Torah E-Thought: Marching on Together

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This week’s Torah E-Thought is written by former Leodensian and avid Leeds United fan, Rabbi Rafi Goodwin.

 

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Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

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The history of the Leeds Jewish community and Leeds United is well known. Leeds won the FA Cup in 1972, and the old first division in 1973/4 under the stewardship of Manny Cussins, and again the first division in 1991/2 with Leslie Silver at the helm.

 

Strong Jewish leadership is also key in this week’s parshah, Devarim. Moses who begins his final monologue, five weeks before his passing, starts to prepare the Jewish people to enter the Land of Israel. Moses is devastated that he can’t enter the Land, but he puts all his own disappointment to one side, and focuses solely on the needs of the Jewish people. He admonishes them for their misdeeds in order that they repent and be ready to begin the next stage of their journey under the leadership of Joshua.

Moses also encourages and reminds Joshua not to fear the nations in the Land, exclaiming, “it is the L-rd, your G‑d, who is fighting for you."

On the theme of leadership, of course we can’t compare Moses with the Leeds Manager, but in his own way, Marcelo Bielsa is an inspiration to many. He has unified the city and instilled values of being a mensch in players and fans alike. He famously made the players pick up litter for two hours, thereby highlighting how much effort fans put into to see them play. He also never blames his players or the referees after poor performances, instead he takes the blame. He will always stop for a ‘selfie’ and spend time with fans. He lives in a modest one bed flat in Wetherby, shops in Morrisons and walks around in his Leeds training top despite his £6m-per-year salary. As far as football managers go, he’s one of a kind.

 

Referring back to the parshah, another example of strong leadership is when Moses recounts how thirty-nine years ago he was unable to be the sole judge for the entire nation. Moses agreed to his then father-in-law, Yitro’s advice on setting up a hierarchical judicial system thereby delegating his responsibilities. Moses was humble enough to listen and take advice.

 

If only the Leeds hierarchy under Peter Risdale (who took over shortly after Leslie Silver) had the sense to take prudent advice, then I’m sure they wouldn’t have lead the club into financial ruin. I’m certain it wouldn’t have happened under the previous aforementioned chairman.

 

After 16 painful years in exile, Leeds United are back in the promised land. During that time, they suffered heart-breaking playoff final defeats to Watford and Doncaster Rovers and semi-final defeats to Millwall and last year to Derby County. After crashing out last year in the playoffs, Leeds fans were yet again inconsolable. The misery was compounded with the very real possibility that ‘El Loco’, Marcelo Bielsa, their best manager in years, would disappear off into the horizon.

 

The loyalty and hope of Leeds fans is best encapsulated in their anthem Marching on Together:

We've been through it all together,

And we've had our ups and downs (UPS AND DOWNS!)

We're gonna stay with you forever,

At least until the world stops going round.

 

Even in the 2007-8 campaign, staring at a -15 points deduction, the fans never lost hope.

 

The Jewish people have also been “Marching On Together” through the many ups and downs of our seemingly unending exile. We are also awaiting a return to the real promised land and the ingathering of exiles, rebuilding of the temple and the arrival of the Moshiach.

 

May it be speedily in our days!

On and On...

 

 
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Devarim

On the first of Shevat (thirty-seven days before his passing), Moses begins his repetition of the Torah to the assembled children of Israel, reviewing the events that occurred and the laws that were given in the course of their forty-year journey from Egypt to Sinai to the Promised Land, rebuking the people for their failings and iniquities, and enjoining them to keep the Torah and observe its commandments in the land that G‑d is giving them as an eternal heritage, into which they shall cross after his death.

Moses recalls his appointment of judges and magistrates to ease his burden of meting out justice to the people and teaching them the word of G‑d; the journey from Sinai through the great and fearsome desert; the sending of the spies and the people’s subsequent spurning of the Promised Land, so that G‑d decreed that the entire generation of the Exodus would die out in the desert. “Also against me,” says Moses, “was G‑d angry for your sake, saying: You, too, shall not go in there.”

Moses also recounts some more recent events: the refusal of the nations of Moab and Ammon to allow the Israelites to pass through their countries; the wars against the Emorite kings Sichon and Og, and the settlement of their lands by the tribes of Reuben and Gad and part of the tribe of Manasseh; and Moses’ message to his successor, Joshua, who will take the people into the Land and lead them in the battles for its conquest: “ Fear them not, for the L‑rd your G‑d, He shall fight for you.”