Torah E-Thought: Best cure for a hangover

This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

Light Candles in Leeds :

Shabbat Chol Hamoed
Friday, 14 Oct  5:54pm
Shabbat Ends,
Shemini Atzeret Monday night 5:49pm
Simchas Torah, Tuesday night 6:41pm
Festival ends Wednesday night 6:52pm
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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,

We hope you are having a great Sukkot!

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 Torah Tots on Sunday.

Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are the culmination of a month of Festivals and what a culmination it is! At Chabad Lubavitch we will be dancing on Sunday evening and Monday evening as well as Tuesday afternoon. We will also be hosting communal meals and a special kids program. All welcome and no booking required!

Wishing you a Good Shabbos and a Good Yom Tov,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


The packed schedule of the month of Tishrei, when Yom Tov rolls into Shabbos and then Yom Tov again brings to mind the joke that the best cure for a hangover is another drink. Perhaps there is some truth in it though, after all, as one wit put it, have you ever had a hangover while drinking?

It is not uncommon to hear people talking about being "shulled out" and Shabbat morning attendances suffering as people take a break after the exertions of the High Holidays, but perhaps the best break would be to attend more, get more involved and absorb more of the G-dly attention that there is on offer.

Sukkot is compared to a G-dly embrace. In Song of Songs, King Solomon writes "His left hand was under my head, and His right hand would embrace me." In Jewish thought, the left is the side of severity while the right is the side of kindness. So, G-d’s left hand under our head represents the solemn days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur while the right hand is the embrace of the Sukkah that surrounds us.

The analogy goes further. The "head" means that we are having a face-to-face relationship with G-d. A face-to-face relationship comes with the hazard that G-d will reflect the love and devotion that He sees on our "face." On the other hand, if the relationship is successful, a face-to-face relationship is the closest one can be. So, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are opportunities to reciprocate G-d’s closeness to us and pray that He will reflect the commitment that we show to Him.

The second half of the verse talks about an embrace. In an 'embrace' the two partners cannot see each other’s feelings. The recipient of the embrace may or may not respond – the one doing the embracing has no way of discerning their emotions. This is the analogy of Sukkot where we are being embraced by G-d’s kindness and love, whether we are deserving of it or not.

The Talmud teaches that "it would be fitting for all of Israel to sit in one Sukkah". [Sukkah 27B] Unlike on Yom Kippur  - which is a reciprocal relationship of earned love - when we begin the fast with the Kol Nidrei prayer, in which we announce that we are "permitted to pray together with sinners," on Sukkot, no such announcement is made – we are all permitted to sit in one Sukkah together as even “sinners” are embraced in a G-dly hug.

As we enjoy the festival of Sukkot tonight it is an opportunity to continue to revel in the close relationship with G-d that we have developed over the High Holidays and enjoy the G-dly closeness.

Torah Tots Sukkah Party

Upcoming Events
Candle lighting and Service
Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 - 5:54 pm
Sukkah Mobile @ Gormet
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 - 8:00 am
Sukkot Torah Tots
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mincha and the start of Yom Tov
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 - 5:49 pm
Followed by Maariv, Kiddush & Hakafot
Monday, Oct. 17, 2022 - 10:30 am
Monday, Oct. 17, 2022 - 11:45 am
Monday, Oct. 17, 2022 - 5:45 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 - 10:30 am
Kiddush & Hakafot
Yom Tov Luncheon - everyone welcome!

Mincha & Maariv
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 - 5:45 pm
Candle lighting and Service
Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 - 5:38 pm
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, Oct. 22, 2022 - 9:30 am
The Sukkah goes Mobile
Service Times

Friday Night Service 5:54pm

Shabbat Morning 10:00am

Yom Tov service times on our calendar

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Parshah in a Nutshell

The Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret Torah readings are from Leviticus 22-23, Numbers 29, and Deuteronomy 14-16. These readings detail the laws of the moadim or " appointed times" on the Jewish calendar for festive celebration of our bond with G‑d; including the mitzvot of dwelling in the sukkah (branch-covered hut) and taking the " Four Kinds" on the festival of Sukkot; the offerings brought in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem on Sukkot, and the obligation to journey to the Holy Temple to "to see and be seen before the face of G‑d" on the three annual pilgrimage festivals — Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

On Simchat Torah ("Rejoicing of the Torah") we conclude, and begin anew, the annual Torah-reading cycle. First we read the Torah section of V'zot HaBerachah, which recounts the blessings that Moses gave to each of the twelve tribes of Israel before his death. Echoing Jacob's blessings to his twelve sons five generations earlier, Moses assigns and empowers each tribe with its individual role within the community of Israel.

V'zot HaBerachah then relates how Moses ascended Mount Nebo from whose summit he saw the Promised Land. "And Moses the servant of G‑d died there in the Land of Moab by the mouth of G‑d... and no man knows his burial place to this day." The Torah concludes by attesting that " There arose not a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom G‑d knew face to face... and in all the mighty hand and the great awesome things which Moses did before the eyes of all Israel."

Immediately after concluding the Torah, we begin it anew by reading the first chapter of Genesis (the beginning of next Shabbat's Torah reading) describing G‑d's creation of the world in six days and His ceasing work on the seventh—which He sanctified and blessed as a day of rest.