Torah E-Thought: Wheelbarrow Rides

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Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

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Jean Francois Gravelet, professionally known as “The Great Blondin”, was the first of many tightrope walkers to appear at Niagara Falls. He was a professional artist and showman trained in the great tradition of the European circus. According to some accounts, he was spotted by his manager, William Niblo, while performing in Paris. Niblo wrote to him, challenging his prowess.
"I don't believe you can do it, but I'm willing to make you an offer. For a very substantial sum of money, besides all your transportation fees, I would like to challenge you to do your act over Niagara Falls."
Blondin wrote back, "Sir, although I've never been to America and seen the Falls, I'd love to come."
On June 30, 1859 the rope was in position and at five o’clock in the afternoon, Blondin started the trip that was to make history – blindfolded!
Blondin makes it across easily. The crowds go wild, and he comes to Niblo, "Well, Mr. Niblo, now do you believe I can do it?"
"Well of course I do. I mean, I just saw you do it."
"No," said Blondin, "do you really believe I can do it?"
"Well of course I do, you just did it."
"No, no, no," said Blondin, "do you believe I can do it?"
"Yes," said Niblo, "I believe you can do it."
"Good," said Blondin, "then you get in the wheel barrow."

In this week’s parshah we learn about the mitzvah of shmittah – the sabbatical year. “Six years you shall sow your field... But in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath for G-d; you shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard.”

The shmittah year is an opportunity to express our trust in G-d as provider; “And if you shall say: What shall we eat in the seventh year? We shall not sow, or gather in our produce! But I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.”

Shmittah laws are still kept to this day in the Holy Land, in fact next Rosh Hashanah (5772/2021) we begin a new shmittah year. Although there are provisions made for farmers during these years, it is still a matter of intense faith to leave all one’s fields fallow for an entire year.

Most of are not farmers and don’t yet live in Israel, but the concept of shmittah is just as relevant. We too can recognise that our income is from G-d, and when we follow He will provide our sustenance.

One of the biggest challenges in modern society is the observance of Shabbat. Can we stay from work? Cut ourselves off from our clients? G-d commands us to do so and by listening to Him, surely our income cannot be harmed.

The current Covid-19 crisis means that for some, there is even more pressure to work whenever they can to continue earning some sort of income while for others, Shabbat observance might be easier than previously.

Either way, logically it may make sense, but we need to show our commitment by climbing into the wheelbarrow.

 

 
 
 
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Friday, May 22, 2020 - 7:35 pm
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Monday, May 25, 2020 - 8:30 pm
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 8:00 pm
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

On the mountain of Sinai, G‑d communicates to Moses the laws of the Sabbatical year: every seventh year, all work on the land should cease, and its produce becomes free for the taking for all, man and beast.

Seven Sabbatical cycles are followed by a fiftieth year—the Jubilee year, on which work on the land ceases, all indentured servants are set free, and all ancestral estates in the Holy Land that have been sold revert to their original owners. Additional laws governing the sale of lands, and the prohibitions against fraud and usury, are also given.

G‑d promises that if the people of Israel will keep His commandments, they will enjoy material prosperity and dwell secure in their homeland. But He also delivers a harsh “ rebuke,” warning of the exile, persecution and other evils that will befall them if they abandon their covenant with Him. Nevertheless, “Even when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away; nor will I ever abhor them, to destroy them and to break My covenant with them; for I am the L‑rd their G‑d.”

The Parshah concludes with the rules on how to calculate the values of different types of pledges made to G‑d.