Torah E-Thought: Telling your future

 
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This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
Light Candles  - Leeds :
 
Friday, 30rd Oct  4:18pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shabbat Ends, 
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Torah Portion: 
 

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Message from the Rabbi
 
 
Dear Friend,

Last night we hosted Rabbi Avremi Kievman of Chabad Lubavitch Liverpool and Professor Adam Glaser on our communal Zoom. You can watch it here. We’ve got some amazing speakers lined up over the coming weeks. You can see the schedule here.


November means that JLI is back! Our new course is called Secrets of the Bible. You can read more about it or book in here.

Bookings are open for Shabbat Services at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds. We have moved services inside and there are very limited places. You can book here.


Please join me at 4pm on Friday when I stream my pre-Sukkot 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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Fortune telling and zodiac readings nowadays are certainly not the reliable prophecies that we read about in the Torah. Not that it stops millions of people relying on them or making their own predictions on social media. At times though it seems that Judaism has a somewhat ambiguous attitude towards astrology. We find teachings about the signs of the zodiac in Rabbinic literature, yet one of the cornerstones of Jewish belief is free choice. Does Judaism believe in pre-destination or self-determination?

 

Towards the end of this week’s parshah, we read about the Brit Bein Habetarim – the covenant when G-d informed Abraham that he would have a son, that his descendants would be enslaved for four hundred years, and that eventually they would take possession of the Promised Land.

 

During G-d’s narrative with Abraham, we read that G-d ‘took him outside.’ Rashi explains that actually G-d was telling Abraham to ‘go out’ from his astrological calculations. The fact that the stars were telling Abraham that he and Sarah could not have children was irrelevant as long as they obeyed G-d’s instructions.

 

Judaism does not deny the existence of powerful influences on a person’s destiny. Part of the system of nature that G-d created included the mechanisms of predestination through the celestial bodies. Originally, like all nature, man was strongly in control, but as they abrogated their responsibilities and reneged on the close relationship that they had with G-d, they forfeited much of this free choice and put themselves in the hands of natural and astrological influences.

 

Despite this, we have still inherited the uniquely close relationship that Abraham developed with G-d. Accordingly, we are taught that ‘there is no astrological sign that holds influence over the Jewish people.’ The Hebrew word for nothing is ‘aiyn’ or ‘ayin’ which can also mean ‘nothingness’, thus the phrase ‘there is no influence over the Jewish people,’ can be read: ‘nothingness is the influence that holds dominion over the Jewish people.’ I.e. that only that which existed before all else – G-d Himself - has the ability to determine our fates.

In these uncertain time, we can only follow the guidance of our medical experts and Rabbonim. And through making the right choices, increasing in the observance of mitzvot and study of Torah we can increase in our own self-determination.

 

 
 
 
JLI returns!

 

 

 
 
Upcoming Events
Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Oct. 30, 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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Shabbat service
Shabbat, Oct. 31, 2020 - 10:30 am
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Nov. 2, 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

Hebrew Cool Club
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew Cool Club
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Communal Zoom
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 - 8:30 pm
Full session with Guest speaker Doron Kornbluth, Jerusalem. Raising kids to LOVE Being Jewish
Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Nov. 6, 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 »
Shabbat service
Shabbat, Nov. 7, 2020 - 10:30 am
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Nov. 9, 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

Hebrew Cool Club
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew Cool Club
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
3 Rabbis and a Dr walk into a Zoom
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 - 8:30 pm
With Guest Rabbi: Rabbi Mendy Lew from Stanmore United Synagogue
For details contact Rabbi Eli Pink on 07875 320 344

Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Nov. 13, 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 »
Shabbat service
Shabbat, Nov. 14, 2020 - 10:30 am
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Nov. 16, 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

 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Lech-Lecha

G‑d speaks to Abram, commanding him, “ Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” There, G‑d says, he will be made into a great nation. Abram and his wife, Sarai, accompanied by his nephew Lot, journey to the land of Canaan, where Abram builds an altar and continues to spread the message of a one G‑d.

A famine forces the first Jew to depart for Egypt, where beautiful Sarai is taken to Pharaoh’s palace; Abram escapes death because they present themselves as brother and sister. A plague prevents the Egyptian king from touching her, and convinces him to return her to Abram and to compensate the brother-revealed-as-husband with gold, silver and cattle.

Back in the land of Canaan, Lot separates from Abram and settles in the evil city of Sodom, where he falls captive when the mighty armies of Chedorlaomer and his three allies conquer the five cities of the Sodom Valley. Abram sets out with a small band to rescue his nephew, defeats the four kings, and is blessed by Malki-Zedek the king of Salem (Jerusalem).

G‑d seals the Covenant Between the Parts with Abram, in which the exile and persecution (galut) of the people of Israel is foretold, and the Holy Land is bequeathed to them as their eternal heritage.

Still childless ten years after their arrival in the Land, Sarai tells Abram to marry her maidservant Hagar. Hagar conceives, becomes insolent toward her mistress, and then flees when Sarai treats her harshly; an angel convinces her to return, and tells her that her son will father a populous nation. Ishmael is born in Abram’s eighty-sixth year.

Thirteen years later, G‑d changes Abram’s name to Abraham (“father of multitudes”), and Sarai’s to Sarah (“princess”), and promises that a son will be born to them; from this child, whom they should call Isaac (“will laugh”), will stem the great nation with which G‑d will establish His special bond. Abraham is commanded to circumcise himself and his descendants as a “sign of the covenant between Me and you.” Abraham immediately complies, circumcising himself and all the males of his household.