Torah E-Thought: Changing Perceptions


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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,

Purim is just one week away! We’ve got events for all ages! You can book for our pre-Purim Torah Tots or our Purim event for Young Professionals here and our Comedy Night and Purim Dinner for all the family here. We’ll also be doing Megillah readings at many locations across Leeds. You can see a round up of all our Purim events and megillah readings here.

Masks are no longer compulsory in indoor settings, but if you prefer, feel free to wear them at the Chabad Lubavitch Centre during services and classes.

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

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leed


Natan Sharansky, knows better than most the capabilities of the Russian regime. Last week, Sharansky spoke at the Sheva Brachot celebrating the wedding of Yossi and Chana Dickstein in Israel.

Yossi lost both of his parents and his brother in a terrorist attack near the Jewish village of Carmel in 2002. His father, Yosef Yaakov Dickstein, his mother, Chana, and his nine-year-old brother, Shuvael, were shot at close range when Palestinian terrorists sprayed their car with bullets in the southern Hebron fields. The Dicksteins left behind nine orphaned children, including seven-year-old Yossi.

Natan Sharansky’s remarks to Yossi Dickstein and his family were brief and powerful. He shared the following:

“When I grew up in Ukraine in the city of Donetsk, there were people of various nationalities living there.

Their ID certificates had the word ‘Russian’, ‘Ukraine’, ‘Georgian’, ‘Kozaki”, it wasn’t that important and there wasn’t much of a difference. One thing was important - if it had the word ‘Jewish’ written on it, that would be as if you had some disease.  We knew nothing about Judaism, except antisemitism and hatred towards us.

That’s why no one tried to replace the word ‘Russian’ or the word ‘Ukraine’, in order to get accepted to the university.  But if it you had the word ‘Jewish’ on your ID papers and you could manage to change that, your chance of getting accepted was so much higher.

I was reminded of this while watching this week how thousands of people are standing at the borders, trying to escape the tragedy in Ukraine.

They stand there day at night, and there’s only one word today that can help them get out: “Jewish”. If you are a Jew - there are Jews outside who care for you, there is someone on the other side of the border looking for you, your chance of getting out is so much higher.

The world I knew has been turned upside down. When I was a child ‘Jewish’ was an extraordinary bad word, no one was jealous of us! Today at the border of Ukraine, ‘Jewish’ is an extraordinary word for good, it describes people who have somewhere to go and there’s an entire nation - their family, waiting for them outside.”

Purim is now just one week away.

This year, it feels harder to get into that "Purim Spirit" during a time where there is terrible darkness in the world.  But as Jews, we are blessed to have a Torah as our compass for life. It aligns us with a deeper truth - the spiritual energy of a particular time and the holy opportunities we are to embrace that can have a positive effect on what is going on in the world around us.

And the Torah, our Divine Manual, tells us that gathering together for the mitzvot of the day is the right thing to do! Indeed, the entire Purim story is about the transformation of darkness into light, and sadness into joy.  As Jews, living with simcha is itself seen as a vessel for blessings in our life as well as for world at large. 

And so we will celebrate this Purim.  Even if that joy doesn't come easy. And as we gather together, we'll daven together for peace in the world.  We'll give even more charity than most years and dedicate the “Matanot L'aevyonim,” Gifts to the Poor, to the many who need our help in Ukraine and the surrounding countries. And we'll drink L'chaim with heartfelt prayers for a better world filled with kindness and peace for all, just as we say at the conclusion of the Megillah:
ליהודים היתה אורה, ושמחה, וששון, ויקר. כן תהיה לנו .
The Jews experienced light and joy and gladness and honour. So may it be with us...with the coming of Moshiach.

Purim Comedy Night!

Upcoming Events
C Kids Pre Purim Bake off
Thursday, Mar. 10, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, Mar. 12, 2022 - 9:30 am
Shabbat Service
Shabbat, Mar. 12, 2022 - 10:00 am
Torah Tots Purim Party
Sunday, Mar. 13, 2022 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch and Learn
Monday, Mar. 14, 2022 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Hebrew Cool Club
Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
JLI - Meditation at Sinai
Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2022 - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
JMT Purim Event
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022 - 6:30 pm
Megillah Reading at Centre
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022 - 7:00 pm
Megillah Reading on Campus
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022 - 7:00 pm
On the hour every hour 7pm till Midnight
JMT events
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022 - 7:15 pm
Late Night Reading
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022 - 10:30 pm
Megillah Reading on Campus
Thursday, Mar. 17, 2022
Throughout the day until 5.30pm
Megillah Reading on Campus
Thursday, Mar. 17, 2022 - 8:00 am
Megillah Reading AHS
Thursday, Mar. 17, 2022 - 10:30 am
Fabulous bakers at JWC!
Service Times

Friday Night, 5.45pm

Shabbat Morning, 10.00am

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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Vayikra

G‑d calls to Moses from the Tent of Meeting, and communicates to him the laws of the korbanot, the animal and meal offerings brought in the Sanctuary. These include:

• The “ascending offering” (olah) that is wholly raised to G‑d by the fire atop the altar;

• Five varieties of “meal offering” (minchah) prepared with fine flour, olive oil and frankincense;

• The “peace offering” (shelamim), whose meat was eaten by the one bringing the offering, after parts are burned on the altar and parts are given to the kohanim (priests);

• The different types of “sin offering” (chatat) brought to atone for transgressions committed erroneously by the high priest, the entire community, the king or the ordinary Jew;

• The “guilt offering” (asham) brought by one who has misappropriated property of the Sanctuary, who is in doubt as to whether he transgressed a divine prohibition, or who has committed a “betrayal against G‑d” by swearing falsely to defraud a fellow man.


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.