Weekly message from Rabbi A. M. Sufrin MBE
What a busy week we have had this past week and set to have next week too!
Sunday sees our Friends fundraising committee quiz in Chabad Gants Hill, we have some 120 people booked in, but always have room for me. every penny raised goes back into the community to keep our many services running smoothly.
Thursday - Purim day promises to be a real fun time at our themed Circus Purim party. It’s a real family party and if you have not booked in yet we are waiting for your phone call or e mail booking. The sooner you book the easier it is for us when considering the catering needed to be done and plenty for all. So call today and invite a friend - together we will fully appreciate Purim in today's times.
Chabad's development plan is forging forward, with our FIRST Friday night service and meal on Friday 13th March in the Bell Hotel Epping. Reservations are now being made, so if you know someone in Epping make sure that they know it’s going on - Chabad Epping is now not just a dream but becoming a reality.
This Shabbos we take out two Torah scrolls. In the first we read the weekly portion of Tetzaveh - " and you should command", and the second for this Shabbos which is called Shabbos "Zachor", to remember the wickedness of Amalek, read close to Purim, to remind us that wicked Haman was a descendant of Amalek.
In this week’s portion, Moses is told to gather his brother Aaron and sons to minister to G-d.
Would we not all wish to be Priests totally steeped in the Divine, consecrated to G-d? Although worthy and ideal , but put into practice would in fact undermine the very purpose of creation. G-d created us NOT to be angels but human beings who live in the mundane world. Only this way can we elevate the world, refine it and fill it with the Divine.
On the other hand, in order to elevate the world , we need to preserve an image of the Divne way of living for which we are striving to elevate. This why a small minority of people had to live out this ideal in practice, they were the priests.
Similarly, we must all consecrate a portion of our personality to the sole purpose of serving G-d. By installing this "inner priest", we can relate to the world at large as we are meant to, guiding and leading it to its Divine Fulfillment. This is how we fulfil our promise made to G-d when we were given the Torah that; " you should be to me as a Kingdom of Priests and a holy nation".
Reminder we read the Megillah of Esther twice over Purim, once on Wednesday evening after the fast, and once on Purim day on Thursday. See our post for further details.
Have a wonderful joyous week and a fun filled Purim.