Weekly message from Rabbi A. M. Sufrin MBE
Well this has been another busy week, with post dinner news in the public domain. Last Friday a very positive article was printed in the Jewish Chronicle expanding on our 5 year development plan for Chabad of Essex. This week the Jewish News has some exposure on us. Chabad.org did a great piece covering our dinner. We hope to post this week on our own website, pictures, the video shown at the dinner and some dinner highlights. Keep in touch by following these items of news through.
We held our second Epping discussion group this week in the home of Steven & Arlene Klein, thankyou – We had sixteen ladies and men and both Rabbi & Mrs Sufrin led the discussion which was lively and informative. Next Shabbos is the second shabbaton in the Bell Hotel in Epping. You must pre book, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
This coming Monday, is the ladies JWC annual dinner and closing event, with guest speaker Eva Schloss. We have some 185 women booked in, it’s set to be a memorable evening, certainly worth being a part of. For more information please call Shterni on 8554 1624.
This week’s Torah portion is Balak: The passage says that; Balaam arose early in the morning and saddled his donkey…
Balaam loathed G-d and His emissaries the Jewish People, with a passion. By rising early to set on his mission of evil, he hoped to “remind” G-d how quickly the Jews had been to rebel against Him. But G-d informed Ballam that his speed had already been pre-empted by the patriarch Abraham. Abraham had risen early in the morning in order to lovingly and devotedly fulfil G-d’s command to sacrifice his son Isaac.
The merit of Abraham’s love of G-d overbalanced Balaam’s hatred. The love that Abraham had was inherited by the Jewish people, their rebellions in the desert had merely been temporary lapses in their inherent, underlying devotion to G-d.
Hence, in our own lives, whenever we find ourselves in need of “repairing” our relationship with G-d, the surest way to make amends for such misdeeds is to bolster our love for Him.
A great thought to ponder! Have a lovely Shabbos and successful week to follow.