Torah E-Thought: Knowledge is Power

 
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This Week at Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
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Friday,  23 April  7:30pm   
 
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Dear Friend,

Last night we hosted IDF Combat Veteren Leibel Mangel who spoke about Auschwitz to IDF. All our Zooms since January 2021, including from last night, are now on our Chabad Lubavitch Vimeo channel here . Next week is another feature Zoom as we host former Russian refusnik Josef Mendelevich. Details here .

Bookings are open for our new JLI course, This Can Happen. It is a phenomenal course which will delve into the Jewish concept of a Messiah. Details here.
 
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There will be Children’s Services and 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.


Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

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Sir Francis Bacon is rumoured to have been the one to coin the phrase “knowledge is power,” but he would have been unaware that was actually linked to a Chassidic teaching! One of the controversies during the early years of opposition to the Chassidic movement were the teachings on individual Divine Providence. Although this is now accepted as a mainstream belief across all streams of Jewish thought, it was one of the more contentious teachings of the founder of the Chassidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov. Included in the idea of individual Divine Providence is the concept that everything that a Jew sees or hears, they must take a lesson in his service of G-d. This teaching finds its roots in the words of the Talmud, “of all that G-d created in His world, He did not create a single thing without purpose.” Or, as the Mishnah says in Ethics of the Fathers that we are currently learning on Shabbat afternoon, “everything that G-d created in His world, He created only for His glory.” Included in “everything that G-d created,” taught the Baal Shem Tov, is your encounter with any particular object or situation: your very perception of it was created for a purpose that will bring about “G-d’s glory.” G-d orchestrated your encounter with this article or event in order for you to apply its message in your duties toward G-d.

This idea is also hinted to in our weekly portion where we are told that “you shall not stand by the blood of your neighbour.” The Biblical commentator Rashi explains that the prohibition is, “to see their death and you are able to save them.” Rashi does not write the final clause tentatively, “if you are able to save them”, but factually, “and you are able to save them.” Rashi’s words thus imply that your awareness of your friend’s suffering is in and of itself an indication that you are able to save him! And the proof is obvious: otherwise, why would your friend’s suffering be made known to you “without purpose?” The fact that G-d made you aware of it means He has already empowered you to do something about it.

The same principle applies equally when our fellow is at spiritual risk of life, as unfortunately many of our Jewish brothers and sisters are today. The Torah warns us that we may not stand idly by our neighbours’ blood. Our very awareness of the spiritual threat facing our fellow Jews indicates that we are capable and personally obligated to save them, by each of us taking an active part in the spreading of Torah and Judaism throughout our community.

 
 
 
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Upcoming Events
Introduction to Shabbat
Friday, Apr. 23, 2021 - 5:00 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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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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Children's Service
Shabbat, May 1, 2021 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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6 Week JLI Course - This Can Happen
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hebrew Cool Club
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Acharei-Kedoshim

Following the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, G‑d warns against unauthorized entry “into the holy.” Only one person, the kohen gadol (“high priest”), may—but once a year, on Yom Kippur—enter the innermost chamber in the Sanctuary to offer the sacred ketoret to G‑d.

Another feature of the Day of Atonement service is the casting of lots over two goats, to determine which should be offered to G‑d and which should be dispatched to carry off the sins of Israel to the wilderness.

The Parshah of Acharei also warns against bringing korbanot (animal or meal offerings) anywhere but in the Holy Temple, forbids the consumption of blood, and details the laws prohibiting incest and other deviant sexual relations.

The Parshah of Kedoshim begins with the statement: “You shall be holy, for I, the L‑rd your G‑d, am holy.” This is followed by dozens of mitzvot (divine commandments) through which the Jew sanctifies him- or herself and relates to the holiness of G‑d.

These include: the prohibition against idolatry, the mitzvah of charity, the principle of equality before the law, Shabbat, sexual morality, honesty in business, honor and awe of one’s parents, and the sacredness of life.

Also in Kedoshim is the dictum which the great sage Rabbi Akiva called a cardinal principle of Torah, and of which Hillel said, “This is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary”— “Love your fellow as yourself.”