Torah E-Thought: One big nugget

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Dear Friend,

 

I hope you are well.

Next Tuesday we begin the all new JLI Course, Judaism at Home. Because we will be running the class on Zoom there are only limited places available. You can find out more details here or contact me of more details.

Last night we had a special communal Zoom call on medical ethics. You can watch a recording here.

Please join me at 4pm on Friday when I stream my pre-Shabbat thoughts in the Alwoodley Ward Residents Facebook Group. Alwoodley Ward residents can join the group here.

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Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

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We read the weekly parshah every year and although the content doesn’t change, there is always a renewed message for us, pertinent to whatever is going on in the world around us.

In this week’s parshah we learn about the menorah that was kindled daily, first in the Tabernacle and later in the Temple in Jerusalem.

The menorah represents the people of Israel, G
d’s “light unto the nations.” It was made of many facets, with different branches and decorations. Its many components attesting to the fact that the Jewish nation is comprised of different tribes, and includes individuals from all walks of life.

There were many laws governing the making and lighting the menorah, but the two best known laws are both mentioned in this week’s parshah.

An artefact of the menorah’s complexity would usually fashioned by first moulding each of its parts on its own and then welding them together. The menorah for the Temple, however, was hammered out of a single piece of gold, and moulded into shape. Nothing could be added on. It required a much larger quantity of gold and much more skilled craftsmen.

Chassidic thought explains that this way of forming the menorah represents the fact that while there are nations that are a coalition of variant groups, each formed by its own ancestry and experience but welded together by common interest and habitat. Other nations are formed by the coalition of a shared land or a shared language. This is not the case with the Jewish people: all souls of Israel are of a single essence, and their division into distinct individuals is merely their investment into different bodies and physical lives. We may be Jewish Brits or Jewish Americans, loyal and law-abiding citizens but, as we see when our Judaism is under threat, we are all Jews.

The second law governed the lighting of the menorah. Although the menorah had seven lamps, they must all be turned toward the central stem. This represents the idea that each soul through the seven sefirot – characteristics – of the soul. At the same time though, all lamps of the menorah faced the stem from which they extended, emphasising their single origin and their single goal.

In other words: we all come from the same place, and we are all oriented toward the same goal. The differences are only in order to better express our Source and to more completely achieve our goal. Which makes them not differences, but the ultimate expression of oneness.

 
 
 
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Via Zoom. For details please contact Ruth on 07963 316 279

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Five-part Jewish literacy series about how Judaism is observed at home, which is particularly relevant at this time. The course will include practical guidance, in the style of DIY, as well as deeper insights about why we do what we do. To register visit or for more details visit here or email education@judaismlive.com or call me on 07875 320 344.
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Three Rabbis and a Doctor walk into a Zoom
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Behaalotecha

Aaron is commanded to raise light in the lamps of the menorah, and the tribe of Levi is initiated into the service in the Sanctuary.

A Second Passover is instituted in response to the petition “ Why should we be deprived?” by a group of Jews who were unable to bring the Passover offering in its appointed time because they were ritually impure. G‑d instructs Moses on the procedures for Israel’s journeys and encampments in the desert, and the people journey in formation from Mount Sinai, where they had been camped for nearly a year.

The people are dissatisfied with their “bread from heaven” (the manna), and demand that Moses supply them with meat. Moses appoints 70 elders, to whom he imparts of his spirit, to assist him in the burden of governing the people. Miriam speaks negatively of Moses, and is punished with leprosy; Moses prays for her healing, and the entire community waits seven days for her recovery.