Torah E-Thought: Holy Rollers?

This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

Light Candles in Leeds :

Friday, 6th May  7:30pm
Shabbat Ends,
9:47 pm
Torah Portion: 

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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,

Over the last fifteen years in Leeds, I’ve been asked many questions, but most of those weren’t on the topics I studied in yeshiva! What questions are for the Rabbi? Join us for an exploration of law and morals at JLI's all new six-week course Beyond Right: The Values that Shape Judaism's Civil Code. Running for six Tuesday evening, beginning 24th May.

Bookings are also open for our Summer Half Term Mini Camp. These camps normally sell out and fill up fast, so book online here .

Friday 13th / Shabbat 14th of May is Shabbat UK. What are your plans? Book a Shabbat Pack online
here . There will also be a UK food themed Friday Night Dinner for Young Professionals.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


'Be Holy!' G-d tells us at the beginning of this week's portion.

Seems easy enough, no? Just move to the countryside, meditate about G-d, cut off all ties with the world and become a holy person.

Then the Torah throws a spanner into the works: 'Because I, the Lord your G-d, am holy,' continues the verse. Essentially G-d is asking us to be holy like him, but how is that possible? How can a human being of flesh and blood ever become holy like G-d? Surely that is a task more fitting for angels.

The answer is found in the continuation of the parshah. One might expect that a parshah whose name means 'holy,' and begins with the commandment to be holy, would continue by talking about lofty spiritual ideas. However Parshat Kedoshim deals with such mundane matters as theft, lying, gossiping, bearing grudges and paying workers on time.

G-d is essentially telling us is that becoming holy depends on our daily activities. We do not need to separate ourselves from this world to be holy, quite the opposite - true holiness is using our power of free choice to overcome our urges and follow G-d's blueprint for life. This is why the new JLI course, Beyond Right, explores not laws of Shabbat or Pesach, but the morals behind Jewish civil law.

This is how we become holy like G-d. Because like G-d, only humans have the power of free will, and when we choose to do the right thing then we become holy and G-d-like. In fact, we become even more holy than angels, who do not the ability to disobey G-d.

The medieval Biblical commentator Rashi explains the concept with a parable. A king once stocked his wine cellar with vintage wines for a royal feast. Afraid that the wines might get stolen, the king arranged a special guard for the winery, which comprised of some of the notorious alcoholics in the palace guard, together with some of their teetotal colleagues. Upon conclusion of their assignment, the king instructed that the alcoholic guards should be paid double. 'Although all of you guarded the wines equally, it was a much harder task for the alcoholic guards who had to fight their desires and exercise exceptional self-restraint.'

So too, by using our free choice to serve G-d in our daily lives, we become even more holy than angels who are never tempted otherwise.

JLI 6 week course - Judaism's Civil Code

Upcoming Events
Candle Lighting and Friday Night Service
Friday, May 6, 2022 - 7:30 pm
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, May 7, 2022 - 9:30 am
Shabbat Service
Shabbat, May 7, 2022 - 10:00 am
Hebrew Cool Club
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew Cool Club
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Candle Lighting and Friday Night Service
Friday, May 13, 2022 - 7:30 pm
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, May 14, 2022 - 9:30 am
Shabbat Service
Shabbat, May 14, 2022 - 10:00 am
Hebrew Cool Club
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew Cool Club
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Candle Lighting and Friday Night Service
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 7:35 pm
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, May 21, 2022 - 9:30 am
Shabbat Service
Shabbat, May 21, 2022 - 10:00 am
Hebrew Cool Club
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
JLI - 6 weeks course - Judaism's Civil Code
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 8:00 pm
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Kedoshim

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.”