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This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
Light Candles  - Leeds :
 
Friday,  26 June 8:00pm   
 
Shabbat Ends:
10:54pm
 
Torah Portion: 
 

Lubavitch Centre of Leeds   Email: office@judaismlive.com   Phone: 0113-2663311www.JudaismLive.com

 
 
Message from the Rabbi
 
 
Dear Friend,


I hope you are well.

Tonight, 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.

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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Before our move to Leeds – almost thirteen years ago now – Dabrushy and I were a roving Rabbinical couple and officiated at a number of smaller communities. One week found us in a smaller provincial community. Their rabbi was auditioning for a position in a larger synagogue and I led the services for the weekend. It was the summer months when we study Ethics of the Fathers, and at the Seuda Shlishit, I decided to discuss one of the more controversial mishnaot:

Rabbi Yossi tells: I was once travelling and met a man, and we greeted each other. The man said to me, "Where are you from?"
"I am from a large city of scholars and scribes," I responded.
He said, "Rabbi, would you wish to live with us in our place, and I will compensate you with thousands upon thousands of dinars of gold and precious stones?"
I told him, "Even if you were to give me all the money and precious stones in the world, I would still choose to live in a place of Torah." [Ethics of the Fathers 6:9].

Having studied the above mishnah, I challenged the members of the provincial community who were sitting around the table; "why should any rabbi agree to move to your community?" I asked. "Surely you cannot expect them to leave places of scholarship, communities that have a Jewish infrastructure and settle in a place bereft of Torah learning."

Indeed, this mishnah was often used to challenge the model of shlichut and outreach which the Lubavitcher Rebbe lead and inspired. In the bestselling book by Joseph Telushkin on the Rebbe – which I highly recommend – you can buy it on Amazon here - he details the resistance to the idea of sending young couple to remote locations to engage the local community.

The Rebbe, in his characteristic fashion, shed new light on the mishnah. Rabbi Yossi's newfound acquaintance's request had been that "we want you to live with us in our place." I.e., you - Rabbi Yossi - will study Torah in our stead. The interlocutor had no desire to take part in the Torah study himself - he was willing to sponsor Rabbi Yossi and his learning, but he wanted to stay at arm's length.

As sport restarts across the country, football fever is back. In sport - like Rabbi Yossi's fellow traveller - we can pay highly trained athletes to entertain us while we watch from the comfort of the couch while munching on unhealthy snacks. Judaism however is not a spectator sport and there is no division between fans and players. In one way though the two are very similar. The current crisis means that sports teams no longer have the noise of the fans behind them and the results of this are already being discussed. In order for the Jewish community to thrive we must all play our part - the team's success depends on each and every individual Jew.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is the Rebbe’s yahrzeit. It is a time to rededicate ourselves to the mission he left us, via the Ten Mitzvah Campaigns, to become players and not just spectators!

 
 
 
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Upcoming Events
3 Tammuz Farbrengen
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

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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
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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 »
Lunch and Learn
Monday, Jul. 6, 2020 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This will be running as an online Zoom Class
More Info »
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Jul. 6, 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, Jul. 7, 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. 8, 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. 10, 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 »
Lunch and Learn
Monday, Jul. 13, 2020 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This will be running as an online Zoom Class
More Info »
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Korach

Korach incites a mutiny challenging Moses’ leadership and the granting of the kehunah ( priesthood) to Aaron. He is accompanied by Moses’ inveterate foes, Dathan and Abiram. Joining them are 250 distinguished members of the community, who offer the sacrosanct ketoret (incense) to prove their worthiness for the priesthood. The earth opens up and swallows the mutineers, and a fire consumes the ketoret-offerers.

A subsequent plague is stopped by Aaron’s offering of ketoret. Aaron’s staff miraculously blossoms and brings forth almonds, to prove that his designation as high priest is divinely ordained.

G‑d commands that a terumah (“uplifting”) from each crop of grain, wine and oil, as well as all firstborn sheep and cattle, and other specified gifts, be given to the kohanim (priests).