Torah E-Thought: Going nowhere Fast

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This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
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Message from the Rabbi
 
 
Dear Friend,

 

Today is the Fast of Tisha BAv. Last night we had a special Communal Zoom call with Rabbi Avraham Stolik, the Jewish Indiana Jones, you can watch the recording here. You can read all about the Fast of Av at www.JudaismLive.com/9Av

If your summer plans have unfortunately had to change, we are still taking bookings at Chabad Lubavitch Summer Camp! 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

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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Today mark the most distressing day of the Jewish calendar, Tisha B’Av, when we remember the destruction of both the First and Second Temples - Bet Hamikdash, and numerous other tragic events in our history that occurred on the same day. It is also a day when we express our yearning for the end of all suffering with the coming of Moshiach and the rebuilding of the Third Bet Hamikdash. 

Chassidic philosophy teaches us that in addition to the physical Temple that stood in Jerusalem, there is also an inner Bet Hamikdash, which is inside every individual.  When G-d instructed Jewish People; “They should make for Me a Sanctuary and I will dwell within them [Exodus 25:8],” He used the plural "within them" instead of "within it" indicating that G-d dwells inside each and every person and not just in the Temple. That is the Inner Bet Hamikdash.  Our daily "avodah" - Temple service - is our service of G-d through praying, studying Torah and performing mitzvot.
 

As we ponder Tisha B'Av and the destruction of the Temple, we must wonder however how this applies to the Inner Bet Hamikdash?  Can that be harmed? What happens if a person unfortunately, does not keep the Torah and Mitzvot properly?  Can this lead to a destruction of their Inner Temple, G-d forbid?

 

In the Hayom Yom, a daily diary, the Lubavitcher Rebbe writes in an entry dated at the beginning of the Three Weeks:
"The site of the sanctuary remains sacred, even in times of exile and desolation...  R. Acha says: 'The Shechina - Divine Presence - never departs from the Western Wall.'  All the desolation is limited to the buildings. So too, is the case with the personal sanctuary within each of Israel; the foundation is whole, clear and pure... Every form of (spiritual) desolation (may G-d rescue us from such) found in the people Israel is only in those aspects of the people analogous to buildings above the foundation. The foundation of the individual sanctuary, however, remains in its holy state."

Whether a person is not performing mitzvot due to their nature or the way they were nurtured, the knowledge that their Jewish roots are unharmed should be  a source of encouragement for them, that however far away they may have drifted, it has not affected their core Judaism. The Jewish soul is resilient beyond all challenges and can withstand any destructive forces, ready to spark into light at the first opportunity.

 

 
 
 
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Upcoming Events
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

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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 Rabbis and a Dr walk into a Zoom
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 - 8:00 pm
3 Rabbis 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 Rabbis and a Dr walk into a Zoom
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 - 8:00 pm
3 Rabbis 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. 14, 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 »
Summer Camp - Camp Gan Israel
Monday, Aug. 17, 2020
For 3 - 4 year olds
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Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Aug. 17, 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

Summer Camp - Camp Gan Israel
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
For 3 - 4 year olds
Book now www.judaismlive.com/cgi

Summer Camp - Camp Gan Israel
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020
For 3 - 4 year olds
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3 Rabbis and a Dr walk into a Zoom
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 - 8:00 pm
3 Rabbis 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

Summer Camp - Camp Gan Israel
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020
For 3 - 4 year olds
Book now www.judaismlive.com/cgi

Summer Camp - Camp Gan Israel
Friday, Aug. 21, 2020
For 3 - 4 year olds
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Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Aug. 21, 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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Moses tells the people of Israel how he implored G‑d to allow him to enter the Land of Israel, but G‑d refused, instructing him instead to ascend a mountain and see the Promised Land.

Continuing his “review of the Torah,” Moses describes the Exodus from Egypt and the Giving of the Torah, declaring them unprecedented events in human history. “Has there ever occurred this great thing, or has the likes of it ever been heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of G‑d speaking out of the midst of the fire . . . and live? . . . You were shown, to know, that the L‑rd is G‑d . . . there is none else beside Him.”

Moses predicts that in future generations the people will turn away from G‑d, worship idols, and be exiled from their land and scattered amongst the nations; but from there they will seek G‑d, and return to obey His commandments.

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