conceived and bore Ishmael, the progenitor of the Arabic nation. Years passed and G-d informed Abraham that he would have another child, this time with Sarah and that Isaac, would become the forefather of the Jewish nation.

Abraham prayed to G-d that Ishmael would repent and be deserving of that important role. Abraham's plea seems quite reasonable, considering that Ishmael had already been born and would be older than Isaac. Why did G-d not grant Abraham's wish that Ishmael becomes his main heir?

When we examine the early childhood years of Abraham's two sons we see two obvious differences. Firstly, Ishmael was born under natural circumstances - Hagar was still of childbearing age and in fact went on to have a number of further children. On the other hand, Sarah was much older and Isaac's birth was entirely miraculous. Secondly, Ishmael was circumcised at thirteen, an age at which he was fully capable of comprehending the significance and implications of the act, whereas Isaac was circumcised as an infant, before he could make any conscious decisions about it.

This is the primary difference between the two sons. Ishmael's birth and spiritual development followed a natural and logical order. His connection to G-d depended on his own understanding. Isaac, who was born due to Divine intervention, was circumcised at eight days of age. The number seven signifies the natural order of the world, the number eight in Kabbalistic thought is above and beyond all that is regular and is a sign that Isaac's eternal bond to G-d transcends reason and nature.

G-d chose Isaac be the forbearer of the Jewish people. Isaac's early life mirrors the unique bond between God and the Jewish people, a bond that is eternal and unalterable, not subject to the limitations of human nature or rationality.

Isaac's upbringing serves as the model for Jewish education. It demonstrates that a Jewish child should be raised from birth to live a G-dly, spiritual life. We must not wait complacently for children to grow up or begin school. For as Isaac's life teaches us, the Jewish people's connection to God is entirely supra-natural and not bound by the constraints of human intellect.

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Friday Night 
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Shabbat Day
10.00 am

Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Lech-Lecha

G‑d speaks to Abram, commanding him, “ Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” There, G‑d says, he will be made into a great nation. Abram and his wife, Sarai, accompanied by his nephew Lot, journey to the land of Canaan, where Abram builds an altar and continues to spread the message of a one G‑d.

A famine forces the first Jew to depart for Egypt, where beautiful Sarai is taken to Pharaoh’s palace; Abram escapes death because they present themselves as brother and sister. A plague prevents the Egyptian king from touching her, and convinces him to return her to Abram and to compensate the brother-revealed-as-husband with gold, silver and cattle.

Back in the land of Canaan, Lot separates from Abram and settles in the evil city of Sodom, where he falls captive when the mighty armies of Chedorlaomer and his three allies conquer the five cities of the Sodom Valley. Abram sets out with a small band to rescue his nephew, defeats the four kings, and is blessed by Malki-Zedek the king of Salem (Jerusalem).

G‑d seals the Covenant Between the Parts with Abram, in which the exile and persecution (galut) of the people of Israel is foretold, and the Holy Land is bequeathed to them as their eternal heritage.

Still childless ten years after their arrival in the Land, Sarai tells Abram to marry her maidservant Hagar. Hagar conceives, becomes insolent toward her mistress, and then flees when Sarai treats her harshly; an angel convinces her to return, and tells her that her son will father a populous nation. Ishmael is born in Abram’s eighty-sixth year.

Thirteen years later, G‑d changes Abram’s name to Abraham (“father of multitudes”), and Sarai’s to Sarah (“princess”), and promises that a son will be born to them; from this child, whom they should call Isaac (“will laugh”), will stem the great nation with which G‑d will establish His special bond. Abraham is commanded to circumcise himself and his descendants as a “sign of the covenant between Me and you.” Abraham immediately complies, circumcising himself and all the males of his household.


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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Friday Night Services
Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 - 3:47 pm
Join us for some Kugel and a Lchaim followed by Friday Night Services.
Candle Lighting
Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 - 4:02 pm
Cteen Shabbat50
Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 - 5:45 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Nov. 9, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Nov. 9, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 - 8:30 am
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