Torah E-Thought : Will you join the march?


This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
Candle Lighting Times for Leeds:
Friday,  31 Jan 4:27pm
Shabbat Ends:
1 Feb 5:40pm
Torah Portion:  Bo 

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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,


This Wednesday is a red letter day in the Chabad Lubavitch calendar. It marks seventy years since the passing of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe and since our Rebbe became the leader of what is now a global movement. Please join us to mark this special date at a Chassidic Farbrengen, Wednesday 5th February 8.30pm. Rabbi Yitzchok Klyne of the Lubavitch Manchester Yeshiva will be joining for the evening. The event will be in a private home so please contact us for details.

We’re looking forward to a great second CGI Mini Winter Camp. Bookings are open here and our highlights schedule is below. As we approach Tu B’Shvat, Jewish Women’s Circle are running a paint night. Details can be found here


Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


Next Wednesday we mark seventy years since the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn passed away. Even without considering his dynamic leadership of the Lubavitch movement, his personal life story would be fascinating enough. Imprisoned in Soviet jails, sentenced to death, later commuted to internal exile, Rabbi Schneersohn was eventually allowed to leave Russia following intense international pressure. On a visit to Israel a few years later, he visited Hebron just days before the Arab uprising of 1927 when they massacred the Jewish population of the city. Back in Europe, Rabbi Schneersohn was miraculously saved from a bombed out Warsaw, with German soldiers – at the behest of the Americans who were still neutral – escorting him to safety.


Upon his arrival in America Rabbi Schneersohn immediately began rebuilding the Lubavitch Movement and Judaism from the ashes of the Holocaust. His mission statement; ‘ America is no different.’ He believed that in the same way that Jewish practice had been vibrant in pre-war Eastern Europe, it could flourish in the ‘ New World .’


Seventy-five years after the Holocaust, it is difficult for us to imagine what the mindset of the Jewish survivors must have been at that time. To think that Judaism could thrive again, seemed to be inexplicable. What was the secret of the Previous Rebbe’s success?


In this week’s parshah, we read how the Jews had escaped Egypt and left behind slavery. Just three days later however, the Egyptians were chasing the Jews and soon caught them on the banks of the Sea of Reeds.


Unsure what to do, the Jews split into four camps. There were those who wished to surrender to the Egyptians and those who wished to try to fight them. There were those who were prepared to throw themselves into the sea in despair and those who were spurred to prayer. What was G-d’s response? He told Moses to inform the Jewish people that none of these approaches was the right one. Instead the Jews should ignore the obstacles ahead – the Sea of Reeds – and march onwards with their faith in their hands.


A year to the day after the passing of the Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, his son-in-law, the famed Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, acquiesced to pressure to take the reigns of the movement. He expanded Chabad-Lubavitch into a global presence, with currently over 4000 centres around the world.


How was this achieved? By continuing with G-d’s command of ‘speak to the Children of Israel and let them journey.’ The Rebbe publicised the saying of one of his predecessors; ‘The world says, when you meet an obstacle you should try to go around it. I say, jump straight over it!’ He was on a march to spread goodness and kindness and would allow nothing to get in his way.


Throughout ups and downs of Jewish history over the past seventy years, one thing that remained constant was the steady growth of Chabad-Lubavitch, which corresponds to the steady growth of Torah Judaism. But we cannot do it alone!

As Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks famously recounts concerning his meeting with the Rebbe, “the Rebbe didn’t want followers, he wanted leaders.” Thank G-d Leeds is blessed with a tremendous team of clergy and lay leaders, but to grow and develop as a community, we need even more to step up to the plate. As we mark the 70th year of the Rebbe’s leadership we ask - be a leader! Join in the Rebbe’s vision. The Rebbe laid out ten Mitzvah campaigns for all to join. Think about the what part you can play in the spiritual and physical growth of our community.

The march of goodness and kindness continues. Be a part of it.

Featured Event

Upcoming Events
Friday Night Service
Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 - 4:17 pm
Candle Lighting
Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 - 4:27 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Feb. 1, 2020 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Feb. 1, 2020 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush and Mincha.
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
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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Jewish Women Circle Tu Bishvat
Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Ladies Class
Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 - 8:30 pm
Contact Mrs Bell for details on 07963 316 279
JLI Class 2
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 - 8:30 pm
Friday Night Service
Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 - 4:30 pm
Candle Lighting
Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 - 4:41 pm
JMT First Friday
Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 - 7:30 pm
Chassidus Class
Shabbat, Feb. 8, 2020 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Chassidus Class with coffee and cake.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Feb. 8, 2020 - 10:00 am
Warm & Friendly Shabbat service followed by kiddush and Mincha.
Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 - 8:30 am
Hebrew Cool Club
Service Times

Sunday Morning 
8.30 am

Friday Night 
15 minutes before Candle Lighting

Shabbat Day
10.00 am

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Parshat Bo

The last three of the Ten Plagues are visited on Egypt: a swarm of locusts devours all the crops and greenery; a thick, palpable darkness envelops the land; and all the firstborn of Egypt are killed at the stroke of midnight of the 15th of the month of Nissan.

G‑d commands the first mitzvah to be given to the people of Israel: to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. The Israelites are also instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to G‑d: a lamb or kid goat is to be slaughtered, and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of every Israelite home, so that G‑d should pass over these homes when He comes to kill the Egyptian firstborn. The roasted meat of the offering is to be eaten that night together with matzah (unleavened bread) and bitter herbs.

The death of the firstborn finally breaks Pharaoh’s resistance, and he literally drives the children of Israel from his land. So hastily do they depart that there is no time for their dough to rise, and the only provisions they take along are unleavened. Before they go, they ask their Egyptian neighbors for gold, silver and garments—fulfilling the promise made to Abraham that his descendants would leave Egypt with great wealth.

The children of Israel are commanded to consecrate all firstborn, and to observe the anniversary of the Exodus each year by removing all leaven from their possession for seven days, eating matzah, and telling the story of their redemption to their children. They are also commanded to wear tefillin on the arm and head as a reminder of the Exodus and their resultant commitment to G‑d.



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