Torah E-Thought: The Happiest Day!

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This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
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Friday,  7 August  7:30pm   
 
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Message from the Rabbi
 
 
Dear Friend,

Today is the 15th of Av, the happiest day in the Jewish Calendar! You can read all about it at www.JudaismLive.com/15Av.

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 is the 15th of Av –  Tu B’Av - and the Talmud tells us that, together with Yom Kippur, it is the greatest Yom Tov in the Jewish calendar. Many great events happened on Tu B’Av. After having suffered the the destruction of the Temples on the Ninth of Av destruction of Tisha B’Av, the full moon of the 15th symbolises the returning power of the Jewish nation.  The Jewish calendar follows a lunar cycle and the prophets compare the lunar cycle to the troughs and highs of Jewish history.

Tu B’Av is also the Talmudic date for the Summer Solstice. On Tu B’Av the days start to get shorter and the nights longer. In days gone by, when the working day was governed by the amount of daylight hours, Tu B’Av marked the beginning of shorter working hours and an increase in leisure time.

Extra evening hours means extra time to study Torah, and even though nowadays the waning daylight does not affect most people’s working day, the custom of increasing in our learning hours is even more important as we have multiple demands on our time.

Tu B’Av always falls during the summer months, the holiday season. During the year children are educated in a variety of ways, concentrating mainly on their secular studies, often in a non-Jewish environment. The summer holidays are a chance to spend time in educating our children in Jewish values. Camp Gan Israel Leeds provides an opportunity for children to enjoy a variety of leisure activities while immersed in a Jewish atmosphere. 

Towards the end of this week’s parshah we read the second paragraph of the Shema that repeats the mitzvah of teaching our children Torah: ‘You shall teach them to your children and speak of them when you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you go to sleep and when you wake up.’

The Torah is known for being concise in its wording, instead of instructing us to teach our children ‘at all times’ the Torah goes to length to enumerate a number of different situations when we must learn with our children.

It is common for children, out of respect of their parents, to follow their wishes while they are young. When the children grow however and ‘go on its way’ they do not always follow in the path the parents would wish. By investing time and energy in our children and using the summer months to help them appreciate the importance of the Torah and Jewish values, we can be more confident that they when they mature and ‘go on their way’ they will be continuing to accompany their parents and the Torah.

 

 
 
 
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Upcoming Events
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
Book now www.judaismlive.com/cgi

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
Book now www.judaismlive.com/cgi

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
Book now www.judaismlive.com/cgi

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

More Info »
Summer Camp - Camp Gan Israel
Monday, Aug. 24, 2020
For 5 - 6 year olds
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Aug. 24, 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. 25, 2020
For 5 - 6 year olds
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Eikev

In the Parshah of Eikev (“ Because”), Moses continues his closing address to the children of Israel, promising them that if they will fulfill the commandments ( mitzvot) of the Torah, they will prosper in the Land they are about to conquer and settle in keeping with G‑d’s promise to their forefathers.

Moses also rebukes them for their failings in their first generation as a people, recalling their worship of the Golden Calf, the rebellion of Korach, the sin of the spies, their angering of G‑d at Taveirah, Massah and Kivrot Hataavah ( “The Graves of Lust”). “You have been rebellious against G‑d,” he says to them, “since the day I knew you.” But he also speaks of G‑d’s forgiveness of their sins, and the Second Tablets which G‑d inscribed and gave to them following their repentance.

Their forty years in the desert, says Moses to the people, during which G‑d sustained them with daily manna from heaven, was to teach them “that man does not live on bread alone, but by the utterance of G‑d’s mouth does man live.”

Moses describes the land they are about to enter as “flowing with milk and honey,” blessed with the “seven kinds” (wheat, barley, grapevines, figs, pomegranates, olive oil and dates), and as the place that is the focus of G‑d’s providence of His world. He commands them to destroy the idols of the land’s former masters, and to beware lest they become haughty and begin to believe that “my power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.”

A key passage in our Parshah is the second chapter of the Shema, which repeats the fundamental mitzvot enumerated in the Shema’s first chapter, and describes the rewards of fulfilling G‑d’s commandments and the adverse results (famine and exile) of their neglect. It is also the source of the precept of prayer, and includes a reference to the resurrection of the dead in the messianic age.