Torah E-Thought: Home Making


This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
Candle Lighting Times for Leeds:
Friday, 6 Dec.
3:29 pm
Shabbat ends, 7 Dec .
4:43 pm
Torah Portion: Vayeitzei
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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,


We are now into the month of Kislev which means Chanukah is just weeks away! We have a whole section on our website with everything you need to know about Chanukah, including classes, videos, games, stories and even recipes! Have a look at

We’re got some great Chanukah events lined up with the Giant Menorah Lighting and Free Rides on the Leeds Big Wheel, a Cheese and Wine evening for Women, Torah Tots and even a Chanukah Mini Camp. There will also be events for JMT and Cteen.

If you know anyone who would appreciate a house visit over Chanukah, please be in touch.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds



When our matriarch Leah bore her sixth son, she named him Zevulun, a derivative of the word zevul - place of residence, saying, “Now, my husband will reside with me”. As Rashi explains, “His [Jacob’s] principal residence will be only with me, because I have as many sons as all his other wives combined.”

According to the Kabbalah, our Jewish given name is not merely a product of our parents’ personal preference. Rather, G-d endows parents with the wisdom to choose names that are uniquely associated with their child’s soul. Indeed sometimes you can see how a child’s personality is very much reflected in their Jewish name.

As such, the name Zevulun signified not only the milestone that Leah reached with his birth, but also the nature of this specific child. And the change that Zevulun’s arrival brought - Leah’s tent becoming Jacob’s primary home, was due not only to Zevulun’s status as Leah’s sixth son, but also to Zevulun’s distinct character. Since he was associated with the idea of zevul, a place of primary and permanent residence, his arrival brought similar blessing to his mother’s life.

What personal association did Zevulun have with “places of residence”? The tribe of Zevulun had can a well-known arrangement that with the tribe of Yissachar. “Zevulun and Yissachar established a partnership: Zevulun will dwell at the seashore and go out in ships, to trade and make profit. They will thereby provide food for the tribe of Yissachar, who will sit and occupy themselves with the study of Torah”. To this day, the partnership between those involved in the business or professional world and the support they give to those whose occupation is Torah study and Jewish education is called the “Yissachar-Zevulun partnership.”

The tribe of Zevulun’s involvement in business afforded them unique opportunities to bring G-dly meaning into the material world and its ways. Their business dealings were “for the sake of Heaven,” - in their case, to support Torah study - and their using of material means for the fulfilment of G-d’s commands, transformed this lowly physical world into a G-dly place to an even greater degree than was accomplished by the Torah study of their partners, the tribe Yissachar, who hardly engaged in worldly affairs.

Hence, the name Zevulun. For it is specifically the Zevulun, the businessperson, who has the greatest potential to develop this world into a “zevul,” a place that G-d can call “home.”


Service Times

Sunday Morning 
8.30 am

Friday Night 
15 minutes before Candle Lighting

Shabbat Day
10.00 am

Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Vayeitzei

Jacob leaves his hometown of Beersheba and journeys to Charan. On the way, he encounters “ the place” and sleeps there, dreaming of a ladder connecting heaven and earth, with angels climbing and descending on it; G‑d appears and promises that the land upon which he lies will be given to his descendants. In the morning, Jacob raises the stone on which he laid his head as an altar and monument, pledging that it will be made the house of G‑d.

In Haran, Jacob stays with and works for his uncle Laban, tending Laban’s sheep. Laban agrees to give him his younger daughter, Rachel—whom Jacob loves—in marriage, in return for seven years’ labor. But on the wedding night, Laban gives him his elder daughter, Leah, instead—a deception Jacob discovers only in the morning. Jacob marries Rachel, too, a week later, after agreeing to work another seven years for Laban.

Leah gives birth to six sons—Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun—and a daughter, Dinah, while Rachel remains barren. Rachel gives Jacob her handmaid, Bilhah, as a wife to bear children in her stead, and two more sons, Dan and Naphtali, are born. Leah does the same with her handmaid, Zilpah, who gives birth to Gad and Asher. Finally, Rachel’s prayers are answered and she gives birth to Joseph.

Jacob has now been in Charan for fourteen years, and wishes to return home. But Laban persuades him to remain, now offering him sheep in return for his labor. Jacob prospers, despite Laban’s repeated attempts to swindle him. After six years, Jacob leaves Charan in stealth, fearing that Laban would prevent him from leaving with the family and property for which he labored. Laban pursues Jacob, but is warned by G‑d in a dream not to harm him. Laban and Jacob make a pact on Mount Gal-Ed, attested to by a pile of stones, and Jacob proceeds to the Holy Land, where he is met by angels.


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Upcoming Events
JHCC School Visit
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 - 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Friday Night Service
Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 - 3:20 pm
Candle Lighting
Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 - 3:29 pm
JMT First Friday
Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Dec. 7, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Dec. 7, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 - 8:30 am
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Dec. 9, 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, Dec. 9, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
JLI: Paradigm Shift, Class 2
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday Night Service
Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 - 3:17 pm
Candle Lighting
Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 - 3:27 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Dec. 14, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Dec. 14, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 - 8:30 am
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