Torah E-Thought : A Kosher Response


This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
Candle Lighting Times for
Friday,  13 Dec
Shabbat Ends: 14 Dec 4:43pm
Torah Portion: Vayishlach

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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,

Chanukah is just over a week away! We’ve got something for all ages and stages - Check out our upcoming events for more details.

This Sunday is the launch of the Impact Care Awards. Details here.


Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

Featured Event

Upcoming Events
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
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Dec. 16, 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, Dec. 16, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
JLI: Paradigm Shift, Class 3
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jewish Women Circle Chanukah
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Friday Night Service
Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 - 3:18 pm
Candle Lighting
Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 - 3:28 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Dec. 21, 2019 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Dec. 21, 2019 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 - 8:30 am
Chanukah Giant Menorah Lighting
Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 - 4:00 pm
With rides on the Leeds Big Wheel
More Info »
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Service Times

Sunday Morning 
8.30 am

Friday Night 
15 minutes before Candle Lighting

Shabbat Day
10.00 am

Kiddush Sponsored By:

Levi and Judith Liebling in honour of Avi’s birthday.


Mazel Tov!

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The Kiss
Twenty years after Jacob stole the blessing, he was about to meet Esau once more. There was much at stake, not only for Jacob and his family, but for all of the cosmos.
Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Vayishlach

Jacob returns to the Holy Land after a 20-year stay in Charan, and sends angel-emissaries to Esau in hope of a reconciliation, but his messengers report that his brother is on the warpath with 400 armed men. Jacob prepares for war, prays, and sends Esau a large gift (consisting of hundreds of heads of livestock) to appease him.

That night, Jacob ferries his family and possessions across the Jabbok River; he, however, remains behind and encounters the angel that embodies the spirit of Esau, with whom he wrestles until daybreak. Jacob suffers a dislocated hip but vanquishes the supernal creature, who bestows on him the name Israel, which means “he who prevails over the divine.”

Jacob and Esau meet, embrace and kiss, but part ways. Jacob purchases a plot of land near Shechem, whose crown prince—also called Shechem— abducts and rapes Jacob’s daughter Dinah. Dinah’s brothers Simeon and Levi avenge the deed by killing all male inhabitants of the city , after rendering them vulnerable by convincing them to circumcise themselves.

Jacob journeys on. Rachel dies while giving birth to her second son, Benjamin, and is buried in a roadside grave near Bethlehem. Reuben loses the birthright because he interferes with his father’s marital life. Jacob arrives in Hebron, to his father Isaac, who later dies at age 180. (Rebecca has passed away before Jacob’s arrival.)

Our Parshah concludes with a detailed account of Esau’s wives, children and grandchildren; the family histories of the people of Seir, among whom Esau settled; and a list of the eight kings who ruled Edom, the land of Esau’s and Seir’s descendants.



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