Torah E-Thought: Bridging the Racial Divide

 
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This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
Light Candles  - Leeds :
 
Friday, 12 March  5:47pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shabbat Ends, 
6:55pm
 
Torah Portion: 
 

Lubavitch Centre of Leeds   Email: [email protected]   Phone: 0113-2663311www.JudaismLive.com

 
 
Message from the Rabbi
 
 
Dear Friend,

Last night we hosted Dr. Laz, bestselling author of Skullcaps and Switchblades and his colleague and fellow activist Richard Green as they spoke about Project Cure – Bridging Racial Diversity. It was a topical and memorable Zoom. You can watch it online on Vimeo here , the password is CLL.

Tonight 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 here . We are also excited to be able to provide Seder-to-Go packs again this year. Bookings are now open here .

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

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The recent events have brought out the best and worst of our society. People have been taking sides, abusing each other online and generally our country has not been at its best.
Twenty nine years ago today the Lubavitcher Rebbe suffered a debilitating stroke that led to his passing. The day before his stroke the Rebbe spoke about the weekly parshah (that year was a leap year and Vayakhel and Pekudai were read separately) and addressed the theme of unity. This was his final public message to the Jewish people and to the wider world:

“… the message of Vayakhel applies to the Jewish people and alludes to their being gathered together to form a single collective entity in the spirit of the mitzvah, "Love your fellow man as yourself." This is possible, because all Jews share a single essence; all are "truly a part of G-d from above."…

“In simple terms, this command means that when a person sees another Jew, he should try to unite with him, for in truth they share a fundamental commonalty. This applies, not only to the Jews in one's immediate community, but to all Jews, even those far removed, indeed, even those in a distant corner of the world. Needless to say, the manner in which these feelings of unity are expressed will differ in terms of the practical means of expression available, but the feelings of oneness are universal in nature.

“Even when the distance is spiritual in nature, i.e., when another Jew does not share one's level of Jewish observance, one should focus on the connection shared and not on the differences. In regards to one's personal conduct, one must emphasize two modes of serving G-d -- striving both to "Turn away from evil and do good." When, however, one relates to another individual, one must channel one's energies solely in the path of "Do good."

The message is clear. A community that cares is a strong community, unified by common goals that transcend geographical and religious boundaries. A community will be strong and resilient. It was a Messianic vision from a Rabbi who cared deeply about the redemption, but it is a vision that we must strive to make into a reality.

This was the vision the Rebbe shared with Dr Laz and Richard Green. Mr Green shared some sound advice that he had heard following the Crown Heights Riots. The Rebbe suggested that instead of trying to save the whole world, we start with our neighbours. This is amazingly practical advice that is still pertinent to this day.

 
 
 
Tonight 1st Yahrzeit Dayan Yehuda Yaakov Refson z"l

 
 
Upcoming Events
1st Yahrzeit Dayan Yehuda Yaakov Refson z”l
Thursday, Mar. 11, 2021 - 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Mar. 12, 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

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Shabbat, Mar. 13, 2021 - 10:30 am
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Monday, Mar. 15, 2021 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Mar. 15, 2021 - 8:30 pm
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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. 16, 2021 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021 - 8:30 pm
Guest Rabbi Gershon Overlander Chabad of Hendon
Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Mar. 19, 2021 - 3:00 pm
Friday afternoon introduction to Shabbat on Facebook Live in the Alwoodley Residents’ Group as well as on Zoom.
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Shabbat, Mar. 20, 2021 - 10:30 am
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Shabbat, Mar. 20, 2021 - 10:30 am
Lunch and Learn
Monday, Mar. 22, 2021 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Ruth Bell's weekly session
Monday, Mar. 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

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Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2021 - 8:30 pm
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Vayak'hel-Pekudei

Moses assembles the people of Israel and reiterates to them the commandment to observe the Shabbat. He then conveys G‑d’s instructions regarding the making of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). The people donate the required materials in abundance, bringing gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool; goat hair, spun linen, animal skins, wood, olive oil, herbs and precious stones. Moses has to tell them to stop giving.

A team of wise-hearted artisans make the Mishkan and its furnishings (as detailed in the previous Torah readings of Terumah, Tetzaveh and Ki Tisa): three layers of roof coverings; 48 gold-plated wall panels, and 100 silver foundation sockets; the parochet ( veil) that separates between the Sanctuary’s two chambers, and the masach ( screen) that fronts it; the Ark and its cover with the Cherubim; the table and its showbread; the seven-branched menorah with its specially prepared oil; the golden altar and the incense burned on it; the anointing oil; the outdoor altar for burnt offerings and all its implements; the hangings, posts and foundation sockets for the courtyard; and the basin and its pedestal, made out of copper mirrors.

An accounting is made of the gold, silver and copper donated by the people for the making of the Mishkan. Betzalel, Aholiav and their assistants make the eight priestly garments—the ephod, breastplate, cloak, crown, turban, tunic, sash and breeches—according to the specifications communicated to Moses in the Parshah of Tetzaveh.

The Mishkan is completed and all its components are brought to Moses, who erects it and anoints it with the holy anointing oil, and initiates Aaron and his four sons into the priesthood. A cloud appears over the Mishkan, signifying the divine presence that has come to dwell within it.