Torah E-Thought : Are we progressing?

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This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
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Friday,  24 Jan
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Torah Portion:  Va'eira
 

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Message from the Rabbi
 
 
Dear Friend,

On Tuesday we begin the upcoming JLI course, Judaism’s Gifts to the World. It is an exceptional course that is a phenomenal response to anti-Semitism. You can read the course curriculum here and watch the preview video here.

Bookings are open for Jewish Women’s Circle’s Tu B’Shvat’s Paint Night here and for CGI Mini Winter Camp II here.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

 

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In this week’s parshah, the Jews are still enslaved by Pharaoh. G-d has sent Moses and Aaron on a mission to beseech Pharaoh to let the Jewish people go. One of the signs that G-d instructed Moses to perform was to turn his staff into a serpent.

Pharaoh was singularly unimpressed. ‘Do you seek to bring coals to Newcastle?’ He asked Moses. Or something similar anyway. Egypt was awash with sorcerers who could turn sticks to serpents at a whim.

Aaron managed to impress even the Egyptians however when his serpent turned back to a stick and then swallowed the Egyptian serpents. If Aaron's serpent had swallowed up the serpents of the Egyptians, there would have been nothing remarkable in that, for serpents usually swallow each other. So G-d turned the serpent back to its original form and then it swallowed up their serpents.

A simple story that took place over 3000 years ago yet provides an important lesson for our enemies even today.

King Solomon wrote in the Book of Proverbs about the Torah; ‘Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.’ A little light can push off much darkness, and instead of battling darkness, it is our job to create light. This is the way of the Torah.

There are times when we are forced to resort to action to overcome those who wish to harm us. Thus Moses, the gentle shepherd of Israel, and Aaron, the ultimate man of peace, found themselves in the role of ‘judge and chastiser of Pharaoh,’ crushing the might of Egypt, destroying its idols, and freeing the Jews from the bonds of their oppressors.

Nevertheless Aaron’s rod swallowed the ‘serpents' of the Egyptians’ after it had reverted back to its original form, rather than as a serpent itself. For even when he wages war, the Jew is not a warrior. Even when he consumes the serpents of the enemy, he is not a serpent himself, spewing poison and hate. Our instruments of vengeance are as devoid of vengeful feeling as a petrified rod, as cold to the rage of war as a lifeless stick.

For centuries settling arguments by war was the duty and privilege of the ruling classes. As world leaders gather in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz we are reminded that not long ago one of the most advanced nations in the world was moralising its way to the murder of millions. Morality is not subjective and Judaism’s role as a light to nations is as important as ever. Find out more at the Jewish Learning Institute’s upcoming course: Judaism’s Gifts to the World

 
 
 
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Friday Night Service
Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 - 4:03 pm
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Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
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Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 - 8:30 am
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Va'eira

G‑d reveals Himself to Moses. Employing the “four expressions of redemption,” take out the Children of Israel from Egypt, deliver them from their enslavement, redeem them, and acquire them as His own chosen people at “Mount Sinai”; He will then bring them to the land He promised to the Patriarchs as their eternal heritage.

Moses and Aaron repeatedly come before Pharaoh to demand in the name of G‑d, “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me in the wilderness.” Pharaoh repeatedly refuses. Aaron’s staff turns into a snake and swallows the magic sticks of the Egyptian sorcerers. G‑d then sends a series of plagues upon the Egyptians.

The waters of the Nile turn to blood; swarms of frogs overrun the land; lice infest all men and beasts. Hordes of wild animals invade the cities; a pestilence kills the domestic animals; painful boils afflict the Egyptians. For the seventh plague, fire and ice combine to descend from the skies as a devastating hail. Still, “ the heart of Pharaoh was hardened and he would not let the children of Israel go, as G‑d had said to Moses.”

 

 
 









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