Torah E-Thought: Kissers vs Huggers


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Dear Friend,

Our first half term mini camp of the year has been really popular. You can see pictures here.

This week we are holding a Ladies Kiddush to officially welcome our new shluchos to Leeds, details below. All welcome.

There is currently an early bird discount for the upcoming JLI course My G-d. We will examine thirty common questions about G-d and you are welcome to bring your own questions too. The course will run in person and on Zoom. Details and bookings
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Wishing you a Good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink

Director of Education

Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


Part of the hangover of the Covid pandemic is that we’ve reduced, or in some cases stopped, making physical contact. Handshakes and kisses are out of style.

For Jewish people, there is a religious significance as well – we are accustomed to kissing objects like mezuzot. We also kiss our talit, tzitzit, Torah scrolls, our tefillin and our holy books.

Sephardi Jews are generally known to be more spiritual are even more scrupulous about this – the Jewish comedian Modi has a routine on their zest for mitzvos.  There are Sephardic Jews who have the custom of kissing the matzah on Passover before eating it. Others have the custom of kissing the Esrog, and Jews have the custom of kissing the Kotel, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, when they visit it.

If you’ve visited Israel, you may have noticed that many Jews have the custom of literally getting down on hands and knees to physically kiss the earth when they land in the Holy Land. Even Sir Richard Branson got in on the act.  

However, there is no mitzvah or requirement to kiss the mezuzah, or any holy object or entity, for that matter. Because kissing expresses love for the object or entity, a commandment to kiss an object would not work - you can’t make a person love something to the point that he or she kisses it. That kind of love would have to come from the person, not from an order. Jewish law describes such kisses instead as chibuv mitzvah, or “endearment of the mitzvah.”

This week we read about Noah and the Great Flood. G-d tells Noah to build the Ark, in which he will rescue his family and all the animals, birds and insects. To do so, he would need to build a giant vessel, a craft, about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet tall by today’s measurements.

It took Noah many years to build the Ark. The Biblical commentator Rashi tells us that it actually took 120 years. The Lubavitcher Rebbe asks the obvious question - why did it take Noah so long? If he had been given an order by G-d Himself to build the Ark, he should have done it as quickly as possible, like any other command from G-d. So Noah should have hired a whole crew of woodworkers and contractors to build the ship in the quickest possible time!

When we analyse G-d’s command we understand the answer. What G-d actually said to Noah was, “Make for yourself an ark of wood”— in other words, the order was that he should personally and literally build the Ark, not delegate the labour to others. Yes, Noah could have shared G-d’s command, this special mitzvah, with others - but we can say that because he loved the mitzvah so much, he wanted to do it all himself. So, it took 120 years.

After a month of praying and feasting our enthusiasm for mitzvot may be waning a bit. Whether we are kissers, huggers or less emotive, we can all find ways to increase our endearment of mitzvot.

Join us for the Ladies Kiddush

Upcoming Events
Mini Camp Ages 3 - 8
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022
Candle lighting and Service
Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 - 5:23 pm
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, Oct. 29, 2022 - 9:30 am
Shabbat Service - Ladies Kiddush
Shabbat, Oct. 29, 2022 - 10:00 am
Hebrew Cool Club (HCC)
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew Cool Club (HCC)
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Candle lighting and Services
Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 - 4:09 pm
JMT Friday Night
Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 - 8:30 pm
At the Pinks
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, Nov. 5, 2022 - 9:30 am
Shabbat Service
Shabbat, Nov. 5, 2022 - 10:00 am
Hebrew Cool Club (HCC)
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew Cool Club (HCC)
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Candle lighting and Services
Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 - 3:56 pm
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, Nov. 12, 2022 - 9:30 am
Shabbat Service
Shabbat, Nov. 12, 2022 - 10:00 am
Loving Mini Camp!
Service Times

Friday Night, 5.23pm

Shabbat Morning, 10.00am


The Ladies Kiddush is sponsored

in honour of the shluchos.

Khaya Mushka Feldman, Esti Lebovic and

Chana Esther Lipsey

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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Noach

G‑d instructs Noah the only righteous man in a world consumed by violence and corruption—to build a large wooden teivah (“ark”), coated within and without with pitch. A great deluge, says G‑d, will wipe out all life from the face of the earth; but the ark will float upon the water, sheltering Noah and his family, and two members (male and female) of each animal species (and 7 of the " pure" species).

Rain falls for 40 days and nights, and the waters churn for 150 days more before calming and beginning to recede. The ark settles on Mount Ararat, and Noah dispatches a raven, and then a series of doves, “to see if the waters were abated from the face of the earth.” When the ground dries completely—exactly one solar year (365 days) after the onset of the Flood—G‑d commands Noah to exit the teivah and repopulate the earth.

Noah builds an altar and offers sacrifices to G‑d. G‑d swears never again to destroy all of mankind because of their deeds, and sets the rainbow as a testimony of His new covenant with man. G‑d also commands Noah regarding the sacredness of life: murder is deemed a capital offense, and while man is permitted to eat the meat of animals, he is forbidden to eat flesh or blood taken from a living animal.

Noah plants a vineyard and becomes drunk on its produce. Two of Noah’s sons, Shem and Japheth, are blessed for covering up their father’s nakedness, while his third son, Ham, is punished for taking advantage of his debasement.

The descendants of Noah remain a single people, with a single language and culture, for ten generations. Then they defy their Creator by building a great tower to symbolize their own invincibility; G‑d confuses their language so that “one does not comprehend the tongue of the other,” causing them to abandon their project and disperse across the face of the earth, splitting into seventy nations.

The Parshah of Noach concludes with a chronology of the ten generations from Noah to Abram (later Abraham), and the latter’s journey from his birthplace of Ur Casdim to Charan, on the way to the land of Canaan.