Torah E-Thought
This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
Candle Lighting Times for Leeds:
Friday, 22nd Nov.
3:41 pm
Shabbat, 23rd Nov.
4:52 pm
Torah Portion: Chayei Sarah
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds• Email:• Tel: 01132663311
Message from the Rabbi

Dear Friend,

We've got some great events planned over the next month. First up is our upcoming JLI course. Details here

This weekend thousands of Chabad rabbis from around the world are gathering in New York City for our annual conference, the International Kinus Hashluchim.

There are many highlights of the Kinus, not the least of which is the banquet on Sunday night (which you can watch live here starting at 5:00 p.m. EST).

But on a personal level, the real highlight of the weekend is when all the shluchim visit the Rebbe’s grave, the Ohel, together as a group on Friday morning. We will pray for our families and our communities.

Feel free to send me any prayer requests you would like me to include.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


Attendance at the synagogue is one of the barometers of Jewish observance in the UK. Notwithstanding the fact that Judaism places a large stress on the Jewish home and personal observance, we have become accustomed to judging people based on their daily, weekly or yearly attendance. And lack of attendance has led to numerous conversations about synagogue mergers in Leeds.

In truth one can pray to G-d anywhere - I have participated in ad-hoc minyanim across the world - and one can also pray to G-d without a minyan. The concept of prayer goes back to the very start of Judaism. We are taught that Abraham instituted the Shacharit - morning - prayers. In this week's parshah we learn how Isaac instituted the Mincha - afternoon - service; "And Isaac went out to pray in the field towards evening, [Genesis 24:63].

There is a discussion about which of the three daily prayers, Shacharit, Mincha and Maariv - morning, afternoon and evening services - is the most important. On the one hand, Shacharit is a commitment at the start of our day to G-d. We are beginning the day with a powerful statement by dedicating our first moments to Him. In contrast, the afternoon prayer requires us to stop in the midst of our mundane affairs and focus on G-d.

Isaac's prayer was not in a synagogue but in a field, which represents our daily, work activities. Through instituting the afternoon prayer, Isaac transformed "the field" into a place of prayer to G-d. There might have been a concern that the secular and material influences of "the field" - our places of work or business - could cause us to lose the spiritual awareness and closeness to G-d that we achieve during the morning prayer. By stopping in the middle of our day in order to recite the afternoon prayer, we demonstrate that our involvement in worldly matters does not separate us from G-d.

Our lives too can be divided into the stages of morning, afternoon, and evening, i.e., childhood, adulthood, and retirement. During childhood, we are sheltered from the responsibilities of real life and can remain focused on G-d without too many distractions. Upon reaching retirement age, we can once again disengage from worldly affairs and focus on what is truly meaningful. The true challenge occurs in our middle years, when we go out to "the field" and are fully engaged in earning a living and raising our families. It is specifically during this period in our lives that we are called upon to raise our eyes upward, just as Isaac did, and focus on our true purpose in life.

This week at will be praying at the holy resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Praying at the resting places of righteous individuals is a Jewish tradition that dates back to the times of Moses. Indeed the Cave of Machpela that Abraham purchased in this week’s parshah to inter Sarah is a regular place of prayer from the times of Moses until this very day.

Please G-d all our prayers should be answered.

Service Times

Sunday Morning 
8.30 am

Friday Night 
15 minutes before Candle Lighting

Shabbat Day
10.00 am

Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Chayei Sarah

Sarah dies at age 127 and is buried in the Machpelah Cave in Hebron, which Abraham purchases from Ephron the Hittite for four hundred shekels of silver.

Abraham’s servant Eliezer is sent, laden with gifts, to Charan, to find a wife for Isaac. At the village well, Eliezer asks G‑d for a sign: when the maidens come to the well, he will ask for some water to drink; the woman who will offer to give his camels to drink as well shall be the one destined for his master’s son.

Rebecca, the daughter of Abraham’s nephew Bethuel, appears at the well and passes the “test.” Eliezer is invited to their home, where he repeats the story of the day’s events. Rebecca returns with Eliezer to the land of Canaan, where they encounter Isaac praying in the field. Isaac marries Rebecca, loves her, and is comforted over the loss of his mother.

Abraham takes a new wife, Keturah ( Hagar), and fathers six additional sons, but Isaac is designated as his only heir. Abraham dies at age 175 and is buried beside Sarah by his two eldest sons, Isaac and Ishmael.


Featured Event


Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
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
JLI Launch Event
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Friday Night Service
Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 - 3:23 pm
Candle Lighting
Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 - 3:33 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Nov. 30, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Nov. 30, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 - 8:30 am
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