Torah E-Thought: Wealthy Jews

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This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
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Friday,  17 July 7:50pm   
 
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Message from the Rabbi
 
 
Dear Friend,

 

I hope you are well.

We’re really excited that bookings for Chabad Lubavitch Summer Camps are open! There are several changes to our usual camp setup due to COVID-19 as we try to ensure we offer a safe, secure and friendly environment. For more details please visit www.JudaismLive.com/CGI

On Monday 20th Jewish Women’s Circle is hosting Israel based Mosaic Muralist for a paper mosaic workshop. Details here.

Last night’s guest on our communal Zoom was former Leodensian Rabbi Rafi Goodwin of Chigwell United Synagogue. You can watch the video 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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After forty years wandering in the desert the Jews are finally ready to cross into the Promised Land. Apparently not having learnt from the error of the spies, two tribes, Reuven and Gad, ask Moses if they could remain on the Transjordan, in the lands that they had already conquered.

 

At first, Moses balks at their requests; it was shades of the spies all over again, refusing to go into the land. Only when Reuven and Gad promise to cross the Jordan with their fellow tribes and assist them in conquering the rest of the land, does Moses allow them to settle in the Transjordan.

 

Obviously, there is more to the story than meets the eye. Surely Reuven and Gad knew why the Jews had been condemned to wander in the desert for forty years. Why did they risk similar punishment? 

 

One of the explanations for the error of the spies was their desire to remain in the desert, in their spiritual cocoon, rather than entering the land and having to work for a living. The tribes of Reuven and Gad were proposing the diametric opposite. They wanted to work with land in an area that was not even spiritually blessed. They relished the challenge of working in the spiritually remote domain of Transjordan. They thought that they would turn it into an extension of the Holy Land.

 

They were wrong. When discussing their plans with Moses, they said that they would make 'pens for the flocks... and cities for the children,' and then they would cross to do battle together with their brethren. As Moses pointed out to them, the cities for their children should have come before the pens for their flock.

 

However honourable their intentions, they put material needs ahead of the spiritual growth of their children. By leaving their children in Transjordan while they crossed into the Promised Land, they denied their children the chance to see the great miracles that G-d wrought for the Jews during the conquering of the Land. And there were few educators for the children while all the men were off fighting.

 

The tribes of Reuven and Gad were exiled eight years before the Kingdom of Israel. Eight is the numerical value of the hebrew letter 'chet', the first letter of the word 'chinuch' - education. As the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe said: 'True Jewish wealth is being blessed with children who walk in the way of G-d,' and for that, a good Jewish chinuch is imperative.

 

As we go into the summer and school holidays, it is a perfect time to concentrate on Jewish education. Parents and schools have done a phenomenal job under extremely difficult circumstances. Chabad Lubavitch Summer Camps have been providing a safe and enjoyable environment and a good Jewish chinuch for Jewish children from Leeds and beyond for over forty years and we are excited to be able to provide a limited, COVID-19 secure experience this year too. You can see more details here.

 

 
 
 
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Upcoming Events
Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Jul. 17, 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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Lunch and Learn
Monday, Jul. 20, 2020 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This will be running as an online Zoom Class
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Paper Mosaic Workshop
Monday, Jul. 20, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Book your place: office@judaismlive.com
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Jul. 20, 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

3 Rebbetzins and a Dr walk into a Zoom
Wednesday, Jul. 22, 2020 - 8:00 pm
3 Rebbetzins and a Dr 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. 24, 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. 27, 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. 27, 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

3 Rebbetzins and a Dr walk into a Zoom
Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2020 - 8:00 pm
3 Rebbetzins and a Dr 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. 31, 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 »
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Aug. 3, 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

3 Rebbetzins and a Dr walk into a Zoom
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 - 8:00 pm
3 Rebbetzins and a Dr 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, Aug. 7, 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 »
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Aug. 10, 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

3 Rebbetzins and a Dr walk into a Zoom
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 - 8:00 pm
3 Rebbetzins and a Dr walk into a Zoom
With words of inspiration, halachic and medical guidance.
For details contact Rabbi Eli Pink on 07875 320 344

 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Matot-Massei

Moses conveys the laws governing the annulment of vows to the heads of the tribes of Israel. War is waged against Midian for their role in plotting the moral destruction of Israel, and the Torah gives a detailed account of the war spoils and how they were allocated amongst the people, the warriors, the Levites and the high priest.

The tribes of Reuben and Gad (later joined by half of the tribe of Manasseh) ask for the lands east of the Jordan as their portion in the Promised Land, these being prime pastureland for their cattle. Moses is initially angered by the request, but subsequently agrees on the condition that they first join, and lead, in Israel’s conquest of the lands west of the Jordan.

The forty-two journeys and encampments of Israel are listed, from the Exodus to their encampment on the plains of Moab across the river from the land of Canaan. The boundaries of the Promised Land are given, and cities of refuge are designated as havens and places of exile for inadvertent murderers. The daughters of Tzelafchad marry within their own tribe of Manasseh, so that the estate which they inherit from their father should not pass to the province of another tribe.