Torah E-Thought: An immovable object
This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,

This week is our monthly ladies kiddush at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds. If you’ve never been before, why not come and see what it is all about? Services start at 10am and the Ladies Kiddush will be at 12.15pm

There is still time to book for Camp Gan Israel Summer Camp and we’re counting down the days with throwback pictures on Facebook and Instagram from over 40 years of camp. Follow Chabad Lubavitch Leeds on social media and see who you can recognise! Our highlights schedule is online, and bookings are open here .

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


  This week we begin the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy), which opens with the portion of Devarim. The entire book is a 37 day speech by Moses - the longest sermon in history! He reminds the Jews of all the events that have occurred to them since they had left Egypt.

At the very beginning of the portion, Moses tells how G-d had informed the Jews that they had 'sat around this mountain for long enough, turn away and journey onwards.'

The mountain that G-d was talking about was Mount Sinai. The Jewish people had received the Torah and spent almost a year studying it and basking in G-d’s glory. Suddenly G-d was telling them ‘enough!’

Striving to move forward is a vital component of the Jewish religion. When prayers become rote and practice becomes stagnant, then decline is not far behind. However, progress for progress’ sake is not the goal. To move forward we lean on our past. We may have been told to move from Mount Sinai, but we were taking Mount Sinai with us.

There is the humorous anecdote told about an American warship steaming off the coast of Canada, when their radar showed a blip dead ahead.

The radio operator sends out a message, ‘This is the USS Abraham Lincoln, please alter your position by 15 degrees to avoid collision.’
‘Message to USS Abraham Lincoln,’ comes the curt reply, ‘move your position 15 degrees.’
The captain, incensed, gets on the radio. ‘This is the captain of USS Abraham Lincoln, the second largest ship in the US navy. If you do not alter your position, we will be forced to take measures against you to protect our ship.’
‘Message to USS Abraham Lincoln,’ comes the reply. ‘We are a lighthouse. Your call.’

The Torah is our mountain. We encounter challenges, we move on, we move forward, but throughout it all the Torah remains steadfast for us. It should not and can not be moved to suit our needs. To treat the Torah otherwise would be to change the Torah from a Divine Blueprint to a human code.

The mountain remains; it is the Jewish nation that must do the navigating.

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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Devarim

The name of the Parshah, "Devarim," means "the words" and it is found in Deuteronomy 1:1.

On the first of Shevat (thirty-seven days before his passing), Moses begins his repetition of the Torah to the assembled children of Israel, reviewing the events that occurred and the laws that were given in the course of their forty-year journey from Egypt to Sinai to the Promised Land, rebuking the people for their failings and iniquities, and enjoining them to keep the Torah and observe its commandments in the land that G‑d is giving them as an eternal heritage, into which they shall cross after his death.

Moses recalls his appointment of judges and magistrates to ease his burden of meting out justice to the people and teaching them the word of G‑d; the journey from Sinai through the great and fearsome desert; the sending of the spies and the people’s subsequent spurning of the Promised Land, so that G‑d decreed that the entire generation of the Exodus would die out in the desert. “Also against me,” says Moses, “was G‑d angry for your sake, saying: You, too, shall not go in there.”

Moses also recounts some more recent events: the refusal of the nations of Moab and Ammon to allow the Israelites to pass through their countries; the wars against the Emorite kings Sichon and Og, and the settlement of their lands by t he tribes of Reuben and Gad and part of the tribe of Manasseh; and Moses’ message to his successor, Joshua, who will take the people into the Land and lead them in the battles for its conquest: “Fear them not, for the L‑rd your G‑d, He shall fight for you.”

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