Torah E-Thought : A Kosher Response

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This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
Candle Lighting Times for
Leeds:
 
Friday,  13 Dec
3:32pm
 
Shabbat Ends: 14 Dec 4:49pm
 
Torah Portion: Vayishlach
 

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Message from the Rabbi
 
 

Dear Friend,

I hope you are having a great Chanukah!

We’ve had an amazing week of activities and there is still more to come! This Sunday afternoon we will be having a public menorah lighting outside The Lord Darcy, followed by a pub quiz for JMT Young Professionals.

Tonight is Shabbat Chanukah. We light the Menorah before the Shabbat Candles. Shabbat Candle lighting time this week in Leeds is 3.32pm.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos and a Happy Chanukah.


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


Shabbat Chanukah is always a special occasion, with both the Chanukah candles and the Shabbat candles shining brightly.

Judaism and the Torah are strongly associated with light. As King Solomon says in Proverbs, “the commandment is a lamp, and the Torah is light.” We have three kinds of lamps connected with mitzvot at this time of year, the lights in the Holy Temple - the menorah, the candles of Shabbat, and the candles of Chanukah.

There are two differences between the Chanukah candles and the other candles. The candles in the Temple and the candles of Shabbat must be lit during sunlight hours – the Temple lights were actually lit in the morning. Also, the entire Menorah was lit every day in the Temple and similarly with Shabbat candles, we light the same number every week.

Chanukah is different. Chanukah candles must be lit specifically after the sun sets (except on Friday night). Furthermore, each day we must add more light, yet another candle.
 
The two differences are actually connected. Sunlight is a metaphor for the revelation of G-d’s Presence, as King David says in Psalms says, “For the sun and a shield is the L-rd, your G-d”.  At times, when there is still light outside, everything is bright, we can see clearly G-d’s Face shining upon us and His light reflected in the actions of people emulating His ways. At time like this it is enough to fulfil G-d’s commandments in the same measure we have done in the past.

When the sun is not shining brightly around us however, we cannot be satisfied by serving G-d today in the same measure we did yesterday, or tomorrow in the same measure we did today. For when we are surrounded by darkness, the amount of light we produced yesterday will not be enough to break through the darkness of today. Not only that - there exists the danger that the darkness will reach places where until now there was light. And so we must add more light.

Each of us is a candle, as another verse in Proverbs states, “the soul of man is a candle of the L-rd”. And the most beautiful thing about light is that when we light one candle from another, the first candle’s light does not become decreased.

 
 
 
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Upcoming Events
Friday Night Service
Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 - 3:22 pm
Candle Lighting
Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 - 3:32 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Jan. 4, 2020 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Jan. 4, 2020 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 - 8:30 am
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 - 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, Jan. 6, 2020 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Jan. 11, 2020 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Jan. 11, 2020 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 - 8:30 am
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 - 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, Jan. 13, 2020 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Jan. 18, 2020 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Jan. 18, 2020 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 - 8:30 am
 
 
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Famine spreads throughout the region, and food can be obtained only in Egypt. Ten of Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to purchase grain; the youngest, Benjamin, stays home, for Jacob fears for his safety. Joseph recognizes his brothers, but they do not recognize him; he accuses them of being spies, insists that they bring Benjamin to prove that they are who they say they are, and imprisons Simeon as a hostage. Later, they discover that the money they paid for their provisions has been mysteriously returned to them.

Jacob agrees to send Benjamin only after Judah assumes personal and eternal responsibility for him. This time Joseph receives them kindly, releases Simeon, and invites them to an eventful dinner at his home. But then he plants his silver goblet, purportedly imbued with magic powers, in Benjamin’s sack. When the brothers set out for home the next morning, they are pursued, searched, and arrested when the goblet is discovered. Joseph offers to set them free and retain only Benjamin as his slave.

 

 
 









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