Weekly message from Rabbi A. M. Sufrin MBE
What a busy week this has been for Chabad across Essex.
Over 700 participants in our first communal / cross community Lag B’omer event on our communities school campus. Led by Rabbi Odom Brandman, Chabad Buckhurst Hill and his amazing team of volunteers and helpers, the wider communities of Essex, with reps from each community and many local organisations, enjoyed a fun filled afternoon / evening with good BBQ food and entertainment for the whole family. Community spirit at its best, well done to all.
Lots of other events were going on too, including the wedding in old Harlow of Richard Bronzite and Melissa Ross officiated by Rabbi Sufrin under Chabad N E London & Essex. Who says you can’t be in two places at once!!
The annual dinner of Chabad locally is now one week away with good attendance and participation. It’s too late to participate in the dinner brochure but not too late to participate in this special event, great speaker and an overview of Chabad’s activities and plans for the coming years for Essex. There will also be a tribute made to Rabbi Muller z”l.
This week’s Torah portion is Behar – “on the mountain”, beginning with commandment to observe the Sabbatical year. However we are given this commandment before we are taught how to determine it. It’s only in the following verse that the Torah expounds the detail. The Rebbe, teaches that it is in this order as we are to envisage the sabbatical year as our goal even before we commence the work of the six years prior to it. In this way the inspiration of the sabbatical year will sanctify, energise, and focus the work we perform during the “mundane” years, bringing them Divinely – blessed success and infusing them with joy of optimism and purpose.
Just as the weekly Sabbath is intended to allow us the freedom to pursue spiritual growth, the same is true of the sabbatical year. …entering the land, is seen as entering our homes, at which ever stage in our lives we seek to revitalise our homes, we should do so with the goal in mind – of creating an atmosphere that is conducive to spiritual growth and harmony.
Wishing you a very good Shabbos and a successful, blessed week to follow.