Torah E-Thought: Saving for a Rainy Day

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Dear Friend,

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The early bird is ending soon for the upcoming JLI course
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 here .

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


In Israel this week, people started to pray for rain. The prayer of "geshem" - rain - is recited in the synagogue on Shmini Atzeret, and we immediately start praising G-d as the Provider of Rain in the amidah that same day, we do not actually request that it rains until the seventh of Cheshvan in Israel (or the night of the 4th of December in the Diaspora).

Sukkot was one of the three pilgrimage festivals when Jews from Israel and beyond would travel to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. In Second Temple times this would include Jews who would travel from Babylonia and Persia. This arduous journey would often be made on foot taking many weeks and the prayers for rain would be held off until the last pilgrim had returned home so as not to inconvenience them on their journey.

The mitzvah of prayer is to pray whenever we have a need for something - the obligation to pray at set times is an additional requirement - and so as soon as there was a need for rain the Jewish community should have been obligated to pray for it, whether there were stragglers still returning from their pilgrimage or not.

While it makes no logical sense that the entire community in Israel should suffer from a lack of rain just because a few Jews would get wet, this was the way the community wanted it. Their care for their fellow Jews was such that they preferred to wait for the rain rather than inconvenience the pilgrims. This actually impacted on their requirement to pray - as they did not want it to rain, there was no imperative for them to do so, even though technically it was rainy season.

The seventh of Cheshvan often occurs during the week of Lech Lecha. This is the first of the weekly portions that we spend entirely in the company of our ancestors Abraham and Sarah. In the parshah we read about Abraham's concern for his nephew Lot who had been captured in war. Disregarding his personal safety, Abraham went to battle to save Lot and succeeded in freeing all the prisoners of war. Abraham was known as a man of kindness and this attribute was bequeathed to all his descendants. In fact, Maimonides rules that one can identify a Jew by their three attributes of "mercifulness, kindness and bashfulness" which are inherited from our ancestors.

As we go into the winter months, many in our community will be struggling for heating bills and rising food costs. Think about who you can help support and reach out to see how they are doing. Even – or especially - if they’re views and needs are diametrically opposed to yours, every individual is part of the community.

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Upcoming Events
Candle lighting and Services
Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 - 4:09 pm
JMT Friday Night
Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 - 8:30 pm
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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
Hebrew Cool Club (HCC)
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
6 week JLI - My G-d?
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Hebrew Cool Club (HCC)
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Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 - 3:46 pm
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Parshat Lech-Lecha

G‑d speaks to Abram, commanding him, “ Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” There, G‑d says, he will be made into a great nation. Abram and his wife, Sarai, accompanied by his nephew Lot, journey to the land of Canaan, where Abram builds an altar and continues to spread the message of a one G‑d.

A famine forces the first Jew to depart for Egypt, where beautiful Sarai is taken to Pharaoh’s palace; Abram escapes death because they present themselves as brother and sister. A plague prevents the Egyptian king from touching her, and convinces him to return her to Abram and to compensate the brother-revealed-as-husband with gold, silver and cattle.

Back in the land of Canaan, Lot separates from Abram and settles in the evil city of Sodom, where he falls captive when the mighty armies of Chedorlaomer and his three allies conquer the five cities of the Sodom Valley. Abram sets out with a small band to rescue his nephew, defeats the four kings, and is blessed by Malki-Zedek the king of Salem ( Jerusalem).

G‑d seals the Covenant Between the Parts with Abram, in which the exile and persecution (galut) of the people of Israel is foretold, and the Holy Land is bequeathed to them as their eternal heritage.

Still childless ten years after their arrival in the Land, Sarai tells Abram to marry her maidservant Hagar. Hagar conceives, becomes insolent toward her mistress, and then flees when Sarai treats her harshly; an angel convinces her to return, and tells her that her son will father a populous nation. Ishmael is born in Abram’s eighty-sixth year.

Thirteen years later, G‑d changes Abram’s name to Abraham (“father of multitudes”), and Sarai’s to Sarah (“princess”), and promises that a son will be born to them; from this child, whom they should call Isaac (“will laugh”), will stem the great nation with which G‑d will establish His special bond. Abraham is commanded to circumcise himself and his descendants as a “sign of the covenant between Me and you.” Abraham immediately complies, circumcising himself and all the males of his household.