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This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
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Friday,  19 June 8:00pm   
 
Shabbat Ends:
10:54pm
 
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Message from the Rabbi
 
 
Dear Friend,


I hope you are well.

You may have met a good friend of ours, Elisheva Martinetti on her visits to Leeds. We are really excited that Elisheva will be joining us for a women’s only event on Monday evening to share her life story – from Jixi to Judaism.

Next Wednesday evening, we are holding a special evening commemorating the yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. We are privileged that we’ll be joined by Rabbi Manis Friedman, founder of www.itsgoodtoknow.org and one of the most sought after speaker in the Jewish world. We’ll also be hearing personal recollections from Rabbi Jason Kleiman and Mr Martin Port.

To register for the evening and to book your complimentary “Farbrengen in a Bag” please email or message me.

Last night we welcomed back Rabbi Mendel Cohen, formally of Leeds, now of Saatchi and St. John’s Wood Synagogue and we were also joined by Dr. Jason Broch on the communal Zoom. 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. You can also watch my daughter Leah’s baking shows in the group at 1pm on Tuesday.

All our coronavirus support is online here.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

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Since the beginning of this lockdown I’ve explained on a number of occasions that, while we can’t fathom His reasons, there is no question that the current situation regarding communal prayer and mitzvah observance is the exact way G-d wants it. The same G-d that usually asks of a mourner to say kaddish for a loved one, is now asking that they stay home and stay safe.

In this week’s parshah we read how Moses sent spies to the Land of Israel, instructing them, “See the land, what is it: are the people who inhabit it strong or weak? Are they few or many? And what of the land they inhabit: is it good or bad? And what of the cities in which they reside: are they in camps or in fortresses?”

When the spies returned, they reported, “The people that dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified, and very great.” Thus, concluded the spies, “We are unable to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” Their report caused the people to weep, insisting that they would rather return to Egypt than enter the land. As a result, G
d delayed the Jewish people’s entry into Israel for an additional thirty-nine years, and the ten spies were punished and died from a plague.

But what was the spies’ actual crime? Hadn’t Moses instructed them to investigate those exact details?

The spies’ offense was not in their report, per se, but in the mistaken conclusions they drew based on their findings. Seeing the natural challenges that they would face, the spies concluded that fulfilling G-d’s command was simply beyond the Jewish nation’s abilities.

Moses, on the other hand, asked about the land and its inhabitants, but only for tactical purposes—in order to chart the most feasible route for a natural victory. If it would ultimately require miracles, Moses trusted that G-d would intervene. He was certain that G-d’s instruction to conquer the land would be realised; it was only a question of the best way to make it happen.

The story of the spies and their tragic mistake underscores the importance of taking Moses’ approach when we encounter any mitzvah that seems too difficult, or even impossible, for us to fulfil. The logic is simple: If even a human being would not instruct someone to perform a task that he knew the other person was incapable of performing, certainly the Creator, who knows the precise abilities with which He created each of us, and before Whom there are no miscalculations, only gives commands that are unquestionably within our reach.

Although lockdown is easing for many, there will still be a lot of challenges to overcome. We should be confident that the same G-d who has given us these challenges, know that we have the ability to overcome them.

 
 
 
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Upcoming Events
Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Jun. 19, 2020 - 4:00 pm
Friday afternoon introduction to Shabbat on Facebook Live in the Alwoodley Residents’ Group as well as on Zoom.
For details contact Rabbi Eli Pink on 07875 320 344

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Light Candles
Friday, Jun. 19, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Shabbat ends
Shabbat, Jun. 20, 2020 - 10:54 pm
Lunch and Learn
Monday, Jun. 22, 2020 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This will be running as an online Zoom Class
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Jixi to Judaism
Monday, Jun. 22, 2020 - 8:30 pm
Elisheva Martinetti will be joining us for a women’s only event to share her life story – from Jixi to Judaism. Rsvp to - jwc@judaismlive.com
JLI
Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2020 - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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.
Farbrengen in a bag
Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Join us for a special evening commemorating the yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Jun. 26, 2020 - 4:00 pm
Friday afternoon introduction to Shabbat on Facebook Live in the Alwoodley Residents’ Group as well as on Zoom.
For details contact Rabbi Eli Pink on 07875 320 344

More Info »
Light Candles
Friday, Jun. 26, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Shabbat ends
Shabbat, Jun. 27, 2020 - 10:54 pm
Lunch and Learn
Monday, Jun. 29, 2020 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This will be running as an online Zoom Class
More Info »
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Jun. 29, 2020 - 8:30 pm
Mondays 8.30pm
Ruth Bell's weekly class covers current and relevant points of interest in the yearly cycle beginning with counting the Omer; a look at the weekly sedra, and the daily schedule of Tanya (Chassidic teachings) and Tehillim (psalms).
Via Zoom. For details please contact Ruth on 07963 316 279

JLI
Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2020 - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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.
Communal Zoom Call
Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Three Rabbis and a Doctor walk into a Zoom
With words of inspiration, halachic and medical guidance.
For details contact Rabbi Eli Pink on 07875 320 344

Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Jul. 3, 2020 - 4:00 pm
Friday afternoon introduction to Shabbat on Facebook Live in the Alwoodley Residents’ Group as well as on Zoom.
For details contact Rabbi Eli Pink on 07875 320 344

More Info »
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Shlach

Moses sends twelve spies to the land of Canaan. Forty days later they return, carrying a huge cluster of grapes, a pomegranate and a fig, to report on a lush and bountiful land. But ten of the spies warn that the inhabitants of the land are giants and warriors “more powerful than we”; only Caleb and Joshua insist that the land can be conquered, as G‑d has commanded.

The people weep that they’d rather return to Egypt. G‑d decrees that Israel’s entry into the Land shall be delayed forty years, during which time that entire generation will die out in the desert. A group of remorseful Jews storm the mountain on the border of the Land, and are routed by the Amalekites and Canaanites.

The laws of the menachot ( meal, wine and oil offerings) are given, as well as the mitzvah to consecrate a portion of the dough ( challah) to G‑d when making bread. A man violates the Shabbat by gathering sticks, and is put to death. G‑d instructs to place fringes ( tzitzit) on the four corners of our garments, so that we should remember to fulfill the mitzvot (divine commandments).