Torah E-Thought: Happy Purim!

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Dear Friend,

Purim is tonight! Our COVID-secure Purim arrangements are all on our website. You can book for Drive-In Megillah Readings here , and a Cocktail and Comedy Zoom for Young Professionals here . And you can even do Matanot Levyonim online here . Our Purim site has teachings, videos, recipes and more.

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

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 5pm on Friday when I stream some pre-Shabbos thoughts in the Alwoodley Ward Residents Facebook Group. Alwoodley Ward residents can join the group here.

This week’s Torah E-Thought is a letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe about the rare occasion on Purim falling on a Friday.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


By the Grace of G-d
Third Day of the Week of Tzav,
11 Adar Sheni, 5741

Brooklyn, N.Y.
To the Sons and Daughters of our
People Israel, Everywhere,
G d bless you all,

Greeting and Blessing:

… This coming Purim occurs on the sixth day of the week, the day on which the first man, Adam, was created, and he immediately called upon all the Creation to acknowledge the Creator as King of the Universe; which is why we will say this Purim7 the Psalm “Hashem is King; He has garbed Himself with grandeur”;

…Hence, the preparations for Purim, and the experience of Purim itself, in general and in every detail, should permeate every Jew for now and for generations to come, beginning with the basic teaching of Purim: that in any matter relating to the King of the Universe (His Torah and Mitzvos), even while still being “scattered and dispersed among the nations,” Jews—“young and old, children and women”—“will not kneel, nor bow down,” but will always be proud of their Jewishness; and, moreover,

Will work in this direction to inspire every Jew that can be reached… for the purpose of observing all the laws of the Torah, beginning with the Mitzvos of Purim: the Megillah reading, reciting the prayer of “Ve’al Hanissim,” Mishloach Monos, gifts to the poor, Purim Se’udah and—rejoicing with Purim.”

* * *

In practical terms, specifically: To strengthen and expand the preparations for Purim, with a view to enabling every Jew, “young and old, children and women,” to observe Purim in the fullest measure,

Especially involving also children, many children and all the children, boys and girls, in both the preparations for Purim and in the actual fulfilment of the Mitzvos of Purim.

And, of course, to care and provide also for Jews who find themselves in special circumstances (in military service, senior citizens’ homes, orphanages, hospitals, correctional institutions) to enable them to celebrate Purim fully.

* * *

A further point of special relevance to this coming Purim, is in connection with the fact that when Purim occurs on a Friday, it becomes an extended Purim for the Holy City of Jerusalem, extending into Sunday in some aspects, like the Purim Se’udah, rejoicing with Purim, Mishloach Monos, etc.

When Jews went into exile, after the destruction of the first Beis Hamikdosh, they vowed never to forget Jerusalem, and remember it and raise it above every Simchah, as David, the Sweetener of the Songs of Israel, declares in Tehillim.

It would therefore be appropriate, indeed very much so, for Jews everywhere to make this coming Sunday… a particularly joyous one by additional activities that produce joy: Torah study (“rejoicing the heart”), spreading joy among Jews in the spirit of Ahavas Yisroel, and if suitable or necessary—through Mishloach Monos to friends, and gifts to the poor, and particularly through gatherings to spread Yiddishkeit in the spirit of “Yerushalayim”—Yirah shleima, complete awe (of—את—Hashem),

Especially through gatherings (“hakhel”) of Jewish children, all of whom, including infants, are “Tzivos Hashem”—and

To do all the above with true joy, in accordance with the conclusion of Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim, Laws of Purim: “The good-hearted feasts always.”

In this way we identify ourselves still more with Jerusalem, to which we turn every day at prayer, as it is written, “They will pray to Hashem through the city which You have chosen,” chosen and given to every Jew and to all Jews for ever, as an eternal inheritance.

* * *

May G d grant that just as in the days of Mordechai and Esther it turned out that “For the Jews there was light, joy, gladness, and honor”—in the plain sense of these terms as well as in their inner meaning, as our Sages explain—so shall it be for us, and

With “Geulo following Geulo,” that after the Geulo of Purim should immediately follow the true and complete Geulo through our righteous Moshiach, a Geulo similar to the liberation from the land of Egypt,

And before that (while still in Golus) “We Your people and sheep of Your pasture, will thank You for ever; we will tell Your praise to generation and generation.”

With esteem and blessing for
Hatzlocho in all above, and for
a Joyous Purim,

Signed: Menachem Schneerson

Purim Roundup

Upcoming Events
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
Shabbat service
Shabbat, Feb. 27, 2021 - 10:30 am
Shabbat ends
Shabbat, Feb. 27, 2021 - 6:28 pm
Lunch and Learn
Monday, Mar. 1, 2021 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This will be running as an online Zoom Class
More Info »
Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Mar. 1, 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, Mar. 2, 2021 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew Cool Club
Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
3 Rabbis and a Dr walk into a Zoom
Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 - 8:30 pm
Guest Rabbi Mendy Singer
Chabad of Bristol

Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Mar. 5, 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, Mar. 6, 2021 - 10:30 am
By pre-booking only at
Hebrew Cool Club
Service Times

Shabbat Morning 10.30am by pre-booking only

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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Tetzaveh

G‑d tells Moses to receive from the children of Israel pure olive oil to feed the “ everlasting flame” of the menorah, which Aaron is to kindle each day, “from evening till morning.”

The priestly garments, to be worn by the kohanim (priests) while serving in the Sanctuary, are described. All kohanim wore: 1) the ketonet—a full-length linen tunic; 2) michnasayim—linen breeches; 3) mitznefet or migba’at—a linen turban; 4) avnet—a long sash wound above the waist.

In addition, the kohen gadol (high priest) wore: 5) the efod—an apron-like garment made of blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool, linen and gold thread; 6) the choshen—a breastplate containing twelve precious stones inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; 7) the me’il—a cloak of blue wool, with gold bells and decorative pomegranates on its hem; 8) the tzitz—a golden plate worn on the forehead, bearing the inscription “Holy to G‑d.”

Tetzaveh also includes G‑d’s detailed instructions for the seven-day initiation of Aaron and his four sons— Nadav, Avihu, Elazar and Itamar—into the priesthood, and for the making of the golden altar, on which the ketoret (incense) was burned.