Torah E-Thought: Now what?


This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds
Light Candles in Leeds :
Friday, 7 Oct 6:10pm   
Shabbat ends

Sukkot Sunday,    1st Night  - 6:06pm

Sukkot Monday,   2nd Night - 6:57pm

First Days Sukkot Ends - 7:08pm

Torah Portion: 
Ha 'Azinu

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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,

There is only a short time between Yom Kippur and Sukkot and so much to do! We’ve got a great Sukkot section on our website with classes, stories, recipes and more all here.

There will be a full array of services, including services at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds throughout Sukkot. You can see all our times

If you know anyone who would appreciate a visit from the Sukkah Mobile or an opportunity to shake Lulav and Etrog, please be in touch. We’ve also got a Sukkot
CKids Event, a Sukkot Social for Young Professionals and a Sukkot Torah Tots.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos and a Good Yom Tov,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


Yom Kippur is over, and it is perhaps understandable to feel somewhat deflated. The high point of the Jewish calendar has passed us by, not to return for another twelve months, what now?

Judaism is an action-orientated religion - thinking about tefillin all day is worth less than putting them on for a few brief minutes - and our response to post-Yom Kippur syndrome is an active one; we plunge ourselves into the holiday of Sukkot. In fact, the Code of Jewish Law rules that it is a mitzvah to begin work on building the Sukkah immediately Yom Kippur. I’ve heard from some Israeli friends this week that indeed they remember their parents putting up the Sukkah straight after breaking the fast. Here is the UK, perhaps due to our inclement weather, or maybe out of respect to our non-Jewish neighbours who wouldn’t appreciate the hammering and banging, most Sukkah building Jews suffice with beginning the process or even just making their plans.

There is also a deeper connection between Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson of Lubavitch once went into his father's study after Yom Kippur; 'What now?' He asked his father.

'Now, we must especially do teshuvah [repent],' his father replied. What did the Rabbi mean by this enigmatic statement?

The emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks z”l recently recounted a visit he made to Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky (Head of London Beth Din from 1934-1951). Dayan Abramsky was ninety years old when Rabbi Sacks met him, living in Jerusalem where he had retired to. Rabbi Sacks was studying in the Yeshiva in Kfar Chabad at the time.

“You’re in Kfar Chabad, what are you learning about?” he asked him.

“I’m learning about teshuvah.” Rabbi Sacks replied.

“Ah, that is the difference between me and Chabad. I think teshuvah is what you need when your car breaks down. In Chabad, they think teshuvah is the engine that drives the car.” Said Dayan Abramsky.

Rabbi Sacks recounted that at that point he realised that this is the difference. Mainstream thought is that teshuvah was something you do during this time of year; you beat your chest and admit, “I did a few wrong things.” In Chabad-Lubavitch, teshuvah is something you are doing the whole time. You are returning to G-d, you are returning your soul to G-d. Teshuvah is not something you only do between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but it is the culmination of what you should be doing the whole year round.

On Yom Kippur all our previous transgressions are forgiven, and we pledge to try harder in the coming year. After Yom Kippur we are now immeasurably better off than we were before, and in a much better place spiritually. This leads us to the festival of Sukkot, where we sit completely immersed in a mitzvah. Just as a person embraces their friend with great love, not letting him separate from the embrace, similarly on Sukkot, the schach and the four walls represent embracing and closeness to G-d, earned by our service on Yom Kippur.

However if before Yom Kippur our lower spiritual level meant that we could escape with some indiscretions, those times are all behind us. After Yom Kippur, as recipients of G-d's embrace, we must be extra careful. Public figures who have earned high office are always held more accountable than the general public. Hence the need after Yom Kippur to ‘especially do "teshuvah,"’ - we are now being held to a higher standard.

However 'teshuvah' does not simply mean repentance. The word can also be read 'tashuv/Hei' to return to G-d. This is not a backward movement but a forward movement - a move to become more G-dly.

As we proceed from Yom Kippur to Sukkot the challenge is to be more Jewish through the special mitzvot of the festival - build a Sukkah, eat in a Sukkah, build a Lulav and Etrog, shake them daily and encourage and help others to do the same.

Join us in the Sukkot Time Machine!

Upcoming Events
Candle lighting and service
Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 - 6:10 pm
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, Oct. 8, 2022 - 9:30 am
Shabbat Service
Shabbat, Oct. 8, 2022 - 10:00 am
Mincha & Maariv at the start of Yom Tov
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 - 6:06 pm
Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 - 10:00 am
Mincha & Maariv
Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 - 6:05 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 - 10:00 am
Mincha & Maariv
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 - 6:05 pm
CKids Sukkot Time Machine
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sukkah Mobile @ GSAL
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022
Sukkah Mobile @ Gourmet
Friday, Oct. 14, 2022
Candle lighting and Service
Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 - 5:54 pm
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 - 8:00 am
The Parent's Sefer Torah
Service Times

Friday Night, 6:10pm

Shabbat Morning, 10:00am

Sukkot Services times on our website


This week's kiddush is a 'Florida Kiddush'

kindly sponsored by

Dovber and Chaya Mushka Engel to celebrate the birth of their child, Esther Gittel.


Mazel Tov!

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Parshat Ha'Azinu

The greater part of the Torah reading of Haazinu (“Listen In”) consists of a 70-line “song” delivered by Moses to the people of Israel on the last day of his earthly life.

Calling heaven and earth as witnesses, Moses exhorts the people, “Remember the days of old / Consider the years of many generations / Ask your father, and he will recount it to you / Your elders, and they will tell you” how G‑d “found them in a desert land,” made them a people, chose them as His own, and bequeathed them a bountiful land. The song also warns against the pitfalls of plenty—“Yeshurun grew fat and kicked / You have grown fat, thick and rotund / He forsook G‑d who made him / And spurned the Rock of his salvation”—and the terrible calamities that would result, which Moses describes as G‑d “hiding His face.” Yet in the end, he promises, G‑d will avenge the blood of His servants, and be reconciled with His people and land.

The Parshah concludes with G‑d’s instruction to Moses to ascend the summit of Mount Nebo, from which he will behold the Promised Land before dying on the mountain. “For you shall see the land opposite you; but you shall not go there, into the land which I give to the children of Israel.”