Weekly message from
Rabbi A. M. Sufrin MBE
This Shabbos is a very special weekend so close after such a full month of activity with all the Festivals culminating with Simchas Torah, its celebrations with our Chassanim and their Families, kiddushim and sit down meals.
It's the Shabbos UK weekend. This Shabbos we join with hundreds of others throughout the UK in making THIS Shabbos something special. Enhancing it in some special way, going beyond the norm, doing something extra either at home or with your Community.
Our Chabad Centres in both Gants Hill & Buckhurst Hill have special events planned throughout the weekend. See our websites for further details.
At Gants Hill, we have a special Friday night meal with some 100 people booked in already with Guest Speaker Rabbi Rafi Goodwin, who returns after having enjoyed our community so much during Simchas Torah.
On Saturday evening we have been asked to make a special Havdalah service in the Vi & John Reuben's Home, where the Chabad minyan will move for Maariv followed by Havdalah. This will be their special Shabbos UK activity as they have NEVER had a Havdalah service there before. So Chabad does it again...another first!
We are also celebrating the oifruf (special pre wedding call up) of Yaakov Yehudah (YY) Sufrin at Chabad, as he leaves this week PG to get married in LA. Please join us for the morning service beginning at 9:15am, followed by a special cholent and kugel Kiddush.
Yes..... and we do read the portion of NOACH.....it’s the well known story of the flood, as G-d chooses to destroy most of His creations save the inhabitants of the ARK, led by Noach.
Amongst the stories related post the flood is the repopulation of the earth through Noach's sons.
"Noach planted a vineyard and became intoxicated and was left uncovered in his tent. His son Cham saw his nakedness but his brothers Sheim and Yafes took a garment and placed it on both of their shoulders, walking backwards into the room and ensuring they did not see their Fathers nakedness".
Strange as this story may sound, the Rebbe in his talks shares with us a profound message and how applicable it is to our daily lives.
When a person sees another stumble in an inappropriate act, the reaction can be twofold,
A. One is disgusted by the act.
B. One thinks what can be done to help the person.
Cham took the former approach, "he looked at his Father’s nakedness", he focused on the inappropriate situation.
Shem and Yafes on the other hand, "did not see their Fathers nakedness", ie. they did not become disgusted at what had occurred . They simply took action to correct the situation.
So what is it that leads people to take these different approaches?
The Baal Shem Tov taught that a person who himself is unclean sees and is frustrated by the uncleanliness of others. A pure person sees only that his fellow is in need of help.
What a special thought to internalise!
Whatever you are doing to make this Shabbos special ....enjoy the experience!!