Torah E-Thought: Never Walk Alone

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This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
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Friday, 13th May 7:30m 
 
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Message from the Rabbi
 
 
Dear Friend,

Shavuos is approaching and Jewish Women’s Circle is planning their next event. You can see details and book in online here .

This week we launched our new parent and toddler group, Torah Tiny Tots, you can see pictures below and details and bookings are online
here .

There is still time to 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 at
www.JudaismLive.com/CIVIL and bookings are also open for our Summer Half Term Mini Camp here .

This Friday 13th / Shabbat 14th 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

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This week is Shabbat UK. Nationally it is being used as an impetus to encourage people back into shul, but there is no denying the challenges that a two-year long hiatus from the pandemic bring.

During the pandemic we stepped up our Shabbat Packs and one of the things that we learnt was the number of people who are alone in the community. Loneliness has been the subject of quite a few studies in recent years. One recent survey found that close to 45 percent of people in the UK occasionally, sometimes or often lonely in England. This equates to twenty-five million people!

According to several leading experts, loneliness is the plague of the generation. As a general rule, loneliness is thought of as affecting seniors who live by themselves, but studies have found that loneliness is now an epidemic among young people - people between the ages of 18 and 22 are now suffering loneliness at highest-ever numbers. Doctors say that the loneliness epidemic is not just a social illness, but one affects physical health too. They say that loneliness is as bad for physical health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!

This week’s parshah provides a solution. Parshas Emor is divided into two sections. The first section discusses the laws regarding a Cohen. The second section discusses the Jewish holy days: Shabbat, Pesach, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. But we find a very important single verse tucked away between these two sections. Leviticus 22:32 tells us, “I will be made holy, among the children of Israel.”

What does it mean that G-d wants to be “made holy, among the children of Israel”? The Talmud says: ‘From where do we know a solitary individual does not recite the kedusha prayer? From the verse that states, “I will be made holy, among the children of Israel”—every matter of holiness shall not be [comprised of] less than ten [participants].”

The Talmud is teaching us that every “matter of holiness,” such as saying kaddish, or kedusha. require a quorum of ten Jewish men. If a person wants to say kaddish for their father or mother, they cannot do so at home - rather, they must go to synagogue and join a minyan where they can say kaddish. Why is this so? Because, as the verse states, “I will be made holy, among the children of Israel”—to make His Name holy, to praise the Name of G-d, is something that happens in the ears of all the other participants, who hear it and then express their agreement by saying, “Amen!”

A solution to the problem of loneliness is group prayer - a Jew who comes to synagogue on a regular basis should never be lonely. They’ll always have friends who will worry for them - in fact, research has shown that people who regularly go to shul live longer. And one of the primary reasons for that is because regular shul-goers are never lonely.

The famed scholar Rabbi Adin Even-Yisrael- Steinsaltz once visited the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Among other things, the Rebbe expressed interest in how Rabbi Steinsaltz’s wife was doing. He replied that she was fine, adding that for this visit, he was in the United States alone.

To that, the Rebbe smiled and asked, “What do you mean, you’re here alone? G-d is here with you!”

A person who believes in G-d knows that they will never be alone— wherever they may be, G-d is there with them. The true cure for the illness of loneliness in the world is another measure of faith - the believer is never lonely.

And the best place to get inspired and motivated with that faith is in shul.

 
 
 
JWC Shavuot event

 
 
Upcoming Events
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
Torah Tiny Tots
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
For Age 0 - 2
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
JWC Shavuot Event
Monday, May 23, 2022 - 8:00 pm
Torah Tiny Tots
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
For Age 0 - 2
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
Hebrew Cool Club
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Candle Lighting and Friday Night Service
Friday, May 27, 2022 - 7:45 pm
 
 
Torah 'Tiny' Tots!
 
 
Service Times

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Shabbat Morning, 10.00am
 

 
 
Kiddush

This week's kiddush is kindly sponsored by

Yechiel Conway to celebrate his appointment as

Minister of the Chassidishe Synagogue.

Mazel Tov!

 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Emor

The Torah section of Emor (“Speak”) begins with the special laws pertaining to the kohanim (“priests”), the kohen gadol (“high priest”), and the Temple service: A kohen may not become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, save on the occasion of the death of a close relative. A kohen may not marry a divorcee, or a woman with a promiscuous past; a kohen gadol can marry only a virgin. A kohen with a physical deformity cannot serve in the Holy Temple, nor can a deformed animal be brought as an offering.

A newborn calf, lamb or kid must be left with its mother for seven days before being eligible for an offering; one may not slaughter an animal and its offspring on the same day.

The second part of Emor lists the annual Callings of Holiness—the festivals of the Jewish calendar: the weekly Shabbat; the bringing of the Passover offering on 14 Nissan; the seven-day Passover festival beginning on 15 Nissan; the bringing of the Omer offering from the first barley harvest on the second day of Passover, and the commencement, on that day, of the 49-day Counting of the Omer, culminating in the festival of Shavuot on the fiftieth day; a “remembrance of shofar blowing” on 1 Tishrei; a solemn fast day on 10 Tishrei; the Sukkot festival—during which we are to dwell in huts for seven days and take the “ Four Kinds”—beginning on 15 Tishrei; and the immediately following holiday of the “eighth day” of Sukkot ( Shemini Atzeret).

Next the Torah discusses the lighting of the menorah in the Temple, and the showbread; (lechem hapanim) placed weekly on the table there.

Emor concludes with the incident of a man executed for blasphemy, and the penalties for murder (death) and for injuring one’s fellow or destroying his property (monetary compensation).