Torah E-Thought: When the call comes, go

This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
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Friday, 19 Feb  5:06pm
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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,

Apologies, the preamble to this week’s E-Thought is almost as long as the E-Thought itself!

Last night we held our communal Zoom, our guest was Rabbi Aaron Lipsey who gave a fascinating insight into the history of Purim and Shushan Purim.
You can watch the video online
here . The password is CLL. Next week we are hosting Ari Sacher , rocket scientist behind the Iron Dome!

Purim is next Thursday night! Our COVID-secure Purim arrangements are all on our website. You can book for Drive In Megillah Readings
here , a Cocktail and Comedy Zoom for Young Professionals here and Purim Dinner by Celia’s Kitchen here . For those who are worried about sending Mishloach Manot in a safe way, don’t worry! Chabad Lubavitch has set up a COVID-secure way for you to do this too! Details here . And you can even do Matanot Levyonim online here .


Yesterday was the first yahrzeit of Mendel Krafchik z”l. The following is a message from my daughter Leah: This week we commemorated the first yarhzeit of Mendel Krafchik a”h. As a comfort for his sister, a classmate of mine, her class are arranging a Mitzvah for Mendel campaign. Take on any Mitzvah, for however long you want, and all the Mitzvahs will be sent to the family. And it is anonymous! Please also write your Hebrew name “bas” or “ben” your mother’s Hebrew name so they can send all the names to the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, for a blessing. Thank You! See the flyer below for more details and the form is here.

In a couple of week’s we will be marking the first yahrzeit of Dayan Refson z”l. You can read more details and book in for the event

You can nominate someone (or yourself) for a Shabbat Pack at

There will be a Shabbat Service this week. Book in online
here . Please join me at 3pm on Friday when I stream some pre-Shabbos thoughts in the Alwoodley Ward Residents Facebook Group. Alwoodley Ward residents can join the group here.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


Today I got the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. I wasn’t expecting to get a text inviting me so early, but when the call came, I booked one straight away. It was quick and so far, painless, thank G-d.

My speed at taking up the vaccine offer had me wondering – how often we respond with alacrity when called upon? In other areas of my life, do I clear my calendar so quickly?

As expected, the answer is to be found in this week’s Parshah, when we read about the construction of the Holy Ark. To ensure that the Aron - the Holy Ark - was always ready for the travel, its poles are not allowed to be removed: “In the event that we’ll need to urgently transport the Aron, and in the hurry of the moment we might not verify that the poles are properly secured, the Aron might, G-d forbid, slip from our hold… But if they are made with no intention of ever being removed, they will be firmly fastened in place.”

The Torah’s concern for the Aron to be readily mobile teaches us an important lesson.

The Aron contained the luchot, inscribed with the Ten Commandments, which, our sages explain, comprise all six hundred and mitzvot. Thus, the Aron, which housed the luchot, is a metaphor for Torah study, through which one’s mind and heart become a home for the Torah’s wisdom.

Anyone who has ever delved into the Talmud or a Chassidic Discourse will now that to succeed in the study of Torah requires intense concentration, removing one’s self entirely from outside distractions. This, too, is comparable to the Aron hidden away in the Kodesh Hakadashim, the holiest chamber in the Temple, off limits to everyone but the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest—and even he could only enter one day a year!

Nevertheless, the poles of the Aron teach us that even while engrossed in Torah study one must always be readily mobile. Our immersion in Torah must be accompanied by the awareness and willingness to embark at any time, to any place, to do whatever it takes to bring the Torah to another Jew.

On reflection, getting the vaccine was an important help not only for me, but for the whole world. With each person who gets vaccinated we are one step closed to ending this pandemic, so if the text comes, go!

Special Events


Upcoming Events
Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 - 3:00 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, Feb. 20, 2021 - 10:30 am
Shabbat ends
Shabbat, Feb. 20, 2021 - 6:15 pm
Lunch and Learn
Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This will be running as an online Zoom Class
More Info »
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 - 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, Feb. 23, 2021 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
JLI: Journey of the Soul
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
More info contact: [email protected]
Hebrew Cool Club
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Communal Zoom
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 - 8:30 pm
With Dr Ari Sacher
Inside Israel's Iron Dome
Ari Sacher is an accomplisher rocket scientist and has worked in the design and development of missiles for over 20 years. He is one of the developers of Israel's Iron Dome.

Drive in Megillah Reading
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 - 6:15 pm
Families and Children
Drive in Megillah Reading
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 - 7:30 pm
JMT Young Professionals
Purim Mixology and cocktail class with Bartender
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 - 8:00 pm
Drive in Megillah Reading
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 - 8:00 pm
Drive in Megillah Reading
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 - 9:00 pm
Late night show
Communal Purim Farbrengen
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 - 9:00 pm
Hamentash Bake!
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Shabbat Morning 10.30am by pre-booking only

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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Terumah

The people of Israel are called upon to contribute thirteen materials—gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool; flax, goat hair, animal skins, wood, olive oil, spices and gems—out of which, G‑d says to Moses, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, and I shall dwell amidst them.”

On the summit of Mount Sinai, Moses is given detailed instructions on how to construct this dwelling for G‑d so that it could be readily dismantled, transported and reassembled as the people journeyed in the desert.

In the Sanctuary’s inner chamber, behind an artistically woven curtain, was the ark containing the tablets of testimony engraved with the Ten Commandments; on the ark’s cover stood two winged cherubim hammered out of pure gold. In the outer chamber stood the seven-branched menorah, and the table upon which the “ showbread” was arranged.

The Sanctuary’s three walls were fitted together from 48 upright wooden boards, each of which was overlaid with gold and held up by a pair of silver foundation sockets. The roof was formed of three layers of coverings: (a) tapestries of multicolored wool and linen; (b) a covering made of goat hair; (c) a covering of ram and tachash skins. Across the front of the Sanctuary was an embroidered screen held up by five posts.

Surrounding the Sanctuary and the copper-plated altar which fronted it was an enclosure of linen hangings, supported by 60 wooden posts with silver hooks and trimmings, and reinforced by copper stakes.


Parshat Zachor

This being the Shabbat before Purim, on which we celebrate the foiling of Haman the Amalekite’s plot to destroy the Jewish people, the weekly Parshah is supplemented with the “Zachor” reading (Deuteronomy 25:17–19) in which we are commanded to remember the evil of Amalek and to eradicate it from the face of the earth.

Remember what Amalek did to you on the road, on your way out of Egypt. That he encountered you on the way and cut off those lagging to your rear, when you were tired and exhausted; he did not fear G‑d. And it shall come to pass, when the L‑rd your G‑d has given you rest from all your enemies round about, in the land which the L‑rd your G‑d is giving you for an inheritance to possess it, that you shall obliterate the memory of Amalek from under the heavens. Do not forget.