Torah E-Thought: Bringing the JOY

 
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This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
Light Candles  - Leeds :
 
Friday, 4th Sept  7:30 pm   
 
Shabbat Ends:
8:37 pm
 
Torah Portion: 
 

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

 
 
Message from the Rabbi
 
 
Dear Friend,

Tonight we host my father, experienced educationalist, speaking about “Happy Children are Successful Children: The role of teachers, pupils and parents in today’s school environment.” Details here.

Prayer services are restarting at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds! We are beginning with a Monday morning service followed by a Shabbat morning service. Details 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.

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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As children return to school this week and next, many will be excited to see their friends and teachers again. At the same time, there will be an apprehension, especially among those who are at higher risk at what the mingling with their peers may cause.

The chassid Rabbi Nechemia of Dubrovna (1788-1852) once recalled witnessing a Russian soldier being disciplined by his commander. The soldier's crime? While standing watch on a frigid winter night, his feet froze in their boots. "Had you remembered the oath you took to serve our Czar," his officer berated him, "the memory would have kept you warm."

"For 25 years," said Reb Nechemia, "this incident inspired my service of the Almighty."

Three centuries ago, Jewish life was in a lethargic slump. Massacres and persecutions had devastated the Jewish community in both body and spirit. The harsh conditions, which dictated that all but a privileged few were forced to abandon their studies at a young age to help bear the burden of earning a livelihood, had cut off the masses from the Torah, the lifeblood of Jewish awareness and self-knowledge. The scholarly elite kept aloof from their unlettered brethren and regarded them with contempt.

Technically, Judaism was alive. Jews went through the motions, putting on tefillin each weekday morning, praying three times a day, observing the Shabbat and the dietary laws. But the spark of life was growing cold.

Then, on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Elul in the Jewish year 5458 (1698), a child named Yisrael (Israel) was born. Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov added nothing new to Judaism, just as a soul adds nothing "new" to the body. But he breathed life into it - awareness, warmth, and joy. On the 18th of Elul, 1734 - his 36th birthday - the Baal Shem Tov began to publicly disseminate his message. He spoke of the immense love that G-d has for every Jew, of the cosmic significance of every mitzvah a Jew performs, of the divine meaningfulness that resides in every blade of grass, in every event, and in every thought in the universe. He spoke to the downtrodden masses and to the aloof scholars. He gave meaning to their existence, and thus joy, and thus life.

The 18th of Elul, which falls this Monday, is also the birthday of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch branch of Chassidism. Rabbi Shneur Zalman was the disciple of the Baal Shem Tov's disciple, Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch, and thus regarded himself as the Baal Shem Tov's spiritual grandson. He was born exactly 47 years after his "grandfather" on the 18th of Elul, 5505 (1745), and his teachings and works carried the Baal Shem Tov's vitalisation of Judaism to greater mystical heights, deeper intellectual depths and yet broader realms of application in the daily life of the Jew.

The reality of the shtetl Jew was not dramatically changed with the innovation of chassidus. Life was still hard, illness and child mortality was high and pogroms were ever present threat. What changed was their perception. They could hold their heads high and have joy in their purpose.

As the country moves forward, it is a time to infuse life into our everyday interactions. Aware but alive!

Chai Elul, Hebrew for "the 18th of Elul," also means "the life of Elul".  And so the Rebbes of Chabad-Lubavitch taught: "Chai Elul infuses life into the month of Elul, and via Elul -- the month of divine compassion and our own month of soul-searching and stocktaking -- into the entire year and entire life of the Jew."

 
 
 
Zoom Event

 
 
Upcoming Events
Happy Children are successful children - Mr Phaivish Pink
Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020 - 8:30 pm
Contact office@judaismlive.com for event details
Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Sep. 4, 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 »
Light Candles
Friday, Sep. 4, 2020 - 7:30 pm
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Sep. 7, 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, Sep. 9, 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, Sep. 11, 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 »
Light Candles
Friday, Sep. 11, 2020 - 7:13 pm
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Sep. 14, 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, Sep. 16, 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

Light Candles
Friday, Sep. 18, 2020 - 6:56 pm
3 Rabbis and a Dr walk into a Zoom
Wednesday, Sep. 23, 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, Sep. 25, 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 »
Light Candles
Friday, Sep. 25, 2020 - 6:38 pm
3 Rabbis and a Dr walk into a Zoom
Wednesday, Sep. 30, 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

 
 
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Service Times

Monday 7th September 7.30am

Shabbat Morning 12th September 10am

By pre-booking only.

 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Ki Tavo

Moses instructs the people of Israel: When you enter the land that G‑d is giving to you as your eternal heritage, and you settle it and cultivate it, bring the first-ripened fruits(bikkurim) of your orchard to the Holy Temple, and declare your gratitude for all that G‑d has done for you.

Our Parshah also includes the laws of the tithes given to the Levites and to the poor, and detailed instructions on how to proclaim the blessings and the curses on Mount Gerizim and Mount Eival—as discussed in the beginning of the Parshah of Re’eh. Moses reminds the people that they are G‑d’s chosen people, and that they, in turn, have chosen G‑d

The latter part of Ki Tavo consists of the Tochachah (“Rebuke”). After listing the blessings with which G‑d will reward the people when they follow the laws of the Torah, Moses gives a long, harsh account of the bad things—illness, famine, poverty and exile—that shall befall them if they abandon G‑d’s commandments.

Moses concludes by telling the people that only today, forty years after their birth as a people, have they attained “a heart to know, eyes to see and ears to hear.”