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This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
Candle Lighting Times for Leeds:
Friday, 15th Nov.
3:50 pm
Shabbat, 16th Nov.
5:00 pm
Torah Portion: Vayeira
 
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Message from the Rabbi
 
 

Dear Friend,

It’s been a very special few days as we have started the Bar Mitzvah celebrations for our Avremi. We are looking forward to continuing the celebrations over Shabbos.

We’ve got some great events over the next couple of weeks including the Friendship Circle launch on Motzei Shabbos, the upcoming JLI course and standalone event with Rabbi Yitzchak Schochat.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos.


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

 

One of the most troubling, yet enduring stories of the Torah is the akeida -the binding of Isaac. Was Abraham really prepared to sacrifice his beloved son born to him in his old age?

It is common to see Isaac in artistic depictions of the akeida shown as a young child or teenager. One of the lesser-known aspects of the akeida narrative is that Isaac was actually thirty-seven years old at the time. He was clearly a willing participant in the entire episode, which would have helped Abraham in his resolve to carry through with the test.

If that was the case, why is the akeida considered the ultimate test? We read about the akeida every day in our prayers and it is read from the Torah as part of the Rosh Hashanah service. Throughout history Jews were martyred for the sake of Hashem, at least Abraham was secure in the knowledge of G-d's direct revelation and would have been bolstered by Isaac's agreement.

For most of Abraham and Isaac's journey to Mount Moriah the faithful Eliezer and Ishmael accompanied them. As they neared the mountain, Abraham and Isaac left their companions behind and journeyed on alone. It was at this point that Isaac turned to his father; "And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, 'My father'; and he said, 'Here am I, my son. '"


We can well imagine how absorbed Abraham was in his thoughts. Nevertheless, when his son called him, he abandoned his lofty activities and responded immediately, "Hineni B'ni" — "Here I am my son."

Isaac might have been thirty-seven years old, Abraham might have been engrossed in the defining challenge of his life, yet when his son called out to him, he put everything aside and responded to him.

It’s been an incredibly busy few months with the Chabad Lubavitch Charidy campaign, the arrival of our new shluchos and of course the Yomim Tovim and now then going straight into preparations for JLI and organising events for Chanukah (and before). At the same time, we were planning our first Bar Mitzvah. My challenge, and the challenge for all of us is to always be attuned to hear the call of the children, whether ours or those who need our help and respond immediately "Hineni!"

 
 
 
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8.30 am

Friday Night 
15 minutes before Candle Lighting

Shabbat Day
10.00 am

 
 
Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Vayeira

G‑d reveals Himself to Abraham three days after the first Jew’s circumcision at age ninety-nine; but Abraham rushes off to prepare a meal for three guests who appear in the desert heat. One of the three—who are angels disguised as men—announces that, in exactly one year, the barren Sarah will give birth to a son. Sarah laughs.

Abraham pleads with G‑d to spare the wicked city of Sodom. Two of the three disguised angels arrive in the doomed city, where Abraham’s nephew Lot extends his hospitality to them and protects them from the evil intentions of a Sodomite mob. The two guests reveal that they have come to overturn the place, and to save Lot and his family. Lot’s wife turns into a pillar of salt when she disobeys the command not to look back at the burning city as they flee.

While taking shelter in a cave, Lot’s two daughters (believing that they and their father are the only ones left alive in the world) get their father drunk, lie with him and become pregnant. The two sons born from this incident father the nations of Moab and Ammon.

Abraham moves to Gerar, where the Philistine king Abimelech takes Sarah—who is presented as Abraham’s sister—to his palace. In a dream, G‑d warns Abimelech that he will die unless he returns the woman to her husband. Abraham explains that he feared he would be killed over the beautiful Sarah.

G‑d remembers His promise to Sarah, and gives her and Abraham a son, who is named Isaac (Yitzchak, meaning “will laugh”). Isaac is circumcised at the age of eight days; Abraham is one hundred years old, and Sarah ninety, at their child’s birth.

Hagar and Ishmael are banished from Abraham’s home and wander in the desert; G‑d hears the cry of the dying lad, and saves his life by showing his mother a well. Abimelech makes a treaty with Abraham at Beersheba, where Abraham gives him seven sheep as a sign of their truce.

G-d tests Abraham’s devotion by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount) in Jerusalem. Isaac is bound and placed on the altar, and Abraham raises the knife to slaughter his son. A voice from heaven calls to stop him; a ram, caught in the undergrowth by its horns, is offered in Isaac’s place. Abraham receives the news of the birth of a daughter, Rebecca, to his nephew Bethuel.

 

 
 
 
Featured Event

 

 
 
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Friday Night Services
Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 - 3:35 pm
Join us for some Kugel and a Lchaim followed by Friday Night Services.
Candle Lighting
Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 - 3:50 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Nov. 16, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Nov. 16, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Friendship Circle Launch
Shabbat, Nov. 16, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 - 8:30 am
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Nov. 18, 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.
More Info »
Ladies Class
Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Friday Night Services
Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 - 3:26 pm
Join us for some Kugel and a Lchaim followed by Friday Night Services.
Candle Lighting
Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 - 3:41 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Nov. 23, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Nov. 23, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 - 8:30 am
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Nov. 25, 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.
More Info »
Ladies Class
Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
 
 
 
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