Torah E-Thought: Scrubbing up well

This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

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Friday, 15th April  1st Night Candle 7:30pm
2nd Night Candle
First Days Yom Tov ends 9:04pm
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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,

Pesach starts on Friday night! There is still time to sell your chametz here or book for the Sederim at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds here .

We were only able to source a few Seder to Go kits this year which we offered to those in most need. We now have four left available on a first come first served basis.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos and a Happy and Kosher Pesach,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


The lead-up to the Festival of Freedom evokes feelings of anything but, as the cleaning and cooking take centre stage.  The main focus of Pesach however should be each individual's personal exodus from bondage to freedom.

The Director of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine is Rabbi Meir Stambler is an old friend and dedicated Chabad Lubavitch shliach, who has stayed at his post in Dnipro throughout the war. A few weeks ago, he sent an impassioned message. He spoke about how, as we approach the time of Moshiach, one of the signs of the impending redemption will be the clarity and awareness of the difference between good and bad and how the war is making people take a side against evil.

For most of us, there is little we can do about the war in Ukraine, but we can look at inside ourselves. As we approach Pesach, this is exemplified by biur chometz – removal of chametz. While getting rid of all the chometz, we should have in mind our desire that just as we are scrubbing and scouring away even the minutest amount of chometz, G-d should destroy every last bit of the yetzer hara – evil inclination - from the world. We are certain that G-d, Who sees all the work the Jewish people invest in cleaning for Pesach, will do away with the unholiness and the exile we are in.

The effort and energy one expends while preparing for Pesach can destroy evil angels and provide a person with spiritual satisfaction. We therefore make that effort, and hope that G-d, in His great mercy, will accept the good intentions of the Jewish people and bring the redemption.

At the beginning of each year, the Frierdiker Rebbe – the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe - then the administrator of Tomchei Temimim Yeshiva, would present a list - with comments - of all the new students to his father, the fifth Rebbe, the Rebbe Rashab. One year, upon receiving the list, the Rebbe took note of the name of a student about whom it was written that although he was learned, a veritable genius and academic, he had coarse character traits and his features lacked a certain refinement. After some thought, the Rebbe agreed to accept him, and added that he would have to be worked on.

As soon as the list was approved, the Frierdiker Rebbe set up a particularly demanding study schedule for this student. Soon after Rosh Chodesh Adar he received a letter from his father, the Rebbe Rashab, who was then abroad, instructing him to entrust this student with all the hard work needed for preparing the shemura matza, and asking for a report as to how he performed his tasks.

For two weeks, the student was kept busy with the physically taxing work of sorting the wheat, setting up the hand-mill, and grinding the wheat into flour. When the time came for baking, he was again assigned the heaviest work. On erev Pesach, he was awake most of the night, having been entrusted with doing bedikat chametz – the search for chametz - in the shul and the yeshiva building. The next morning he was up early to kasher the oven for the last batch of matzot.

When the preparations for Pesach were finally completed, and the hardworking students went to prepare for Yom Tov, the Frierdiker Rebbe instructed this student to learn a certain chassidic discourse. The bochur was to come to the Frierdiker Rebbe the next morning at seven o'clock, to review the discourse. On Pesach night he still had no rest, for he had to help serve the students who conducted their Seder together in the large study hall.

Nevertheless, the following morning our student came to the Frierdiker Rebbe, having mastered the discourse thoroughly. It was now perfectly clear just how much the study of chassidut mattered to him. The Frierdiker Rebbe reported all that had happened to the Rebbe Rashab, and on the last day of Pesach, when the Rebbe Rashab joined the yeshiva students at their festive meal, he commented to his son, "Just look how powerful is the sweat of a mitzva! Look how he has acquired different features; instead of coarseness (grobkeit), he now has the face of a mensch."

So may it be for us.

Join us for our Sederim - 15th and 16th April

Upcoming Events
Shacharis and Siyum
Friday, Apr. 15, 2022 - 8:00 am
Finish Eating Chametz before
Friday, Apr. 15, 2022 - 10:47 am
Burn Chametz before
Friday, Apr. 15, 2022 - 11:57 am
Candle Lighting and Friday Night Service
Friday, Apr. 15, 2022 - 7:30 pm
1st Night Pesach Seder
Friday, Apr. 15, 2022 - 7:30 pm
Communal Pesach Seder Bookings:
Shabbat and Yom Tov Services
Shabbat, Apr. 16, 2022 - 10:30 am
Mincha and Maariv
Shabbat, Apr. 16, 2022 - 7:45 pm
2nd Night Pesach Seder
Shabbat, Apr. 16, 2022 - 8:30 pm
Communal Pesach Seder Bookings:
Candle Lighting after
Shabbat, Apr. 16, 2022 - 9:02 pm
Shabbat and Yom Tov Services
Sunday, Apr. 17, 2022 - 10:30 am
Yom Tov Services and Candle Lighting
Sunday, Apr. 17, 2022 - 7:30 pm
Mincha and Maariv
Sunday, Apr. 17, 2022 - 7:45 pm
First Days Yom Tov end
Sunday, Apr. 17, 2022 - 9:04 pm
Yom Tov Services and Candle Lighting
Thursday, Apr. 21, 2022 - 7:30 pm
Shabbat and Yom Tov Services
Friday, Apr. 22, 2022 - 10:00 am
Torah Tots Pesach fun!
Service Times

7.30pm - Friday Night
10.30am Shabbat / 1st Day Pesach Morning
7.45pm Shabbat /
1st Day Pesach Evening
10.30am Sunday / 2nd Day Pesach Morning
7.45pm Sunday / 2nd Day Pesach Evening

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