Torah E-Thought: Can I pray for you?

This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,

Next week I will be joining thousands of Chabad Lubavitch Rabbis from across the world for the International Conference of Shluchim. One of the highlights of the conference is when we visit the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and pray for our communities. If you would like me to pray for you and/or your loved ones please email me.

The general format for a prayer is one’s Jewish name followed by one’s mother’s Jewish name. E.g. Rivka bat Sara or Avraham ben Rivka. If you don’t know Jewish names, then please send the English names.

On Tuesday we begin the new
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


  A couple of years ago we heard for the first time that that doctors in NYU successfully transplanted a pig’s kidney into a human being.

In the UK alone, more than 5000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant and the average wait is 2-3 years. Essentially, they are waiting for someone else’s tragedy — for a motorcycle accident or some other tragic incident — to bring them salvation.

I was looking at this statistic because Dabrushy’s cousin recently donated a kidney, joining a growing trend among
observant Jews to donate kidneys to people they don’t know.

Needless to say, the report from NYU was a major medical breakthrough. But why a pig?

The answer is that a pig’s organs are quite similar to those of a human in size and form — far more similar than monkeys or chimpanzees. This was already known in the Talmudic era; the Talmud relates that when Rabbi Yehuda heard there was a virus spreading among the pigs, he declared a full day of prayer and fasting for the entire community, during which they prayed to G-d to protect them from this illness. Why were they so afraid of illness among pigs? Because their internal organs are quite similar to those of humans; they were afraid it would spread to the human population.

The question which immediately arises: does Jewish law permit the insertion of a pig’s organ into a Jewish body? The answer is that eating a pig’s meat is forbidden but using its organs for a transplant is definitely permitted and is actually a mitzvah, as an act of saving a life.

Now, it is self-understood that as a result of this procedure the pig loses his life for the sake of the human being and indeed some animal rights activists have spoken out against it. Human organ donors, whether live or after death, are only with their express consent. Pigs can’t consent. Would Judaism agree?

In this week’s Torah portion, we read about Abraham our forefather and his attempted sacrifice of his son Isaac, which we read at the end of our Torah portion. The angel tells Abraham, “don’t touch the boy,” and then, “Abraham looked up and saw a ram stuck in the bushes. He took the ram and offered it as a sacrifice instead of his son.”

In the beginning of the portion, when Abraham discovered his three guests, “Abraham ran to the cattle” to have animals slaughtered; Rashi tells us that he slaughtered three animals to serve each guest the tongue in mustard. What is the justification for slaughtering living animals?

Chassidic philosophy explains: “the order and purpose of Creation is that the inanimate, in addition to its task of serving its own end, should sustain plant life, and thereby be elevated to the “world” of the vegetable; and the latter should sustain, and thereby be elevated to, the animal world; and all three — animal, vegetable and inanimate — should support and serve mankind, and thereby become part of, and be elevated to, the world of the human being.”

Every category was created to serve the category above it. Or, more accurately, it helps the category above fulfil its G-d-given purpose.

What is the purpose of the highest category, the human being? Who are we supposed to serve? Our purpose is to serve our Creator. As long as we serve our Creator and fulfil our purpose, we have the moral justification to derive our sustenance from the lower three levels; we can eat meat, vegetables, drink water and so on.

But the moment that, God forbid, we don’t fulfil our purpose, we are intitled to be questioned about our right to eat meat or even step on a stone.

Let’s make sure we fulfil our mission!

Join us for JLI - My G-d?

Upcoming Events
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?
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hebrew Cool Club (HCC)
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Candle lighting and Services
Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 - 3:46 pm
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, Nov. 19, 2022 - 9:30 am
Shabbat Service
Shabbat, Nov. 19, 2022 - 10:00 am
Hebrew Cool Club (HCC)
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
6 week JLI - My G-d?
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hebrew Cool Club (HCC)
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Candle lighting and Services
Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 - 3:37 pm
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, Nov. 26, 2022 - 9:30 am
Shabbat Service
Shabbat, Nov. 26, 2022 - 10:00 am
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Parshat Vayeira

G‑d reveals Himself to Abraham three days after the first Jew’s circumcision at age ninety-nine; but Abraham rushes off to prepare a meal for three guests who appear in the desert heat. One of the three—who are angels disguised as men—announces that, in exactly one year, the barren Sarah will give birth to a son. Sarah laughs.

Abraham pleads with G‑d to spare the wicked city of Sodom. Two of the three disguised angels arrive in the doomed city, where Abraham’s nephew Lot extends his hospitality to them and protects them from the evil intentions of a Sodomite mob. The two guests reveal that they have come to overturn the place, and to save Lot and his family. Lot’s wife turns into a pillar of salt when she disobeys the command not to look back at the burning city as they flee.

While taking shelter in a cave, Lot’s two daughters (believing that they and their father are the only ones left alive in the world) get their father drunk, lie with him and become pregnant. The two sons born from this incident father the nations of Moab and Ammon.

Abraham moves to Gerar, where the Philistine king Abimelech takes Sarah—who is presented as Abraham’s sister—to his palace. In a dream, G‑d warns Abimelech that he will die unless he returns the woman to her husband. Abraham explains that he feared he would be killed over the beautiful Sarah.

G‑d remembers His promise to Sarah, and gives her and Abraham a son, who is named Isaac (Yitzchak, meaning “will laugh”). Isaac is circumcised at the age of eight days; Abraham is one hundred years old, and Sarah ninety, at their child’s birth.

Hagar and Ishmael are banished from Abraham’s home and wander in the desert; G‑d hears the cry of the dying lad, and saves his life by showing his mother a well. Abimelech makes a treaty with Abraham at Beersheba, where Abraham gives him seven sheep as a sign of their truce.

G‑d tests Abraham’s devotion by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount) in Jerusalem. Isaac is bound and placed on the altar, and Abraham raises the knife to slaughter his son. A voice from heaven calls to stop him; a ram, caught in the undergrowth by its horns, is offered in Isaac’s place.