Torah E-Thought: Shana Tova!

This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
Light Candles  - Leeds :
Rosh Hashanah
Friday, 18th Sept  6:56pm


2nd Night, 
Candle Lighting 8:01pm
Holiday Ends, 20th 
7:59 pm
Torah Portion: 

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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,

Last night we hosted Rabbi Nissan Dovid. Rabbi Dubov was the first guest on our weekly communal Zooms back in April when he provided much needed encouragement and comfort and he didn’t disappoint last night with a great talk on the upcoming High Holidays. You can watch the video here.

We’re excited to welcome Menucha Rachel Chaviv and Rivkah Zivah Malkin who have joined us for a year of shlichut! Among other programs, they will be running Hebrew’s Cool Club. Registration is now open for the new year! Details here.

Please join me at 4pm on Friday when I stream my pre-Rosh Hashanah 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


The Yomim Noraim are upon us - Awe-Inspiring Days when all our actions over the previous year are judged and a decision is made for (please G-d) another year of health and happiness.

That would be daunting enough. However, Rosh Hashanah is not just a time of judgement for the Jewish people but for the whole of creation. Our one-year lease with G-d has ended and He is contemplating whether to renew our tenancy for another year. We must show Hashem that we continue to desire him as our King.

Rabbi Yosef Dov Soleveitchik recounted that he remembered in his youth his teacher showed an unaccustomed joy on the day before Rosh Hashanah. The students were confused until he explained to them; ‘Do you know what tomorrow night is? Among chassidim we call Rosh Hashanah the Coronation Night, when we ‘place a crown’ on G-d’s head. And do you know who places the crown? Even Yankel the melamed and Berel the shoemaker.

Rosh Hashanah does not mark the birthday of the world, but rather the anniversary of the sixth day of creation – the creation of Adam and Eve. The world existed in its entirety before their creation, but was incomplete until Adam was created to teach us that one person is able and obligated to perfect the whole world.

In modern times we have seen that it is possible for a single megalomaniac to cause the whole world to descend into destruction and despair. The Talmud teaches that ‘merubah mido tovah’ ‘the level of goodness is always greater.’ If the potential for evil is so great, then an individual’s potential for good is surely unlimited. No matter whether we are skilled or unskilled, observant or not, every type and stripe of Jew has the ability to perfect themselves and the whole world.

‘Everything follows the head,’ the Talmud teaches, and when Rosh Hashanah – literally ‘head’ of the year - begins with Shabbat, as it does this year, this has an extra meaning.

Shabbat is a holy day; holy means both exalted and separated, and the holiness of Shabbat is expressed largely by refraining from work. Despite this however, we see that the Shabbat holiness permeates even the mundane activities of a Jew – our eating, drinking and even sleeping on Shabbat are all transformed into a mitzvah, a way to serve G-d.

When Rosh Hashanah falls on a Shabbat, it too becomes filled with this special holiness, and as ‘everything follows the head,’ the rest of the year too should be a ‘Shabbat-like year’ when all our mundane acts are permeated with Judaism.

Rosh Hashanah is observed as two days - forty eight hours - even in Israel. To write forty-eight in Hebrew we use the letters ‘chet’ and ‘mem’ which also makes up the word ‘cham’ - hot. We must take the warmth of a Shabbat Rosh Hashanah – a day that has an extra holiness - and spread it throughout the year in a meaningful, warm, service of G-d.

May G-d inscribe and seal us for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year.

HCC returns!

Upcoming Events
Erev Rosh Hashanah, Friday Morning Service
Friday, Sep. 18, 2020 - 7:30 am
Light Candles
Friday, Sep. 18, 2020 - 6:56 pm
1st Night Rosh Hashanah Service
Friday, Sep. 18, 2020 - 6:56 pm
1st Day Rosh Hashanah Service
Shabbat, Sep. 19, 2020 - 10:00 am
Shabbat, Children’s Services
Shabbat, Sep. 19, 2020 - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
2nd Night Rosh Hashanah Service
Shabbat, Sep. 19, 2020 - 8:01 pm
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service
Sunday, Sep. 20, 2020 - 10:00 am
Sunday, Children’s Services
Sunday, Sep. 20, 2020 - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Shofar, 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service
Sunday, Sep. 20, 2020 - 12:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah Ends
Sunday, Sep. 20, 2020 - 7:59 pm
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
Shabbos Morning Service
Shabbat, Sep. 26, 2020 - 10:00 am
Kol Nidre Service
Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020 - 6:34 pm
This week's zoom!
Service Times

Erev Rosh Hashanah - 7:30am and 6:56pm

1st Day - 10am, Children's Service 11:30am - 1:30pm

2nd night - 6:56pm and 8:01pm

2nd Day - 10am, Children's Service 11:30am - 1:30pm, Shofar 12:30

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Rosh Hashanah Resources
Essential Rosh Hashanah Prayerbook
Printable Machzor Companion in Hebrew and English
By the Numbers
12 People Who Left Their Mark on Rosh Hashanah
Read about the heroes, sages, and ordinary people who have forever left their imprint on how we celebrate the Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah Reading
Rosh Hashanah and the Warping of Time
11 Reasons We Blow the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah
A very concise listing of the symbolism behind the mitzvah to hear the shofar blasts on Rosh Hashanah.
Parshah in a Nutshell

The greater part of the Torah reading of Haazinu (“Listen In”) consists of a 70-line “ song” delivered by Moses to the people of Israel on the last day of his earthly life.

Calling heaven and earth as witnesses, Moses exhorts the people, “ Remember the days of old / Consider the years of many generations / Ask your father, and he will recount it to you / Your elders, and they will tell you” how G‑d “found them in a desert land,” made them a people, chose them as His own, and bequeathed them a bountiful land. The song also warns against the pitfalls of plenty—“Yeshurun grew fat and kicked / You have grown fat, thick and rotund / He forsook G‑d who made him / And spurned the Rock of his salvation”—and the terrible calamities that would result, which Moses describes as G‑d “ hiding His face.” Yet in the end, he promises, G‑d will avenge the blood of His servants, and be reconciled with His people and land.

The Parshah concludes with G‑d’s instruction to Moses to ascend the summit of Mount Nebo, from which he will behold the Promised Land before dying on the mountain. “For you shall see the land opposite you; but you shall not go there, into the land which I give to the children of Israel.”