Weekly message from
Rabbi A. M. Sufrin MBE
We have returned safely TG from the annual Kinus convention of Chabad Emissaries worldwide last weekend. More than 4500 thousand Rabbis and their dear supporters representing 80 countries worldwide, gathered last Sunday night the culmination of the convention for an evening of pure inspiration. The purpose being to re energise and become inspired to in turn inspire others.
Chanukah is coming up in two weeks when the lights of this special Festival will be kindled throughout N E London & Essex, in both communal public lightings and static Menorahs for all to see and take pride. Much effort goes into making Chanukah come alive make sure to participate in one or more of these special events. With the sad and painful increase in anti Semitism, now is the time to stand and be proud, YES in the streets in public, showing the world of our pride and we will not hide. Please see posters for all the details for all the lightings.
We are also delighted to announce that we have engaged a new, young and vibrant couple RABBI RAFI & CHAYA GOODWIN, to join our workforce PG in early 2015, to strengthen our Chabad Centres and overall activities across Essex. A full press release and further details will follow shortly.
This further confirms our belief in this Community and its surrounding areas, that we are a strong and vibrant community although changing. WATCH THIS SPACE AND JOIN FORCES WITH US TO ENSURE THAT WE AT CHABAD ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO SERVE WITH VIGOUR AND INSPIRATION THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF WIDER ESSEX.
In this week’s Torah portion, Yaakov wants to marry Rachel, but Rachel's father Lavan deceives him and gives him Leah instead. Yaakov suspected Lavan all along, and in order to prevent any deception, made a secret sign with Rachel. When Rachel realized that her father was going to substitute her for Leah, she gives Leah the secret sign to spare her the embarrassment of being discovered at the wedding.
When Yaakov discovered Rachel's act, not only did he not get upset with her, he felt a deeper love for her. She had risked her own happiness out of compassion and respect for her sister. He was even more convinced of her righteousness and fine character.
The Torah tells us, "VaYehehav gam et Rachel MiLeah--Yaakov loved Rachel more than Leah". In light of the above we can understand that he loved her MiLeah--because of Leah. (VaDibbarta Bam)
We invest a lot in our relationships. Our loved ones, our spouses in particular, occupy major roles in our lives. When we perceive that they have betrayed us in any respect, we may feel angry and vindictive. But if we pause to look at their motivation we just may find--as Yaakov found with Rachel--that their acts are based in love and respect.
Have a wonderful Shabbos and successful week to follow.