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Dear Friend,


This Shabbat we bless the month of Adar which means that Purim is just weeks away!

We are looking forward to a fantastic Great Purim Circus with a Purim Feast at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds. There will be entertainment for young and old alike and as always, the unique Chabad Lubavitch festive atmosphere. Details here.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds



Although most people only come in contact with a Beth Din in the unfortunate circumstance of a divorce, one of the primary functions of any Beth Din is to rule in civil disputes. In the UK a Beth Din is recognised as a binding court of arbitration whose rulings are upheld in UK law.

In this week’s parshah we read; “And these are the laws that you shall place before them.” The Talmud learns from this verse that we must bring our civil disputes only "before them" - the Jewish courts, and not have them adjudicated in a non-Jewish court system. This is so even if the ruling of the secular court would be the same as if a Jewish court judged the case based on Torah law. For when we seek and accept the rulings of a court of Torah law, we are submitting ourselves to the will of G-d. In contrast, to abide by the rulings of a secular court, even if their conclusions are identical to that of the Torah, is merely to acknowledge the justness of human conventions and logic.

This idea exists in the spiritual realm too. Inside each us we have a yetzer tov – a good inclination – and a yetzer hara – an evil inclination. The yetzer hara does not initially suggest that we transgress the most serious of sins. The Talmud describes its modus operandi. "Today it tells him, ‘Do this'; tomorrow he tells him, ‘Do that;' until it bids him, ‘Go and serve idols,' and he goes and serves."

Chassidic philosophy explains this to mean that the yetzer hara’s initial “suggestion” is not even to transgress on a minor prohibition. Rather evil inclination first starts its work by indeed encouraging us to do mitzvot, but to do them for rational reason. It says, “Do this!” meaning, “this mitzvah is justified even by my standards.” In this way, the yetzer hara slowly infiltrates our attitude toward Torah observance. Instead of being centred on obedience to G-d’s will, one’s observance of the mitzvot now becomes defined by the degree to which we find a particular mitzvah sensible, useful, and personally beneficial. Now the evil inclination’s work is halfway done. After successfully diverting our focus from obeying G-d's will and G-d's will alone, the yetzer hara can eventually lure us to transgress even the harshest of sins.

This is the deeper meaning of not bringing our civil disputes before a secular court even if their judgment will concur with Torah law. In order not to fall prey to the yetzer hara's vices, our observance of the Torah may not be contingent on human rationalisation alone. We must approach all the mitzvot with an attitude of kabbolat ol – accepting the yoke of heaven - obeying the mitzvot primarily because they are G-d’s will and we are His subjects.

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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Mishpatim

Following the revelation at Sinai, G‑d legislates a series of laws for the people of Israel. These include the laws of the indentured servant; the penalties for murder, kidnapping, assault and theft; civil laws pertaining to redress of damages, the granting of loans and the responsibilities of the “Four Guardians”; and the rules governing the conduct of justice by courts of law.

Also included are laws warning against mistreatment of foreigners; the observance of the seasonal festivals, and the agricultural gifts that are to be brought to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem; the prohibition against cooking meat with milk; and the mitzvah of prayer. Altogether, the Parshah of Mishpatim contains 53 mitzvot—23 imperative commandments and 30 prohibitions.

G‑d promises to bring the people of Israel to the Holy Land, and warns them against assuming the pagan ways of its current inhabitants.

The people of Israel proclaim, “We will do and we will hear all that G‑d commands us.” Leaving Aaron and Hur in charge in the Israelite camp, Moses ascends Mount Sinai and remains there for forty days and forty nights to receive the Torah from G‑d.



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